A few favorites this year

I have a little round up of a few favorites to share with you. I’ve been playing with different styles and different media this year and thought it would be fun to take a look back.

Happy Sunday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š

 

Tufted Titmouse bird Procreate digital art

This digital painting started with a pencil sketch of a bird that I imported into the Procreate app on my iPad. In Procreate, I darkened the sketch and had fun painting it. I love how the cool background and softness made this painting feel a bit dreamy.

 

ink sketch - doodl swirls

I’ve been enjoying doodling and playing with #zentangle patterns more and more this year. This swirly doodle feels like it is bursting with joy from the center and that makes me happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Coffee painted roses

Painting with coffee was something new for me and I had a lot of fun with it. I love how these coffee roses turned out and oh that smell….delightful! โ˜•๏ธ

 

floral pink watercolor and ink painting

This year I’ve been playing with doodle sketching on top of watercolor. I’ve always loved this combination and really enjoy experimenting and creating this way. The watercolor under painting acts as a guide and inspiration for the final sketching on top.

A few tips:
– too much sketching on top can compete with the background and get very busy

– selective doodles add fun and can guide the viewers eye around the painting

– leaving some white areas unpainted is important, it adds balance and some highlights

 

Soft leaves and vines in watercolor

This is such a simple painting in terms of subject and technique but it makes me happy. Sometimes less is best. ๐ŸŒฟ

I’m glad that I’ve been trying new things and exploring different techniques. It keeps me moving forward and excited about the next project. I think I’ve made some good progress this year, that feels really good.

Hope you enjoyed this little look back and are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

ย ๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Humming by on Thursday

A little look back at a painting from last fall. I was inspired by watercolor artist, Jean Haines, and I painted this colorful little hummingbird.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

Hummingbird watercolor

Hummingbird Joy –ย  9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

I hope things are going well and you find yourself humming a happy tune.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Tufted Titmouse digital art

I sketched a cute little Tufted Titmouse recently and decided to enhance it in Procreate.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ย ๐Ÿ’š

tufted titmouse pencil sketch

This little guy is a frequent visitors at my backyard feeder.

 

Tufted Titmouse enhanced Procreate

I used the Procreate water brush and technical pencil for this digital piece.

The background color was added using the abstract pattern, Opticon. I used various colors and brush sizes to create this cool pattern. I love how dreamy it looks.

Tip: To connect my bird with the background, I allowed the abstract pattern to overlap the bird in a few places.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Sweet little Chickadee

Oh how I love sketching and painting little Chickadees. I have a few to share with you today. Hope you enjoy…

Happy Sunday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š

chickadee sketch

A few quick pencil sketches to get things going…

 

chickadee sketch

What I really like about this sketch is the eye, it really stands out and pulls me in.

 

chickadee watercolor

Soft sweet Chickadee watercolor painting

I lightly sketched my Chickadee on watercolor paper, then used a Micron pen for a tiny bit of definition and a few light lines.

This little guy’s shape got away from me a bit once the watercolor started flowing. He is rounder than I planned but the softness and color blending are very nice.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor birdies in different styles

A few cute little birdies in different watercolor styles for you today. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m always inspired by the birds at my backyard feeder. I hope these little paintings leave you smiling.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

little robin watercolor

A little line and wash birdie.ย  I like the cute little shape of this guy and the loose background and branch.

 

little birdie watercolor

A different style with much less detail. I like the simplicity and nice water marks in this one.

 

direct watercolor birdie first wash

This style started with colorful under painting with direct watercolor, no lines or ink to start.

Allowing myself to just play here. I started thinking that this might be a flop… but then remembered that this is practice and that is how we grow and learn.

 

watercolor and ink birdie

Continuing on I thought that doodle sketching on top would be fun.

I added lots of leaves and some needed detail to my bird with a Micron pen.

I wasn’t thrilled with the color of my bird when I was finished. A little splash of additional color was a good choice. Much better now.

Three different styles, which do you like best?

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

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

๐ŸŒธย Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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Birdie Enhanced

I recently posted a few digital sketches that I made using Procreate. Sharon Mann atย Make Art…Magic Happens,ย mentioned that she likes to import her artwork into Procreate and enhance it with cool effects. I knew I just had to give that a try.ย  I’m always inspired by Sharon’s beautiful and creative artwork. ๐Ÿ’—

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I decided that a recent sketch of my birdie in a teacup would be fun to play with.

Birdie in a cup ink sketch

My original ink sketch before importing it into Procreate.

 

birdie sketch with enhancements

and then after a few enhancements…

New tail feathers and a sweet little hair accessory added.

Lots of happy color and a fun background added as well.

Wow, what a difference that makes!

Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement, Sharon!ย  I’m having so much fun learning and playing with Procreate.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.ย  Untilย next time, share a smile and shine on!

Patty Anne ๐Ÿ’™

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Sunday – Digital sketchbook

I’ve been having fun playing with Procreate on my iPad. I am so impressed with this app and all of the possibilities. I’ve been watching online videos trying to learn how to create digital art. I have a few pieces to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜ŠWinter pine - digital art

A quick tree that I sketched without using my new apple pencil.

purple posies - digital art

For this floral sketch, I used layers to build up the sketch. It was fun playing with a bright color palette. With time I hope to do a better job layering and blending.

kingfisher digital art

Kingfisher on a branch. I’m starting to get a feel for how much pressure to use with the pencil to achieve the line thickness I desire.

It will be so easy now to create art while I am traveling. Hopefully Procreate will help me improve my sketching skills this year as well. One thing is for sure, I am having a blast playing with Procreate!

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on the creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

Patty Anneย ๐Ÿ’™

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