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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Thoughts for a creative 2022

Happy New Year, friends! 💚

As we head into the new year I like to think about new possibilities and what I will focus on. I don’t like resolutions but I like having goals and things to reach for.

My thoughts for a creative 2022:
Keep working to improve my watercolor skills.
Have fun and explore different techniques.
Improve my watercolor backgrounds.
Allow for more playtime in my sketchbook.
Share videos and snippets of my painting process.
Remember to be gentle with myself and slow down when I need to.

Watercolor background in progress

Watercolor Backgrounds
I plan on putting more thought into backgrounds this year. Hopefully playing more with backgrounds will improve my paintings and make them more interesting.

As an example, I recently painted this lively background above with the wet on wet technique. I used a damp brush to lift off paint in some places for placement of bigger flowers.

I think playing and experimenting with backgrounds will be a lot of fun.

Watercolor floral with lively background

Here’s a photo of the final painting taken with better lighting. 😊 I added some flowers and bumped up the color. It think it looks a bit dreamy… I love that.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. What are you planning on focusing on in 2022?

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Delicate watercolor floral

Sometimes I just want to paint flowers. Today I have a sweet delicate piece to share with you.

Hope you are enjoying your day! 💚

delicate watercolor floral

I painted these flowers a few months ago. I really love this one. It has been in my drafts folder for quite a while just waiting for me come back to it.

One interesting note about this painting is that the flowers were painted using a cut plastic credit card instead of a brush. The delicate stems and leaves were painted with a very small brush.

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 🌸

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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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Sunday Watercolor Floral

A quiet post today with a pretty purple floral.

Hope you have a wonderful day, friends! 💜

Pretty Purple floral watercolor

Pretty Purple Floral – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Oh that coral pink!

I recently bought a pad of Arches watercolor paper and decided to limit it to only floral paintings. Today I have one of those paintings to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💗

My favorite coral pink watercolor combination:
Quinacridone Rose +
Yellow Ochre +
Pyrrol Scarlet (just a tiny bit)

coral pink watercolor floral without centers

I started by painting the flower petals first. That way I have lots of room and freedom to position them anywhere on the page. Then I can fill in with leaves and stems all around and balance things out.

I’m very happy with the soft petals. While the paint was still wet, I used a clean brush and a little water to soften the edges.

coral pink watercolor floral

For the flower centers, I used a very small brush and a dark color mix. It took a couple layers of paint to get the deep color that I wanted. The dark color in the center of the flowers really wakes up this painting.

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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Sunday sketchbook

I thought it would be fun to take you on a walk through my sketchbook today.

Happy Sunday! 💚

My sketchbook is filled with a lot of quick sketches. As you will see, I don’t spend much time on detail or shading. Below are a few of my recent favorites.

garden sketch with butterfly

I like to play with shapes and work on different ideas.

My sketchbook is all about playing and having fun.

simple sketchbook flowers

I do most of my sketching with a pen and that means no erasing. 😊

I think sketching that way builds muscle memory and confidence.

floral bouquet sketch

Sometimes a little floral sketch will inspire a painting.

undersea ink sketching

I like to use a variety of micron pens in different sizes and colors. A colorful sketch like this one makes me smile. It’s fun to play with color and try out different combinations.

sketchbook undersea play

I love to doodle and sketch underwater life. My hope is that these little sketches will lead to more ideas and bigger projects.

I hope you enjoyed this quick stroll through my sketchbook. Until next time, keep playing and having fun.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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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! 💙

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! 😉

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 🌸

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Tulips on Parade

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Bluebird and Tulips watercolor

Bluebird and Tulips – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

I recently painted a vase full of pretty tulips and a sweet little bluebird. I always love painting flowers and birds. 😊

single red tulip watercolor

Red Tulip – 7 x 10 inch watercolor

I also painted a single red tulip in my sketchbook. This simple tulip makes me happy. I can feel the movement of the leaves and love that bold red color.

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 🌸.

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Soft flowers with ink detail

I have a sweet little floral to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

watercolor floral base painting

I started out painting some pretty watercolor flowers and layered in some leaves and buds.

Soft pink and yellow petals combined with green gold leaves make up this palette today. I just love the layered petals and peekaboo flowers.

watercolor floral ink sketch

Adding ink sketching came next.

Outlining the petals and adding some detail in the center always wakes up my flowers. Some ink leaves and vines were added to balance things out and add some playfulness to the painting.

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 🌸

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