Reworking an older painting

I had an old painting on my desk that I’ve wanted to do something with for a long time. I planned on adding some ink sketching to it but that never happened.

Soft watercolor underpainting from 2020

Floral watercolor base from 2020

Recently I decided to just dive in and play. I used a large brush and lots of bold color. I played with expressive brush strokes and didn’t worry about what “should be”.

Loose expressive watercolor floral

Here’s a close up view of the floral

Spring Glory watercolor floral

and a full view … I love all the little buds and flowers everywhere. This happy painting makes me smile. I also love that years later I turned this painting into something that I really like now.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Flowers in my sketchbook

Today I have some pretty Cosmos flowers to share with you.

Cosmos watercolor in progress

This is an in progress view of my watercolor painting. At this point I had stopped painting thinking that it was finished. After looking at my photo I could see that it needed a little more work. It’s always good to step back and take another look.

I decided to strengthen the color of the flowers and add more detail in the center.

Cosmos watercolor flowers

I think those changes made quite a difference without overworking the painting. It seemed to really wake up these happy flowers. yay!

One interesting note that I wanted to share about this painting is that I used only a small flat brush (1/2 inch) and small liner brush (#1). I’m always amazed what is possible with a flat brush the more I use it.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Jump in and let the magic happen. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting watercolor leaves

I love to paint leaves. There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about painting simple leaves.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

watercolor leaves

This painting was done using a large flat brush and a cut up credit card. A little experimentation and fun!

I wet the paper with clean water making leaf shapes using the large flat brush. Then I dipped my plastic card into the watercolor paint and moved the card across the paper to create some nice leaf shapes.

My watercolors used are from Daniel Smith:
Undersea Green
Prussian Blue

watercolor leaves

A little close up view here. I love how the colors move across the paper when it hits the water. The swirls and blending on the paper is kind of magical. ๐Ÿ™‚

It seems when I just paint and play without worry, nice things happen.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Floral comes together with ink sketching

I have a joyful piece to share with you today. Another watercolor floral with ink sketching… my favorite way to create.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

floral watercolor under painting

In my 9 x 12 inch sketchbook, I started by paintingย  flowers and leaves. My favorite blues and purples this time. I let the colors mix and mingle on the paper which is what I love about watercolor.

The overall piece needs balance and more interest but at this point that’s ok. The ink sketching to come will fill in space and wake things up.

 

floral watercolor and ink painting

9 x 12 inchย  – Sweet Season

There is always a little fear when adding the sketching layer. I just tell myself that this piece is incomplete as is and round two (sketching detail) will take things to the next level.

What you don’t see is that I keep playing and sketching different types of leaves and flower patterns in my other sketchbooks. That type of play helps build my confidence and my sketching “muscle memory”. Then when I need it, I can pull out my favorites to add to a bigger piece like this one.

When it feels right and I have a window of free time, I pull out the painting, grab my pens and start adding some playful ink sketching and doodles.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone, hope you join in on the fun.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Butterflies and Blooms

I’ve been thinking about butterflies lately and needing some happy, so here we go…

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿฆ‹

 

butterfly doodles

I filled a page in my sketchbook with a variety of butterfly doodles.

 

watercolor butterflies

Then I moved on to watercolor and played for a while. I just love those blues and purples.

 

Butterflies and blooms watercolor and ink

A larger painting of blooms and butterflies came together. The watercolor painting was first and then later ink sketching was added on top. The painting was a guide and inspiration for the botanical sketch. I really enjoy the watercolor and ink combination.

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

Until next time, take care and be well.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Coffee floral paintings

I’ve been having fun painting with coffee again and have a few new paintings to share.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

coffee floral painting

A quick session painting flowers and leaves in my sketchbook.

Mixing more water creates a light color and using less water creates a darker color.

For my coffee paint, I like using espresso powder for baking but you can use left over brewed coffee or instant coffee.

 

coffee floral painting

A smaller coffee piece painted in a similar style.

Bunny was keeping an eye on things as I took this photo.๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜‰

A little coffee talk to go along with this post…

I need to get going on opening a Society6 shop. I’ve wanted to do this for some time. I think my delay has been both a time and confidence issue. I would love to be able to order a few items with my artwork printed on them.

If you have any suggestions or lessons learned using that platform, I hope you will share.

Until next time, take care and be well my friends.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Floral Swirls watercolor and ink

I have a layered watercolor and ink painting to share today.

Happy Sunday, Happy Easter! ๐Ÿ’š

first layer watercolor circles

For the first layer, I started by painting a number of circles in different colors.

The pastel colors kind of remind me of Easter eggs. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฃ

 

2nd layer watercolor under painting

The second layer is where it starts to get a little wild with the addition ofย  watercolor swirls and stripes. I decided to experiment a little more with this piece.

At this point it looks like a floral is starting to emerge.

 

floral swirls watercolor and ink painting

Continuing with the floral theme, the final layer is a fun botanical sketch. I’m often surprised how fast the sketching layer goes. I believe this 11 x 15 inch sketch took about 30 to 45 minutes. As long as I don’t overthink things and just go with the flow, it usually comes together rather quickly.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Purple Posies – Watercolor Floral Sketch

I have some happy flowers to share with you. Hope they brighten your day.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

I painted a simple floral base a few months ago.

watercolor floral under painting

I wanted to add some sketching but wasn’t ready.

It sat on my table for a few months. Life happens and so it waited for time and inspiration.ย  (sorry about the poor quality photos)…

 

watercolor and ink floral sketch

Purple Posies – 11 x 15 inch

I finally pulled it back out last week and decided to jump in.

Using a Uniball 05 pen I tried to keep the sketching simple and fun.

A few notes on my process

Flowers – I give each flower a quick thought before sketching its final shape as I work my way around the painting. No overthinking, just keeping the flow going making decisions on the fly.

Leaves – Some leaves are defined, some hidden (tucked behind other elements), and others are added. Variety, size, and shape are always on my mind when I’m adding leaves and vines. They help fill in empty space and add balance where needed.

Play – Enjoy the process and have fun. There are no rules and no mistakes. We learn and grow from each piece.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Playing in my sketchbook

I was busy this week playing in my sketchbook. I enjoy sketching and it has always helped take my mind off things. I’m very thankful for my sketchbook and art supplies.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

Floral ink sketch

When sketching florals, I like to start with bigger flowers first and then fill in around them. A quick sketch here just playing with different size flowers and leaves.

 

Mini nature ink sketches

I made a grid on my page and then created a bunch of mini sketches.

Some squares are very simple while others are more involved. I think I will try this with a different theme next time, I really like how it turned out. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Sea life ink and Marker sketch

An ink sketch with the addition of some color in this one.

I used mini pastel Tombow markers to brighten things up in my underwater sketch. I just love these fun colors.

 

leaves and vines pattern

Back to some leaves and vines which always make me happy. Using my Tombow markers again I added some colorful patterns to the leaves.

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

Take care and be well, my friends.

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ย ๐ŸŒธ

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