Painting Tulips again

Just a quick post today. Sometimes the words just don’t flow for me. Today I’ll let my art do most of the talking. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope your day is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’š

tulips watercolor card

A joyful card with a few simple tulips. Just love how this one turned out.

sweet pink tulips watercolor

Pretty tulips in my sketchbook. Just three colors were used to paint this tulip trio.

tulips - bold watercolor

A close up view of another tulip painting. A bit lively and fun with lots of yummy bold color.

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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Blue Hydrangea watercolor

Today I have a blue hydrangea to share that I painted with a limited palette.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

blue hydrangea watercolor

9 x 12 inch – Blue Hydrangea watercolor

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Prussian Blue
Undersea Green

A limited palette seems to free up my mind while I am painting. I love that it also pushes me to use colors in a way that I might not have tried before.

This painting was done using cut up credit cards. I haven’t given up on my brushes but lately this is my jam! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Color inspiration – hot pink!

My pink Azaleas just make my heart sing. That color is amazing! ๐Ÿ’—
#colorcrush

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐ŸŒธ

Azaleas in hot pink

The green gold leaves look so pretty next to the bright pink.

Now on to my sketchbook for some play time.

Watercolor flowers - splashy color

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Quinacridone Magenta
Prussian Blue
Undersea Green (just for the tiny stems)

I decided to experiment by painting my flowers using a cut up credit card. I’ve been using a plastic card on landscapes and thought I’d give it a go with flowers.

I wet part part of the paper with clean water. Just trying for playful strokes by pulling and pushing around the paint on the paper. I really wasn’t sure if this would be a success or a big fail. Color mixing happened right on the paper. At times I dipped the card into thick paint and other times a watery mix.

Using a plastic card can be unpredictable but I found it was also quite exciting. My flowers ended up rather loose and artsy. Yay, I like that.

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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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope your day is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’™

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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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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! ๐Ÿ’™

 

blue watercolor trees

I used Daniel Smith watercolors:ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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.

๐ŸŒธย Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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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!ย ๐Ÿ’š

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 byย @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!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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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! ๐Ÿงก

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜Šsimple abstract watercolor landscape

A peaceful scene with distant trees and hills.

Daniel Smith watercolors:ย  Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna light, and Yellow ochre
Brush:ย  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.

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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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! ๐Ÿ’œ

 

Peace and Joy abstract watercolor painting

I used a large round brush (#12) for this painting and a few of my favorite colors. ๐Ÿ’™

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.ย 

Near the end, I decided the piece needed something more.ย  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,ย  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!

๐ŸŒธ ย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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