That’s a Hoot!

Ink and watercolor, I love that combination. I have an Owl painting to share with you today. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Great Horned Owl onΒ pexels.com.

I was attracted to the big bright eyes of this Owl and tried make sure they really popped in this painting. I started off with a light pencil sketch of the eyes and beak making sure to get the proper placement and distance between them. As I’ve noted before, this is a key step for me before diving in.

Watercolor Tip: Always make sure that the eyes are dark enough, don’t be shy with color here. It is also important to leave a few white spots for where the light hits the eyes.

Owl ink and watercolor
Owl ink and watercolor

Owl ink and watercolor painted on 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook

As I was painting, I remembered to use a light touch and tried to make all of my ink and paint markings in the same direction as the feathers on the Owl. I love the prominent feathered tufts on his head, a cute and wild hairdo. ❀

I plan to work on another Owl sometime in the future, there is so much to learn and improve upon. It was a lot of fun, quite a Hoot!

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.

Until next time, enjoy yourself and love “hoo” you are! πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee and Flowers

I love to sketch and paint birds and today I have another to share with you. A little Chickadee surrounded by flowers.

I just fell in love. πŸ™‚

Chickadee and flowers
Chickadee and Flowers

painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper

This little birdie was the pick me up that I needed a few weeks ago. ❀

After a few paintings didn’t work out very well, I needed to get back to something I really enjoy painting. It’s good to know where to turn and what makes you feel good.

I decided to follow my heart and that made me very happy.

Watercolor tips:

  • give some thought to your color palette and background before you begin
  • allow some areas of paint to bleed into one another and let the watercolor magic happen
  • don’t put pressure on yourself, stay positive and enjoy the process

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Blue Jay on a branch

I worked on sketching and painting a Blue Jay this week. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo on pexels.comΒ (a favorite online site that has free stock photos for artists to use).

After a light sketch in pencil, I used black Micron pens to complete the sketch. I love Micron pens, the ink is waterproof and fade proof, just perfect for using with watercolor.

Watercolor Tip:Β Gently erase any remaining pencil lines before painting. Leftover pencil markings will be impossible to remove once they’ve been painted over. If you forget to remove them, it is no big deal. I’ve done that many times. πŸ™‚

Blue Jay ink sketch
Blue Jay ink sketch

 

Adding watercolor is the fun part and it brings the birdie to life. I added a little extra splash here and there to make the painting more lively and to hopefully create more interest.

Watercolor tip: To create a bit of splash, I loaded the brush with color and then tapped on the handle directly over my paper. I repeated the splash using a few different size brushes and colors. Splashing and spattering can be a bit messy, I like to cover my work area with paper towels to catch any overspray.

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna Light
Yellow Ochre
Cobalt Teal Blue

Blue Jay watercolor and ink
Blue Jay watercolor and ink

 

Conversation with Birdie –Β  a little poem that I wrote.
Now, if only Mr. Blue Jay would stick around long enough to chat. πŸ™‚

Tell me your thoughts little birdie

Are you free from worry?

What is it like to fly above?

Is your heart filled with love?

How do you know your way?

Please share with me today.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Birdie Blues

Birdie Blues
Birdie Blues

Birdie Blues painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.

I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.

Have a great weekend and do something fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Hey Birdie!

A quick post today with a few watercolor birds. I’m guessing you are probably not surprised to see a few more bird paintings. πŸ™‚

I painted this little bird last month. I really like the green background and the contrast of the soft bird next to the rough branch.

Bird on a branch painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper

Bird on a branch watercolor
Bird on a branch watercolor

 

This week I worked on painting a Tern, or beach bird as I like to call them. I just love that the Tern has a crazy cool hairstyle. My hair would probably look like that too if I played at the beach all day. πŸ™‚

I was a bit worried about painting sand. I tried to vary the direction of the brush strokes when putting down the color. I hoped that making the sand look uneven would give it a more realistic look. I think it was a good exercise. I like that the sand softly fades off into the distance behind my beach bird.

Beach bird painted on 9×12 inch Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook

Beach Bird watercolor and ink
Beach Bird watercolor and ink

 

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love for you to join me on this creative journey.

Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Birdie Roundup – 2017

As we close out 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of my favorite birdies from this year.

A few paintings and photos from 2017…

 

Penguin Buddies - Ink and Watercolor
Penguin Buddies – Ink and Watercolor

A couple of joyful penguins,

Duck - inktober
Duck – inktober

 

Ducks on the pond
Ducks on the pond

an afternoon swim,

Goose watercolor with background
Goose watercolor with background

a happy goose,

Sweet Bird watercolor
Sweet Bird watercolor

a sweet little birdie,

Birdies at the beach
Birdies at the beach

and a lovely day at the beach with these beauties.

Painting and sharing with you this year has been such a joy. I will continue on this watercolor journey and will probably paint a few more birds next year as well. πŸ™‚

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I hope my art continues to improve in 2018 and that I can inspire you in some way to be creative and do what you love.

Wishing you a very happy and creative new year!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee Watercolor

Hi everyone!

I love painting birds which is probably not a surprise to many of you following me on this journey. I sketched a little Chickadee during Inktober and just recently got around to painting one.

It is often hard to know when to stop working on a painting, when to walk away and put down the brush. That happened with this painting. I thought my painting was finished, so I signed it and walked away. I took a few pictures and the following day I realized that it really needed more work.

I had a few decisions to make. I needed to take a little time to think about what this painting needed. I had just stopped too soon, but really that was ok. This was an opportunity to learn and share with you some of the decisions that I made while painting this Chickadee.

Chickadee part 1.

Chickadee - part 1
Chickadee – part 1

Looking at this Chickadee from a distance, I realized that all of the colors were muted.

The color bleed around his head looked like a thought bubble. πŸ™‚ Ahhh no no, not what I intended…

It really needed some bright color and some darker darks.

The eye needed more definition, and that thought bubble just had to go.

After adding more color and punching up the dark values, I was much happier. I was able to address all of the issues that bothered me. I think the result looks much better and feels more alive.

Chickadee - part 2
Chickadee – part 2

ChickadeeΒ  – painted on 7×10 inch Canson Watercolor paper.

Watercolor tips and lessons learned:

  • It is sometimes hard to know when to stop so that you don’t overwork a painting. You also need to be careful not to stop too soon as I demonstrated above.
  • Take time to look over your work and keep notes. There is always something to learn about what went wrong, what worked well, and what can be improved.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button. I would love for you to follow me on this creative journey.

You can see more of my work onΒ InstagramΒ and my website,Β Patty Anne Art. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne