Barn owl watercolor

I’ve been working on painting a barn owl and have a few photos to show how it all came together.

Happy Sunday, friends! 😊

I started off with a simple sketch. It is important that the big shapes are positioned correctly and that your proportions look good.Β  No detail is needed at this point, just light lines to serve as a guide.

Barn owl initial sketch

Next I added a few small ink details with a Micron pen. The eyes are very dark so I like to use a pen to outline them to get the shape set before putting down any paint.

 

Barn owl palette

I used Daniel Smith watercolors for my owl. I started out by wetting the paper in sections and dropping in color allowing it to mix and mingle on right on the paper.

 

Barn owl watercolor 1st wash

The first wash of quinacridone gold, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna. It doesn’t look good at this point but it gets better with each wash.

 

Barn owl watercolor 2nd wash

The second wash with more definition. Things are now starting to take shape. I’m not sure why this photo has a rosy glow but hopefully that’s not a distraction.

 

Barn owl watercolor painting

Barn owl – 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn beta sketchbook

The final wash added even more detail and deeper color. I love watching the transformation with this type of post. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

For me this post reinforces the importance of three washes and that getting the eyes dark enough makes a big difference.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Art is for everyone, keep painting, creating, and having fun!

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse is a regular visitor at my backyard feeder. I love to photograph and paint this little guy. Today I have a few backyard birdies to share with you.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! 😊

Tufted Titmouse watercolor and ink

Tufted Titmouse – 9 x 12 inch bee watercolor paper

A quick sketch with a Micron pen and watercolor. I love this simple line and wash style. Splashing paint around at the endΒ adds a little movement and fun. πŸ˜€

Watercolor tips:

  • a few light washes to build up color always works well
  • leave a few white spots here and there to add a little sparkle

 

A few inspiration photos from the backyard feeder.

TuftOnFeederTop

A visit last Spring perched above the feeder

 

Tufted Titmouse Maple tree

and a little rest on a nearby branch… ❀️

 

Titmouse at feeder

A recent visit with Autumn colors in the background.

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Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Inktober sketching

Inktober is a drawing challenge started by Mr. Jake Parker where artists from all over the world take part in working on an ink drawing each day for the month of October. I am participating this year by sketching what I love when time allows.

Hope you enjoy my little sketches this week.

Happy Thursday!  😊

Poppy ink sketch

6 x 9 inch – Poppy flower

I’ve been using fine tip pens and trying to keep a light touch when sketching flower petals. I think it is starting to get a little better.

 

Floral for inktober

6 x 9 inch Flowers and vines

 

Sunflower ink sketch

9 x 12 inch Sunflower

A happy little flower inspired by a sunflower in my garden. 🌻

 

Ink tree sketch

9 x 12 inchΒ  – Standing tall

Working on the leaves in this sketch was easier and more fun once I started to doodle and let go. I tried to be careful to leave enough white space and develop some areas more than others.

Birdie in a cup ink sketch

9 x 12 inch – Little birdie in a tea cup

All of my ink sketches are on mix media paper using Micron pens of various sizes. I like mix media paper because it is smooth and has a great surface for ink sketching. The other nice thing is that it can handle a little watercolor if I choose to add some color.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and spread kindness all around. πŸ’—

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bluebird

A sweet little Bluebird watercolor your way today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

 

Bluebird watercolor painting

I hope this little Bluebird brightens your day. ❀

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

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Backyard Cardinals

I’ve been enjoying the Cardinals at the backyard feeder. I have a few cute photos and a watercolor painting to share with you today.

Happy Sunday!Β  πŸ™‚

Male Cardinal photo - backside

I think this pic is pretty cute but I’m not sure that he approved. Just look at his expression below. πŸ˜‰

 

Male Cardinal photo - looking back

Um… hold on now, that’s not my best side.

 

Male Cardinal photo

There you go, that’s the shot you’ve been looking for. ❀

Once again, I had to contain my excitement long enough to snap these photos. I was lucky to have the window open and my camera ready when this male Cardinal stopped by.

I decided to try painting the 2nd photo above. I just love that look he gave me.

Male Cardinal watercolor

Sweet Cardinal painted on 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block using Daniel Smith watercolors

There are parts of this painting that worked well and parts that did not.

I didn’t quite get the tilt of his head, but that is ok. I’m very pleased with the background color and splash. I think there is always something to learn from each painting. The most important thing for me is having fun and enjoying the process.

Creating art and listening to music brings me so much joy. Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create and do something you love.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Birdie

A sweet little birdie and a big smile your way today!

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Sweet Birdie watercolor painting

Β Sweet Birdie, 7 x 10 inch watercolor painting

I’m still painting birds and having fun. Painting makes me happy. ❀

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. Until next time, share a smile and throw kindness around like confetti!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Splashy Pink Flamingo

A little splashy Pink Flamingo watercolor for you today.

Hope your day is filled with splashy fun.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Splashy Pink Flamingo
Splashy Pink Flamingo – 9 x 12 inch

Thank you for stopping by and following along. ❀

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Until next time, share a smile and throw kindness around like confetti. I saw that quote on Pinterest recently and I love it!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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