Fearless Friday, Portable Studio & Watercolor Bouquet

Are you ready to paint today?



I can be ready in a snap with my portable art cart




It sleeps on the porch tucked back by the window where it doesn’t even get wet if we have a summer shower




It can be rolled into place in a jiffy

My rectangular plastic palette sits on a Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper pad atop a desk top easel box

I keep a towel and fresh water on the cart too

Have 2 bowls of water, one for clean {blue jar} and one for rinsing brushes to {larger plastic tub}.  The clean water jar inside the rinsing tub is convenient and a space saver


studio box


The wooden box holds all my supplies, paints, brushes, sponges, masking tape and making fluid, q-tips {great for sopping up extra water} right at my finger tips




The top can be adjusted to any angle for an instant easel




I keep my color chart close by for reference and use a plastic palette with a tight lid for storage


portable art studio


Everything is all tucked onto the cart, including pastel sets




There’s always a cool breeze and a dreamy view




Let’s paint this  vase of flowers




A little help from Waterlogue


Preset Style = Vibrant Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Auto Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Narrow Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

I didn’t photograph the steps, but you can see that the white flowers were created by painting the background around them and adding some shadows onto the white paper to define their shape


watercolor bouquet


I did it in two short sessions for a loose fresh feel, then added some sharp details with watercolor markers*


watercolor flower vase


If you can create a space to paint, whether it’s a room, a corner, a closet or a shelf… then when you have an extra few minutes or a spontaneous urge, you are ready to go!

Be Fearless!

Juicy Details

*Windsor & Newton watercolor markers are just like regular markers, but you can also blend the lines with water to soften them just like regular watercolor.  You can find them here

You can get a table top storage box easel here


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop, Something to Talk AboutA Stroll Thru Life    Inspire Me Monday

Crafty Staci,   Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Home Matters, Idea BoxPoofing the Pillows

Sweet Inspiration,     DIY Sunday Showcase









21 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Portable Studio & Watercolor Bouquet”
  1. Jenna, you made me want to go and buy supplies and begin, there is only one problem – I don’t even draw stick figures very well! Lovely, as always! Happy weekend!

  2. Jodi says:

    Oh Jenna your painting is GORGEOUS! LOVE it! And what a great space you have to paint and your art cart! So dreamy! Are you retired?

    • thanks Jodi! I gradually ended my JMdesigns business a few years ago so I could paint for myself and explore other things. My husband retired in October and since Jan, I haven’t been able to get him away from the coast! I go back and forth as my real studio is in Birmingham, but I’m getting pretty used to the lazy coastal life- >

  3. Emily says:

    I’m sure keeping everything organized and on a cart makes it easier to paint when the mood strikes. Lovely vase of flowers. I can paint now too, I have the Waterlogue app 🙂 and it’s so much fun.
    Have a great weekend………

  4. Beautiful, as always, Jenna! I’m sure your artistic talents are very much enhanced at the beach where nature is always inspiring! Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

  5. Sandra Garth says:

    Your paintings are so pretty!

  6. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I think being organized and having a good place with good light is half the battle in painting. You’ve definitely got the talent part covered, and now I see why you are so successful!

  7. Mary says:

    What a perfect spot for painting Jenna and your cart has everything conveniently at your fingertips! I think I would be too distracted by your view to concentrate 🙂

  8. Rhonda says:

    Your painting set-up is so neat and handy! And as always, you’ve created another beautiful work of art! Love it! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~Rhonda

  9. You make it look easy. I have to paint by number! LOL!
    Start teaching your grand children early.
    I love your painting.

  10. Lori says:

    I love this set up! My daughter is an artist and could really use something like this. What a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing and linking up at DI & DI 🙂

  11. A portable art cart is such a great idea. You never know where or when you will be inspired.

  12. Linda says:

    Oh how lovely! I’m new to your blog and so happy to have found a fellow artist.
    I’m quite new at painting and love your idea. Waterloque is new to me as well and I’ll go check them out, now to browse your blog. Drop by mine as well and maybe you’ll have a few more tips to share.

  13. This looks like such a serene spot and I imagine the inspiration comes easy.

  14. Kim says:

    How handy is that cart! Your coastal spot for painting gives you a perfect view of grandchildren in play. You don’t miss a thing while you create! 🙂

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