Shades of blue

A blue feather watercolor and a few photos at the lake.
Ahhhh, my happy place and my favorite shades of blue for you today.

Happy Sunday!

Blue Blue Feather
Blue feather watercolor – 6×9 inch Bee paper

A wet on wet watercolor painting…
Just a simple feather out of my imagination with lots of yummy blues. πŸ™‚

At one point I really thought this painting was not going to work out but I kept on going. On the last wash I threw caution to the wind and really punched up the blue color. After it dried I was so happy that I did not fuss with it, that is usually where things go wrong for me.

 

Mallard Ducks blue boat reflection

This pair of Mallard ducks out for an evening swim just stole my heart.
The blue reflection from the paddle boat on shore was stunning.

 

Evening lake blues

Sunset views like this just take my breath away.
I couldn’t stay for long enjoying this view. The mosquitoes were out in force and tried to take my phone away and push me in the lake. πŸ˜‰

 

Evening reflection at the lake

The clouds reflecting on the lake were pretty amazing too. ❀

I am so blessed to be able to get away and enjoy this view at the lake from time to time.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Magnolia branch

A Magnolia inspired watercolor today πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Magnolia branch watercolor
Magnolia branch 12 x 18 inch

Some big loose shapes with little detail. I decided to update my blog header with this watercolor. Something about this painting just makes me happy.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cutie

This little beauty visits the feeder often. I was pretty excited when he dropped by and I was able to snap a few photos of him.

tufted titmouse - lovely

I love those big eyes! It looks like he is checking out what’s for dinner.

 

Tufted Titmouse watercolor
Tufted Titmouse watercolor

I was inspired to paint my little backyard friend. I decided to keep things simple and just paint him perched on a branch. I added a fun splashy background to finish up the painting. I may have had a little too much fun with that background but oh well… πŸ˜‰

Paper:Β  7×10 inch Arches watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolor paint:
Cobalt blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre

Additional details added with a .005 black micron pen and a white gel pen.

 

tufted titmouse with seed

In this photo,Β  it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. πŸ™‚
Another happy fella at the backyard feeder.

Watercolor Tips:

Over time the tip of your brushes and pens can wear down. Be sure to replace those that have become worn.

I still get a little uptight when a few paintings in a row don’t work out as planned. I’ve found the best thing for me is to hang in there, loosen up, and keep on going. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and have fun.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Share the Love

Hope you all have a chance to spend some time with family and friends today.

Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

While visiting Philadelphia I snapped this photo at Love Park. ❀

This beautiful sculpture inspired this love post.

Love Park

A few things that make me happy…

Watercolor flowers, soft and dreamy pink poppies

Soft pink poppies

 

Lake views and blues, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Peace

 

Feathered friends, Pink Flamingos ❀

Flamingo Love

 

Sunset at the lake, Huey Lewis having fun πŸ™‚

Sunset pup

 

Ink sketching,Β  simple leaves

eucalyptus leaves ink

 

I’ve included links to a few of my favorite posts from last year in case you missed them.

Thankful

Birdie Roundup 2017

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, share the love and be the light in someone’s life. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.Β  This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.

Backyard Nuthatch photo

This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. ❀

 

Nuthatch in a tree

This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. πŸ™‚

 

White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatch watercolor

 

I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.

I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen.Β I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.Β  At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.

but …

Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.

Ahh.. that’s better. πŸ™‚ That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolorΒ 

Watercolor Tip:

Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday – Sunflowers

Sending a little sunshine your way today with some happy flowers. πŸ™‚

Sunflowers watercolor
Sunflowers

9 x 12 inch Saunders watercolor paper

Hope you have a great weekend and find time to do something you love.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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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

Bud
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.

Leaves
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.

Stem
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

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