Fearless Friday, Zinnia Garden


We are over halfway through World Watercolor Month, celebrated during the month of July, and I have had lots of fun experimenting with different watercolor supplies, paper and techniques

I even have a doodle filled July calendar page in my sketchbook that I’m trying to add to everyday



I’ve tried to stick to the daily prompts for subject matter

The prompt for day 15 was “Monochromatic”

painting with only tones of one color,

something I had never done before





I used this beautiful vignette from Shirley @HousepitalityDesigns for a model




I painted flowers on a sheet of music for day 17’s “Music” prompt





I have painted a lot of dog portraits in acrylic,

but never in watercolor,

so for day 14’s prompt “Furry Things”





I tried to capture Mary’s sweet “Lola”





Today we’re going to paint some impressionist style zinnia’s from Pam’s garden

This is going to be the daily painting for tomorrow’s prompt

“Splashes of Color”





We’re not going to worry about the background,  we’re just going to isolate and spotlight a few of these happy zinnia’s dancing in the garden





First, small yellow shapes for the flower centers

This establishes your composition






Next very loose dabs of pink and red color to indicate the petals





More petals





Then additional purple zinnias





Time for stems










And a few splatters of color





“Zinnia Garden” 9″ x 12″ watercolor on paper


Pick up your paintbrush and try something new and just for fun!


Thank you Pam, Mary, Shirley, and Lidy for all the gorgeous photos you share!

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26 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Zinnia Garden”
  1. Mary says:

    Oh Jenna, What a fantastic and artistic watercolor of Lola! I love all the nuances and colors of her fur you captured, along with her scruffy nose hair. 🐾 Your monochromatic painting of Shirley’s arrangement and Pam’s zinnias are so cheery and colorful! I love the splatter of color in the background…they really do look like they’re dancing in the garden! Happy Weekend and Painting to you! 🎨🌸🌞

  2. Donna HOOVER says:

    Love it!!!!!!!

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    All of the color and fun has made me very happy!

  4. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, this is all so happy! Sweet Lola is adorable! Yes, she is a perfect poser! I wish I could teach Sadie to pose on demand. Your watercolor skill amazes. I’m in awe of your talent. The zinnias and the different July icons are fun! Happy Weekend!

  5. I love every single one! Adorable dog and love the mandarins. I think I need to try painting on music — that would be fun. Must also give a go to your zinnia technique. Yours is so pretty!

  6. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my gosh! Lola is perfect! What a special little dog and we all love her so! You did a great job capturing the Mandarin oranges and zinnias too. The painting on the sheet of music is awesome and so unique, love it! You hit it out of the park, Girl! Wow!

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    Hi Jenna, I enjoyed seeing all your creative adventures with watercolor so far this month!! Great idea to add to a doodle page! 🎨👍 And your Zinnias are so happy, love how carefree and colorful they are – definitely says, summer!! 🌸💜🌸

  8. Jodi says:

    so much fun! Love the colors and light in the mandarins zinnia painting!

  9. Rita C. says:

    How fun! Love it all!

  10. Jenna, what a surprise to open up your post and see the colorful zinnias from my garden. I am always honored when you paint from one of my photos. I love the impressionistic style you used, but I love everything you do. Shirley’s mandarins and Mary’s Lola are both fabulous. When I saw the flowers on music on IG, I was in awe. You are SO talented and I am loving every watercolor that you have shared!

  11. pattyanneart says:

    All so joyful and fun!! 💚
    Love your pretty flowers. Great job painting sweet Lola too. 🐶🐾❤️

  12. Bonnie Morgan says:

    You are so talented, Jenna! You are amazing.

  13. Nancy says:

    Oh Jenna you outdid yourself! Lola is amazing! And Pam’s Zinnias are so colorful! The orange vignette is lovely. I applaud you!

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