More practice with different landscapes

I have more landscape practice to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

 

Mini test landscape paintings

Mini landscapes are a great way to play and learn.

I used a pencil and ruler to divide my 7 x 10 inch watercolor page into four sections. This mini size is just perfect for playing with different colors and ideas.

 

Pines landscape painting

Using the lower right landscape above as inspiration, I worked on a larger painting of countryside pines. I did switch a few things up in this larger piece and that’s ok. I think it worked out well.

Watercolor tip:  The pines (or objects) that are further away should have less detail and be a lighter color. This helps create distance and depth.

 

countryside watercolor painting

This landscape was inspired by a picture from my daily calendar. I wanted to try something different with a pretty green countryside. I love the distant hills and am happy with the calm soothing feeling.

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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Watercolor landscape experiments

I have been doing more experimenting with watercolor landscapes. I believe it’s important to allow yourself to just play and see what happens. Even if the results are not what you wish for there is so much to learn from each painting.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💙

 

blue watercolor trees

I used Daniel Smith watercolors:  Prussian Blue and Payne’s Gray.

These colors really move around nicely on the paper, especially when playing with the wet on wet technique as I was doing here. An important thing to remember is to have fun and let go… no judgement, no overthinking 😊

The light blue tree in the middle and a few of the darker trees up front I am quite happy with. This was a good practice and a nice warm up…

 

watercolor experiments - blue trees

More play with blues and wet on wet here.

I like the small tree on the left, it’s different and adds interest. The overlapping trees on the right are very interesting too, they seem to pull me in.

Watercolor tip: Some of the branch marks in the larger trees were made with a dry brush moving over damp paint. It pulls up some of the paint and creates a lighter area.

 

watercolor beach landscape

And finally a beach scene with some calm soothing colors. I really like this one… It takes me back to the beach.

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

Until next time, take care and be well.

🌸 Patty Anne  🌸

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Watercolor Landscape practice continues

I have another landscape practice to share with you today. I’m trying to paint at least one landscape a week in an effort to improve my confidence and skills.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

 

landscape watercolor painting

Browsing the September 2019 edition of “Paint & Draw Watercolour” magazine, I was inspired by Jem Bowden’s landscape painting and tips.

I am starting to feel a little more confident with each landscape. I like the depth I was able to achieve in this painting. I think I’m moving in the right direction. As they say, practice makes progress.  yay!

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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Inspired watercolor landscapes

Today I have a few watercolor landscapes to share that were inspired by amazing artists that I follow on Instagram.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Tree by the sea watercolor painting

This 9 x 12″ watercolor painting was inspired by artist, @valeriemafrica

I pushed myself to try a more involved landscape this time. I was worried about painting the hillside and foreground details but I like how it turned out.

 

Simple watercolor landscape painting

This simple landscape was inspired by @debi.riley

I used only two colors for this painting: Burnt Sienna light and Indigo

My favorite part of this one is the large expressive brush strokes in the foreground with wet paint on dry paper.

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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Collage floral bouquet

I put together a floral collage recently and am very excited to share it with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💗🌺

 

collage flowers - cut out shapes

After a Skillshare class by Claire Picard,

Art Collage – Create a Beautiful Paper Rose Bouquet,

I couldn’t wait to get started on my project.

I had some pretty pink scrapbook paper that I used to cut out shapes for my roses. I started by playing around with flower shapes to see what I liked. Then I got pretty excited, I can do this!

A light gray scrapbook paper was a nice contract to the pink flowers so I used that for the background.

 

Collage floral planning

The leaf shapes that I cut out:

Dark brown leaves – from a Christmas card
Bigger white leaves – from one of my ink sketches
Small light brown leaves – from a paper lunch bag

Once I had a nice design arranged, I took a picture of it so that I could refer back to it as I worked to glue things in place.

One lesson learned is that I will need a different type of glue next time around. Claire used PVA glue. She painted it on each piece and glued things down with ease.

I used a glue stick and it was quite a challenge. I’m not a fan of sticky fingers. 😁 So that will part of my process will need to change.

 

Collage floral glued down

I glued down the flowers first and then worked my way out to the leaves.

Next a little ink detail pulled the piece together.

 

Collage floral art

The final touch was using a white pen for additional bouquet filler.

It was so much fun putting this piece together and I love how it turned out. I am excited about the many ways in which I can combine watercolor painting and ink sketching in another creative way.

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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Christmas Card Collage

I decided to switch things up and try something new. I recently enrolled in a Skillshare class on Collage Art, Collage & Go.  For the class project,  I thought it would be fun to use some Christmas cards and scrapbook paper that I had on hand.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Christmas card collage start

I cut out some circle shapes and then cut the circles in half.

After arranging the half circles in rows,  I simply glued them down using a glue stick.

 

Christmas collage art project

Wishing you Peace

After adding a few more small pieces,  it was time for a little detail. I cut out the word Peace for the top and added a few ink doodles.

I had a lot of fun putting this collage together and just love all of the little birds. When I finished I noticed the words on the page, Wishing you Peace.  I just love that!

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  🌸

I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

Purple bouquet watercolor and ink

I have a watercolor and ink floral to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💜

 

rose bouquet watercolor under painting

Roses are purple – 11 x 15 Canson watercolor paper

A few weeks ago I painted this watercolor bouquet.

I used my favorite large round #14 and small liner brush on this piece. Some pretty purple and blue flowers I thought would be nice in this painting.

Sometimes I am ready to start right away with ink sketching but that wasn’t the case this time. I waited until I had some quiet time and a basic plan for the sketch.purple roses bouquet watercolor and ink painting

I used a few different waterproof pens with different size tips (05, 01, 005) for this sketch. It’s nice to vary the line weight. Sometimes a thicker line is needed and other times a delicate thin line is ideal. I keep my pens by my side and switch them up as I go.

For this type of sketching, I like to outline some things and ignore others. I think that keeps it more lively and often the things I ignore stay active in the background.

 

watercolor painting setup

This is view of my watercolor setup. It’s a little messy but I wanted to show you my arrangement. I use a mix of Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors.

The mixing area is easily cleaned with a wet issue. It looks like I need to take care of that before my next painting. 😉

I will be taking a little blogging break but will be back in a week or so.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

find me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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Botanical watercolor and ink

A little watercolor and ink fun to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends!  💚

 

watercolor leaves under painting

I started off with a base layer of of leaves in different shades of green.

At this point I decided to add in some playful ink lines and detail.

Although I was happy with the addition of a little sketching on top, it was still a bit dull and boring. I wish I had a photo to show you what this second step looked like…

 

floating leaves watercolor and ink painting

I decided another layer of watercolor was needed. The painting was too flat and dull. Since I was using 140 lb. watercolor paper I knew that it could handle more paint. I used a waterproof pen so I wasn’t worried about the ink bleeding.

I bumped up the greens and added some bright yellow and blue. Sometimes going back in with more paint can be a little scary but I knew this one really needed it.

As I found with this painting, there are always creative decisions to make along the way and something to learn from each painting. My plan is to just keep on painting, learning,  and having fun.

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  🌸

find me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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Blooming Doodle walk through

I have a little walk through of my blooming doodle to share today.

Hope your day is wonderful! 💚

initial sketch for zentangle

Starting off with a basic drawing of floral shapes for this doodle.

I like having some overlapping pieces that make it more interesting.

 

floral zentangle ink sketch step 2

After I select a pattern, I try to use it in a few sections near each other.

 

floral zentangle ink sketch part 3

With some trial and error I have found that I like a variety of light and dark areas in my doodles.

I’m still playing and learning as I go…

 

floral zentangle ink sketch part 4

It slowly starts to take shape as more areas are filled in. In this piece I used few different pen sizes, 04, 02, and 005.

 

 

floral zentangle ink sketch 5

Sometimes the patterns end up a bit different than planned but that’s ok. There are no rules in doodling and that always feels good.

This type of art is fun and relaxing. I love having a piece in progress that I can pick up and work on in the evening.

 

floral zentangle ink sketch

Blooming Doodle –  7 x 10 inch Canson mixed media

The final piece makes me happy. 😊 This type of post is always fun for me to put together. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne   🌸

 

I’m on Instagram @pattyanneart

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Botanicals with a large flat brush

My usual go to brush lately has been a large round brush. I decided to dust off my large flat brush and give it a try… something different sounded like fun. 😊

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

I was inspired to practice painting with a large flat brush after watching a Whitney Rain Skillshare class, Modern Watercolor Botanicals for Everyone.

For my paintings I mixed up a few different greens using Daniel Smith watercolors.

green watercolor mixing

I tried to keep things simple at first to see what I could do with this large 1 inch flat brush. I’ve played with a smaller flat brush on occasion but not much with a large one.

 

Foliage watercolor with large brush

Foliage 1 – painted on 6 x 9 inch bee paper

Just trying to create large leaves and vines with the large brush. I also used a smaller flat brush a little here as well. Not a bad start and some nice variation of color.

 

Foliage watercolor with large brush

Foliage 2 – 7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

I love the simplicity with this one. It was a good practice using the brush in multiple ways. You can use the side of the brush for a wide broad stroke or just the thin edge to get a straight fine line. I’m kind of amazed at all of the variation that is possible with this brush.

 

Foliage watercolor with large brush

Foliage 3 – 7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

I also used a few smaller brushes in this piece. Although I like the composition and many of the shapes here, I think I used too many mid tones. It’s about learning and having fun… so I’ll take that as a win.

The better quality Arches paper was nice to use for a change. The cold press has a lovely texture which I really enjoyed.

 

garden floral watercolor with large brush

Garden foliage – 7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

On my final piece I decided to add some pink to indicate flowers. As I’ve said many times before, I just love green and pinks together. #colorcrush

It was a joy playing and painting these botanical pieces. I painted all of them one after the other in about an hour or so. There are times when I fuss over what to paint and work on. This was not one of those times and it felt really good.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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