Great Blue Heron watercolor

This week I worked on painting a Great Blue Heron. I decided to work in my Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook that I recently received as a gift. It was a great choice, the quality of the paper in this sketchbook is excellent. I can see more of these sketchbooks in my future. ๐Ÿ™‚

My initial sketch is below.ย  Nice big shapes first, and then more detail with ink. Early on, it is important to get the position and shape of the eye correct. Then it is just a matter of working out from there with more detail.

Great Blue Heron sketch
Great Blue Heron sketch

Below is the second phase after adding watercolor. This is when it really starts to come alive.

Daniel Smith watercolors:
Payne’s Gray, Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Rose, Yellow Ochre, and Hansa Yellow

Great Blue Heron - part 1
Great Blue Heron – part 1

I debated whether to add a background color or not. After looking at a photo of my painting, I realized that I needed to punch up some of the colors. I also thought that a background would give this painting more interest.

It was a good choice to add more color, it made a big difference!

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Background colors:ย  Permanent Green, Green Gold, and Phthalo Blue

For the background I used a mix of Permanent Green and Green Gold. I splashed some Phthalo Blue and Permanent Green on the wet background by tapping on the handle of a brush loaded with paint. I like how the little drops of paint vary in size and spread out and in different shapes depending on how wet the paint is where they land.

I hope I have inspired you to create some art and do something fun. Thanks for stopping by and following along.ย  Have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos watercolor
Pink Cosmos watercolor

Pink Cosmos watercolor painted on 9×12 inch Arches watercolor paper.

Dreaming about warmer weather and sending you a little sunshine today with some cheerful pink flowers.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Fox watercolor and ink

I’ve been working on sketching and painting a fox. It has been on my list for a while and I had a little time over the holidays to give it a try. I really love wildlife art and enjoy combining watercolor and ink in my artwork.

I started off with a few pencil sketches before diving in with watercolor and ink.

Fox watercolor and ink sketch
Fox watercolor and ink sketch

painted onย 9×12 inch Canson Mix Media paper

Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolor paints
Black Micron pen .03

After lightly sketching the fox with a pencil, I added more definition with a Micron pen. I like using the pen to make fun squiggles and random loose lines for the fur. When making the the ink squiggles and lines, I had to keep in mind that the length of the hair is shorter on the face and longer on the neck and body of the fox. I used a pen with a small tip so that the ink markings would not be too harsh and take over the painting. The final step was adding watercolor. That is the most exciting part, when things start to come to life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Watercolor tips:

  • Make sure the eyes are well defined and that the colors are dark enough. The eyes really need to pop to give life to your painting.
  • Set goals for your art and keep working at it.

I started painting 3 years ago and fell in love with watercolor. I have been taking classes, reading books, and following many talented artists online. The key has really been to paint a lot.ย  About 2.5 years ago I started trying to paint a little every day or every few days (as it goes with a busy life and work schedule). The more that you paint, the more you will learn.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love for you to follow me on this creative journey.

Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Blues – Penguin Dance

Penguin Dance
Penguin Dance

Penguin Dance watercolor painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper.

Another blue post for you…Blue is my favorite color. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts. You can see more of my work onย Instagramย andย PattyAnneArt.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Birdie Roundup – 2017

As we close out 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of my favorite birdies from this year.

A few paintings and photos from 2017…

 

Penguin Buddies - Ink and Watercolor
Penguin Buddies – Ink and Watercolor

A couple of joyful penguins,

Duck - inktober
Duck – inktober

 

Ducks on the pond
Ducks on the pond

an afternoon swim,

Goose watercolor with background
Goose watercolor with background

a happy goose,

Sweet Bird watercolor
Sweet Bird watercolor

a sweet little birdie,

Birdies at the beach
Birdies at the beach

and a lovely day at the beach with these beauties.

Painting and sharing with you this year has been such a joy. I will continue on this watercolor journey and will probably paint a few more birds next year as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope my art continues to improve in 2018 and that I can inspire you in some way to be creative and do what you love.

Wishing you a very happy and creative new year!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Buck Silhouette

Buck Silhouette watercolor
Buck Silhouette watercolor

Buck Silhouette watercolor painted on 6 x 9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Watercolor tip:
Kosher salt was sprinkled on damp paint to create some interesting texture. After the paint completely dried, the salt was dusted off the paper.

I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts. You can see more of my work onย Instagramย and my website,ย PattyAnneArt.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Chickadee Watercolor

Hi everyone!

I love painting birds which is probably not a surprise to many of you following me on this journey. I sketched a little Chickadee during Inktober and just recently got around to painting one.

It is often hard to know when to stop working on a painting, when to walk away and put down the brush. That happened with this painting. I thought my painting was finished, so I signed it and walked away. I took a few pictures and the following day I realized that it really needed more work.

I had a few decisions to make. I needed to take a little time to think about what this painting needed. I had just stopped too soon, but really that was ok. This was an opportunity to learn and share with you some of the decisions that I made while painting this Chickadee.

Chickadee part 1.

Chickadee - part 1
Chickadee – part 1

Looking at this Chickadee from a distance, I realized that all of the colors were muted.

The color bleed around his head looked like a thought bubble. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ahhh no no, not what I intended…

It really needed some bright color and some darker darks.

The eye needed more definition, and that thought bubble just had to go.

After adding more color and punching up the dark values, I was much happier. I was able to address all of the issues that bothered me. I think the result looks much better and feels more alive.

Chickadee - part 2
Chickadee – part 2

Chickadeeย  – painted on 7×10 inch Canson Watercolor paper.

Watercolor tips and lessons learned:

  • It is sometimes hard to know when to stop so that you don’t overwork a painting. You also need to be careful not to stop too soon as I demonstrated above.
  • Take time to look over your work and keep notes. There is always something to learn about what went wrong, what worked well, and what can be improved.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button. I would love for you to follow me on this creative journey.

You can see more of my work onย Instagramย and my website,ย Patty Anne Art. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne