Fearless Friday, “Dreams & Plans”

Fearless Friday is all about letting go, trying new things, and having fun with a paint brush




We talked about the art of Getting Started recently,




While I’m working on the large canvas above, I wanted to share a painting I did several years ago which was inspired by several other artists

This painting by Nancy Standlee caught my attention with the bright colors and simplified shapes




Studying the styles of other artists is a great way to get inspired




This pillow from Pen and Paint wears one of my favorite sayings by Kobi Yamada



I combined these inspirations with some other paintings {see source below} into a large acrylic painting

“Dreams & Plans” acrylic on 16 x 30 x 2 1/2″canvas,  2012




It’s sort of a stream of consciousness collage of favorite things




love of cooking, music, beach life, reading,




French, fresh produce, positive thinking…




This is a wide edge canvas



I like to use these wrapped edge canvases and paint the edges, either by continuing the painting or using a decorative pattern which acts as the frame




I call this patterned edge “zebra”




The painting above inspired the way I treated the background




“Chefs in the Kitchen” is a painting I did for HHjr when he discovered his love of cooking, and inspired the chef in  “Dreams and Plans”





“Dreams and Plans” inspirations

top row:

Jenna Meon     Carolee Clark      Tricia Robinson Art

second row:

Nancy Standlee    Filomena Booth     Purple Onion Designs

third row:

Karen O’Neil   Pen and Paint

In Austin Kleon’s book, “How to Steal Like an Artist,” his basic premise is that there are no original ideas, that all ideas are the metamorphism of the ones before them, and thus original because of the unique combination each person puts on them.  He says, “Steal Like an Artist!” It’s ok! we all inspire each other!

You can see more about this and other inspirations here

Be Fearless!

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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,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday  Crafty Design-O-Rama

Full Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Poofing the Pillows,  Get Your DIY On,    Your Inspired Design

Share it One More Time
















20 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Dreams & Plans””
  1. Jodi says:

    Oh Jenna. Love love love everything about this you talented wonderful you!!

  2. Lynn Bean says:

    This is a great post. It is so true we gain inspiration from the work of others. You truly are an inspiration to me. Love the vibrancy of your work and the creativity. Have a wonderful day!

  3. I just love it when you paint! This is so very happy and I love how you shared your inspirations and techniques!

  4. Jenna, I marvel at your talent! Love…love your paintings!

  5. Ellen says:

    You are so talented! This painting is simply fabulous. I love it when you share your art. I do think it is very true in art as well as writing and other forms of creative expression that people are always influenced by what came before.

  6. Kim says:

    Wow, Jenna. It’s so interesting how you combined everything into one painting inspiration.. That is awesome! I love the zebra frame, too. It sets it off perfectly.

  7. OMG! I am TOTALLY in love with this canvas! I have no painting skills. None. Well, I did do a pretty good job on the bathroom 😉 I do agree that studying the work of others can be quite inspiring. Love your posts. Always so colorful and exciting.

  8. Mary says:

    I love how fearless and creative you are with color and your paint brush Jenna! I bet your grands love painting with you too 🙂

  9. cozinest says:


  10. Oh my gosh, I just love the things you paint. I also really love that you encourage others to just try!! You’re a gem.

  11. JESS44903 says:

    Amazing…just amazing ! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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