Fearless Friday, “Sea Oats”


I am participating in the 31 day challenge for World Watercolor Month in July, but I am still painting with other mediums too

You can see my most recent daily watercolors on the right sidebar and on Instagram here





One of my art goals this summer is to learn more about pastel painting…I have a love/hate relationship with pastel, it is ironic that it can be one of the hardest mediums to master {in my opinion}, yet it’s one of the most forgiving in that if you make a mistake you can rub it away and redo





The initial sketch defines the 4 main areas of the painting, sky, water, grass and sand





One of the challenges of pastels is the dust that is constantly created, I work vertically, and start at the top





This is a sanded light ochre pastel paper





I am still experimenting with when to blend, and actually used my fingers {wear gloves} to blend the clouds and parts of the sky




You can see the dark blue dust covering the paper as I color in the water

I often tap the paper on it’s edge to get rid of the dust build up and remove excess gently with a rag





Once I was fairly happy with the water I began to work on the grasses, establishing the darks first





Next came the lighter tones of greens





Then finally the sea oats and shadows on the sandy path





Sea oats are a tall subtropical grass, protected by law in Southeastern coastal areas, they are of upmost importance to keeping the sand in place on our coastal beaches and promote the growth and stability of sand dunes



“Sea Oats” after Laurel Daniel 9″ x 12″ pastel on sanded paper



This was a joy to paint, and I am looking forward to my next experience

An oil painting by Laurel Daniel was the inspiration for my pastel interpretation


Just for fun, try something out of your comfort zone

Be Fearless!


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

37 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Sea Oats””
  1. Beautiful painting! =)

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Thanks for the step by step Jenna. Pastels are not a medium I use, but you have me interested again. Beautiful art.

  3. Cyndi Raines says:

    Beautiful, it’s like I could walk right into the water for a cool refreshing swim, ahhh!

  4. pattyanneart says:

    I love this, Jenna. Your pastel work is so beautiful.

  5. Kari says:

    So pretty Jenna….your painting in pastels captures the beaches around here beautifully. Have a great week-end.

  6. Jenna, your pastel is gorgeous. I feel like I am on the Alabama Gulf Coast!

  7. Jodi says:

    a beautiful pastel!!!!

  8. Mary says:

    Just beautiful Jenna! I love the soft texture surface of pastels. Hope you’re enjoying some cool gulf breezes this weekend. ♥

  9. Michelle says:

    So beautiful! It makes me miss the beach!

  10. Kitty says:

    Your painting is gorgeous, Jenna!! It makes me want to walk that path right onto the beach.

  11. Bonnie Morgan says:

    You are so good, my friend.

  12. Benita says:

    Jenna, that is gorgeous!! I love it! Hugs!

  13. Your colors are so spectacular. I love this piece!

  14. Mother of 3 says:

    That is beautiful! I too have a love/hate relationship with working with pastels. Looks like you are definitely mastering it.

    • well, I wouldn’t say mastered, I have made a hot mess of some other attempts 🙂 but I have learned that the paper can make a huge difference, so I’m experimenting with different types. Good luck!

  15. Beautiful! I have a hate-hate relationship with pastels. Your work is lovely.

  16. You are such a great artist, you make it look so easy!!
    Thank you for sharing on Oh my Heartsie Girls WW last week, watch for it, your post will be featured!! Congratulations!!
    Stop by again to share!

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