Coneflower watercolor

A few years ago I painted a Coneflower after watching this Deb Watson youtube video, How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners. 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.  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.  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.  Wow, I am so amazed by that number! 🙂

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,  the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” 🙂
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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Painting with a new brush

A number of months ago I bought a few Princeton Dagger brushes. This week I decided to practice with the small 1/4 inch brush. I found it to be a great choice for painting leaves, twigs, and branches. I need to practice with this brush a bit more but it was fun to switch things up and try something new.

Dagger brush notes:
The brush holds a lot of paint, be sure to have a nice puddle of color to work with.
The super fine tip is perfect for detail work and fine lines.
Dipping the brush in 2 different colors and then pulling the brush across the paper creates some very fun results.

dagger brush practice

 

I played around and painted a series of leaves. My favorite ones are below. I like the simplicity and soft colors, all very calming.

Daniel Smith watercolors:  Undersea Green, Carbazole Violet, and French Ultramarine
Each painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Leaves watercolor series
Leaves watercolor series

 

I painted some pretty pink flowers with the small dagger brush. It created some nice loose shapes for the leaves and petals. I also used a few of my favorite go-to round brushes in this painting as well.
Pink Posies watercolor painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Pink Posies watercolor
Pink Posies watercolor

 

Try something new…
Mix it up with a new paintbrush or a new sketchbook. Maybe even paint something you’ve never painted before. Playing around and having fun can often produce some very exciting results.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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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. 🙂

My initial sketch is below.  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:  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.  Have a great week.

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 on 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. 🙂

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.  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! 🙂

Happy Painting!

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 on Instagram and my website, 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. 🙂 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

Chickadee  – 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 on Instagram and my website, Patty Anne Art. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Painting a Snowman

I haven’t played in the snow or made a snowman in a very long time, but I thought it would be fun to paint one. We haven’t had much snow yet this season where I live. I sure hope we have a little on the ground by Christmas morning.

Now for painting snow… I started to wonder what color would be best to use. My first thought was that a light purple or gray would be nice. After watching this tutorial on how to paint a holiday snowman card, Watercolor Snowman Card Tutorial, I decided to try using different shades of blue for the snow as Michael did in the video.

Below are a few of the happy snowmen that I painted, just simple and fun!

Snowman 1
Snowman 1

After sketching the snowman, I painted a few very light washes of Cobalt Teal on the snowball sections. I made sure to leave some white areas and did not worry about uneven brush strokes or getting it perfect. It is important to let each wash dry before adding the next wash. I like seeing the brush strokes since it gives the snow a bit of nice texture.

Then I continued with a few additional washes of Phthalo Blue and Ultramarine Blue for the darker areas around and below him.

 

Snowman 2
Snowman 2

I had a some fun dressing this guy up adding a hat, scarf, and some cute buttons. Snowman 2 is my favorite of this group. I think I’m going to print some cards with one. 🙂

 

Snowman and jr
Snowman and jr

With this third painting, I added a baby snowman. He looks like he is sitting down so I gave him some cute little boots.

Watercolor Tips

  • Be sure to include a variety of darks and lights in your watercolor paintings. It will create more interest and help them come to life.
  • Another great place to find inspiration is in children’s books. You will find that many have beautiful watercolor and ink illustrations.

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 to have you follow me on this creative journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne