Backyard Cardinal and watercolor

I snapped a cute photo of a female Cardinal on my backyard feeder. I thought it would be fun to paint this lovely bird and share my watercolor process with you.

Happy Sunday!

My painting inspiration and backyard capture… a lovely Cardinal ❤

Female Cardinal photo

I started thinking about the colors I would need for this painting while viewing the photo on my laptop.  Below is a little test sheet with notes on the colors mixed and used.


color testing

Color mixing notes (Daniel Smith watercolors)
Orange:  Quinacridone Rose and Hansa Yellow light
Brown:  Yellow Ochre and Payne’s Gray
Red:  Deep Scarlet and Payne’s Gray
Purple:  Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Rose, and Payne’s Gray

The initial sketch and first light wash

initial wash - female cardinal

With the first wash I put down enough color to define the overall shape and create a nice base to build on.

I just love her gorgeous feather tiara. 🙂  She looks like the queen of the backyard.


Second wash - female cardinal The second wash starts to bring things to life as I build up color and add some darker values. As you can see, there is still more work that needs to be done.


Female Cardinal 3rd wash

The third wash builds up even more color and includes the addition of a background. I thought it was finished at this point. But after the painting dried I decided it needed a few more small details. I used a black micron pen with a very small tip (.005) and a white gel pen for the additional details.


Female Cardinal watercolor

I also brightened up the green a bit in the background before calling this one done.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Test out your colors on scrap paper first and write down notes on color mixing.
  • When sketching on watercolor paper, be careful to use a light touch. I recently used some new paper and found that it easily became bruised from my pencil markings. I realized the problem only after I started painting…..lesson learned and a good reminder going forward.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my watercolor process and are inspired to create art.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and do something you love.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – ink floral

A floral doodle and my inkspiration photo for you today.
This post is rather quiet. The doodle, well… not so much.

Happy Thursday! 🙂

Floral ink doodle


While looking for something fun to sketch, this lovely red flower caught my eye. I snapped the photo below with my phone while visiting Leu Gardens this spring. A nice flower to sketch with some interesting shapes.


Floral inkspiration

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Happy Painting! ❤

Patty Anne

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Thursday Ink – Flower Doodle

I’m still having fun playing around with flower doodles. 🙂

I hope you have a great Thursday and find time to do something you love.
Flower Doodle

Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. ❤

Happy Painting (and Doodling)!

Patty Anne



Share the Love

Hope you all have a chance to spend some time with family and friends today.

Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

While visiting Philadelphia I snapped this photo at Love Park. ❤

This beautiful sculpture inspired this love post.

Love Park

A few things that make me happy…

Watercolor flowers, soft and dreamy pink poppies

Soft pink poppies


Lake views and blues, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Peace


Feathered friends, Pink Flamingos ❤

Flamingo Love


Sunset at the lake, Huey Lewis having fun 🙂

Sunset pup


Ink sketching,  simple leaves

eucalyptus leaves ink


I’ve included links to a few of my favorite posts from last year in case you missed them.


Birdie Roundup 2017

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, share the love and be the light in someone’s life. 🙂

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne




Thursday ink – Pinwheel leaves

A fun ink sketch for you today.  These cute leaves remind me of a pinwheel.

This simple doodle just makes me smile.

I hope it puts a smile on your face as well. 🙂

Pinwheel leaves
Pinwheel leaves – 9 x12 inch

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Have a great weekend!

Patty Anne



Thursday – Ink Doodle

Sending smiles and a happy doodle your way today. 🙂

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!

Patty Anne



Chickadee painting

This little guy is on his way to a new home.
I recently painted a chickadee for a friend retiring and moving to Maine.

Chickadee on a pine branch
Chickadee on a pine branch

painted on 7 x 10 inch Canson Mix Media paper

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Maine and the white pine is the state tree. I thought a painting of both would make a nice gift. 🙂

and I’m so happy… he really liked it and said that he was planning on hanging it in his new home. yay!

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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