Fearless Friday, Pink Roses





I know I’ve been on a floral kick lately,

but I promise I’m working on some landscapes and other stuff

I hope to share with you soon





These roses were inspired by a MacKenzie-Childs floral rug




And a large bud painted on the wall in their catalog





I started by doing some strokes of the main flowers center





Continuing to add until the shape was loosely defined






Next I painted in a few leaf forms to help me determine where I wanted to put the next bloom








Next came the third bloom to balance the composition





I painted the background next so I could paint more stems and leaves on top after it dried





The background center left side of the painting was purposely painted darker





Usually towards the completion of a painting I get so focused, I stop taking pictures {sorry!}

I kept adding layers of color in all areas of the painting until all of a sudden, it felt done





I darkened the background on the right to make the bloom on the lower right come forward a little as well as emphasizing the large center bloom

The bloom on the lower left was painted with darker tones with a lighter background to recede and not compete with the other blooms

Only a few leaves were detailed, to draw the eye into the painting and create the main focus, the large center bloom



“Pink Roses” 9 x 12″ watercolor on paper



It’s very important to have a focal point in your paintings, and purposely draw the viewer’s eye to it by creating the most contrast of lights and darks in that area

If the whole painting has the same contrasts, you loose the drama as well as the focal point, and the viewer will be bored or confused


In this marker drawing below, you see the pink and yellow roses, but your eye is drawn to the large purple rose at the top because that is where the most contrast is



Remember too, it is important not to put your focal point dead center of your painting, you want it off set a little, left or right, high or low, so the viewer will be guided through the entire painting

You can read more about the Focal Point and Rule of Thirds here





Happy Painting, and remember Be Fearless!




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29 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Pink Roses”
  1. Lorraine says:

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Every time I try to paint flowers, I fail miserably. I see now that my approach is all wrong. Excellent tutorial!

  2. Jenna, this is so beautiful and I am loving your watercolors each time you share one with us. I never tire of florals, Happy Friday and it is a cool start to the day, love it!

  3. Jodi says:


  4. I love how you paint straight to canvas, no sketch, and with the tiniest mark of vision that will bloom into a glorious painting. Fearless Friday indeed! It’s lovely, Jenna.

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna , I LOVE watching the step-by-step magic of your watercolor creations. You outdid yourself this morning. This is my favorite floral one so far. You are an amazing artist and a wonderful teacher. Thank you for your Fearless Fridays!

  6. Cyndi Raines says:

    Such talent shown here! Very pretty, you make it look so easy. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend! 🇺🇸

  7. pattyanneart says:

    I love your florals, Jenna!!
    Beautiful!! 💚💚

  8. Benita says:

    Gorgeous! I love how you can take a blank canvas or piece of paper and turn it into something breathtaking! Hugs!

  9. Kari says:

    I am jumping over the moon over the cooler weather and seeing your beautiful florals has made my day. I always enjoy your instructions and the pretty results. You make it look so easy.Keep ’em coming.

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow!! Beauties Jenna! 💗🌹 I enjoyed seeing your progress photos too! 😃

  11. Mary says:

    Love your roses and MKC inspiration Jenna! Hope you’re enjoying a little painting at the Gulf this weekend ♥

  12. Nancy says:

    Jenna your paintings are always so beautiful! Your fearless ways are inspirational!

    Thanks for always teaching us!

  13. Mother of 3 says:

    Oh wow! Those roses look amazing.

  14. Beautiful floral painting you are so talented!
    Happy Summer,
    Please share this post on my site at You’re The Star blog hop

  15. ​You are so talented such beautiful painting.
    Your post is being featured this week on #omhgww, & pinned as well, hope you will stop by and share again!🌷

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