Quiet Thursday – Lavender

A look back at a painting from last summer.

Lavender field painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Lavender field
Lavender field

I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.

Have a great weekend and do something fun. 🙂

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Coneflower watercolor

A few years ago I painted a Coneflower after watching this Deb Watson youtube video, How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners. I decided to watch the video again but this time decided to paint a larger flower.

I painted this first Coneflower in 2015 shortly after I started documenting my journey.  This was painting number 35.

Coneflower watercolor
Coneflower painting 2015

I’m really pleased with this early work, I think it was a nice exercise.

In the video, I love that Deb walks through painting the wet on wet background by dropping in lots of color and letting the colors mix and mingle. I remember when I was just a beginner, she made me feel like I could do this and gave me the confidence to give it a try.  This video is packed full of great tips and advice that has stayed with me.

My recent Coneflower painting on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.

Coneflower painting
Coneflower painting 2018

This is painting number 651.  Wow, I am so amazed by that number! 🙂

The salt technique worked out much better in the new painting. I have more experience using salt now and have a better feel for when to sprinkle it on the wet paint.

Salt technique – things that can affect your results
How wet is the paint. If too dry,  the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” 🙂
Applying the salt from directly above or at an angle.
The type of salt used. Kosher salt or a finer table salt.

I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Sunflower Watercolor

A little sunshine your way today with a cheerful Sunflower painting.

I worked on painting a Sunflower based on an exercise in Jean Haines beautiful watercolor book, Paint Yourself Calm. I love her loose style of painting and the vibrant colors she uses in her work. This book is full exercises to help you relax, explore color, and reduce stress through painting.

Sunflowers just make me smile. The bright yellow makes me happy. 🙂

In this exercise the petals are painted by pulling color toward the center of the flower. The salt technique is used on the center of the flower and plastic wrap is used on the petals. Both techniques are fun and create some interesting results.

It was vey exciting the next day after the salt was dusted off and the plastic wrap removed. Then just a little touch up and this happy sunflower was finished.

Sunflower watercolor painted on 11×14 inch Arches watercolor paper

Sunflower watercolor
Sunflower watercolor

 

A different view of the same Sunflower.

Sunflower watercolor cropped view
Sunflower watercolor – cropped view

 

Thanks for stopping by and following along.

I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Painting with a new brush

A number of months ago I bought a few Princeton Dagger brushes. This week I decided to practice with the small 1/4 inch brush. I found it to be a great choice for painting leaves, twigs, and branches. I need to practice with this brush a bit more but it was fun to switch things up and try something new.

Dagger brush notes:
The brush holds a lot of paint, be sure to have a nice puddle of color to work with.
The super fine tip is perfect for detail work and fine lines.
Dipping the brush in 2 different colors and then pulling the brush across the paper creates some very fun results.

dagger brush practice

 

I played around and painted a series of leaves. My favorite ones are below. I like the simplicity and soft colors, all very calming.

Daniel Smith watercolors:  Undersea Green, Carbazole Violet, and French Ultramarine
Each painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Leaves watercolor series
Leaves watercolor series

 

I painted some pretty pink flowers with the small dagger brush. It created some nice loose shapes for the leaves and petals. I also used a few of my favorite go-to round brushes in this painting as well.
Pink Posies watercolor painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Pink Posies watercolor
Pink Posies watercolor

 

Try something new…
Mix it up with a new paintbrush or a new sketchbook. Maybe even paint something you’ve never painted before. Playing around and having fun can often produce some very exciting results.

I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos watercolor
Pink Cosmos watercolor

Pink Cosmos watercolor painted on 9×12 inch Arches watercolor paper.

Dreaming about warmer weather and sending you a little sunshine today with some cheerful pink flowers.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Holiday Holidays!

 

Holiday Wreath
Holiday Wreath

Holiday Wreath painted on 6 x 9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

I hope you all get a chance to enjoy time with family and friends this holiday season. Thank you for your friendship, love, and encouragement. It means the world to me.

Wishing you Joy, Peace, and Love!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Blues – Abstract Flowers

Thursday Blues - Abstract Flowers
Thursday Blues – Abstract Flowers

Thursday Blues – Abstract Flowers painted on 6 x 9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

I hope this quiet post puts a smile on your face. I had planned on making some bookmarks out of this painting, but I fell in love and could not cut it into strips. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the holidays!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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