Fearless Friday, “Stand Alone”


Today’s painting was inspired by this single ranunculus bloom that I placed in a juice glass on a side table next to my favorite chair.  As I glanced at it often while I was working, I became fascinated by the complexity of the composition of shapes and colors I saw.  I snapped a photo and decided to paint this brave little bloom and elevate it to glory!





I’m painting in acrylic today, fast and loose on a large canvas covered with black gesso





I established the position of the flower first, having a print out of my photo by my easel for reference

I painted the bloom with large strokes of several shades of yellow and deliberately exaggerated the stem refracted in the water





Next, I started painting the glass with line and shapes





Deeper colored reflections





Then I began to lay in the background, working quickly and not thinking too much, just letting it happen





I established the surface of the table next and continued to add to the water in the glass





Next I went back to the bloom itself and detailed and darkened the petals






The glass waterline and water still needed work, and I added some thin washes to tone down the black and called it a day.  I had been painting for about 2 hours





I have learned that when you get bogged down, or tired, it is best to STOP.  Walk away and come back fresh with new eyes.

The next day, I mixed up some pale blues, and greens and quickly edited the water in the glass, and extended the leaf under the bloom over the rim



“Stand Alone” 24″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas


Let loose and Be Fearless!




Stand Alone is available as a canvas print and many other items in my Society 6 Shop here



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27 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Stand Alone””
  1. Mary says:

    This is beautiful Jenna! Love your use of color and the negative space. Happy Memorial Day weekend ♥

  2. hilda5462 says:

    Lovely work, Jenna! I really enjoyed reading about the progression of it – Happy Memorial Day weekend! 🙂

  3. Jodi says:

    i LOOOOVVEEE it! And thank you thank you for sharing the steps! I love learning from you on Fearless Fridays!!!

  4. Ranunculus are one of my favorites and you captured it so well. It looks terrific on the canvas!

    • Thanks Jeanie, the rest of the ranunculus were spent and I was throwing them away when I pulled this one bloom from the trash because it was still pretty. I cut most of the stem off and put it in a small glass and enjoyed it for several more days, such a brave little bloom!

  5. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, your “Stand Alone” is stunning. I always enjoy your step by step tutorials, it’s like watching you work. Your talent is amazing!!!!!! Beautiful work……….

  6. I absolutely love ranunculus and you have created a real beauty, Jenna! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  7. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, your eye for beauty and your talent to paint what you see amazes me. I love that you take us through the process. Very enlightening! Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

  8. Benita says:

    Jenna, this is so beautiful! Love those colors! Hope you have a great holiday weekend! Hugs

  9. Kari says:

    Jenna, the yellow pops and is a favorite of mine. You do such a wonderful job of creating such beauty. Happy Memorial Day to you and yours. 😉

  10. pattyanneart says:

    Gorgeous, Jenna!!
    I love seeing how it all comes together. 💚💚

  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    You have such an excellent eye for color – this turned out amazing, Jenna!! 🎨💕 I love your Friday posts! 😍

  12. rawsonjl says:

    That is beautiful and you make it look so easy.

  13. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Very nice, I like it!!

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