Fearless Friday, “Crunch Time”


Certain subjects fascinate me and for some reason I have a thing for carrots



Maybe it’s their bright color, funny shape or multiple textures…



They just make me smile



This painted carrot tutorial, demonstrates how easy they are to paint



Today I thought it would be fun to demonstrate how different mediums and styles can create a variety of results from such a simple subject as a carrot


Acrylic carrots on fabric



See acrylic tutorial here


Water color carrots


This is a very fast and loose painting




Quick deliberate strokes with a fairly dry brush loaded with orange and yellow



More layers and beginning tops



Adding greens and final details



Carrots with ink and colored pencil begins with an ink sketch


Adding very light tone to the highlight areas


Building color


Deeper color



Very simple lines give the impression of the leafy tops



“Crunch time!”



Which version do you like best?


“Crunch Time” is available on 18 different items in my Society 6 Shop here



Have fun experimenting and remember to Be Fearless!

Pssst…if you’re hungry for carrots, try these favorite recipes

Carrot Cake Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese



Whiskey Carrots


Carrot Dip Garden


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the Porch, Gardens Galore  Make it Pretty Monday

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Celebrate and Decorate,  Lori’s Culinary Creations,   Moonlight and Mason Jars

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else

Share it One More Time   Delicious Dishes Recipe Party

31 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Crunch Time””
  1. Jodi says:

    Love all especially the colored pencil version!!!

    • thanks Jodi, I am frustrated with my latest watercolors so I’m playing with markers and pencils this week, lots of fun!

      • Jodi says:

        Frustrated?! So it’s not only me at times?! Even great artists like you??! 🙂 I think that is what I also love about watercolor! It is so challenging! I think all your versions are wonderful!

      • ha, you should see the hot mess I painted the other day! I left it outside and it got rained on and actually looked better! I do think watercolor is THE most challenging medium, but that makes it also the most exciting~ I am planning to try again tomorrow, hope you get lots of painting in this weekend Jodi 🙂 >

      • Jodi says:

        Definitely been there. Lol.

  2. Colored pencil and ink is my favorite especially with the lime green polka dot background. Who knew carrots could be so fascinating to paint?

    Johanne Lamarche


  3. I guess we all have our obsession! Carrots are a fun one to have! 🥕 🥕 🥕

  4. I think I will be coming back to this post to remind myself about color layering! It’s so easy to (often accidentally) put too much down at once and boom. A mess. I love all the versions of your carrots, and really appreciate your tips and step-out photos. I might have to try a version myself. I’m pretty bad drawing from life, but it’s something I need to work on. A lot! Thanks for this — bookmarking this one!

    • sometimes experimenting with other mediums and help me learn more about my preferred medium if that makes any sense at all! The important thing is to just do it! Have fun Jeanie 🙂

  5. Delightful post. Someday, I’m going to be fearless and get out some paints and give it a whirl. You make it look easy.
    I hope you are teaching your grandkids. They are very lucky to have such a talented grandmother.

  6. Oh I love your carrot designs!!…Have a great weekend!!!

  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    Love those carrot paintings. They may be “fast and loose” but fabulous! Love those rolls, yum and your scapes are always great.
    Have a wonderful weekend……..

  8. Stacey says:

    Visually, carrots are fresh and fun. I can see why you would enjoy the artistic side of them. Now those recipes, they are calling to me!

  9. Ellen says:

    All of your carrots are just perfect! If I had to choose just one, it would be the ink and colored pencil carrots. You certainly do make your art sound easy and I enjoy the tutorials. The recipes are definitely listed as must try. Thank-you!

  10. Oh, do you ever make this look simple – and I know it’s not!! Someday I will pull out my old pencils and watercolor paints and try again for the millionth time!

  11. Cynthia Raines says:

    How easy you make it seem! But alas, I barely can draw stick figures -ha -so I’ll just enjoy your art.
    I like them all,but the colored pencil and ink especially. LOVE the carrot cake roll recipe, I pinned it and my mouth is watering!! Thank you.

  12. Cute cute cute! You always have the most innovative and happy ideas! Happy weekend!

  13. Jenna, I would be hard pressed to choose which I like the best. I have heard from my artist friends that water colors are very difficult. It appears you have mastered all the mediums!

  14. Jill Kuhn says:

    I especially like your colored pencil and ink ones but all make me want a carrot!! 😄🥕🐇

  15. I LOVE this post because I, too, love carrots from their sturdy base to their delicate tops. I also love your drawings, and appreciate your showing, step-by-step, just what you do. I’m talking an online course in food illustration, but I’m still not particularly good at it. Still, you are so inspiring!

    • I didn’t realize the course you are taking was online, do you mind sharing the info, I would really love to check it out, thanks Pattie! >

      • It’s part of Danny Gregory’s Sletchbook Skool. I started with an Illustrated Map class and loved it, so decided to do the food illustration as well as creative lettering. One of the first exercises in creative lettering was to write with our non-dominant hand. As it turned out, I can write very well with my left hand (I am right-handed), I enjoy it, and it has opened up a whole new creative world for me.

      • Thanks so much for sharing Pattie, much appreciated! I will check it out. I took a freehand lettering class in college and it was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken. Not only did I learn calligraphy and lettering discipline, we had to do one small drawing a day of anything we wanted…it really pushed the thinking and experimenting side of being creative. Good luck and have fun! I hope you’ll share something sometime on your blog! >

  16. Mary says:

    Love the carrots! I hope you’re planning on illustrating your cookbook one day 🙂

  17. The colored pencil and ink versions are my fave! I also love how you used carrots in a vase that still had their pretty green tops on them. I want to grow carrots specifically to be able to use them in centerpieces. LOL

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