Painting Tulips again

Just a quick post today. Sometimes the words just don’t flow for me. Today I’ll let my art do most of the talking. 😊

Hope your day is wonderful! πŸ’š

tulips watercolor card

A joyful card with a few simple tulips. Just love how this one turned out.

sweet pink tulips watercolor

Pretty tulips in my sketchbook. Just three colors were used to paint this tulip trio.

tulips - bold watercolor

A close up view of another tulip painting. A bit lively and fun with lots of yummy bold color.

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 🌸

You can join me on Instagram @pattyanneart

Blue Hydrangea watercolor

Today I have a blue hydrangea to share that I painted with a limited palette.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! πŸ’™

blue hydrangea watercolor

9 x 12 inch – Blue Hydrangea watercolor

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Prussian Blue
Undersea Green

A limited palette seems to free up my mind while I am painting. I love that it also pushes me to use colors in a way that I might not have tried before.

This painting was done using cut up credit cards. I haven’t given up on my brushes but lately this is my jam! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ’—
#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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Tulips on Parade

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

Bluebird and Tulips watercolor

Bluebird and Tulips – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

I recently painted a vase full of pretty tulips and a sweet little bluebird. I always love painting flowers and birds. 😊

single red tulip watercolor

Red Tulip – 7 x 10 inch watercolor

I also painted a single red tulip in my sketchbook. This simple tulip makes me happy. I can feel the movement of the leaves and love that bold red color.

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… πŸ˜‰

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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Watercolor warmup

I decided to play around and warm up a little with my dagger brush. I had an underwater painting in mind and decided to practice some wavy strokes.

Dagger watercolor brushes

The dagger brush has a nice point and wide base. It takes some getting used to but it’s a fun brush and quite versatile.

My warmup process was:
– Load the brush with paint
– Start at the bottom of the page with just the tip on the paper
– Lightly drag the brush upward making a thin line and then
press down in a rather wavy motion before lifting up and ending the stroke.

Just playing with two colors, Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna light.
I started out with a very dilute mix of each color…

Flowing watercolor using dagger brush

and worked my way up to darker colors.

Later I moved on to the underwater painting I had in mind. It didn’t turn out as I hoped. I may try again later but for now this little practice piece was a keeper. 😊

Large flat brushes

I’ve been trying out some new brushes lately. I recently purchased a set of 3 Hake brushes. I’ve only used the 2 inch size which is nice but it has been shedding a bit which I am not liking.

Have you tried out any new brushes lately? What is your favorite go to brush?

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 🌸

Join me on Instagram @pattyanneart

Evening at the Beach watercolor

I have a beach painting to share with you today. I would love to be at the beach and am looking forward to traveling again very soon.

This painting was inspired by watercolor artist, Lois Davidson. I’ve enjoyed many of her YouTube watercolor tutorials online.

beach watercolor first layer

Lately I’ve been taping off the edges of my watercolor paper before I start painting. I really like the nice border it creates around the painting. Although in my photo here it appears that part of the right edge got cut off. πŸ˜‰

Above is the first layer of watercolor after it dried. I was quite happy with the base. Watercolor always dries lighter than you might expect. The soft soothing colors worked well here.

Evening at the Beach watercolor

Adding some nice dark grasses and detail in the foreground created some depth and warmth. I love how the little birds in the sky add some life to the painting.

dreamy sky watercolor

One thing I’ve learned it that you should keep on playing and practicing. Although I don’t like how the water turned out in this one. The sky is just dreamy and I am in love with it.

While every painting might not be a success, that’s ok. I’m having fun and learning from each one. Paint on my friends!

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Inspired by joyful shapes

I’ve been having fun playing with paper and scissors lately. Today I have some joyful shapes created from Christmas cards. Sometimes I need to step away from the paint brush and allow myself the freedom to create in other ways.

I get excited playing with paper shapes and gluing together something new and beautiful. It just makes my heart sing.

paper butterfly collage

These little guys make me smile every time I look at them. I plan to use them on a special card.

collage butterfly and flower

This flower just needs a stem. I have many options here… paint one, sketch one, or cut one out of paper.

paper birdie shapes

These little birds happened by accident while cutting up this card.

Oh happy day! 😊

I was trying to cut out some leaves and I noticed that a few left over scraps looked like a bird. That inspired me to keep cutting more and more out the same way. After my happy dance, I cut out some little wings and glued them on.

I just love the random colors and patterns on the birds. They too will probably find their way to a pretty card or maybe a new collage piece.

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 stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

Join me on Instagram @pattyanneart to see what else I’ve been working on.

Looking forward to Spring

I’ve been thinking about Spring and decided to paint some tulips.

Hope your day is wonderful. πŸ’š

lavender tulips watercolor

Lavender Tulips – soft and loose

I had some fun with the leaves on this one.

watercolor tulips

Magenta tulips – inspired by the beauties in my yard. I can’t wait to seem them again this Spring.

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 🌸

Join me on Instagram @pattyanneart