Merry Christmas

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season.Β 


Christmas candle watercolor

Thank you for all of the love and encouragement you’ve given me this year.


Holly and berries watercolor and ink

I will be taking a little blogging break and will be back in early January.

Now I’m off to baking cookies, wrapping presents, and getting ready for holiday parties.

See you next year! ❀️

Patty Anne

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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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It started with a sketch

It all started with a sketch. I enjoy sitting down with my sketchbook and playing with floral designs.

Happy Sunday friends! 😊

flowers and vines ink sketch

I decided to work on a painting inspired by my floral sketch.


pink flowers and vines first wash

My first watercolor wash, a light layer of petals and leaves.

I continued on with a few more layers of color making sure each was dry before starting the next. The key is that each layer of color added gets a little darker.

pink flowers and vines watercolor

Transparent petals and leaves completed.

The flowers are much larger than in the sketch but I like that. 🌸

I had so much fun with the first painting that later in the week I gave it another try.

transparent pink watercolor flowers

This painting has a few more flowers and transparent leaves. I like how the overlapping leaves create movement and interest. Pink and green together is a favorite of mine so I stayed with that combination. This second painting has a playfulness that makes me happy.

It was fun using my sketch as a guide and letting each painting take me where it wanted to go. I hope you enjoyed seeing my work and that my flowers brighten your day.

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

Happy Painting! πŸ’š

Patty Anne

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Looking back

Looking through some of my earlier work, I ran across this watercolor and ink painting. A sweet little scene of a family enjoying time at the beach.

Happy Thursday friends! 😊

family time watercolor and ink sketch

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday zen – tree doodle

Playing with patterns and shapes, I had fun working on this tree doodle. I took my time and it slowly came together over a few evenings.

Happy Thursday! πŸ’œπŸ˜Š

Using a micron pen, I sketched out a tree and created a bunch of sections to doodle in.

Tree ink doodle - s1

A meditative art with no rules or mistakes. I move forward not worrying about the final result. That feels so good.  ☺️

Next step, filling in more sections and trying out different patterns.

tree ink doodle step 2

I didn’t work from top to bottom or side to side.

I used a few of the same patterns and jumped around in an attempt to spread things out on the tree top.


ink tree - zen doodle

I fell in love with a weave pattern and thought it would provide some texture on the trunk. I like that it seems to guide your eye upward into the tree top. πŸ’š

A little shading at the end to finish up.

Lesson learned, using a pencil for the shading is a good idea. Shading with the micron pen was difficult and caused a few areas to get much darker than desired.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦ƒ


bleeding heart watercolor and ink

Bleeding heartΒ  – 5 x 7 inch watercolor and ink (2016)

I hope you enjoy time with friends and family and have a wonderful holiday meal.


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Barn owl watercolor

I’ve been working on painting a barn owl and have a few photos to show how it all came together.

Happy Sunday, friends! 😊

I started off with a simple sketch. It is important that the big shapes are positioned correctly and that your proportions look good.Β  No detail is needed at this point, just light lines to serve as a guide.

Barn owl initial sketch

Next I added a few small ink details with a Micron pen. The eyes are very dark so I like to use a pen to outline them to get the shape set before putting down any paint.


Barn owl palette

I used Daniel Smith watercolors for my owl. I started out by wetting the paper in sections and dropping in color allowing it to mix and mingle on right on the paper.


Barn owl watercolor 1st wash

The first wash of quinacridone gold, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna. It doesn’t look good at this point but it gets better with each wash.


Barn owl watercolor 2nd wash

The second wash with more definition. Things are now starting to take shape. I’m not sure why this photo has a rosy glow but hopefully that’s not a distraction.


Barn owl watercolor painting

Barn owl – 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn beta sketchbook

The final wash added even more detail and deeper color. I love watching the transformation with this type of post. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

For me this post reinforces the importance of three washes and that getting the eyes dark enough makes a big difference.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Art is for everyone, keep painting, creating, and having fun!

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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