Quiet Thursday – watercolor reflection

A colorful waterscape and a big smile your way today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

I hope you find time to create and do something you love.

Reflection
Reflection – 12 x 18 inch watercolor

 

Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. ❀

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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Simple Watercolor Landscapes

I’ve been working on a few simple landscape paintings. I used similar color combinations for my distant trees in each painting and have 3 very different results to share with you today.Β  Oh, and lots of blue. πŸ™‚

My first step on any landscape painting is thinking about where I want the horizon to be. Once I decide how much space I want to reserve for the sky, I lightly draw a line for the horizon using a pencil and ruler. With the horizon line in place, it is easier for me to visualize the big shapes in the painting.

Using the wet on wet technique, I tried to indicate some distant trees.Β  When the wet paint hits the damp paper, it creates color blooms on the paper. It is so much fun to watch this happen!

I tried to keep things simple and not overwork my landscape paintings.Β I had to remind myself before starting each one, no fussing allowed. Hopefully that will get easier with more practice.

Distant trees Landscape
Distant trees Landscape

Indigo worked well in this painting.Β  I am very pleased with the addition of the foreground here, it seemed to balance things out. Although I like the other paintings below, this one is probably my favorite because I’m pulled in and feel something.

 

Simple Landscape
Simple Landscape

I really like the varied tree shapes in this one. The bits of white paper beneath the trees in the center area worked well. I need to remember that for future landscape paintings.

 

Abstract Landscape
Abstract Landscape

This abstract landscape is very different from my usual style of painting. I love the blooms of color in this painting. ❀ The granulating effect of the French Ultramarine Blue is quite interesting.

I hope you enjoyed this simple landscape series.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, create some art and do something you love. Hope your week is awesome. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bunny Blue Eyes

I hope this cute little bunny brightens your day. πŸ™‚

Bunny Blue eyes
Bunny Blue eyes

Bunny watercolor and ink – 9 x12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook

This little bunny makes me think of Spring. That makes me happy! πŸ™‚

Wishing you a happy Thursday and a great weekend!

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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Thursday Blues – Lake Tahoe

A few photos from a recent trip to Lake Tahoe.

My favorite blues…

My favorite views…

Water, pines, and mountains.

Tahoe Peace

Ahh, so calm and peaceful.

Tahoe view

I love this serene view. I may try painting this one. πŸ™‚

Lake Tahoe

I hope you enjoy these views. I can’t wait to visit Lake Tahoe again sometime.

Have a great weekend and do something fun!

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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