Butterflies in Watercolor

Just a quick post this week on butterflies. I’ve always loved butterflies and it makes me smile when I see one flutter by or land on a nearby flower. Their delicate wings have such beautiful colors and patterns that are all so interesting. I thought it would be fun to try and paint some butterflies this week.

I tried to keep things simple and loose (but sometimes that is easier said than done). Below are two of the paintings that I am happiest with. I think my favorite one is the bright blue butterfly. I really love Daniel Smith – Phthalo Blue!

Dark Blue Butterfly
Dark Blue Butterfly
Bright Blue Butterfly
Bright Blue Butterfly

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

More Lavender Watercolors

I continue on this journey painting both new and favorite subjects. Lavender has quickly become a favorite of mine. What I love is that there are so many varieties and beautiful color combinations to try.

As I was writing this post, I started thinking that for a future painting it might be fun to paint a landscape with rolling hills of lavender in the distance.

Below are a few paintings from this week.  A few other paintings didn’t work out so well but that is how it goes… I had fun and will keep on painting and trying to improve. There is a lot to learn from paintings that don’t work out, sometimes I think you learn more from them.

Lavender watercolor
Lavender watercolor

I like the soft background in this painting and am happy that the colors didn’t get too dark. With this composition I was trying for something a little different. What do you think of it?

Lavender 2 watercolor
Lavender 2 watercolor

The second painting I’m not as happy with but I do like the variation and loose feel. An interesting thing I’ve found is that purple appears a bit darker in my photos than it actually is on my watercolor paper. I’m not sure why that is.

Watercolors used:  a combination of Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton
Ultramarine Blue (DS), Quinacridone Rose (DS), Payne’s Gray (DS), Sap Green (WN), White(WN)

Payne’s Gray is a new color in my palette. I like to mix up my own gray with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light but recently I decided to try Payne’s Gray and I really love it! If you are looking for a new color to add to your palette, I recommend giving Payne’s Gray a try.

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Dahlia with different backgrounds

I planted a white Dahlia in my garden this spring. This week I’ve been working on painting this lovely flower.

I sketched the flower in pencil first and then used a black micron pen size .02 to go over the pencil marks. I mix my gray color for this painting using burnt sienna light and aquamarine blue.  The white flower has a lot of gray shadowing which I carefully painted with a round #2 brush.

Dahlia without a background

Dahlia without a background color
Dahlia without a background color

I am happy with this painting, but it left me wanting more color, so in the next painting I used bright pink and some purple around the flower which I thought would make the flower pop. What I found was that the very strong background seemed to overpower the delicate flower.  Below is my next attempt with a softer light blue and purple background.

Dahlia with a background color
Dahlia with a background color

Although I like the background, I am happier with the actual flower in the first painting. I may have rushed a bit with this last painting.  Oh well, this is a learning experience and I did have fun, which is what this is all about!

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Happy Painting!!

Patty Anne

Iris in Bloom

I am back to painting flowers again. I was inspired by a picture that I took a few weeks ago. I noticed that the Iris buds are beautiful as well as the lovely flowers. I really need to plant some in my garden soon.

Painted on Canson 9×12 inch watercolor paper.

Iris in Bloom watercolor
Iris in Bloom

This was a fun painting and it did not take long to complete. I worked on a few similar paintings first and then combined a few things from each of those paintings.
Hope you enjoy!

Watercolor tips:

  • Keep a scrap piece of watercolor paper nearby for testing out any color that you aren’t sure of. It is better to test out color on scrap first than to be disappointed after you’ve already used it in your painting.
  • To soften hard edges, use a damp brush and lightly go over the edge to smooth it out. A small round brush works well for this. In my painting I had to smooth out around the flowers a bit.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Bluebells in the Garden

I have some adorable little bluebells in my garden. There are so many delicate bells on each flower. Below are a few attempts at painting these little garden beauties…
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Bluebells 1
7×10 inch Canson mix media sketchbook
Bluebells in Bloom 1
Bluebells in Bloom 1

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Bluebells 2
9×12 inch Canson watercolor paper 140#

Bluebells in Bloom 2
Bluebells in Bloom 2
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Bluebells 3
9×12 inch Canson watercolor paper 140#
Bluebells in Bloom 3
Bluebells in Bloom 3

I was unable to escape the “detail mode” and let go to paint a loose version.  Maybe I will try that another time.  Each painting is a bit different.  I like the simplicity of number 1 and the bright color and detail of number 3.

Watercolor tips:

  • Keep painting and documenting your work so that you can see your growth over time.  I am now up to painting #382. Looking back I can see that many things are improving and that makes me smile!
  •  Cheap brushes fall apart quickly. I have a few that I need to replace because the paint is chipping off the handle and starting to flake into my rinse water.  I know that I should get rid of them but it is like having an old pair of worn out jeans that you just don’t want to let go of.  I will be replacing these cheaper brushes with better quality ones soon.
Happy Painting!
Patty Anne

Chives in Bloom

I have a few potted chives on my deck that are in full bloom. The fluffy purple blooms are such a sweet sight to see. Below are a few attempts last weekend at painting the chives. I used the same photo and mixed it up a bit and the result was three very different watercolor paintings.  Hope you enjoy!

My 1st painting was on Canson watercolor paper.
Just chives with some detail.

Chives in Bloom 1
Chives in Bloom 1

My 2nd painting was in my Pentalic watercolor sketchbook.
I added a background and additional colors.

Chives in Bloom 2
Chives in Bloom 2

My 3rd painting was on Canson watercolor paper.
A loose style with a background.

Loose - Chives in Bloom
Loose – Chives in Bloom

Which of the three paintings do you prefer?  I would love to hear your feedback.

Watercolor tips:

  • Give the rigger brush a try, it is great for working on detail.  The more I use this brush, the more I fall in love with it.
  • Try painting the same subject a few different times.  Mix it up using a different color palette, trying a different background, or using different brushes. See what happens, you might just be surprised and delighted  (as I was with the chives).

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Foxglove Flowers in Bloom

Springtime is here!  The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. I bought my first Foxglove plant last weekend. My beautiful plant has lavender flowers and many little buds just waiting to bloom.
Here is a quick watercolor painting of my new plant.
Foxglove Flowers in Bloom
Watercolor painting notes:
7×10 inch mix media sketchbook
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolors
Round #6 and Rigger #0 watercolor brushes

Painting tips for beginners:
– Stay positive and keep painting.
– Start with your lightest colors first and then build up to your darker colors.
– Try to keep a few unpainted spots here and there, it will add a little sparkle and interest.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne