Fearless Friday, Alabama Magnolia


Magnolias are in full bloom in Alabama, and after reading a recent post, The Magnificent Magnolia, by my fellow Alabamian friend Pam@Everyday Living, I had to paint one of these magnificent beauties





I have painted magnolia blooms many times on glassware and buckets, the fat velvety white petals can be created easily with acrylic paint and a big round brush





But I was anxious to use watercolor, and try to capture the shades and tones that make up these gorgeous flowers




I started with a pencil sketch


If you look closely, you can see many colors in the petals




I exaggerated these shades/colors with washes





Next I painted in a dark background

This made the white petals really pop

 I deepened the previous washes





More washes and exaggerated color and stamen details







“Alabama Magnolia” 9 x 12″ watercolor on paper



Try color exaggeration in your next creation, it adds a lot of drama

Be Fearless!


Be sure to visit Everyday Living,

Pam & Butch have an incredible garden!




I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

30 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Alabama Magnolia”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    I believe this is my favorite painting by you. It made me take a closer look at the magnolia blossoms on the tree in our yard. I can almost feel the texture of the blossom in your painting. The colors are wonderful. You make painting seem so effortless. I have been taking art lessons, and I know that it will take years of practice for me. You are blessed with a natural talent for art. Thank you for sharing that talent!

    • I am really flattered by your comment Ann, thank you so much! If it makes you feel any better, the last 3 paintings I started were disasters, so just hang in there and keep practicing!

  2. Jenna, what a pleasant surprise! Your watercolor of the magnolia bloom is absolutely stunning! You have such an eye for color and I agree with Ann that I can almost feel the texture! Thank you for the shout-out dear friend, you have an amazing gift!

  3. I love all the layers here. I think it’s hard to paint anything white — even with adding all the colors of the shading and somehow this works! I know it’s a white magnolia but I can’t find the white! Lovely!

  4. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Lovely Jenna! You are multi-talented and fast! You whip up food and paint and blog so effortlessly.

  5. Sharon Mann says:

    Divine Jenna, what a beautiful magnolia. Have a great weekend.

  6. Benita says:

    Jenna, that is so beautiful! The magnolia trees here in Texas do not get nearly as large and the blooms are not as pretty! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

  7. pattyanneart says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Jenna!! 🌸💚

  8. I like ‘watching’ you paint. You are just so talented!!

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow!! Love how you painted the shadows on the flower! A beautiful bloom indeed! 🌸💗🎨

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Wow! What a beautiful flower and you totally captured it’s beauty. The closest thing we have to it up North is a Tulip Tree and their flowers are lovely as well. I think the south is extra blessed with your Magnolias and Gardenias. Happy weekend! 🌹

  11. chef mimi says:

    You’re such a talented painter. I helped a friend’s husband plan a surprise party for his wife, my girlfriend, which is tonight, and the florist has included a magnolia blossom in each of the centerpieces because it’s her favorite flower. Can’t wait to see them! (It’s out of town so I’m not going till later.)

  12. thefrenchhutch says:

    A step by step tutorial with your paintings really shows how talented your are Jenna! This has to be one of my favorites, favorite being the daffodils 🙂 The was not an easy capture I would think. The colors are stunning. I love magnolias, a southern delight. Now you can enjoy the bloom all year long. Hope you are enjoying the weekend……..

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  14. Mary says:

    Beautiful Alabama Magnolia Jenna! ♥

  15. That is one gorgeous painting Jenna!!!!

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