Tulips on my mind

I have more tulips to share with you today. I can’t seem to get enough of them lately.

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Happy Mother’s Day, friends! ๐ŸŒท

I was excited when my tulips started coming up this Spring. A short time later though, I found that something had dined on all of the buds. My beautiful daffodils nearby survived so I was thankful for that.ย 

I thought I would have to wait until next year to see the tulips I planted last fallย but luckily,ย  a few survived. Oh happy day!!

Purple tulip in the garden

I snapped this pic last weekend.ย  This little beauty made my day…

What a gorgeous color!ย  That’s a #colorcrush for sure ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Tulips painted with coffee

I played with coffee again and painted a few tulips. After the painting dried, I sketched on top with a sepia micron pen.

 

ink sketch of tulips

Always fun playing with design ideas

 

ink and wash tulip painting

and splashing around some paint.

Adding color on top of an ink sketch as I did with this one, is a challenge for me. I feel this internal struggle with where to start and how much color to add.

 

Tulip bunch watercolor

Tulip bunch – 9 x 12 inch Arches hot press watercolor paper

A loose watercolor painting with a large round brush. Direct paint to paper with no sketching first. I like this simple composition and was happy that I walked away before I had time to overwork it. Knowing when to stop is often the hardest part.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Spring tulips and painting decisions

It started with a loose painting of tulips in soft pastel colors…๐ŸŒท

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜ŠPastel tulips watercolor painting

My initial plan was that this would be an under painting for some ink sketching later.

but then I had second thoughts…

Now I have to consider where to go from here.

  • Continue on with watercolor and further develop the tulips
  • Stop at this point and keep the loose abstract feel
  • Add a little ink sketching detail
  • Add some playful doodle sketching

What choice would you make?

I will probably call this done for now and revisit it later.

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

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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A second look and a new view

A few months ago, I set aside a few paintings that I was unhappy with. I recently pulled them out with the idea of using them as part of a new mosaic project.

My first painting was a seascape in a larger format that didn’t really speak to me. After cutting off part of the painting to create some small square tiles, I had a second look that changed my plan.

misty seashore

This misty seashore emerged and my opinion about this piece suddenly changed.

I was amazed that simply resizing would save this painting. ๐Ÿ’™

The second painting of abstract pink tulips, also on the chopping block, was spared as well.ย 

large format - abstract pink tulips

After focusing on the right half of this painting, I was much happier.

 

abstract pink tulips matted

Still not a favorite piece, but I love the greens and background colors.

Many lessons learned here and two paintings saved.๐Ÿ˜Š

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

Until next time, have a great week and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Pink Tulips – watercolor

A Spring inspired post for you today with a few watercolor tulips.

Tulips make me a happy girl. โคย  I hope you enjoy them as well . ๐Ÿ™‚

Soft Pink Tulip painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper.

I love the ruffled petals. When working on the background, I decided to also ruffle the edge of the background colors a bit. I really like how that worked out.

Pink Tulip
Soft Pink Tulip

 

Bright Pink Tulips painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper.

The greens and bright pinks work well together. I love that combination.

To create the soft distant tulips, I used the wet on wet technique. I simply wet the paper first with clean water and then while the paper was still wet, painted the general shape of tulips with a wet brush loaded with color. Then I continued dropping in more color to build up different areas.

Pink Tulips
Bright Pink Tulips

Watercolor Tips
– Build up color from light to dark

– Always have a tissue handy for those times when you drop too much color or too much water on your paper

– Mix it up and try something different
maybe a bold color, different brush, different paper, or an unusual color choice

I hope you 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Painting!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can check out Jill’s blog and beautiful ink Tulip here:ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Painting (and doodling)!

Patty Anne

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Pretty in Pink & Inktober

A pink inspired post for you this week with a few watercolor paintings of flowers. I also have a few ink drawings for #inktober that I will share with you as well. I’ve been inspired by all of the artists participating in #inktober2017, it has been a lot of fun to see all of their amazing work.

This is a very loose painting of Pink Poppies that I worked on a few months ago. It was painted on Arches 11×14 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I used the wet on wet technique to keep this painting very soft. I love how the color bleeds and moves across the paper as you drop color on the damp paper.

Pink Poppies watercolor
Pink Poppies watercolor

This week I painted the Pink Tulips below on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. While I was painting the Tulips, I wasn’t sure that I liked this painting at all. Once the background paint mingled and the painting dried, I was much happier with it. Sometimes I think it is helpful to step back and look at your painting from a distance so that you can take it all in and decide how it makes you feel.

Pink Tulips watercolor
Pink Tulips watercolor

Below are a few of my ink drawings this week:

Duck - inktober
Duck – inktober

Duckie is an ink drawing with just a little watercolor on the duck bill. I used Micron pens size: 1 and .03. I had to stop working on this drawing one evening because it was getting late. The next evening when I got back to it, I was happy that I had stopped. I really liked all of the remaining white space, so I just touched up a few places and finished up with a little watercolor. Knowing when to stop is often challenging. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chickadee - inktober
Chickadee – inktober

This cute little Chickadee is simply in ink. I used Micron pens size: .01 and .03. I think I may need to try painting this little guy in watercolor in the future.

Tips:

  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to create, just let go and allow yourself to have fun. That is when the magic happens!
  • Leave a few small unpainted spots here and there, it will add a little sparkle to your painting. Notice the duck bill in the above painting, I didn’t completely cover it with color. There are a few tiny white spots that I left unpainted.

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 to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work onย Instagramย and my website,ย PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Then & Now – Tulips

Tulips have been a bit challenging for me, but I think I’ve come a long way.

Watercolor Tulips – Then

Tulip garden 2016
Tulip Garden – March 2016 watercolor painting

and now, April 2017 (hopefully, you will agree that this is much improved)

Blushing Tulips 2017
Blushing Tulips – April 2017 watercolor painting

Today I framed the Blushing Tulips watercolor painting to give to myย Mom on Mother’s Day. ย  I really hope she likes it.

What I’ve learned:

Keep paintingย and journaling. ย Note what works and doesn’t work for you.

Loosen up and have fun. ย When I’m playing and not trying so hard, I usually have better results.

Theย Rigger brush is great for adding in fine details, a splash of color, or extra definition at the end.

Know when to put down the brush and stop so that you don’t overwork your painting.

Happy Painting!

– Patty Anne –