Christmas branch

Another watercolor painting for Christmas.

Happy Sunday friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas branch watercolor

9 x 12 inch Christmas branch on bee watercolor paper

Leaves are one of my favorite things to paint and sketch. I decided it would be fun to paint a cheerful branch. I now have my second Christmas card for this year. Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

I started with layers of light green leaves using a round #12 brush. I allowed each layer to dry and worked up to darker leaves in different shades of green.ย  For the last layer of pine needles, I switched to a flat angle brush which helped me get some nice variation and added texture.ย As a last step I used a white gel pen for a hint of snow and a few highlights.

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 smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! โค

Patty Anne

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Soft pink roses

A quiet post with soft pink roses today.

๐ŸŒธย Happy Thursday!ย ๐ŸŒธ

Pink Roses watercolor

Soft pink rosesย  –ย  9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

 

Pink Roses photo

watercolor inspiration photo – March 2018

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Patty Anne

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Painting bees

I’ve been practicing painting bees and flowers. In Jean Haines’ book,ย Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour, she noted that adding little bees to your flower paintings will give them more energy and interest.

The cute little bees in Jean’s book looked like a fun exercise so I jumped in.

Step by step watercolor bees

How to paint a little bee, simple and loose:ย 

Use a small brush,ย  I used a Liner #2

  1. With dark gray/black, paint a round head and with the tip of your brush pull out a few antenna.
    Paint a couple dark curved stripes below the head.
  2. In between the stripes add yellow paint and allow it to touch and blend with the other areas.
  3. Pull out the wings from the wet paint on each side of the bee. Add a little more gray color at the top of the wing. Use a damp brush to blend out the wings to keep them soft and delicate.
  4. Bump up the color by adding more yellow and gray/black where needed.

 

You can also switch things up and paint a few bees with different shades of yellow and gold, or try using a different gray mix. There are so many possibilities. ๐Ÿ™‚

watercolor flowers and bees practice

My little bee and flower study was a great way to have fun and try new things. I was able to experiment with how much water to use, when to blend colors, and try differentย  shapes and color combinations.

I love the freedom to just play and experiment without worry. It is a great way to build skills and enjoy the painting process. I highly recommend taking some time to play.

flowers and bees watercolor

Flowers and Beesย  – 6 x 9 inch

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 smile and spread kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday – Owl & Butterfly

It’s a doodle Thursday. Hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a little owl to share with you that I worked on a few months ago.

Silly doodle fun, quite a hoot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Owl doodle sketch in ink

Silly Owlย  6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

A butterfly and happy little flower doodle for your as well.

Butterfly doodle sketch in ink

Joyful Landingย  6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do what you love.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bluebird

A sweet little Bluebird watercolor your way today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Thursday!

 

Bluebird watercolor painting

I hope this little Bluebird brightens your day. โค

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Lovely Roses

A few roses to share with you today.ย  While we were on vacation earlier this year my husband captured these beautiful images with our new camera.ย  Hope you enjoy.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Delicate white rose photo

A simple white rose surrounded by many shades of green.

 

lovely hot pink roses photo

Delicate pink petals, so many different shades of happy. โค

 

Pink tipped rose photo

A gorgeous pink tipped rose….hello beautiful!

These photos make me want to grab a brush and practice painting roses. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love.ย  Until next time, have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Reflection at the shore

I decided to paint something different this week.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 shoreย  – 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reflection at the shore 2 watercolor

Reflection at the shore 2ย  –ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! โค

Patty Anne

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