Poppies in the Sun

I love watercolor tutorials. There’s so much to learn from another artist by watching their process and following along.

I very much enjoyed Karen Rice’s YouTube tutorial Poppies in Watercolour. After watching it a few times, I pulled out my good watercolor paper and jumped in with some paint.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ’š

Poppies in the sun - beginning stage

I taped off my watercolor block and worked wet in wet to establish a nice sunlit background with distant poppies and leaves scattered about.

Color mixing green:
Payne’s Gray + Lemon Yellow
Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow

Karen used Payne’s Gray and Yellow to create a very nice earthy green. I really like that combination and will definitely use it again.

Another great take away from this tutorial is that when painting wet on wet and the paper is quite saturated, if you apply a thicker paint (more paint/less water), you are able to have more control with the paint on the paper.

Poppies in the Sun watercolor painting

I continued adding more Poppies in the foreground trying to vary shape, color, and placement. Once I was happy with the flowers, I added some buds and seed pods.

Poppies in the Sun watercolor

Poppies in the Sun watercolor – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor paper

After a few final touches, I removed the border tape and called it done. I just love these happy flowers.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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An evening of abstract landscapes

I have another round of watercolor landscapes to share today.

Happyย  Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

abstract landscape watercolor painting

I started off working in my 7 x 10 inch watercolor sketchbook.

Using a large round brush (#12), I wet the paper with some clean water. Then dipped my damp brush into the paint and applied the color in large bold strokes. The wet paint on wet paper creates a nice bleed and color movement. Watching the color move across the paper is always very exciting.

In both paintings I used a limited palette of three colors: Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, and Payne’s Gray.


abstract watercolor landscape

For the second painting, I used an 11 x 15 inch piece of watercolor paper. I decided to go a little larger with this one. Painting on large paper is a different experience. There’s more room to be expressive and have fun with your brush and that feels great. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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

Until next time, stay safe and be well!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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