Painting the beach

I have a couple beach paintings to share with you today. I’m always inspired by the beautiful colors at the beach. πŸ’™

Happy Thursday!

First layer of beach watercolor

First layer of quiet beach watercolor

After applying the base layer of a painting it’s a good idea to step back and take a thoughtful look.

You can see that the horizon needs to be straightened up and the distant water needs to be darkened. In addition, the foreground needs darker colors and more detail to bring it forward.

Quiet beach watercolor

Quiet Beach watercolor painting – 9 x 12 inch

The second layer and final details make a big difference.

beach blues watercolor

Beach blues watercolor painting – 8 x 8 inch

This is a beach painting from a few months ago. I’m not in love with the sky in this one but I do love the sparkle in the water and how the grasses frame out the foreground.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Take good care of yourself and shine on!

Patty Anne

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Something new – painting figures

I recently decided to try painting figures. I’ve been wanting to add people to my landscapes for a while now so I watched a few videos online to help me get started. Today I have a few tips to share with you that have really helped me.

My thought is to keep it simple starting off with views from behind.
-no hands or shoes necessary
-keep brush stokes to a minimum (that is a challenge)
-start off with a jacket first then add legs with simple brush strokes.
-be careful with head size, not too big
-add few darker areas of shadow

watercolor figure study

I love that little pop of color on the scarf and hat.

walk in the city watercolor

Here I started with a few figures and then played around and added a background of city buildings.

out for a walk with the pup

Out for a walk hand in hand. This simple scene makes me smile.

chilly walk in the park

Chilly walk in the park was a good practice too.

I’m not sure where my art will take me this year but I hope to keep working on landscapes and dropping in more people and animals. I needed a new challenge and something fun to work on. I think this will be a good direction for me this year.

What are your creative goals this year?

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Thank you so much for your kindness and support. Wishing you all the best this year friends! πŸ’œ

-Patty Anne-

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Inktober and Mini Landscapes

Today I have a few more #Inktober sketches to share as well as a few mini landscapes.

Hope your day is wonderful! πŸ’š

Potted Plant Ink Sketch

I really enjoy sketching potted plants. For this sketch I used a few micron pens. I have a variety of sizes and colors in my collection. πŸ˜‰ I decided to use sepia and burnt orange colors for this one.

Botanical brush pen sketch


This sketch I started with a few light pencil marks as a guide for the leaves and vines. It was fun to play and see what kind of shapes I could make with the pen.

When I attempted to remove the pencil markings with an eraser things started to go a little sideways… the ink smeared on me. Oh well that’s how it goes sometimes.

Five minute landscape practice


I worked on a few more mini landscapes in my 5 x 7 inch sketchbook. This one above was a quick five minute painting. I love the freshness you can achieve with when there’s no time for fussing.

mini landscape watercolor

I spent a few more minutes on this mini. These little landscapes are a nice warm up and a great way to build painting skills. I hope theses little paintings also lead to new ideas. I’m thinking about filling an entire sketchbook with more of these quick paintings.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Patty Anne

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Painting more watercolor trees

I’ve been painting more Birch trees and today I have another to share with you.

Hope you enjoy your day! 😊

I used the plastic card technique once again on my trees pushing and pulling watercolor paint as I did in my previous post. I went with a bright blue sky in this painting and I really like that choice. To fill in the background a bit, I used a small sponge to add some foliage.

Watercolor Tip:
I used very little paint on the sponge and applied it with a light touch. I would suggest practicing on a scrap piece of paper first. That way you can get a feel for using it and you can make sure you get the desired results you are looking for with it.

I’ve got a busy October schedule but hope find time for some Inktober sketching. Hopefully I will have some ink work to share this month.

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

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Birch Trees – painting with a plastic card

I love painting with a plastic card. Today I have birch trees that I painted using this fun technique.

Happy Sunday! πŸ’š

dipping credit card into paint puddle

Using a plastic card to apply watercolor is easy to do and very enjoyable.

Paper of choice: I recommend a cold pressed watercolor paper. Cold pressed paper can stand up to the plastic card pushing and pulling paint without damaging the paper. In addition, the slightly textured surface of this paper gives the trees a more realistic look.

Simple Technique: Using a plastic card to apply paint.
Dip the edge of a plastic card into a puddle of paint (see photo above) or directly into pigment and then apply the paint to the paper using the card.

painting with card - start of birch trees

A view of the beginning stage.

I used the card to print lines on the paper and create various tree shapes. Then by dragging the card left and right I can pull and push paint to look like markings you might see on birch bark.

It doesn’t look very good at first but by continuing to add more paint and detail, the trees start to look quite nice.

birch trees in progress - watercolor

I used three colors that really play nicely together:
Prussian Blue
Paynes Gray
Sepia

In the same area on the mixing tray, the colors slowly start to mix together as I dipped into them over and over. I just continued to add back each color to the puddle as needed.

I also swiped the edge of the card into concentrated pigment to get some nice color for darker areas. In some places a damp brush with a little water helped move paint around a bit.

It’s really all about playing and seeing what happens!

Birch trees - watercolor painting

8 x 8 inch – Birch Trees on Fluid Watercolor paper

To finish things off I added a sky and some grasses. The darker area around the base of the trees helps to anchor them so that they aren’t just floating on the page.

I had so much fun painting these trees that I think I will try this again and work larger. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

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

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Beach painting – then and now

I’ve been working on more landscape paintings lately. I thought it might be good to look back and remind myself just how far I’ve come. Today I have a recent beach painting to share and a few to look back on.

So here we go back to 2017

beach watercolor 2017

Beach watercolor – 2017

and then 2018

Beach watercolor - 2018

Beach watercolor 2018

Below is a recent beach painting before final details were added. I really like the color palette and the simplicity of the sky.

Beach watercolor - before final details

Beach watercolor 2022

I decided to add a few birds and some grasses in the foreground. I think that really completes the scene.

Beach watercolor with final details

Beach watercolor 2022

I can definitely see the progress I’ve made over the years and that makes me really happy. As they say, practice makes progress! 😊

I am enjoying the journey and trying to remember that not every painting will be a success. When I am unhappy with a painting I find that taking time to step back and reflect on what worked and didn’t work helps me with the next painting.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Until next time, keep playing and having fun!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Little seascape painting

Today I have a seascape to share with you. I was playing in my 5×7 inch sketchbook and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Happy Sunday! πŸ’™

My first step was color mixing. I painted a few samples in my sketchbook documenting the colors that I planned on using.

Color mixing for beach watercolor

The next step was deciding where to place a light pencil mark for the horizon line. The space is quite limited in the 5 x 7 inch sketchbook but I didn’t let that stop me.

seascape watercolor

I worked from top to bottom with the wet on wet technique. I simply wet the paper by brushing on clean water first and then added some paint on the damp paper.

I like to focus on the sky first and then move on to the middle and foreground areas. There’s something very calming about painting a water scene and I love all the blues of the sea.

Small seascape watercolor with matt

I placed a matt over the painting to see how it might look in a frame. I think it looks pretty good that way. 😊 I hope you make time to play in your sketchbook and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Saving space for the focal point

My painting started out as simple vines and buds.

floral watercolor painting beginning

I left space for more flowers to be added later. I should have taken more photos but I’m glad I have this one to share.

Flowing floral watercolor painting

I strengthened the buds with darker color and loose shapes. I love how the pretty purple flowers and leaves at the bottom guide your eye up into the painting.

There was enough space for a large flower at the top. It worked out well and became the focal point that this painting needed. The center of the flower turned out really nice. The little bit of dark color that bled into the petals from the center really makes my heart sing. The best part was that I didn’t overwork it. Yay!

It’s important to remember that showing up and having fun really makes a difference. Some paintings will work out better than others. While I may showcase some of my favorite paintings here, I have many that aren’t successful. I do my best to keep in mind that each painting is a step forward and an opportunity to learn and grow.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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More fun in my sketchbook

I’ve been playing in my sketchbook and have a few pages to share with you. I layered watercolor shapes with markers. It was a fun and easy exercise that I hope you will try as well.

I’m always inspired by watching Shayda Campbell videos on YouTube. She has so many great ideas for filling your sketchbook. I love her style and enjoy her watercolor tutorials.

I painted simple watercolor leaves and flowers all over the page. I love the combination of peachy pinks and soft browns together.

watercolor floral with marker detail

Once the page dried I used my dual tipped Tombow markers for some detail. I’m always amazed how adding detail with a pen or marker really wakes things up. I tried to keep the detail all very simple but I did get carried away with a few of them. πŸ˜‰ Looking over my page, I really like the simple flowers much more.

Note to self…whether painting or drawing with markers, you have to know when to stop.

watercolor underpainting

For my second page, I switched up the colors. I covered the page with a variety of leaves. I ended up with a nice little playful pattern.

watercolor botanical with marker detail

Wow, the fuschia really added a nice punch of color. Nothing shy or boring about that color.

These dual tip markers are really nice to work with. They have a fine tip on one end and a larger brush pen on the other. I do need to practice more to learn how to control the brush pen though.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone and I hope you play and fun in your sketchbook too.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Watercolor warm up

Today I have a simple watercolor warm up to share.

Hope your day is wonderful! πŸ’™

watercolor waves - landscape warm up

This little landscape warm up in my sketchbook was a great way to loosen up and play a bit.

It’s always fun to watch the colors mix and mingle on the paper. I love that it ended up looking like waves rolling in.

I hope you take the time to do what you love and enjoy the process. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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