Backyard Cardinal and watercolor

I snapped a cute photo of a female Cardinal on my backyard feeder. I thought it would be fun to paint this lovely bird and share my watercolor process with you.

Happy Sunday!

My painting inspiration and backyard capture… a lovely Cardinal ❤

Female Cardinal photo

I started thinking about the colors I would need for this painting while viewing the photo on my laptop.  Below is a little test sheet with notes on the colors mixed and used.

 

color testing

Color mixing notes (Daniel Smith watercolors)
Orange:  Quinacridone Rose and Hansa Yellow light
Brown:  Yellow Ochre and Payne’s Gray
Red:  Deep Scarlet and Payne’s Gray
Purple:  Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Rose, and Payne’s Gray

The initial sketch and first light wash

initial wash - female cardinal

With the first wash I put down enough color to define the overall shape and create a nice base to build on.

I just love her gorgeous feather tiara. 🙂  She looks like the queen of the backyard.

 

Second wash - female cardinal The second wash starts to bring things to life as I build up color and add some darker values. As you can see, there is still more work that needs to be done.

 

Female Cardinal 3rd wash

The third wash builds up even more color and includes the addition of a background. I thought it was finished at this point. But after the painting dried I decided it needed a few more small details. I used a black micron pen with a very small tip (.005) and a white gel pen for the additional details.

 

Female Cardinal watercolor

I also brightened up the green a bit in the background before calling this one done.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Test out your colors on scrap paper first and write down notes on color mixing.
  • When sketching on watercolor paper, be careful to use a light touch. I recently used some new paper and found that it easily became bruised from my pencil markings. I realized the problem only after I started painting…..lesson learned and a good reminder going forward.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my watercolor process and are inspired to create art.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and do something you love.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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A few more Bluebirds

A few more Bluebird paintings and photos to share with you today.

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird on a branch

Bluebird watercolor 7×10 inch

Playing around with a splashy background and bright colors. I added some white highlights with a gel pen once the painting was dry. I like how that worked out.

 

male bluebird photo

Well, hello there! I love that sweet little face.

I was lucky to get a few more Bluebird photos in the backyard.

Male bluebird photo

I noticed a few Bluebirds out back and I quickly grabbed my camera. I quietly stepped outside and snapped a few shots. There were a few males perched on the fence trying to impress a nearby female. I’m not sure how that worked out for the guys, but they certainly won me over with those bright blue feathers. ❤

 

Bluebird on a fence post
Bluebird on a fence post

This Bluebird was inspired by my photo above. I’m very happy with the bright blue I was able to achieve for the feathers. It’s not the same as in the photo, but that’s ok by me.

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 me on this creative journey.

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! 🙂

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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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. 🙂

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. 😉

 

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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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… 😉

Paper:  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,  it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. 🙂
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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Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.  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. 🙂

 

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. I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.  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. 🙂 That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolor 

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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Backyard Bluebird

This little bluebird stopped by for a visit recently.  Luckily I had my new camera in hand  when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. 🙂

Backyard Bluebird
Backyard Bluebird

 

I thought it would be fun to try painting my bluebird. I started with a light pencil sketch first, and then moved on to the eye and beak making sure to get the placement and details correct.

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird watercolor

While working on the feathers, I like to dampen a small area of the paper with a little clean water.  Then I drop in a little paint and let the colors move and mingle. A gentle touch with a small brush seems to work well for painting the feathers on a small bird like this one.

I decided to try something a little different for the background and create a frame of color around my bird. It has taken a lot of painting for me to get comfortable trying different backgrounds. There are still times when I have to push worry out of the way and just go for it.

Tip – how to flatten your watercolor painting if the paper curls up or has buckled
After you have finished your painting and it is completely dry, you can flatten it by lightly wetting the back side of the paper with clean water and then setting a heavy book or two on top of it until it dries completely.

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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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. 🙂

 

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! 🙂

Patty Anne

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Calm and Peaceful

Sharing a few calm and peaceful images with you today.

Lavender calm -painted in my 8×10 Pentalic Watercolor Sketchbook

Lavender calm
Lavender calm

This painting was inspired by an exercise in the lovely Jean Haines’ book, Paint yourself calm. I love the simplicity of this painting.

Jean notes that it is important to enjoy the painting experience and not worry about the outcome. When I am able to let go and do that, it really feels good. 🙂

Pastel Sunset
Pastel Sunset

A favorite photo at Clearwater beach, Florida. After an evening walk at the beach,  I was treated with a beautiful pastel sunset.  A nice way to end a fun weekend getaway.

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

Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Patty Anne

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A Big Hello from Huey

In honor of the Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog, I thought it was a good time to introduce my Black Lab, Huey Lewis.

Hello Huey!
Huey Lewis

Huey is a happy boy, always ready to play and have fun. He loves the usual games like catch, fetch, and keep away with Mom’s socks. It’s pretty cute when he wants to play and will try to get my attention by dropping his toy on my lap or my desk. If he still doesn’t get my attention, he will pick it up and toss it to me. 🙂

 

Huey swimming
Huey out for a swim at the lake

 

His other true love is swimming. When we are at the lake it is hard to keep him out of the water.  The lake is his happy place (and mine too). 🙂

Pure joy at the lake
Pure joy at the lake

 

He is alway on patrol keeping an eye on the yard and everything going on in the neighborhood. Last year I painted this picture of him sitting on the couch looking outside. He takes this job very seriously.

Labrador Pup
Huey watching over the backyard

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting my sweet boy, Huey Lewis.  Thanks for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself.

Happy Painting!

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