Thursday – Ink Doodle

Sending smiles and a happy doodle your way today. πŸ™‚

This fun doodle I worked on while waiting for my flight at the airport last week. It was a nice way to relax and pass the time…

Ink Doodle - Leaves
Ink Doodle – Leaves

5.5 x 8.5 inch Canson Mix Media sketchbook

Hope you have a great weekend and do something fun!

Happy Doodling!

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Backyard Bluebird

This little bluebird stopped by for a visit recently.Β  Luckily I had my new camera in handΒ  when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. πŸ™‚

Backyard Bluebird
Backyard Bluebird

 

I thought it would be fun to try painting my bluebird. I started with a light pencil sketch first, and then moved on to the eye and beak making sure to get the placement and details correct.

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird watercolor

While working on the feathers, I like to dampen a small area of the paper with a little clean water.Β  Then I drop in a little paint and let the colors move and mingle. A gentle touch with a small brush seems to work well for painting the feathers on a small bird like this one.

I decided to try something a little different for the background and create a frame of color around my bird. It has taken a lot of painting for me to get comfortable trying different backgrounds. There are still times when I have to push worry out of the way and just go for it.

Tip – how to flatten your watercolor painting if the paper curls up or has buckled
After you have finished your painting and it is completely dry, you can flatten it by lightly wetting the back side of the paper with clean water and then setting a heavy book or two on top of it until it dries completely.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week! πŸ™‚ ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Leu Gardens Visit

I recently visited Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida while on vacation. It was really nice to spend a quiet afternoon in the garden enjoying nature and taking a few photos along the way. I have a few favorites to share with you today. πŸ™‚

 

Lavender in the Garden
Lavender in the Garden

So many flowers on the property to enjoy and lots of inspiration for future paintings.

The lavender caught my eye in the herb garden. ❀

I love how the afternoon sun is shining through the cute little picket fence.

Lavender in the Garden 2
Lovely Lavender

Ahh, and another lavender photo but this one is a soft and romantic.

 

Green Palm leaves
Green Palm leaves

I didn’t note the name of these gorgeous plants but I was lost in the beauty of the day strolling around and having fun with my best friend.

The extraordinary colors, shapes, and textures blew me away…

I am thrilled with how these photos turned out.

Lovely greens
Lovely greens

It is always nice to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos and have a chance to slow down and enjoy the beauty all around you.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Until next time, have a great week! πŸ™‚

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Daffodils

Daffodils and smiles your way today, Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Inspired by a beautiful painting in Jean Haines’ lovely book,Β  Paint Yourself Calm.

Daffodils
Daffodils

Daffodils painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper

Hope you have a great weekend and do something fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Buzz – Flowers and a Bee

Flowers and Bee
Flowers and a Bee

Flowers and a Bee painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper.

Thinking about Spring and sharing some cheerful flowers with you today.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Pink Petals

Pink Petals watercolor

Pink Petals painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Sending a little happy your way today with these pretty pink petals. πŸ™‚

Hope you 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,Β How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners.Β 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.Β  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.Β  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.Β  Wow, I am so amazed by that number! πŸ™‚

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,Β  the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” πŸ™‚
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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