Fearless Friday, “Garden Gate”

I can’t tell you how much your sweet words and inquiries have meant to me as I am adjusting to my recent loss.  I want to let you know that I continue to be surrounded by so many friends and so much love, that I can only feel blessed.  There has been a lot to do but I am slowly getting back into a regular routine and look forward to spending the long holiday weekend at the beach with my children and HH’s sister and her whole family.

I haven’t had time to do much art lately, but I did do this Garden Gate a month or so ago, in one of my favorite mediums, marker and colored pencil




This was the inspiration photo




It began with a pencil sketch, not every detail, just the door and a few suggestions of foliage




Then the sketch was outlined in waterproof ink with a fine liner pen



Then I began slowly adding color




I used colored pencils to soften the marker edges on the door and to blend the colors

I often use the very edge of the paper as a color test space as you can see near the spiral below




Instead of drawing every single leaf and flower I just implied them by varying dots and shapes of color

to finish, I added the brick path



First with marker shapes, then softening with colored pencils and adding a little definition with line



“Garden Gate” 8″ x 10″ mixed media




Be Fearless and have a creative day!


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

21 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Garden Gate””
  1. Jodi says:

    So weird that I just painted something similar this week. A door like that with greens all around. Not my usual thing at all. My mouth dropped open when I saw this. Maybe will post soon. Makes me feel like our hearts are connected right now and I am thinking about you so much. What a coincidence. 💛

    • Wow Jodi, we have always said from the first time we “met” we were soul sisters…great art minds think alike I guess 🙂 What a crazy, eerie, yet very cool coincidence, the Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways…

      • Jodi says:

        Yes!! 💛 I love yours. Mine not as much lol. But I love that we were both creating a similar subject at a similar time that is not even our usual kinda thing. ☺️

  2. Jenna, my thoughts and prayers are with you every day. You have shown remarkable grace in such a hard place. I know getting back to a routine and doing the things that you love like painting is therapeutic. The blue gate is so pretty, I love it. Hugs❤️

  3. Cyndi Raines says:

    Well done! I wonder what’s on the other side.🤔. Thankful you are being surrounded by family and friends. I think you are very brave. God’s peace and grace to you.

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know getting back into a routine and being surrounded by loved ones helps so much. You are such a talented artist! This is so pretty, and you know I love that blue garden gate! Take care, sweet friend!!!

  5. The garden gate is lovely.

    I’m so glad you have a wonderful support system. Hugs, Stacey

  6. Kari says:

    This gate reminds me of New Mexico as there are so many gates and entrances such as yours. In fact I am putting up chiles this morning…as I always get them from New Mexico, roast and freeze them in small baggies. It makes me homesick when I see your picture and smell my chiles. LOL

  7. Rosie M. says:

    I love your garden gate picture. You’re such an amazing artist! Your “dots” DO look like flowers! My dots would just look like…..well,…..dots!! I feel this painting is significant at many levels at this time of your life. Closure; the unknown behind it: yet surrounded by the beauty of love, friendship and family. I think it’s significant that you chose to share this painting today. We would all like to surround you at this time with a healing hug; but know our thoughts are doing that now instead.

  8. So blessed and grateful to learn and be inspired from you every Friday Jenna . Thank you! Glad you are surrended by loved ones this weekend. Enjoy.

    Sent from the iPhone of Dr. Johanne Lamarche


  9. Hi Jenna, I think of you often. You have shown us such grace and strength through your loss. I love seeing your art and food posts knowing it keeps you focused and busy. This is a lovely piece of art, beautiful just like you are. I am so happy to hear you are going to spend Labor Day with all of your family. It will be fun for you enjoying what you do, entertaining. Happy Friday………

  10. Lovely, Jenna. And fun. What a great shot to begin with!

  11. Mary says:

    I so enjoy seeing your art come to life Jenna! What a beautiful garden gate. ♥

  12. Julie says:

    Hello Jenna, oh I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your husband. It must be such a difficult time that you are going through right now. I am sending prayers your way.
    I love this gate and garden artwork you made. It must be like therapy for you. Thank you for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Julie xo

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