Fearless Friday, Rose Garden

This is not Friday the 13th, but it is the 13th Fearless Friday!  When I decided to start this weekly post series, I had no idea how much it would impact me.  You all have been so supportive, encouraging and kind and I just had to say…

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  ❤️

I am back in my studio this week, and as much as I have gotten to love watercolor it is such a treat to have plenty of space to work in and paint with my favorite medium, acrylics.  I have 2 BIG canvases in the works but first I did a small (12″ x 24″) “warm-up” painting

 

rose garden 1

The inspiration for today’s painting was a flower photo

I cropped it to just show the blooms

 

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Then I painted it with the Waterlogue app

 

Preset Style = Vibrant Format = 8" (Large) Format Margin = None Format Border = Straight Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Darkest 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

 

and also tried the Waterlogue Color Bloom effect

 

Preset Style = Color Bloom Format = 8" (Large) Format Margin = None Format Border = Straight Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Darkest Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Wide Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

I put all three versions together and printed them out for a reference page, upper right below

 

work space

 

I often start with a black canvas, it will be mostly painted over, but it adds a subtle drama

If you do an underpainting, in other words, paint your canvas with black or a complimentary color of the main tone of your finished work, before starting, it creates a wonderful effect as your painting comes to life

 

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I prefer to mix all my colors from a limited palette, which really keeps the tones uniform and congenial

 

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I keep a reference color chart handy in my paint storage cabinet {yikes, artists are messy}

You can see a tour of my studio here

 

paint cabinet

 

You really can mix just about any color you need with red, yellow, blue and white {okay, sometimes I also use a little black}

 

palette

 

I started with Hansa yellow light, Naphthol red light, and Cerulean blue

 

expanded palette

 

Then I added Cadmium yellow medium, and ultramarine blue to increase my range of greens

 

laying out composition

 

First step is laying out the composition by placing the key elements on the canvas

 

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I added a few more roses

 

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then I started adding the foliage

 

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Once the composition was defined I went back and added more color and layers to finish the rose blooms

 

building roses

 

more foliage and details

 

roses on black

 

At this point I decided not to leave the background black, and added thin layers of a creamy white, letting the black peak through for depth

 

laying in white background

 

rose garden almost finished

rose garden

 

Everything’s coming up roses!

You can see another easy rose tutorial here

Be Fearless!

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21 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Rose Garden”
  1. You make it look so easy. 🍓

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  2. Jodi says:

    Move over Bob Ross! There’s a new girl in town! Jenna the Artist Extraordinaire! Thanks for sharing the process, and this is absolutely LOVELY!!!!!

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  3. Love learning from your process step by step. Thank you !

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  4. Mary says:

    Love your roses on canvas Jenna! I had to chuckle at Jodi’s comment on Bob Ross…life would be better if we all thought like Bob Ross. My favorite quote of his: “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.” Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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  5. diy180 says:

    How lovely is your painting. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having. Have a great week.

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  6. Stacey says:

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful and you make it look so doggone easy! Thank you. 🙂

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  7. Great post and beautiful painting. I’m so impressed, love it!

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  8. Wonderful painting,….. loved watching your processs and technique, just lovely!

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  9. Kim says:

    Awesome! I love seeing your progression as you paint. My mom has the most beautiful magnolias she painted on black. Black gives such depth to flowers that you can’t get any other way. (My opinion, which may be wrong. Ha!) Thanks for sharing your process. I might be able to do this if I were sitting right beside you and copying your every move! Happy hump day! 🙂

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  10. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Your Rose Garden is lovely and you have inspired me to break out my brushes and paints. Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Miz Helen

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