Cheerful yellow

I hope these happy yellow flowers brighten your day.

Happy Sunday, friends! 😊

I had a plan to paint some yellow flowers this week. I thought a simple sketch would be a good first step.

floral sketch

With the sketch by my side I jumped in and painted the two biggest flowers first. I started by wetting the paper where I planned to position the top section of each flower.

While the paper was damp, I dropped in lots of color in different areas and watched the blossoms come alive. I used a few different shades of yellow and green in this painting and I think that made it more interesting.


sunny flowers watercolor painting

I love the loose results with this one and decided to stop at this point. Sometimes it’s good to step back and not push things.

I wasn’t sure about a background and thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with in Procreate.

watercolor flowers -digital background

I imported my painting into Procreate and played around with layers. I dotted the background with the cool spray paint effect. It took a few tries before I found the right size and placement of the spray that I liked.

While writing this post, I noticed that the pretty light blue spray added some movement to the piece.  Oh, what a nice bonus!

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

Patty Anne 💙

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Sunflower Watercolor

A little sunshine your way today with a cheerful Sunflower painting.

I worked on painting a Sunflower based on an exercise in Jean Haines beautiful watercolor book, Paint Yourself Calm. I love her loose style of painting and the vibrant colors she uses in her work. This book is full exercises to help you relax, explore color, and reduce stress through painting.

Sunflowers just make me smile. The bright yellow makes me happy. 🙂

In this exercise the petals are painted by pulling color toward the center of the flower. The salt technique is used on the center of the flower and plastic wrap is used on the petals. Both techniques are fun and create some interesting results.

It was vey exciting the next day after the salt was dusted off and the plastic wrap removed. Then just a little touch up and this happy sunflower was finished.

Sunflower watercolor painted on 11×14 inch Arches watercolor paper

Sunflower watercolor
Sunflower watercolor


A different view of the same Sunflower.

Sunflower watercolor cropped view
Sunflower watercolor – cropped view


Thanks for stopping by and following along.

I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne


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