Updating a Winter Cardinal

While sorting through some paintings I came across a Cardinal that I painted three years ago. I liked the painting but something just wasn’t right so I never posted it. Today I’ll share with you how the update turned out.

Happy Sunday! 💚

cardinal painting from 2018

This was the painting from 2018 before I made any updates.

Where I decided to make a few changes:
-the far side of the head should have a partial view of the other eye
-cleaning up the claws a little and maybe adding one that I noticed was missing
– a few darker areas on the tail and body
– bumping up some of the red color

updated cardinal watercolor painting

9 x 12 inch Winter Cardinal – after the update

Rounding out the far side of the head and making the hidden eye slightly visible was exactly what this painting needed. That little change alone made a big difference. Now I can finally say this one is finished and I really like it. 🙂

I will be taking a blogging break for a few weeks and returning after the new year. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and making new cherished memories.

Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season,

Patty Anne

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Inktober 2021 Sketching

Let’s take a stroll through my sketchbook today and I’ll show you a few of my recent #Inktober sketches.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

Inktober 2021 - Sunflower sketch

Sunflower

There are sketching prompts for each day of the month. Many people like to use the daily prompts but I like to sketch whatever inspires me at the moment.

Inktober 2021 - Floral play sketch

Floral pattern play

This was the first page in my new sketchbook. I didn’t know what to sketch so I decided to just play and see what happened. I love this type of sketching because it often helps me develop ideas that I can use in future sketches or paintings.

Inktober 2021 - city street

Playful cityscape

I worked on a quirky cityscape in my small sketchbook. Something very different for me but kind of fun.

Inktober 2021 - Flower sketch

Happy Flower

One more flower to finish off our tour.

I hope you grab a pen and some paper and join in on the sketching fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Sunday Watercolor Floral

A quiet post today with a pretty purple floral.

Hope you have a wonderful day, friends! 💜

Pretty Purple floral watercolor

Pretty Purple Floral – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

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Painting watercolor leaves

I love to paint leaves. There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about painting simple leaves.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

watercolor leaves

This painting was done using a large flat brush and a cut up credit card. A little experimentation and fun!

I wet the paper with clean water making leaf shapes using the large flat brush. Then I dipped my plastic card into the watercolor paint and moved the card across the paper to create some nice leaf shapes.

My watercolors used are from Daniel Smith:
Undersea Green
Prussian Blue

watercolor leaves

A little close up view here. I love how the colors move across the paper when it hits the water. The swirls and blending on the paper is kind of magical. 🙂

It seems when I just paint and play without worry, nice things happen.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Potted plants three in a row

I’m in love with paintings of potted plants and flowers. This week I decided to paint a few.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💚

potted plants - three in a row

9 x 12 inch – Three in a row (a sunny hello)

I imagine these pretty pots sitting on a patio or deck somewhere. I think they would be a cheerful addition to an outdoor space.

A few notes:
– I used mixed media paper here. I might have been better off with my watercolor sketchbook that can handle more water. The paper started giving me trouble at the end and buckled a bit.

– Keeping the color and size of the pots slightly different helps create interest.

– Positioning of the pots is also important. It’s more interesting if the spacing between them is different. I think I was partially successful with this one.

I recently reached 1000 followers here on WordPress. Thank you all for following me on this journey. I appreciate your kind words and support. Starting an art blog and putting my work online for all to see was something way out of my comfort zone. I’m so happy that I jumped in and gave it a go.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, sprinkle kindness everywhere.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Blue Roses watercolor

I’ve been having fun playing with color.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💙

Blue Roses watercolor
Blue Roses – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

It’s always fun to experiment and play. No rules, just have fun!

Here I used my favorite Prussian Blue and Undersea Green. I stacked the Roses and added just a few small leaves to balance things out.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Rocky Beach landscape

Today I have a watercolor landscape to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Rocky beach watercolor

12 x 16 inch Rocky Beach

This painting was a good practice with some mixed results. I think it’s a good time to do a little self critique. There’s always something to learn from each painting. Hopefully I will be able to carry a few of these lessons forward to improve my next landscape.

The sky:
It is a bit too moody.
Maybe a larger brush and brighter color in the sky would have been a better choice.

The distant mountains:
I really like how the mountains turned out with interesting color and depth.
Using the credit cards here helped me stay rather loose and create some nice texture.

The water:
Nice gentle waves that were not overworked.
The large flat brush to the rescue here.

Beach foreground:
The sandy area fades nicely into the water.
The rocky area in front should have probably had more detail and maybe been broken up into smaller random shapes.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Color inspiration – hot pink!

My pink Azaleas just make my heart sing. That color is amazing! 💗
#colorcrush

Happy Thursday, friends! 🌸

Azaleas in hot pink

The green gold leaves look so pretty next to the bright pink.

Now on to my sketchbook for some play time.

Watercolor flowers - splashy color

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Quinacridone Magenta
Prussian Blue
Undersea Green (just for the tiny stems)

I decided to experiment by painting my flowers using a cut up credit card. I’ve been using a plastic card on landscapes and thought I’d give it a go with flowers.

I wet part part of the paper with clean water. Just trying for playful strokes by pulling and pushing around the paint on the paper. I really wasn’t sure if this would be a success or a big fail. Color mixing happened right on the paper. At times I dipped the card into thick paint and other times a watery mix.

Using a plastic card can be unpredictable but I found it was also quite exciting. My flowers ended up rather loose and artsy. Yay, I like that.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Watercolor Birthday Cards

I’ve been painting birthday cards and have a few to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

watercolor card with tape masking

I taped off the center area of my cards (with painters tape).
Then I painted layers of leaves and buds all around the tape.

painted watercolor cards

After pulling off the tape I had a nice framed area in the center for writing a message.

watercolor card with embellishments

I decided to add a few of my little paper birds and flowers to this card. I like how it balanced out the frame and added some fun.

My dual tipped Tombow brush pens worked great for writing the birthday message. I practiced a while in my sketchbook before deciding on the blue marker (small tip).

watercolor birthday card

I glued few of my paper flowers on this card and then couldn’t resist adding a little bling. 😉

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Sweet Little birds

Today I’m going to show you how my little bird painting came together.

It started with some cute templates that I made. When I’m painting birds I like to block out the bird shapes first.

bird shape templates

I like being able to physically move the templates around and place the birds in different positions to find the best placement before I make any pencil marks on the page.

watercolor bird painting initial layers

For this painting I decided to overlap two birds on the left facing the bird on the right. These little guys are sharing a special moment… 😉

The watercolor technique used here was wet on wet. Which is simply wetting the paper first with clean water and then dropping in wet paint. The magic happens when the paint mixes and mingles on the paper.

I worked my way across the paper starting with the bird on the left working on one bird shape at a time using the wet on wet technique. Each bird will be similar but not exactly the same and hopefully this would keep me from dragging my wrist through wet paint.

sweet little birds - stage 2

The next step was adding a little ink detail with a small waterproof pen. At this point I noticed that I needed a few more darks on the wings and so I added a little more paint there to finish the birds.

sweet birds on a branch watercolor

The last step was adding a background and a few details to the branches. Since the birds are the focal point, I tried to keep the branches rather soft without too much detail.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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