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
A different view of the same Sunflower.
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Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.
A quick post on some of my recent work painting Waterlilies and Lotus flowers. These lovely flowers were a bit challenging for me, but I found that continued practice does pay off. After a number of attempts, I have a few paintings to share with you.
A simple Lotus flower painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I really love the combination of pinks and greens in this painting.
Pink Waterlily painted on 9×12 inch Arches watercolor paper. The flower seemed dull but finally started to come to life after I added additional detail once the painting dried. I also darkened the water around the flower and that helped as well.
After working on a few other waterlily paintings that were disappointing, I decided to work on smaller paper and allow myself to work out a few issues before giving up and moving on to something else. I watched a few short videos online and was motivated to keep on trying. This journey is about learning, sharing, and having fun. Hopefully, I can also put a smile on your face and brighten your day as well!
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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!
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You can also see more of my work on Instagram and also on my new website, PattyAnneArt. Hope you have a great week.
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.
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?
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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