In my sketchbook

A few ink sketches for you today.

I always enjoy myself when I’m putting pen to paper. 😊

Happy Sunday, friends!

branch and leaves sketchy doodle

Simple and fun, this quick doodle sketch makes me happy.

 

Daisy ink sketch

I’ll bet you’re probably not surprised to see daisies in my sketchbook.

Daisies always seem to lift my mood.Β πŸŒΈΒ πŸ’šΒ πŸŒΈ

pine cones ink sketch

A few pine cones during #Inktober2018.

 

garden leaves ink sketch

Little vines and flowers in the garden

I like to use mixed media paper and #micronpens for sketching? Do you have any favorite pens or paper that you use?

I hope you enjoyed this little walk through my sketchbook. Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday -abstract watercolor

An abstract painting today inspired by artist Jean Haines.

Happy Thursday!Β πŸ˜€

willow watercolor painting

Abstract willow – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

I’ve been practicing and playing with color. I imagined a different result for this painting, something a little less abstract. Instead of trying to change where things were going, I just let it be.

I’m glad I did that, what a nice surprise.Β  πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Painting the garden

A little painting inspiration from last summer.

Happy Thursday, friends! 🌼 😊

Black-eyed Susan flowers photo

Black-eyed Susans – July 2018

It’s always good to practice and play. Learning what works and what doesn’t with watercolor takes time and a lot of practice. Allow time to experiment and observe, no need to fuss, just play.

A few notes on my little flower practice below:

I used a round #12 brush (and a #6 for some of the smaller petals).

1 – add a round puddle of color for the flower center

2 – add simple petals around the damp center

3 – add a drop of water in the center of the damp flower and allow it to bleed out into the petals

4 – add a little water to the edge of a few petals and allow the damp color to soften and bleed out

 

watercolor flower practice

Center: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Cadmium Yellow, Hansa Yellow Dark

Below I tried a darker center with lighter petals.

There are so many options…just have fun!

watercolor flower- painting steps

Center: Sepia, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Hansa Yellow light, Yellow ochre

My watercolor painting of Black-eyed Susans reminds me of summer. 🌞

Black-eyed Susan watercolor painting

Summer Flowers – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

I hope you are inspired to create and have fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts, simply click the follow button. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! πŸ’›

Patty Anne

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Blue Roses

A little watercolor practice painting roses using a limited palette. Another fun exercise in Jean Haines’ new book,Β  Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour.

Happy Sunday, friends!

Roses watercolor painting

9 x 12 Reasons in BlueΒ  – Canson Watercolor sketchbook

I have a few of Jean’s books and have learned so much from them. Her books are full of gorgeous paintings, inspiration, and fun exercises. I painted these loose roses following along with her simply blue exercise.

Blue is my favorite color so I was pulled in. This exercise was a good chance to practice her technique of putting down color in a circular pattern and then using a clean damp brush to push and pull color to indicate rose petals.

It fills my heart with joy to be able to create art and share it with all of you. I encourage you to have fun and do what you love. Art is for everyone, we can all create, we are all artists!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Lavender and bees

A little more practice painting flowers and bees.

Happy Sunday!

Lavender and bees watercolor

Lavender Days 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

A loose and simple lavender painting adding a few little bumbles. As I painted the lavender I left a few places to drop in my little bees. They were painted using the 4 simple steps from my previous post, Painting bees.

I love painting and creating, it is such a joy to share my art with all of you. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this journey. All of your kindness and encouragement means the world to me. πŸ’œ

I hope you have great week and do something fun. 😊

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Cityscape watercolor

A landscape practice and a few lessons learned.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

As I started working on this painting I quickly realized that things weren’t going as planned. When I dropped color on my damp watercolor paper I could see that my timing was off. My plan was to create distant trees but that was not what was happening. I was disappointed at first but continued on and did not fight it.

Lesson learned: Go with the flow and allow the painting to guide you.

Chilly Cityscape watercolor

Chilly CityscapeΒ  9 x 12 inch watercolor

I continued dropping in color and resisted the urge to fix things.

Stepping back I could see an unexpected cityscape with buildings and trees. What a happy surprise. Things didn’t go as initially planned but that’s ok. I learned a lot from this exercise and in the end I love the cityscape painting that resulted.

Lesson learned: Watercolor sometimes delivers a happy surprise.

I plan on keeping this painting near my desk as a reminder of these important lessons. πŸ™‚

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.Β Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Beyond the Meadow

A little landscape practice with an exercise from Zoltan Szabo’s book, 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Beyond the Meadow

Beyond the Meadow – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

The flowering tree in this landscape caught my eye. It looked like a good exercise to practice painting trees using the wet on wet technique so I decided to give it a try.

While painting the distant trees I reminded myself to leave enough white space for the flowering tree in the foreground. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth that I was able to achieve with this landscape and how quickly it all came together.

It feels calm and peaceful, I love that. πŸ™‚

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

Happy Painting! ❀

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