Reflection at the shore

I decided to paint something different this week.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Weeds and grass at the lake shore. Although it sounds like a simple subject, I worried that painting this photo would not turn out very well.

Lake weeds at the shore

My painting inspiration, a photo at the lake.

A few notes and tips before I share my results with you…

  • The water was painted first and after it dried I layered the grasses on top.
  • As you get further away, waves should be smaller and their color should be lighter.
  • For the weeds and grass, I used different sized brushes, different color mixes, and switched back and forth frequently.
  • Brushes used: Round #12, Flat angle 1/2 inch, and Liner #2
  • Painted while standing instead of sitting, it was a nice change.

 

My first attempt was a good practice. One problem that stands out is that there are not enough dark values. What I really like in this painting though is the feeling of movement in the grass and weeds.

Reflection at the shore watercolor

Reflection at the shoreΒ  – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

Then my second attempt… a very different result, darker and bolder.

Probably went a little too far with dark values this time, a little over correction. πŸ˜‰

Reflection at the shore 2 watercolor

Reflection at the shore 2Β  –Β  9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

Before starting the first painting, I had to hush that little voice telling me that I could not do this. I realized that I just had to get out of my own way and go for it. In the end, I had fun and learned something. That makes me happy. πŸ™‚

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a simile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting! ❀

Patty Anne

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Naming artwork

A little flower practice using a 1/2 inch Flat angle brush.

Happy little petals your way today. πŸ™‚

Baby blue flowers

I’ve been trying to come up with more thoughtful names for my artwork. I am finding that naming artwork is challenging. This small 6 x 9 inch piece I named, Baby Blues.

I wonder what the best approach is when naming artwork.

Maybe asking a few questions would be helpful before selecting a name…

  • What do I see?Β  (this is my usual method, somewhat descriptive)
  • What do I feel when I look at this piece?
  • What did I feel when I created this piece?
  • Does this piece bring back a special memory?
  • Does this piece have a special meaning?

Then again, am I just overthinking the process?Β  Is it best to just go with your gut (or what comes to mind right away)?

Do you have a method that works well for you? I would love to hear how you choose a name.

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

Until next time, be the light and shine on! ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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At the lake…

A few views from last weekend enjoying time at the lake. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Glorious clouds in the sky photo

The clouds in the sky were big and fluffy.

 

Huey on the dock at the lake

My dog loves the lake… It didn’t take long until this happened!

 

Huey splashing in the lake

Lots of swimming and splashing around at full speed. ❀

I wish I had that kind of energy.

 

Lake weeds at the shore

I just love this view of the grass and weeds along the shore.

 

Lake weeds in the sunlight

Ahh, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a few minutes.

 

Lake weeds and sky reflection

It is always nice to slow down and enjoy the simple beauty all around.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Eucalyptus leaves

A simple painting of Eucalyptus leaves today.

Calm and soothing greens and blues.

I love the combination of a simple ink sketch with soft colors.

Eucalyptus leaves ink and watercolor

Eucalyptus Leaves – 9 x 12 inch bee watercolor paper

Daniel Smith watercolors used:

Cerulean Blue
Phthalo Blue
Cascade Green
Buff Titanium

Sketched using a black Micron pen, size .03

I bought a set of black Micron pens with a wonderful travel case. It had room for additional pens and so… I filled it up. πŸ™‚ I also managed to fit my mechanical pencil in the case as well.

I love having this little case next to me whenever I am sketching, everything I need is visible and right on hand. ❀ I’ve mentioned these pens in other posts and thought you might like to see what I’ve been using.

Micron pens in travel case

 

I like to think that I am painting myself happy. I hope you enjoy seeing my happy art and it inspires you create and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. ❀ Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Wisteria watercolor

A soft and loose Wisteria watercolor painting to share today.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Recently, fellow blogger and talented artist,Β HollyThreeSixFiveΒ shared a beautiful Wisteria that she painted after watching Jay Lee’s Wisteria watercolor tutorial.Β  I’ve enjoyed other Jay Lee tutorials in the past and was excited to follow along with this one.

I love what I was able to create but the best part was that I felt very calm and relaxed while painting. Looking back, the hardest thing for me was getting a nice picture to post using my phone. For some reason I have a difficult time getting a quality photo of anything purple.

Wisteria watercolor painting

Painted using a Princeton round #12 brush on 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

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 along. ❀

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Leaves – watercolor and ink

I’ve been sketching and painting leaves again. There is something about leaves that I find very calm and soothing.Β  Hope you enjoy…

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Watercolor leaves

A fun practice with different shades of green and blue, my favorite colors. I used my Princeton 1/4 inch Dagger brush for these paintings.Β  I love that brush so much!

It was fun to play around with different shapes and just enjoy the painting process. ❀

Watercolor Tip: A clean tissue is always handy to have on hand for blotting. I use one when I put down too much color or too much water on the paper. Just remember to be gentle so that you don’t damage the surface of your paper.

Watercolor leaves

Both watercolor paintings are on 6 x 9 inch individual sheets of Bee watercolor paper.

Continuing on with a few ink sketches…

Leaves ink sketch

I love the simplicity of this one. It just feels good.

When I am sketching or doodling, I try not to overthink what I am doing.

If I think about the pen in my hand and the movement of my hand, either the line I am making or going to make, things don’t work out very well for me. It sounds funny but I need a general plan and then I have to be deliberate with the pen and sketch without fear.

Flowing leaves ink sketch

Ink on mixed media paper using black Micron pens

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Lavender field

I’m continuing on with another painting inspired by Jean Haines’ lovely book,Β Β Paint Yourself Calm.

Simply painting and enjoying the process…relaxing, calm, and soothing.

Lavender field, 8 x 10 inch Pentalic Watercolor Sketchbook

Lavender field
Lavender field

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great weekend and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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