Butterflies in Watercolor

Just a quick post this week on butterflies. I’ve always loved butterflies and it makes me smile when I see one flutter by or land on a nearby flower. Their delicate wings have such beautiful colors and patterns that are all so interesting. I thought it would be fun to try and paint some butterflies this week.

I tried to keep things simple and loose (but sometimes that is easier said than done). Below are two of the paintings that I am happiest with. I think my favorite one is the bright blue butterfly. I really love Daniel Smith – Phthalo Blue!

Dark Blue Butterfly
Dark Blue Butterfly
Bright Blue Butterfly
Bright Blue Butterfly

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

White Goose in Watercolor

This week I was back to painting birds and I decided to work on a white goose. I had fun using light shades of blue and purple for shadows and definition.

On this painting, I worked a bit larger using Arches 11×14 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. The roughness of this paper was a great help when it came time to add some texture to my goose.

Here is my goose without a background. I am so in love with how the bill turned out!

Goose watercolor without background
Goose watercolor without background

I decided to add a background to this painting after it dried. I always get nervous at this stage…Am I going to mess it up, what if I don’t like it after adding the background? Well, I threw those thoughts aside and continued anyway. Using similar colors, I tried to connect my goose to the background by blurring part of the neck and back area into the color of the background. After doing so, it still looked as if I had too much white paper, so I added a touch of blue for the sky and a blur of greens near the bottom to indicate a grassy area. I am happy that I added the background, I think it added more interest and fun.

Goose watercolor with background
Goose watercolor with background

Techniques used

  • Wet on Wet – Adding water to the paper first and then dropping in color while the paper is still wet. Using this technique, I like to have a tissue handy in case I want to lift out any color or lightly touch up an area.
  • Dry Brush – For adding some texture, I used straight pigment on a mostly dry brush and then dragged the side of my brush on the paper in the direction of the feathers or fur area.

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

More Lavender Watercolors

I continue on this journey painting both new and favorite subjects. Lavender has quickly become a favorite of mine. What I love is that there are so many varieties and beautiful color combinations to try.

As I was writing this post, I started thinking that for a future painting it might be fun to paint a landscape with rolling hills of lavender in the distance.

Below are a few paintings from this week.  A few other paintings didn’t work out so well but that is how it goes… I had fun and will keep on painting and trying to improve. There is a lot to learn from paintings that don’t work out, sometimes I think you learn more from them.

Lavender watercolor
Lavender watercolor

I like the soft background in this painting and am happy that the colors didn’t get too dark. With this composition I was trying for something a little different. What do you think of it?

Lavender 2 watercolor
Lavender 2 watercolor

The second painting I’m not as happy with but I do like the variation and loose feel. An interesting thing I’ve found is that purple appears a bit darker in my photos than it actually is on my watercolor paper. I’m not sure why that is.

Watercolors used:  a combination of Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton
Ultramarine Blue (DS), Quinacridone Rose (DS), Payne’s Gray (DS), Sap Green (WN), White(WN)

Payne’s Gray is a new color in my palette. I like to mix up my own gray with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light but recently I decided to try Payne’s Gray and I really love it! If you are looking for a new color to add to your palette, I recommend giving Payne’s Gray a try.

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

New website and birds in watercolor

Hi all,

I am pretty excited, this week I launched my new website, pattyanneart.com. It is just a simple website where I can showcase some of my artwork. I hope to add to it over time and am sure it will evolve as I continue on this journey. If you get a chance to visit, any advice or feedback will be much appreciated.

I’ve been painting birds the last few weeks. Below is my first attempt at a Great Blue Crane. I used my new Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue on this one. I just love that color! After painting the crane (and letting it dry), I wet the sky area with water here and there and then dropped in some color. I tried to not touch the area much and just dragged my brush around a bit for some clouds. I really like how that worked out.

Great Blue Crane watercolor
Great Blue Crane watercolor

I also painted this cute little Blue Bird. I love the fluffy feathers on his chest!

Little Blue Bird watercolor
Little Blue Bird watercolor

Tips on painting branches:

  • Branches that are closer should have more detail than those further away.
  • Branches are thicker near the tree trunk and slim out as they get further away.
  • Color mix:  I use Daniel Smith Aquamarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light (using different amounts of each color for a variety of shades).

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Feathered Friends in Watercolor

Ahh, those fluffy feathers!  I have been having fun this week painting birds. In my last post I shared with you my first Pink Flamingo that I painted in my 7×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. I decided to try it again but paint larger and use a few different techniques. When working on smalls, I think I tighten up a bit so I decided to go with a 9×12 inch painting on this one.

I started out with a sketch in pencil to get my shape and placement. Remember that the positioning (and size) of the head, eye and beak are all very important. For feathers, I start with light color and work up to bolder colors. When working on the small detail of the eye, I use either a small rigger, liner, or round brush. I used my new Princeton round #2 brush this time. I really love that brush!!

Below is an in progress view of my feathered friend.

Pink Flamingo watercolor in progress
Pink Flamingo watercolor in progress

Watercolor techniques:

When the paint was damp, I tossed a little regular table salt on the neck and body area. Later when it was completely dry, I dusted off the salt. I was hoping it would give me some nice texture and an interesting look. I really like the results I got using the salt.

I also tried to use some expressive brush strokes with my larger round brush for the body feathers and used different shades of pink mixed with just a touch of red and orange here and there. I moved the brush around loosely pulling it in the direction that the feathers would be on the body.

While the painting was still damp I spattered some paint on it. I tried using a toothbrush as I’ve seen others demonstrate but I always seem to have trouble getting that spatter where I want it. I ended up using my round brush loaded with juicy color and then tapped it here and there over the painting, that worked for me.

This is the final painting below.

Pink Flamingo watercolor
Pink Flamingo watercolor

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Patty Anne

Florida Inspired Watercolors

Just a quick post on some Florida inspired watercolors that I recently painted. I have many fond memories of traveling to Florida with my family.

I posted these pictures and others on Instagram while participating in #worldwatercolormonth. You can also follow me on Instagram at: pattyanneart

Beach watercolor
Beach watercolor
Flamingo watercolor
Flamingo watercolor
Palm Trees watercolor
Palm Trees watercolor

I hope enjoy my work and are inspired to keep painting and having fun.

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Trees across the lake

I’ve been working on landscapes this week. I focused on using the wet on wet technique with multiple applications of color for the distant trees across the lake. I ended up with some nice results and have a few tips to share with you.

Painting tips:

  • Lightly draw a line on your paper where the horizon is. I use a regular pencil and ruler for this. This simple line will be an important guide as you paint.
  • Mix up a lot of color before you start painting so that you don’t run out before you are finished. For this painting, I used a green+blue, green+brown, and cool gray blue mix.
  • I like to work from top to bottom on this type of painting so that I don’t smudge up an already painted area with my hand or wrist. (Yes, I’ve done that before!)

After working on the sky and letting it dry a bit, I worked on the distant trees by first wetting the tree area with water about an inch or so above the horizon line. Then with a lot of juicy color on my brush, I dropped in the wet color across the tree area. First with a pass across the top, and then across the bottom. It is important to switch up the color every few inches or so as you work across the paper to add variety and interest. I also had to clean up the horizon line a few times with the tip of a large round brush. Then I continued adding more color until I was happy with the the shapes and colors before moving on to the lake.

Here is my first painting below, I really like the colors in this one.

Landscape - Across the Lake
Landscape – Across the Lake

Below is my second painting. When my trees were almost dry, I lightly sprayed them with a mist of water to try and soften them up a bit. Well, things didn’t go as I expected, the color started to run and bleed quite a bit. I thought I ruined everything, but I decided to just go with it and guided the running color with the tip of my brush. After it dried, I was pleasantly surprised.  It kind of looks like rain or fog across the lake.

Landscape 2 - Across the Lake
Landscape 2 – Across the Lake

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne