California dreaming -watercolor landscape

I’ve been watching more tutorials and trying different techniques. I just love how this painting turned out. I may have done a happy dance when I finished. 😉

Hope your day is wonderful! 💙

California dreaming watercolor landscape

California Dreaming – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor

I used a 1 inch flat brush, a credit card slice/wedge, and a mini spray bottle.

The spray bottle was used a few times when my paper started to dry too quickly.

The credit card slice was used to gently scrape off some of the paint on the mountains when the paint was slightly damp. The scraping technique works best when the paint is damp and not too wet. I also dipped the edge of the credit card in paint to add some nice straight lines here and there.

I usually paint the sky first but this time it was painted last. After finishing with the mountains and water in the foreground, I wet the sky area and dropped in lots of paint on the right side. Tilting the paper then helped the paint move about in the sky. A damp brush also helped encourage the paint in the sky to fall downward a bit.

I think the key to keeping a painting fresh is to be brave, have fun, and don’t fuss with it.

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

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Watercolor landscape experiments

I have been doing more experimenting with watercolor landscapes. I believe it’s important to allow yourself to just play and see what happens. Even if the results are not what you wish for there is so much to learn from each painting.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💙

 

blue watercolor trees

I used Daniel Smith watercolors:  Prussian Blue and Payne’s Gray.

These colors really move around nicely on the paper, especially when playing with the wet on wet technique as I was doing here. An important thing to remember is to have fun and let go… no judgement, no overthinking 😊

The light blue tree in the middle and a few of the darker trees up front I am quite happy with. This was a good practice and a nice warm up…

 

watercolor experiments - blue trees

More play with blues and wet on wet here.

I like the small tree on the left, it’s different and adds interest. The overlapping trees on the right are very interesting too, they seem to pull me in.

Watercolor tip: Some of the branch marks in the larger trees were made with a dry brush moving over damp paint. It pulls up some of the paint and creates a lighter area.

 

watercolor beach landscape

And finally a beach scene with some calm soothing colors. I really like this one… It takes me back to the beach.

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

Until next time, take care and be well.

🌸 Patty Anne  🌸

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Inspired watercolor landscapes

Today I have a few watercolor landscapes to share that were inspired by amazing artists that I follow on Instagram.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Tree by the sea watercolor painting

This 9 x 12″ watercolor painting was inspired by artist, @valeriemafrica

I pushed myself to try a more involved landscape this time. I was worried about painting the hillside and foreground details but I like how it turned out.

 

Simple watercolor landscape painting

This simple landscape was inspired by @debi.riley

I used only two colors for this painting: Burnt Sienna light and Indigo

My favorite part of this one is the large expressive brush strokes in the foreground with wet paint on dry paper.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Landscape practice continues

I’ve been having fun painting more landscapes and have a few to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 🧡

 

distant hills watercolor

A simple landscape of distant hills.

I’ve been trying to push ahead and paint without worry. Some days that’s easier than others. 😊simple abstract watercolor landscape

A peaceful scene with distant trees and hills.

Daniel Smith watercolors:  Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna light, and Yellow ochre
Brush:  Princeton Neptune Round 12

Watercolor tips:

  • I think about the landscape in three sections: the sky, middle, and foreground.
    That makes this type of painting less intimidating for me.
  • Using a limited palette creates color harmony and simplifies decision making.
    When I limit my color choices I feel less pressure as I am painting.

 

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create, play, and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.

🌸  Patty Anne 🌸

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An abstract watercolor painting

I started out thinking that I was working on an under painting for an ink sketch. As the painting developed my plan changed. Sometimes you think you are moving in one direction and then you end up in a different place altogether.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💜

 

Peace and Joy abstract watercolor painting

I used a large round brush (#12) for this painting and a few of my favorite colors. 💙

After loading the brush with paint, I started dragging it down the page in random places using the side of the brush (not the tip). I really like the texture this created. Allowing some white of the paper to remain was very important. I continued this way alternating between purple and blue paint. 

Near the end, I decided the piece needed something more.  Ok I thought…maybe a little more color. I selected yellow ochre and was pleased that the addition provided some needed warmth and balance.

This painting was full of fun and experimentation. Although it’s not my usual style,  I really enjoyed the process and results. I may try a few more like this in the future.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸   Patty Anne  🌸

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Painting a Fall Wreath

I have a fall wreath to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, Friends! 🧡

 

watercolor fall wreath

I started out by lightly outlining a bowl on my paper with a pencil.

Then I painted some watercolor leaves around the circle using a large round brush.
First round – pale yellow leaves
Second round — pale orange leaves
Third round – darker leaves, reddish orange and reddish brown

I let each round of leaves dry before painting the next. Then the final touch was cleaning up the stems and softening up a few rough edges with a damp brush.  I like how this simple wreath turned out.  😊

I will be taking a little break but will be back soon.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Delicate pink watercolor flowers

A quiet post today with soft delicate watercolor flowers.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💚

 

Delicate pink floral watercolor

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

find me on Instagram at pattyanneart

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Water Lily practice continues on…

I’ve tried many times to paint water lilies on the pond. I alway find painting them to be very challenging. Today I have a few practice pieces to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💜

water lily watercolor painting

A very loose attempt with this one. It has a nice softness and calm feeling.

It could probably benefit from another dark wash around the base of each flower.

Having had a few unsuccessful water lily paintings behind me, I decided to move on and leave this one as is. 😉

water lily watercolor painting

A bolder attempt this time. It took a number of washes with various dark colors to achieve this result. It feels like water to me and that my flowers are floating on top. Yay! 😊

I will continue to practice and keep on trying to paint water lilies. I hope you are inspired to play, create art, and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Thursday watercolor – Pink Poppies

A quiet post today sharing some Pink Poppies and a big smile. 😀

Happy Thursday, friends!  🌸

watercolor painting of pink poppies

A loose watercolor painting with happy colors.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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