Birdie Roundup – 2017

As we close out 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of my favorite birdies from this year.

A few paintings and photos from 2017…

 

Penguin Buddies - Ink and Watercolor
Penguin Buddies – Ink and Watercolor

A couple of joyful penguins,

Duck - inktober
Duck – inktober

 

Ducks on the pond
Ducks on the pond

an afternoon swim,

Goose watercolor with background
Goose watercolor with background

a happy goose,

Sweet Bird watercolor
Sweet Bird watercolor

a sweet little birdie,

Birdies at the beach
Birdies at the beach

and a lovely day at the beach with these beauties.

Painting and sharing with you this year has been such a joy. I will continue on this watercolor journey and will probably paint a few more birds next year as well. 🙂

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I hope my art continues to improve in 2018 and that I can inspire you in some way to be creative and do what you love.

Wishing you a very happy and creative new year!

Patty Anne

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Poinsettia Watercolor and Ink

Hi everyone! I’ve been having fun sketching and painting Poinsettias. The first few that I painted we rather fussy and boring. Then I decided to watch a few videos online for inspiration and tips.  I found this Jennifer Branch tutorial online, Poinsettia Christmas Card Painting. It was very easy and a lot of fun. I liked her loose style and all of the great tips that she shared. Below are a few of my paintings after watching the watercolor tutorial.

I didn’t have the Perylene Maroon that Jennifer used for the rich dark color, so I mixed up some Daniel Smith Deep Scarlet with a little Quinacridone Rose and a very small amount of Ultramarine Blue. I think that mix worked well for my dark Maroon color.

Poinsettia 1 watercolor
Poinsettia 1 watercolor

 

Below is another attempt with the same loose style.

Poinsettia 2 watercolor
Poinsettia 2 watercolor

This second painting I don’t like as much as the first one. I think the green leaves are brighter and more fun in the first painting and the flower has more depth and contrast. I suspect I didn’t use enough Ultramarine Blue to punch up the center of the second flower.

 

Poinsettia Ink Sketch
Poinsettia Ink Sketch

I’m still having fun with ink sketching so I worked on a Poinsettia sketch as well. I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib and a .01 Micron pen. I had to reload the ink cartridge in the desk pen about two thirds of the way through this sketch. I was a little nervous thinking I was going to make a big mess but it was pretty easy to change (and no mess, yay!). I’m not sure why, but it took a little while before the ink started to flow nicely in the pen again. I suppose the ink in the cartridge just needed to loosen up a bit.

Tips:

  • Keep a notepad to list things you might like to sketch and paint. There have been times when I was ready to work on my art but not sure what I wanted to paint. What has really been helpful for me is to keep an Art Inspiration list. I work full time and can’t afford to waste any of my precious art time searching for inspiration.
  • I also keep a little note on my desk as a reminder to relax and loosen up. It simply says, quiet mind, drop shoulders, relax jaw, and try to smooth out your thoughts. This note helps me de-stress and relax.

Do you keep little notes of inspiration or reminders on your desk or work area? If so, I would love to know what works for you.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, Patty Anne Art. Until next time, have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Hedgehog in Watercolor and Ink

I’m back to working on animals and decided to try sketching and painting a little Hedgehog. I started off with a few pencil sketches to warm up and then moved on to ink.

Hedgehog sketch in ink
Hedgehog sketch in ink

This little hedgehog was sketched in my Canson 7×10 inch Mix Media sketchbook. I used Micron pens sizes .01, 03, and .04. I tried to use some expressive squiggles on his back. After this ink sketch I moved on to the colorful watercolor below.

Hedgehog watercolor
Hedgehog watercolor

My Hedgehog was painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper. Instead of going with a brown and black palette for this little guy, I decided to use a variety of different colors. For the hair on his back, I lightly dampened a small area and then splashed on different colors. I dragged my small round brush (#2) sideways and then pulled upward to create most of the bushy hair on his back. I think that these playful brush strokes gave the hair some nice movement.

Hedgehog 2 watercolor
Hedgehog 2 watercolor

This last Hedgehog was painted in my Canson 7×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. A little different view for this painting.  He looks like he is on the move!

Watercolor Tips:

  • The very dark color directly underneath each hedgehog is important because it helps to ground them and it also adds a nice contrast to their lighter under fur.
  • Change your rinse water when it starts to look cloudy, otherwise your pretty colors will start to look a bit muddy on your paper.
  • I find that I most often use my Round brushes sizes: 10,6, and 2. I have many other brushes to choose from but these brushes seem to be my go to brushes. They are very versatile and work well for painting most things.

What is your favorite watercolor brush?  Which brush do you use most often?

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this creative journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

Last Inktober 2017 Sketches

A quick post today to share a few of my last sketches from #Inktober. I really enjoyed working in ink and challenging myself. I was very inspired by all of the amazing art shared by other artists online.

Small Branch - Inktober
Small Branch – Inktober

A little branch in ink and watercolor, just simple and calm.

Road Runner - ink and watercolor
Road Runner – ink and watercolor

Another bird, oh how I love to sketch and paint birds!  I’m so in love with that hair. 🙂

Raccoon - ink
Raccoon – ink

A cute little Raccoon sketch in ink. This was a fun practice sketch before working on my larger Raccoon watercolor painting a few weeks ago.

Bee - ink and watercolor
Bee – ink and watercolor

A little bee in ink and watercolor. This was my last #inktober sketch. I’m already looking forward to this fun challenge next year.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this creative journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Pretty in Pink & Inktober

A pink inspired post for you this week with a few watercolor paintings of flowers. I also have a few ink drawings for #inktober that I will share with you as well. I’ve been inspired by all of the artists participating in #inktober2017, it has been a lot of fun to see all of their amazing work.

This is a very loose painting of Pink Poppies that I worked on a few months ago. It was painted on Arches 11×14 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I used the wet on wet technique to keep this painting very soft. I love how the color bleeds and moves across the paper as you drop color on the damp paper.

Pink Poppies watercolor
Pink Poppies watercolor

This week I painted the Pink Tulips below on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. While I was painting the Tulips, I wasn’t sure that I liked this painting at all. Once the background paint mingled and the painting dried, I was much happier with it. Sometimes I think it is helpful to step back and look at your painting from a distance so that you can take it all in and decide how it makes you feel.

Pink Tulips watercolor
Pink Tulips watercolor

Below are a few of my ink drawings this week:

Duck - inktober
Duck – inktober

Duckie is an ink drawing with just a little watercolor on the duck bill. I used Micron pens size: 1 and .03. I had to stop working on this drawing one evening because it was getting late. The next evening when I got back to it, I was happy that I had stopped. I really liked all of the remaining white space, so I just touched up a few places and finished up with a little watercolor. Knowing when to stop is often challenging. 🙂

Chickadee - inktober
Chickadee – inktober

This cute little Chickadee is simply in ink. I used Micron pens size: .01 and .03. I think I may need to try painting this little guy in watercolor in the future.

Tips:

  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to create, just let go and allow yourself to have fun. That is when the magic happens!
  • Leave a few small unpainted spots here and there, it will add a little sparkle to your painting. Notice the duck bill in the above painting, I didn’t completely cover it with color. There are a few tiny white spots that I left unpainted.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Raccoon in Watercolor & Inktober

This week I worked on sketching and painting a raccoon which was a lot of fun. I also worked on a few sketches for #Inktober.

I practiced sketching this cute little raccoon face a few times in pencil before starting my painting.

Raccoon Watercolor
Raccoon Watercolor

My Raccoon was painted on Arches 9 x 12 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I limited by color palette to Daniel Smith watercolors: French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna Light, Payne’s Gray, and Carbazole Violet. I tried to keep things loose and just have fun. I used round brushes size 10, 6, and 2. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but I am happy that I tried. I’ve been looking at this little guy all week sitting on my desk, and although he is in watercolor, it kind of looks like I used ink. 🙂

Below are a few of my Inktober sketches this week:

Colorful Leaves - Inktober
Colorful Leaves – Inktober

Just a little ink and lots of bold watercolor on these leaves.  Another simple composition that I really seem to like lately.

Pinecone - Inktober
Pinecone – Inktober

Another pinecone in ink and watercolor this week. For the pinecone, I used a larger Micron pen size 1 for the darkest areas and a smaller .03 pen for the remainder. My platinum desk pen with fine nib was used for the drawing the branch and pine needles. This pinecone has more depth than the pinecones I shared with you last week. I am much happier with this one.

Tips:

  •  “You win or learn, there is no losing”. I heard that quote this week and just love it!! Keep trying, keep painting, and keep on having fun. Do what you love and you never lose.
  • It is helpful when sketching and painting to occasionally turn your work upside down and look at it. There have been times that doing that has helped me easily see just what needs a little adjustment.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Inktober Fun

I’ve been joining in on the fun of #Inktober creating some ink drawings this week. I decided to work off prompt and draw what inspires me. I added watercolor to a few of them because it is fun and I just can’t resist.

I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib as well as a cute little set of black Micron pens with various size tips. The Micron pens have a nice little carrying case that I just love. My drawings are all on Canson 7×10 inch Mix Media paper. This paper is smooth and great for ink drawing and it has a 98 lb weight and can handle a little watercolor just fine.

Micron Pen set
Micron Pen set

Below are a few of my ink drawings this week:

Simple Pine Branch
Simple Pine Branch

A simple pine branch in ink with a little bit of watercolor. I like this one a lot, it may become one of my Christmas Card designs this year.

Daisy in ink
Daisy in ink

My Daisy simply in ink. I liked this in black and white so I didn’t add any watercolor.

Pine Branch with pinecones
Pine Branch with pinecones

A pine branch with pinecones in ink and watercolor. I need to work on pinecones a bit more but that will be something for another day…

Simple Branch with leaves
Simple Branch with leaves

A simple branch with leaves. This painting has just a touch of ink with Micron pens (size .03 and .01) and watercolor. There is nothing complicated about this one, and I really like that. Maybe that is why I find this one to be quite calm and soothing.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simple click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne