Backyard Bluebird

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

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.Β  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! πŸ™‚ ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Daisy Doodle

Sending a little sunshine your way today with a happy Daisy doodle. πŸ™‚

Daisy Doodle ink sketch
Daisy Doodle ink sketch

7 x 10 inch Canson Mix Media sketchbook
Micron pens .01 and .02

Hope you have a great Thursday and find time to do something you love!

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

Happy Painting (and Doodling)!

Patty Anne

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Tulip – ink and watercolor

Happy Spring!

I have a fun ink and watercolor Tulip to share with you today.

Fellow blogger and talented artist, Jill Kuhn, recently posted a beautiful ink Tulip. I was inspired by Jill’s lovely art and decided to sketch a Tulip and give Zentangle a try. It was fun creating different designs and patterns all over the flower and leaves. I added a splash of watercolor at the end to brighten things up. I’m really happy with the end result. πŸ™‚

You can check out Jill’s blog and beautiful ink Tulip here:Β Jill’s Art Journal

 

Tulip ink & watercolor
Tulip ink & watercolor

 

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

Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great weekend and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting (and doodling)!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee and Flowers

I love to sketch and paint birds and today I have another to share with you. A little Chickadee surrounded by flowers.

I just fell in love. πŸ™‚

Chickadee and flowers
Chickadee and Flowers

painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper

This little birdie was the pick me up that I needed a few weeks ago. ❀

After a few paintings didn’t work out very well, I needed to get back to something I really enjoy painting. It’s good to know where to turn and what makes you feel good.

I decided to follow my heart and that made me very happy.

Watercolor tips:

  • give some thought to your color palette and background before you begin
  • allow some areas of paint to bleed into one another and let the watercolor magic happen
  • don’t put pressure on yourself, stay positive and enjoy the process

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Pink Petals

Pink Petals watercolor

Pink Petals painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Sending a little happy your way today with these pretty pink petals. πŸ™‚

Hope you have a great weekend and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Lavender

A look back at a painting from last summer.

Lavender field painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Lavender field
Lavender field

I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.

Have a great weekend and do something fun. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Coneflower watercolor

A few years ago I painted a Coneflower after watching this Deb Watson youtube video,Β How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners.Β I decided to watch the video again but this time decided to paint a larger flower.

I painted this first Coneflower in 2015 shortly after I started documenting my journey.Β  This was painting number 35.

Coneflower watercolor
Coneflower painting 2015

I’m really pleased with this early work, I think it was a nice exercise.

In the video, I love that Deb walks through painting the wet on wet background by dropping in lots of color and letting the colors mix and mingle. I remember when I was just a beginner, she made me feel like I could do this and gave me the confidence to give it a try.Β  This video is packed full of great tips and advice that has stayed with me.

My recent Coneflower painting on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.

Coneflower painting
Coneflower painting 2018

This is painting number 651.Β  Wow, I am so amazed by that number! πŸ™‚

The salt technique worked out much better in the new painting. I have more experience using salt now and have a better feel for when to sprinkle it on the wet paint.

Salt technique – things that can affect your results
How wet is the paint. If too dry,Β  the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” πŸ™‚
Applying the salt from directly above or at an angle.
The type of salt used. Kosher salt or a finer table salt.

I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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