Floral Sketching

A little ink sketching today. Having fun with flowers and vines.

Happy Sunday!

Since I started doodling a while back, I stopped worrying about making mistakes while sketching and just going with it. I think that has really helped me loosen up and sketch freely. I also try to keep in mind that not every sketch is going to work out and that is part of learning and growing.

I surprised myself with these ink florals. I just love how they turned out.Β  I catch myself looking at them and saying, wow I did that! πŸ™‚

Floral ink sketch

July Floral – 9 x 12 inch Canson Mix Media sketch book

For each of the flowers I started in the center and worked my way out. After dropping the flowers in place, I added the vines and leaves. I used a .03 Micron pen for the sketch and a .005 for the detail.

Blooms and Vines sketch

Another quick floral sketch just before adding detail.

I’ve been trying to add enough detail without going overboard. If I let myself go I will add too much and it will look a bit harsh.

Blooms and Vines sketch with detail

Blooms and Vines – 9 x 12 inch Canson Mix Media sketchbook

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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Leaves – watercolor and ink

I’ve been sketching and painting leaves again. There is something about leaves that I find very calm and soothing.Β  Hope you enjoy…

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Watercolor leaves

A fun practice with different shades of green and blue, my favorite colors. I used my Princeton 1/4 inch Dagger brush for these paintings.Β  I love that brush so much!

It was fun to play around with different shapes and just enjoy the painting process. ❀

Watercolor Tip: A clean tissue is always handy to have on hand for blotting. I use one when I put down too much color or too much water on the paper. Just remember to be gentle so that you don’t damage the surface of your paper.

Watercolor leaves

Both watercolor paintings are on 6 x 9 inch individual sheets of Bee watercolor paper.

Continuing on with a few ink sketches…

Leaves ink sketch

I love the simplicity of this one. It just feels good.

When I am sketching or doodling, I try not to overthink what I am doing.

If I think about the pen in my hand and the movement of my hand, either the line I am making or going to make, things don’t work out very well for me. It sounds funny but I need a general plan and then I have to be deliberate with the pen and sketch without fear.

Flowing leaves ink sketch

Ink on mixed media paper using black Micron pens

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

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! πŸ™‚

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 – Pinwheel leaves

A fun ink sketch for you today.Β  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. πŸ™‚

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



Simple Petals & Leaves

It is always fun to play and practice.

A few simple flowers and leaves with my favorite Dagger brush. ❀

For this practice, I limited the colors used and tried to limit the number of brush strokes on each flower. At first I was a little disappointed that I could not master the rose shape but what I realized after playing around a while is that I actually like the irregular shapes best.

Simple Roses
Simple Roses

I started at the base of the flower putting pressure on the brush and pulling up toward the top,Β  then the same thing on the other side to complete the bud shape.

While the bud was still wet, I tried to cradle it with green leaves. Starting at the base with smaller strokes, I pulled upward to create little leaves on both sides.

The last step was simply painting the stem by starting at the base of the bud/leaves and pulling down to create a fine line.


Simple petals and leaves
Simple petals and leaves

I loosened up after a while and then tried some other playful shapes. I really like how they turned out.


Simple Roses and buds

For this practice piece, I added a blue sky and played a little more.
Nothing complicated, just a few joyful flowers. πŸ™‚

I think it is important to allow yourself time to play…it helps keep things interesting and fun.

Rose buds
Rose buds –Β  6 x 9 inch watercolor on Bee paper

For this final painting, I kept things soft and loose. I really love this painting and plan on giving it to a very special couple.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne



Thursday – Ink Doodle

Sending smiles and a happy doodle your way today. πŸ™‚

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



Leu Gardens Visit

I recently visited Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida while on vacation. It was really nice to spend a quiet afternoon in the garden enjoying nature and taking a few photos along the way. I have a few favorites to share with you today. πŸ™‚


Lavender in the Garden
Lavender in the Garden

So many flowers on the property to enjoy and lots of inspiration for future paintings.

The lavender caught my eye in the herb garden. ❀

I love how the afternoon sun is shining through the cute little picket fence.

Lavender in the Garden 2
Lovely Lavender

Ahh, and another lavender photo but this one is a soft and romantic.


Green Palm leaves
Green Palm leaves

I didn’t note the name of these gorgeous plants but I was lost in the beauty of the day strolling around and having fun with my best friend.

The extraordinary colors, shapes, and textures blew me away…

I am thrilled with how these photos turned out.

Lovely greens
Lovely greens

It is always nice to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos and have a chance to slow down and enjoy the beauty all around you.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Until next time, have a great week! πŸ™‚

Patty Anne