Fearless Friday, Double Bacon Cheeseburger

Everybody says “American as Apple Pie,” but I say, “What’s more American than a Bacon Double Cheeseburger?”




I was hungry while I was flipping through magazines the other day


cheeseburger watercolor

I ran across an article on burgers in the June Food Network magazine




So irresistible, but no smoke was coming from our grill…




So I decided to paint myself a burger!




I started at the top and worked my way down




Adding layers of color




the layering of colors establishes the form and adds details


double bacon cheeseburger


Open wide!


sesame seed bun


The best thing about this burger….


bacon cheeseburger


It’s very low calorie!


watercolor burger


Psst…always remember to sign your work… whoops




What’s your favorite kind of burger?

Juicy Details

The Process

I felt pretty fearless trying this more realistic style of painting.  It was easier than I thought it would be,  patience is the key to let it take shape gradually.  As the burger began to take shape, I got caught up and stopped taking photos, but you can see the color layers in the close-ups

My summer studio is my porch where I often get distracted, watching birds, boats and swimmers, so this painting was a leisurely process, and was finished in several hours

My rule for successful results is to paint in 2 sessions

First session: I do a quick sketch with paint to establish the composition.  With watercolor I use a very light wash, making note of where I want the whites to be.  Then I start adding more color layers and paint until the painting is well established, and stop as soon as I get tired or sloppy

Second session: I wait at least a day or 2,  to look at it with fresh eyes,  and then add the final finishing touches, remembering, less is more

NOTE: I realize everyone has their own styles and techniques, rights, wrongs, and “how tos.”   I am simply sharing things that work for me and things I discover in my painting adventures

Be Fearless!


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Sweet Inspiration


22 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Double Bacon Cheeseburger”
  1. Jodi says:

    OMG Jenna – Your burger looks juicy and delicious enough to eat! So satisfying and no calories! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your process. Sometimes things look so complicated, but when you break it down like you did, it makes it manageable to some of us newbies. That IS All -American! Love it, my friend! All-American hugs from Mars. 🙂

    • Thank you my fellow watercolor painting friend! You have been so inspiring to me, painting almost daily, like you seem to do, is the best way to grow and improve. I have come to love watercolor where a month ago it intimidated me. By the way, you aren’t a newbie anymore, you have sold your work! Happy painting Jodi

      • Jodi says:

        funny I still consider myself a newbie. I first tried watercolor a year ago – and art was completely foreign to me. hard to believe people have wanted to buy. I’m quite lucky – LOL! It is so much fun – huh? Thanks my friend!

  2. Oh boy that turned out so “edibly” delightful! I have zero talent for painting so I always appreciate seeing what others create. I love a good burger- I recently had bacon jam on a burger and fell in love! I love melted cheese, bacon, mustard and mayo on mine!

  3. Rosie M. says:

    It’s 6:30 am here, and that burger STILL looks delicious! Thank you for showing how watercolor paintings are done: artistic ability totally eludes me, but it sure is fun to see how an artist works, Jenna. My favorite burger has fried onions and mushrooms on it as well: sloppy, but yummy!

  4. You are so very talented! My favorite burger has caramelized onions, goat cheese and a drizzle of honey. P.S. you can order it at Panini Pete’s in Fairhope. It’s called the Eastern Shore burger… Next time you’re in town!

  5. Jenna, you burger is totally awesome and I certainly like the NO calories! My very favorite is when my hubby grills his perfect burgers and the condiments are just icing on the cake! Happy weekend!

  6. Mary says:

    Gorgeous and delicious Jenna! Now I want a burger this weekend. 🙂 Love the detail you achieved with your paintbrush on the sesame seed bun!

  7. Your burger is making me hungry! So fun!

  8. Ellen Shook says:

    I love this! A bacon/cheeseburger is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. There is a new place called Boots that has opened up in our village. We tried the BCB yesterday — very tasty! (But nothing beats the one at Primeaux). Your painting is outstanding! Some good advice, too.

    • Thanks Ellen! There’s a new burger place in our little hood too, called Twisted Root on Rocky Ridge Rd, I haven’t been yet but it’s always packed. B’ham is getting to be such a foodie place, lots to explore- >

  9. Kitty says:

    Oh my gosh Jenna, that burger of yours looks so real and good enough to eat! I love that it’s low calorie, too. You’re so talented!

  10. Kim says:

    Your burger looks delicious! I do like you often on sewing projects. I get all caught up in what I’m doing and forget to take all in-process pictures. So…I understand completely. It’s easy to see, though the things that you added between the two pictures. Those are things that really made a huge difference! As in most things, its the details that make the most impact. Thanks for sharing another great tut! 🙂

  11. I love it Jenna!…if you can’t eat one…paint one….and it looks fabulous!….I love burgers…When we go out to eat, I will order a burger…my hubby a salad, then when the server comes with the food, they always give my burger to my hubby and so on…Nope…give ME the burger!!!…Love my burger loaded with lots of goodies!!!

  12. JESS44903 says:

    Wow…you’re super talented! Great job!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. Julie says:

    Hello Jenna, how fun, you did a great job with this painting and making the burger. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the rest of the week.

  14. I am with you. I would much rather have a cheeseburger than a piece of apple pie any day. I love your painted version. Great post!

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