A few more Bluebirds

A few more Bluebird paintings and photos to share with you today.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird on a branch

Bluebird watercolor 7×10 inch

Playing around with a splashy background and bright colors. I added some white highlights with a gel pen once the painting was dry. I like how that worked out.

 

male bluebird photo

Well, hello there! I love that sweet little face.

I was lucky to get a few more Bluebird photos in the backyard.

Male bluebird photo

I noticed a few Bluebirds out back and I quickly grabbed my camera. I quietly stepped outside and snapped a few shots. There were a few males perched on the fence trying to impress a nearby female. I’m not sure how that worked out for the guys, but they certainly won me over with those bright blue feathers. ❀

 

Bluebird on a fence post
Bluebird on a fence post

This Bluebird was inspired by my photo above. I’m very happy with the bright blue I was able to achieve for the feathers. It’s not the same as in the photo, but that’s ok by me.

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, have a great week. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cutie

This little beauty visits the feeder often. I was pretty excited when he dropped by and I was able to snap a few photos of him.

tufted titmouse - lovely

I love those big eyes! It looks like he is checking out what’s for dinner.

 

Tufted Titmouse watercolor
Tufted Titmouse watercolor

I was inspired to paint my little backyard friend. I decided to keep things simple and just paint him perched on a branch. I added a fun splashy background to finish up the painting. I may have had a little too much fun with that background but oh well… πŸ˜‰

Paper:Β  7×10 inch Arches watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolor paint:
Cobalt blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre

Additional details added with a .005 black micron pen and a white gel pen.

 

tufted titmouse with seed

In this photo,Β  it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. πŸ™‚
Another happy fella at the backyard feeder.

Watercolor Tips:

Over time the tip of your brushes and pens can wear down. Be sure to replace those that have become worn.

I still get a little uptight when a few paintings in a row don’t work out as planned. I’ve found the best thing for me is to hang in there, loosen up, and keep on going. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and have fun.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.Β  This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.

Backyard Nuthatch photo

This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. ❀

 

Nuthatch in a tree

This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. πŸ™‚

 

White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatch watercolor

 

I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.

I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen.Β I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.Β  At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.

but …

Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.

Ahh.. that’s better. πŸ™‚ That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolorΒ 

Watercolor Tip:

Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee painting

This little guy is on his way to a new home.
I recently painted a chickadee for a friend retiring and moving to Maine.

Chickadee on a pine branch
Chickadee on a pine branch

painted on 7 x 10 inch Canson Mix Media paper

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Maine and the white pine is the state tree. I thought a painting of both would make a nice gift. πŸ™‚

and I’m so happy… he really liked it and said that he was planning on hanging it in his new home. yay!

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.Β  Until next time, have a great weekend.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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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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