It’s been a while since I opened up my sketchbook for you. Today I have a variety of sketches made using pens and markers.
It’s been challenging getting nice photos of different pages in my sketchbook. It always seems to be either too bright or too dark when I’m taking photos of my artwork in winter… 🙂
I layered tiny flowers and vines in this sketch using both Tombow markers and Micron pens. The little unexpected blue leaves and flowers make me happy.
A practice page of flowers and leaves. I love how this little sampler turned out. It was a good way to try different colors together and see what works. Most importantly, it was fun and very relaxing.
A simple little bird sketch found its way into my sketchbook. I think I’m going to start adding more birds in my sketchbook.
Tulips with marker pens. I love how the stripes of different green markers look on the leaves. I played around using the large and small tip of the markers. Parts of this sketch I really like and other parts not so much but this is a sketch and it’s important to explore and try different things.
This was an in progress piece. While prepping the photo for this post, I accidentally rotated it to the left and now it feels complete. In my sketchbook the top of the page has the three magenta vines on top. I really like it better with them on the left as you see here.
I’m going to have to remember to try this with my paintings as well. Sometimes simply changing the orientation can make all the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this walk through my sketchbook. I encourage you to play and have fun sketching. I really need to remember to do more of this myself.
Today I’m going to show you how my little bird painting came together.
It started with some cute templates that I made. When I’m painting birds I like to block out the bird shapes first.
I like being able to physically move the templates around and place the birds in different positions to find the best placement before I make any pencil marks on the page.
For this painting I decided to overlap two birds on the left facing the bird on the right. These little guys are sharing a special moment… 😉
The watercolor technique used here was wet on wet. Which is simply wetting the paper first with clean water and then dropping in wet paint. The magic happens when the paint mixes and mingles on the paper.
I worked my way across the paper starting with the bird on the left working on one bird shape at a time using the wet on wet technique. Each bird will be similar but not exactly the same and hopefully this would keep me from dragging my wrist through wet paint.
The next step was adding a little ink detail with a small waterproof pen. At this point I noticed that I needed a few more darks on the wings and so I added a little more paint there to finish the birds.
The last step was adding a background and a few details to the branches. Since the birds are the focal point, I tried to keep the branches rather soft without too much detail.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.
I’ve been working on a chickadee painting the last few weeks. I thought it would be fun to show you how it came together.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I sketched out the birds and branch first.
Then I started by painting the chickadee family.
For the darkest color I mixed up Daniel Smith Paynes Gray + Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna Light (going heavy on the Paynes Gray). It took a few washes of paint to build up the dark areas on the head and neck. It’s really important to get that detail right.
Next up was the background. I thought about it for a while and decided to go with some loose flowers and leaves. It was a nice base but needed much more color.
Trying to be fearless, I jumped back in with more paint to boost the background color. I just love how that wakes thing up.
I will finish with a close up view of these cute little guys. I just love how they turned out.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. 😊
Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
I just love to paint birds and flowers and was in the mood for something sweet. It started with a watercolor under painting.
Sorry about the quality of the photo, not great but it works.
I used a #6 round brush and started with the leaves. For the bird I built up the color with about 3 washes darkening each time. The flowers were last as I tried to balance things out.
At this point I was pretty happy with the painting but wanted more. So out came the pens… I was thoughtful about wanting to keep the softness of the piece which meant I needed to be careful with the amount of ink used.
I darkened the bird’s eye and added some light marks on the body and legs. Just a few small touches for the little guy and no outlining.
I tried to use some soft playful outlines on the flowers while using my regular bold outline on the leaves.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following me on this journey.
Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!
I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of this and that with you today.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
Playing in my sketchbook brings me joy.
This little sketchbook is 5 x 5 inches and just perfect for a quick ink sketch.
Little bird and flowers… These pages just make me smile.
In my sketchbook I can explore ideas and not worry about making mistakes. Sometimes the results are good and other times not so much. It gives me an opportunity to try different compositions and elements on a small scale.
A simple watercolor landscape…calm and soothing.
Just three colors used in this painting, Prussian Blue, Sap Green, and Green Gold.
Some pretty flowers in my garden. This photo was taken using my iPhone in portrait mode. Such lovely colors and interesting shapes. Oh happy day!
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
I have a few recent paintings to share today inspired by nature’s beautiful gifts.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
A sweet little birdie watercolor with just a touch of ink.
Watercolor floral with my favorite soft spring colors.
Flowers and birds always make me happy. I hope they brighten your day as well.
I will probably cut back to one blog post a week for a while. I need to slow down a little but I will continue to paint and sketch. You can find me (and hopefully follow me) on Instagram at pattyanneart.
When I started painting and playing with coffee I didn’t realize how much fun it was going to be. I have a few more coffee paintings to share today.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I sketched a little bird in pencil and then started painting with coffee. I tried not to overcomplicate the feathers and made sure to leave some white spots here and there. I love this little guy, so soft and sweet…
Espresso powder for baking works well for me.
Simply adding a little water to a small amount of powder and then you have a nice coffee mix. The espresso has been on my palette for a while, so this time I just sprayed a mist of water on it to rewet it.
I’ve been working on roses and decided to paint a few more with coffee. I used two round #6 brushes for this painting. One brush for color and the other for clean water. The second clean brush was handy for extra blending or lifting of color.
I started with the center rose on bottom, then added a rose on each side.
It needed more, so I continued and stacked a few more smaller roses on top.
I started with some large leaf shapes and tried to balance things out on each side of my roses. I still wanted more, so for a little variety and movement I added some smaller leaves on the outer edges.
I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do more of what you love.