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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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California dreaming -watercolor landscape

I’ve been watching more tutorials and trying different techniques. I just love how this painting turned out. I may have done a happy dance when I finished. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope your day is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’™

California dreaming watercolor landscape

California Dreaming – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor

I used a 1 inch flat brush, a credit card slice/wedge, and a mini spray bottle.

The spray bottle was used a few times when my paper started to dry too quickly.

The credit card slice was used to gently scrape off some of the paint on the mountains when the paint was slightly damp. The scraping technique works best when the paint is damp and not too wet. I also dipped the edge of the credit card in paint to add some nice straight lines here and there.

I usually paint the sky first but this time it was painted last. After finishing with the mountains and water in the foreground, I wet the sky area and dropped in lots of paint on the right side. Tilting the paper then helped the paint move about in the sky. A damp brush also helped encourage the paint in the sky to fall downward a bit.

I think the key to keeping a painting fresh is to be brave, have fun, and don’t fuss with it.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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A variety of landscapes

Today I have a variety of landscapes to share with you. One of my art goals this year was to continue to paint more landscapes and push myself to explore and have fun.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

Abstract landscape

Warmer colors in the foreground and cooler colors in the background.

I love the brush marks and water spots in the foreground. They create some nice interest and texture.

Brushes used: large round #14 and a mini fan

landscape with poppies

Countryside landscape

I follow many awesome artists on Instagram. This piece was inspired by sophiemomo1. Her works always speaks to me and pulls me in. I can feel the calm and beauty of nature in her work.

The flowers and leaves in the foreground add nice color to this piece. I just love how they turned out, they’re quite joyful.

quick mini landscape practice pieces

In my 9 x 12 inch watercolor sketchbook I taped off 4 squares for mini landscapes. This exercise allowed me to complete some quick paintings and try out a few different scenes.

I started with simple sketches and painted with a large brush to keep things loose. It was a good practice and lots of 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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Indigo skies and a little sparkle

I have a landscape painting to share with you today.

Something calm and soothing…

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

 

indigo skies watercolor landscape

For the distant sky I used a cool Indigo. I also added in a little touch of peachy pink (quinacridone rose + yellow ochre) similar to the warm peach color used in the foreground.

Watercolor Tip: To create the sparkle in the center I dragged the side of a large wet brush across clean dry paper. Some areas remain unpainted and it creates a little sparkle. I always love how that looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Quiet Sunday – watercolor paintings

Nature always provides the best inspiration. Today I have a few nature inspired paintings to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

sunflower watercolor painting

Happy Sunflower – 7 x 10 inch

 

Pine tree watercolor

Pine tree – 7 x 10 inch

 

 

watercolor pine trees

Field of Pines – 9 x 12 inch

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

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Landscape practice continues

I’ve been having fun painting more landscapes and have a few to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿงก

 

distant hills watercolor

A simple landscape of distant hills.

I’ve been trying to push ahead and paint without worry. Some days that’s easier than others. ๐Ÿ˜Šsimple abstract watercolor landscape

A peaceful scene with distant trees and hills.

Daniel Smith watercolors:ย  Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna light, and Yellow ochre
Brush:ย  Princeton Neptune Round 12

Watercolor tips:

  • I think about the landscape in three sections: the sky, middle, and foreground.
    That makes this type of painting less intimidating for me.
  • Using a limited palette creates color harmony and simplifies decision making.
    When I limit my color choices I feel less pressure as I am painting.

 

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create, play, and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting Loose Poppies

I don’t think I will ever get tired of painting poppies. I hope you don’t get tired of seeing my paintings and creative adventures.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’šย ๐Ÿ˜€

I watched another Peggy Dean Skillshare class recently and one of the projects was loose abstract poppies. I was very inspired by the class and decided to give her technique a try.ย 

If you are interested in checking out the class you can find it here,ย Autumn watercolors.

 

soft loose poppies watercolor

My first attempt using colors similar to Peggy’s demo painting.

Simple shapes adding a lot of color on the bottom and then softening the top petal edges with clean water. I love how that worked out.

Watercolor Tip:ย  Adding a green stem while the flower is still a little wet creates a nice bloom of color at the base of the flower. When the stem bleeds into the color of the flower it always looks natural and delicate.

 

soft loose poppies - watercolor painting

My next painting with fewer flowers and different colors. ๐ŸŒธ

I think this one is my favorite, but I do love the soft distant pink poppies in the first painting as well. It’s all about practice 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!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Quiet Thursday – Watercolor Roses

A quiet post today inspired by a lovely trip to Longwood Gardens last Spring.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

 

Roses at Longwood Gardens watercolor

9 x 12 inch –ย  Roses at Longwood Gardens

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Thursday watercolor – Pink Poppies

A quiet post today sharing some Pink Poppies and a big smile.ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐ŸŒธ

watercolor painting of pink poppies

A loose watercolor painting with happy colors.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting Spring crocuses

I have Spring crocuses to share with you today. I love these cheerful flowers and hope they brighten your day.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

Crocus watercolor painting

I was inspired by the mini crocuses blooming in my yard. These tiny yellow and purple flowers brought me much joy when they arrived this Spring.

Using my large round #14 brush, I painted in a very loose wet on wet watercolor style.

 

yellow and purple mini crocuses

iPhone photo inspiration – pretty little crocuses

Although this is not a great photo, I love the bright colors and wanted you to see my painting inspiration.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following along and sharing this journey with me.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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