Fearless Friday, Pam’s Hydrangeas

My painting inspiration today came from Pam at Everyday Living, a long time blogging friend and a fellow Alabamian



Pam and her “Renaissance Man” have the most incredible garden which she often posts about.  I am always drooling over her gorgeous blooms and I hope she doesn’t mind that I borrowed a photo so I could paint her limelight hydrangeas peaking over the fence on their property



The top photo is from an Everyday Living post, which I cropped a little because I was using a square canvas

I also “painted” it in Waterlogue, which is a great way to simplify a complex subject, breaking it down into simpler masses of color



Then I printed both versions out for reference while painting

I used a limited color palette, and a black underpainting

Mixing your own color variations from a limited palette keeps your painting cohesive



A few strokes establish where the main blooms will be




Next the sky, grass and some greens are added




Building the fence



Details to the blooms



Adding leaves and other details



Lightening the sky and finishing blooms



All done



You can visit Pam here and be sure to join or visit her Gardens Galore link party every other Monday

Thank you for the inspiration Pam!


“Pam’s Hydrangeas”  14″ x 14″ acrylic on wrapped canvas


Happy painting, and remember,  Be Fearless!

“Pam’s Hydrangeas” is available on 11 items in my Society 6 Shop here


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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, Pam’s Hydrangeas”
  1. So very cool, Jenna. And special.

  2. Jenna, I am overwhelmed! The painting is gorgeous, as I sit here with tears streaming down in my coffee! You are so talented and creative and I feel so honored to have you paint my hydrangeas! I love every single detail, and of course, I have to have the painting, along with the 11 items in the Society 6 Shop. Thank you sweet friend, you just made my day!

    • oh goodness, I didn’t mean to make you cry! The painting is yours, I was planning on giving it to you, my joy was just in the fun of painting it~ I will send it to you or maybe we can meet for lunch. So glad you don’t mind that I borrowed the photo! I hope this current heat wave doesn’t hurt your gorgeous garden 🌺

  3. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Beautiful! I love Pam’s blog and her gorgeous garden and table settings! You’ve captured it perfectly. Thanks for always showing the break-down of how you layer things in your painting. I’m not good at that part, so it helps. Happy weekend!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna, I love this painting. Those hydrangeas absolutely dance on the canvas! And it’s a perfect design for your Society6 items! I follow Pam’s blog and I’m sure she’ll be excited to see how beautifully you’ve captured her hydrangeas! I know absolutely nothing about painting, and I love your tutorials on how you create your lovely and sometimes whimsical art. I do have a question, though. I always thought painters started with a white background. I never knew that sometimes you start with a black background. Could you please explain what the advantage is to doing that? I continue to learn so much from your Fearless Fridays!! Have a great weekend. Rosie

    • Good question Rosie! It’s called an underpainting and I like to use black because it lends a dramatic effect to the finished painting. Many artists use a color on the color wheel that is opposite from the dominant color in their painting, like a red underpainting for a green landscape, which seems to make it glow. It’s all personal preference. I use black and let it peek through on purpose because I like the emphasis it provides. I hope that makes some kind of sense, thanks so much for your interest!

    • Rosie M. says:

      Thanks, Jenna. Is it the emphasis you’re talking about that makes the flowers “pop out” from the painting with almost a 3D effect? It’s just amazing how an artist like yourself can bring such beauty to life.

      • the black underpainting adds depth to the whole painting and contrast which does make the flowers stand out, also the highlights done with thick paint strokes are what seems to make them pop out too, thanks for your interest Rosie, and great questions! >

  5. Julie says:

    Wow Jenna, i absolutely love your hydrangea painting!! It’s really beautiful and you did a great job. You are so talented.
    Hope you have a great weekend.

  6. Sally H Clem says:

    Beautiful, Jenna!

  7. doodletllc says:

    Wow – I love it! Love the step-by-step. 🙂

  8. You have amazing talent. I know Pam is thrilled you painted her hydrangeas.
    It is beautiful.

  9. Jodi says:


  10. I love how you captured the limelight hydrangeas. They glow! I need to visit Pam’s blog! 😀

  11. Mary says:

    Jenna, Pam’s garden and beautiful hydrangeas make the perfect subject and painting…so gorgeous! I know she’s thrilled with your wonderful rendition of her blooms and will love your generous gift of your original art and seeing her hydrangeas on Society6 for purchase. You should do her sunflowers next 🙂

  12. Just beautiful, Jenna. Oh, Pam will be thrilled to see such a magnificent interpretation of her gorgeous blooms!

  13. Beautiful flowers and painting… there is a certain strong appeal to the painting. 🙂

  14. Kim says:

    It’s gorgeous, Jenna. You make it so hard to choose favorites! (I can’t buy them ALL, you know.) 🙂

  15. Butch asked me when I was placing my order if I ordered it all! LOL. I will just let him find out when he gets his statement! Thanks so much Jenna for sharing at Gardens Galore!

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