Waterlily digital paintings

I have a few digital waterlily paintings to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Iย  thought it would be fun to add color to a pencil sketch that I shared a few weeks ago.

waterlily pencil sketch

I imported my waterlily into Procreate and then played around and added some color.

 

pink waterlily digital painting

I painted a version with a pink flower

 

white waterlily digital painting

and another with a white one.

It was fun to create different versions using the same initial sketch. I still love the black and white sketch but the pink version makes me happy too.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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Coffee and Roses

I have a few pieces to share with you that I recently painted with coffee. I am a big coffee lover but have never painted with it before.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

After watching a painting with coffee SkillShare class by Yasmina Creates,ย I thought it would be fun. I didn’t have any instant coffee as recommended. Instead I used espresso powder for baking that I had on hand, it worked pretty well…ย  โ˜•๏ธ

For darker shades I mixed more coffee with less water

and lighter shades I mixed more water with less coffee

Cup of coffee painted with coffee

First try… Cup of coffee (painted with coffeeย ๐Ÿ˜‰)

I like the shape of the cup and nice dark values here but may have added a little too much steam.

A few things I learned:

  • Coffee is not transparent
  • It moves a lot on paper and is a bit hard to control
  • Stronger coffee/darker shades take much longer to dry
  • Darker thicker coffee is shiny after it dries (kind of cool)

 

Coffee painted rose

6 x 9 inch – Simple rose

A nice little practice, just playing and having fun.

 

Coffee painted roses

6 x 9 inch – Coffee roses

It was fun to try something different. Painting with one color forced me to focus on value and shape, that’s a good thing.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. With all of this coffee talk, I’m ready sit back and enjoy a nice hot cup to drink.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Patty Anne ๐Ÿ’™

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Pink floral watercolor & ink

A little more fun with ink and watercolor for you today. This style combines my love of painting with doodle sketching.

Happy Sunday!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

pink watercolor underpainting

It starts with a loose watercolor under painting. Big pink flowers and playful leaf shapes.

It doesn’t look like much at this point. The details are saved for the ink work to come.

 

pink party watercolor and ink painting

Pink Party – 12 x 18 inch

For my doodle sketching I used Micron pens .08, .05, and .03 sizes. For a little added sparkle, I used a white gel pen.

I’m always impressed with the difference that a little ink and detail can make. It really wakes up the painting and brings things to life. This one has a lot going on. I love the movement and fun little bits that are scattered everywhere.

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 Anneย ๐Ÿ’š

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Cheerful yellow

I hope these happy yellow flowers brighten your day.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I had a planย to paint some yellow flowers this week. I thought a simple sketch would be a good first step.

floral sketch

With the sketch by my side I jumped in and painted the two biggest flowers first. I started by wetting the paper where I planned to position the top section of each flower.

While the paper was damp, I dropped in lots of color in different areas and watched the blossoms come alive. I used a few different shades of yellow and green in this painting and I think that made it more interesting.

 

sunny flowers watercolor painting

I love the loose results with this one and decided to stop at this point. Sometimes it’s good to step back and not push things.

I wasn’t sure about a background and thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with in Procreate.

watercolor flowers -digital background

I imported my painting into Procreate and played around with layers. I dotted the background with the cool spray paint effect. It took a few tries before I found the right size and placement of the spray that I liked.

While writing this post, I noticed that the pretty light blue spray added some movement to the piece.ย  Oh, what a nice bonus!

I hope you are inspired to create art and do 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 ๐Ÿ’™

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Sunday – Digital sketchbook

I’ve been having fun playing with Procreate on my iPad. I am so impressed with this app and all of the possibilities. I’ve been watching online videos trying to learn how to create digital art. I have a few pieces to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜ŠWinter pine - digital art

A quick tree that I sketched without using my new apple pencil.

purple posies - digital art

For this floral sketch, I used layers to build up the sketch. It was fun playing with a bright color palette. With time I hope to do a better job layering and blending.

kingfisher digital art

Kingfisher on a branch. I’m starting to get a feel for how much pressure to use with the pencil to achieve the line thickness I desire.

It will be so easy now to create art while I am traveling. Hopefully Procreate will help me improve my sketching skills this year as well. One thing is for sure, I am having a blast playing with Procreate!

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

Patty Anneย ๐Ÿ’™

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Painting bees

I’ve been practicing painting bees and flowers. In Jean Haines’ book,ย Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour, she noted that adding little bees to your flower paintings will give them more energy and interest.

The cute little bees in Jean’s book looked like a fun exercise so I jumped in.

Step by step watercolor bees

How to paint a little bee, simple and loose:ย 

Use a small brush,ย  I used a Liner #2

  1. With dark gray/black, paint a round head and with the tip of your brush pull out a few antenna.
    Paint a couple dark curved stripes below the head.
  2. In between the stripes add yellow paint and allow it to touch and blend with the other areas.
  3. Pull out the wings from the wet paint on each side of the bee. Add a little more gray color at the top of the wing. Use a damp brush to blend out the wings to keep them soft and delicate.
  4. Bump up the color by adding more yellow and gray/black where needed.

 

You can also switch things up and paint a few bees with different shades of yellow and gold, or try using a different gray mix. There are so many possibilities. ๐Ÿ™‚

watercolor flowers and bees practice

My little bee and flower study was a great way to have fun and try new things. I was able to experiment with how much water to use, when to blend colors, and try differentย  shapes and color combinations.

I love the freedom to just play and experiment without worry. It is a great way to build skills and enjoy the painting process. I highly recommend taking some time to play.

flowers and bees watercolor

Flowers and Beesย  – 6 x 9 inch

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time share a smile and spread kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Cityscape watercolor

A landscape practice and a few lessons learned.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

As I started working on this painting I quickly realized that things weren’t going as planned. When I dropped color on my damp watercolor paper I could see that my timing was off. My plan was to create distant trees but that was not what was happening. I was disappointed at first but continued on and did not fight it.

Lesson learned: Go with the flow and allow the painting to guide you.

Chilly Cityscape watercolor

Chilly Cityscapeย  9 x 12 inch watercolor

I continued dropping in color and resisted the urge to fix things.

Stepping back I could see an unexpected cityscape with buildings and trees. What a happy surprise. Things didn’t go as initially planned but that’s ok. I learned a lot from this exercise and in the end I love the cityscape painting that resulted.

Lesson learned: Watercolor sometimes delivers a happy surprise.

I plan on keeping this painting near my desk as a reminder of these important lessons. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.ย Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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