Leaves and wildflowers in watercolor

A little practice to share with you today. I’ve been having fun painting borders, leaves, and wildflowers.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends!ย ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š

 

I started painting leaves and playing with a border design.

watercolor leaves border painting

Using a #6 round brush I painted each vine with leaves randomly placed on each side. I didn’t stress about the shapes and just tried to have fun with it.

Instead of using a pen this time around, I decided to outline my leaves with watercolor. Using a #2 liner brush with thick color and very little water, I was able to get some nice definition and clean up the leaf shapes. It wasn’t as easy as using a pen, but it worked well.

 

watercolor painting wildflowers

A little practice with wildflowers trying to keep things loose and simple.

I recently enjoyed a Skillshare class by Camilla Damsbo Brix, Painting Loose Watercolor and beautiful Wildflowers.

 

wildflower watercolor painting

I painted this vase of wildflowers after watching the class.

The glass vase got away from me on this one but I’m happy with the loose flowers. It was a good practice and I had fun with it. Hopefully next time I’ll be able to do a better job with the vase. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor floral banner

I have some watercolor florals to share with you today.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜Š

floral banner watercolor under painting

I decided to paint a floral banner and started out with a loose under painting.

Soft colors and simple leaf shapes make me very happy.

 

floral banner - watercolor and ink sketch

A little ink sketching was added next. I love that the ink brightens up the petals and leaves. It brings everything into focus.

There are so many options with ink sketching. I like to simply outline some ofย  the shapes that I see and also build up the piece by sketching new elements.

 

purple patty flowers - watercolor and ink sketch

Next up, I painted a “Patty” flower in the upper corner of my sketchbook.ย I call it a “Patty” flower because it’s one of my go to flowers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love the simple lines and this pretty purple color. ๐Ÿ’œ

Pretty purple watercolor mix:

ย  ย  ย  ย  Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose + Ultramarine Blue

 

purple patty flowers watercolor and ink sketch

A few pretty flowers bursting from the lower left corner of my sketchbook.

It is always fun to play and work on new ideas. I hope your are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Floating away with blue and green

Just like that and I’m back to painting leaves.

Floating and flowing blues and greens, calm and soothing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’™

 

watercolor leaves under painting

I started painting using my favorite blues and greens. My plan was floating leaves and vines.

Funny thing happened though, as I was painting I realized that I had the direction of the leaves all wrong. I decided to continue on anyway and just go with it.

Hmm, what to do…

After it dried, I flipped my sketchbook around to see if that would help.

floating leaves watercolor ink sketch

 

It looked promising so I continued on. Using a #micronpen size 005, I added simple shapes and lines and then it all started to come together.

I’m glad I didn’t give up on this one.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Water Lily practice continues on…

I’ve tried many times to paint water lilies on the pond. I alway find painting them to be very challenging. Today I have a few practice pieces to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

water lily watercolor painting

A very loose attempt with this one. It has a nice softness and calm feeling.

It could probably benefit from another dark wash around the base of each flower.

Having had a few unsuccessful water lily paintings behind me, I decided to move on and leave this one as is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

water lily watercolor painting

A bolder attempt this time. It took a number of washes with various dark colors to achieve this result.ย It feels like water to me and that my flowers are floating on top. Yay! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I will continue to practice and keep on trying to paint water lilies. I hope you are inspired to play, create art, and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Quiet Thursday – Watercolor Roses

A quiet post today inspired by a lovely trip to Longwood Gardens last Spring.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

 

Roses at Longwood Gardens watercolor

9 x 12 inch –ย  Roses at Longwood Gardens

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Thursday watercolor – Pink Poppies

A quiet post today sharing some Pink Poppies and a big smile.ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐ŸŒธ

watercolor painting of pink poppies

A loose watercolor painting with happy colors.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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A few favorites this year

I have a little round up of a few favorites to share with you. I’ve been playing with different styles and different media this year and thought it would be fun to take a look back.

Happy Sunday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š

 

Tufted Titmouse bird Procreate digital art

This digital painting started with a pencil sketch of a bird that I imported into the Procreate app on my iPad. In Procreate, I darkened the sketch and had fun painting it. I love how the cool background and softness made this painting feel a bit dreamy.

 

ink sketch - doodl swirls

I’ve been enjoying doodling and playing with #zentangle patterns more and more this year. This swirly doodle feels like it is bursting with joy from the center and that makes me happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Coffee painted roses

Painting with coffee was something new for me and I had a lot of fun with it. I love how these coffee roses turned out and oh that smell….delightful! โ˜•๏ธ

 

floral pink watercolor and ink painting

This year I’ve been playing with doodle sketching on top of watercolor. I’ve always loved this combination and really enjoy experimenting and creating this way. The watercolor under painting acts as a guide and inspiration for the final sketching on top.

A few tips:
– too much sketching on top can compete with the background and get very busy

– selective doodles add fun and can guide the viewers eye around the painting

– leaving some white areas unpainted is important, it adds balance and some highlights

 

Soft leaves and vines in watercolor

This is such a simple painting in terms of subject and technique but it makes me happy. Sometimes less is best. ๐ŸŒฟ

I’m glad that I’ve been trying new things and exploring different techniques. It keeps me moving forward and excited about the next project. I think I’ve made some good progress this year, that feels really good.

Hope you enjoyed this little look back and are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

ย ๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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