It started with a sketch

It all started with a sketch. I enjoy sitting down with my sketchbook and playing with floral designs.

Happy Sunday friends! 😊

flowers and vines ink sketch

I decided to work on a painting inspired by my floral sketch.

 

pink flowers and vines first wash

My first watercolor wash, a light layer of petals and leaves.

I continued on with a few more layers of color making sure each was dry before starting the next. The key is that each layer of color added gets a little darker.

pink flowers and vines watercolor

Transparent petals and leaves completed.

The flowers are much larger than in the sketch but I like that. 🌸

I had so much fun with the first painting that later in the week I gave it another try.

transparent pink watercolor flowers

This painting has a few more flowers and transparent leaves. I like how the overlapping leaves create movement and interest. Pink and green together is a favorite of mine so I stayed with that combination. This second painting has a playfulness that makes me happy.

It was fun using my sketch as a guide and letting each painting take me where it wanted to go. I hope you enjoyed seeing my work and that my flowers brighten your day.

Until next time, share a smile and have a wonderful week.

Happy Painting! πŸ’š

Patty Anne

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Painting the garden

A little painting inspiration from last summer.

Happy Thursday, friends! 🌼 😊

Black-eyed Susan flowers photo

Black-eyed Susans – July 2018

It’s always good to practice and play. Learning what works and what doesn’t with watercolor takes time and a lot of practice. Allow time to experiment and observe, no need to fuss, just play.

A few notes on my little flower practice below:

I used a round #12 brush (and a #6 for some of the smaller petals).

1 – add a round puddle of color for the flower center

2 – add simple petals around the damp center

3 – add a drop of water in the center of the damp flower and allow it to bleed out into the petals

4 – add a little water to the edge of a few petals and allow the damp color to soften and bleed out

 

watercolor flower practice

Center: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Cadmium Yellow, Hansa Yellow Dark

Below I tried a darker center with lighter petals.

There are so many options…just have fun!

watercolor flower- painting steps

Center: Sepia, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Hansa Yellow light, Yellow ochre

My watercolor painting of Black-eyed Susans reminds me of summer. 🌞

Black-eyed Susan watercolor painting

Summer Flowers – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

I hope you are inspired to create and have fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts, simply click the follow button. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! πŸ’›

Patty Anne

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Painting butterflies

I have been painting butterflies inspired by Jean Haines. I absolutely love her loose free style of watercolor painting. I found that with just a few simple steps you can paint a little butterfly.

Happy Sunday!

Butterfly watercolor steps

Steps to paint a butterfly:

  1. Using a liner #2 brush and a black brown mix, add a small round head. Then just below that, add a line of dots for the body getting smaller as you near the bottom.
  2. Outline the top of the wing with a deep color and then use a little clean water to smooth it out.
  3. Next to the midsection of the body, add paint with the side of your brush and pull it out away from the body. Continue this on both sides and build up the color.
  4. Add more color to the head and wings as needed.

Special notes:

  • Allow the paint from the body to touch the wet paint of the wings. Remember that the mix and mingle is where the watercolor magic happens. πŸ™‚
  • Be careful to not overwork your butterfly, less is more here.

 

Butterfly watercolor painting practice

It is always fun to play with different shapes and colors. My favorite butterflies here ended up being the ones in the middle where I left part of the wings unpainted. It feels like they are moving across the page. πŸ¦‹

 

Butterfly and flower watercolor painting

Trying to put it all together with a little painting of a flower and butterfly.

Butterfly dreams painted on Bee watercolor paper

I hope you enjoyed this little butterfly practice and are inspired to pick up a paint brush and create art. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and shine on!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Soft pink roses

A quiet post with soft pink roses today.

🌸 Happy Thursday! 🌸

Pink Roses watercolor

Soft pink rosesΒ  –Β  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! 😊

Patty Anne

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Lavender and bees

A little more practice painting flowers and bees.

Happy Sunday!

Lavender and bees watercolor

Lavender Days 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

A loose and simple lavender painting adding a few little bumbles. As I painted the lavender I left a few places to drop in my little bees. They were painted using the 4 simple steps from my previous post, Painting bees.

I love painting and creating, it is such a joy to share my art with all of you. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this journey. All of your kindness and encouragement means the world to me. πŸ’œ

I hope you have great week and do something fun. 😊

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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A little sunshine

A little bit of sunshine for you today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Sunflower photograph

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

~ Walt Whitman

 

Sunflower photograph

This glorious sunflower in my garden just makes my heart sing.

Such a happy flower, sunflowers are always smiling. πŸ™‚

 

wilting sunflower in evening sun photo

Even as the petals begin to wilt they are still lovely.

 

Chipmunk on deck photograph

I caught this little chipmunk resting out back and staring off into the distance. Such a cutie, I just had to share. ❀

 

Chipmunk profile photograph

If Huey Lewis had been outside with me I’m sure this fella wouldn’t have hung around for his photo shoot. πŸ˜‰

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 shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Lovely Roses

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

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

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. ❀

 

Pink tipped rose photo

A gorgeous pink tipped rose….hello beautiful!

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

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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