Spring Pansy by Pat Yager

Watercolor on Arches 140 cold press, 4-1/2"x 5"

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Besides photographing things I find beautiful, I love to paint in watercolor! It can be loads of fun, creating its own beautiful color combinations as they run together on the paper, or it can be surprisingly independent, doing “its own thing” where you pretty much have to give up control – one never knows! That’s all just part of the fun!

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  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 5 years ago

    nice pat!

  • I’m pleased you like it, Dougie – thank you!

    – Pat Yager

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 5 years ago

    So beautiful and delicate Pat!

  • Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words, Sharon! I appreciate them! ~ pat

    – Pat Yager

  • Marita McVeigh
    Marita McVeighabout 5 years ago

    beautiful! Spring is around the corner.

  • Hi, Marita! Yes, indeed it is – buds are forming on our lilacs and even the roses, and it’s still really cold! Thank you for your compliment on this pansy!

    – Pat Yager

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Very nicely done. Love the simplicity & colors!

  • Thank you, Marsha – I painted it last spring as I placed a pot of them on a table outdoors, and they were too pretty not to paint!

    – Pat Yager

  • webbie
    webbieabout 5 years ago

    Just beautiful Pat ..huggggggz

  • Thank you, dear Thelma! How are you coping with the ice and snow in your part of the world?! ~ Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 5 years ago

    A lovely delicate touch

  • Thanks for stopping by, Mik, and for your encouraging comment, my friend! ~ Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • webbie
    webbieabout 5 years ago

    oh Pat no snow ,,,but it rained a bit today,,,and in the 30s tonight but day is warmer..Hope all great there Pat :) huggggggz

  • Sounds you’re having “gray days” like we are, Thelma! But the tiny first shoots of daffodils are springing up, and it’s always such a welcome sight!

    – Pat Yager

  • Pamela Hubbard
    Pamela Hubbardabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Pat! I am looking forward to spring!

  • I’m so pleased you like it, Pam! Thank you, and me, too! ~ Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • mingtees
    mingteesabout 5 years ago

    That’s lovely! It’s very spring-y, but i think it’s going to be a long, long time till springtime and flowers bloom in the northeast USA this year :(

  • Very possibly, Ming! In the Pacific Northwest, even with cold temperatures, our daffodils are popping their heads up out of the ground, giving promise of flowers and color to come. Thanks for your nice comment on these pansies!

    – Pat Yager

  • jules572
    jules572about 5 years ago

    So elegant. Do you wet your paper to blend the colors….Jules

  • Thank you, Julie. As to the wetting of the paper – I find that each of my watercolors has a characteristic “unto its own,” meaning that when I charge one particular color into another, it may or may not almost explode into the previous color and just take over. The more water on the paper at that point, the greater the explosion. So, to play it safe, for the most part I paint “wet into dry” to avoid that unwanted happening. But when I paint that way I feel I lose the spontaneity that watercolor is known for. As I get to know each paint better, I can more successfully allow it freedom and achieve the “painterly” characteristic that is so lovely. So I keep on working at this. For a subtle background, I do like to wet the entire paper, being careful to avoid paint escaping into areas I want to keep either white or in other colors. It’s fun sometimes to let different colors blend on their own in wet paper, see what results, and go from there. But if I want precise results, for the most part I paint on dry paper. And you thought I’d give you an easy answer! Bmail me if you’d like more information and I’ll try to help. ~ Pat

    – Pat Yager

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