I’ve been waiting…

I’ve been waiting for the Cosmos that I planted from seed to bloom. This week, it finally happened. I was pretty excited when I looked outside to see this beauty.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Cosmos lavender flower photo

She quickly became my painting inspiration for the week. ❀

Those little joyful petals just make me smile

and that yummy color just sings.

 

Cosmos flower watercolor painting

Just a few simple lines with a Micron pen to place the petals and then the addition of watercolor to brighten it up.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, be the light and shine on!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Naming artwork

A little flower practice using a 1/2 inch Flat angle brush.

Happy little petals your way today. πŸ™‚

Baby blue flowers

I’ve been trying to come up with more thoughtful names for my artwork. I am finding that naming artwork is challenging. This small 6 x 9 inch piece I named, Baby Blues.

I wonder what the best approach is when naming artwork.

Maybe asking a few questions would be helpful before selecting a name…

  • What do I see?Β  (this is my usual method, somewhat descriptive)
  • What do I feel when I look at this piece?
  • What did I feel when I created this piece?
  • Does this piece bring back a special memory?
  • Does this piece have a special meaning?

Then again, am I just overthinking the process?Β  Is it best to just go with your gut (or what comes to mind right away)?

Do you have a method that works well for you? I would love to hear how you choose a name.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love.

Until next time, be the light and shine on! ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Dreamy Orange Crush

More transparent watercolor petals to share with you today.

A little splashy orange crush. πŸ™‚

Hope you have a great day and find time to do what you love.

Happy Thursday! ❀

Peachy transparent watercolor flowers

Orange Poppies – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper.

For this painting, I slowly layered soft petals like I did in my last post. But this time, I continued on and developed the painting a bit further.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Transparent Watercolor Petals

Transparent watercolor petals, delicate and lovely.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

This week I thought it would be fun to share with you a simple technique for painting layers of soft petals in watercolor.

A few key points before we get started:

– the goal is to slowly build up color with each layer of paint

– start with a very light color

-each layer added is a little darker

– let each layer dry before adding the next one (very important!)

– a round brush works well for this (I used size 12)

Each layer of color is mixed to be slightly darker than the previous layer. Adding more water to a color mix will give you a lighter shade which works well for this exercise.

This is what I used…

Pink Color mixing

Daniel Smith watercolors:

Layer 1-Β  Quin Rose + Yellow Ochre
Layer 2 – Quin Rose + Yellow OchreΒ  (slightlyΒ darker than Layer 1)
Layer 3 – Quin Rose + Yellow Ochre + Mayan Orange
Layer 4 – Quin Rose + Yellow Ochre + Mayan Orange (slightly darker than Layer 3)

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 1

First layer is very light and pale.

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 2

Second layer, adding a few different petal shapes with a slightly darker shade of pink. Things don’t look very good at this point, but hang in there it gets better. πŸ™‚

The hardest part is waiting for things to dry completely between layers.

I also added a few tiny green stems to build up later.

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 3

Another layer adding a few more petals with a slightly darker color…

Layer 3 is looking a little better now.

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 4

Then a last 4th layer of darker petals. It gets pretty exciting at this point when the flowers start to take shape.

You could stop now or continue on and develop your painting further. I decided to just leave this one as is.

I hope you enjoyed this little exercise. It is an easy way to develop soft, delicate watercolor flowers. Let me know if this was helpful, I would love to hear from you.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Eucalyptus leaves

A simple painting of Eucalyptus leaves today.

Calm and soothing greens and blues.

I love the combination of a simple ink sketch with soft colors.

Eucalyptus leaves ink and watercolor

Eucalyptus Leaves – 9 x 12 inch bee watercolor paper

Daniel Smith watercolors used:

Cerulean Blue
Phthalo Blue
Cascade Green
Buff Titanium

Sketched using a black Micron pen, size .03

I bought a set of black Micron pens with a wonderful travel case. It had room for additional pens and so… I filled it up. πŸ™‚ I also managed to fit my mechanical pencil in the case as well.

I love having this little case next to me whenever I am sketching, everything I need is visible and right on hand. ❀ I’ve mentioned these pens in other posts and thought you might like to see what I’ve been using.

Micron pens in travel case

 

I like to think that I am painting myself happy. I hope you enjoy seeing my happy art and it inspires you create and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. ❀ Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Wisteria watercolor

A soft and loose Wisteria watercolor painting to share today.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Recently, fellow blogger and talented artist,Β HollyThreeSixFiveΒ shared a beautiful Wisteria that she painted after watching Jay Lee’s Wisteria watercolor tutorial.Β  I’ve enjoyed other Jay Lee tutorials in the past and was excited to follow along with this one.

I love what I was able to create but the best part was that I felt very calm and relaxed while painting. Looking back, the hardest thing for me was getting a nice picture to post using my phone. For some reason I have a difficult time getting a quality photo of anything purple.

Wisteria watercolor painting

Painted using a Princeton round #12 brush on 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

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, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cardinals

I’ve been enjoying the Cardinals at the backyard feeder. I have a few cute photos and a watercolor painting to share with you today.

Happy Sunday!Β  πŸ™‚

Male Cardinal photo - backside

I think this pic is pretty cute but I’m not sure that he approved. Just look at his expression below. πŸ˜‰

 

Male Cardinal photo - looking back

Um… hold on now, that’s not my best side.

 

Male Cardinal photo

There you go, that’s the shot you’ve been looking for. ❀

Once again, I had to contain my excitement long enough to snap these photos. I was lucky to have the window open and my camera ready when this male Cardinal stopped by.

I decided to try painting the 2nd photo above. I just love that look he gave me.

Male Cardinal watercolor

Sweet Cardinal painted on 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block using Daniel Smith watercolors

There are parts of this painting that worked well and parts that did not.

I didn’t quite get the tilt of his head, but that is ok. I’m very pleased with the background color and splash. I think there is always something to learn from each painting. The most important thing for me is having fun and enjoying the process.

Creating art and listening to music brings me so much joy. Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create and do something you love.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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