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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I started off with a simple sketch. It is important that the big shapes are positioned correctly and that your proportions look good.ย  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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Painting bees

I’ve been practicing painting bees and flowers. In Jean Haines’ book,ย Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour, she noted that adding little bees to your flower paintings will give them more energy and interest.

The cute little bees in Jean’s book looked like a fun exercise so I jumped in.

Step by step watercolor bees

How to paint a little bee, simple and loose:ย 

Use a small brush,ย  I used a Liner #2

  1. With dark gray/black, paint a round head and with the tip of your brush pull out a few antenna.
    Paint a couple dark curved stripes below the head.
  2. In between the stripes add yellow paint and allow it to touch and blend with the other areas.
  3. Pull out the wings from the wet paint on each side of the bee. Add a little more gray color at the top of the wing. Use a damp brush to blend out the wings to keep them soft and delicate.
  4. Bump up the color by adding more yellow and gray/black where needed.


You can also switch things up and paint a few bees with different shades of yellow and gold, or try using a different gray mix. There are so many possibilities. ๐Ÿ™‚

watercolor flowers and bees practice

My little bee and flower study was a great way to have fun and try new things. I was able to experiment with how much water to use, when to blend colors, and try differentย  shapes and color combinations.

I love the freedom to just play and experiment without worry. It is a great way to build skills and enjoy the painting process. I highly recommend taking some time to play.

flowers and bees watercolor

Flowers and Beesย  – 6 x 9 inch

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time share a smile and spread kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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