Fearless Friday, Recipe for a Painting



Similar to cooking, a painting requires a series of preparation steps






When you begin to make a recipe,

you first gather your ingredients,

then you  do the primary preparations such as chopping, cooking pasta,

browning meat, grating cheese, etc.

Then you proceed to assemble and cook your dish





When I do a painting, I have a similar process





This painting is a commission from a friend

She knew she wanted a field of wild flowers

and had already started a Pinterest Board, and invited me to join it





Pinterest is such a great tool to use to gather ideas and share information

I added some pins too, with paintings I wanted to use for my own reference

for style and technique





Next comes the space, being able to see the space, even by photo,

and having a few measurements for reference

is invaluable for deciding size and color palette

I created a graphic with PicMonkey

to help her decide the size and shape canvas she wanted




We agreed on a square 36″ x 36″


Time to gather ingredients, I mean supplies!





Next, a thumbnail sketch in ink

This helps me determine the composition

and the darkest and lightest areas and details





Now a quick color sketch with markers

She requested the flowers in the foreground to be quite definite

and then the whole scene to fade into shapes and color

as it recedes back to the sky




This rough color sketch helps plan the composition and color placement

She requested yellow, gold, blues, and a touch of red

Her pale gray and white room will easily be complimented by these colors

She has an accent chair and pillow in a deep teal

that I will use in much of the background




Since this is a landscape painting with a lot of greens and blues,

I chose to do the underpainting in a red-orange

Red is the compliment of green and will add warmth

Orange will compliment the blues

It will also peek through in spots, giving her pops of red





Time to paint!


Click here for a printable Recipe of a Painting


Have fun and Be Fearless!


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Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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, Recipe for a Painting”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    Looking forward to the completed painting!

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, wow, love how you compare preparation for painting to cooking. It does make sense in that you have to organize before you begin. Enjoying the progress of your work and the last photo perfectly describes this process without a word. Love that! Have a great weekend…….

  3. Rita C. says:

    That’s fantastic! Be sure to show the end result!

  4. I love everything about this but what I love the most are your creative photos — the palette, the paints in your table setting dishes and bowls. Really fun and clever.

  5. I just find this process fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  6. Jenna, this is a perfect description of the process! Looking forward to the reveal!

  7. I look forward to seeing the finished painting. Recipes for food and painting…organize and prep! Have a wonderful weekend Jenna!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    This was extremely helpful to me Jenna, thank you! ❤️ I have been wanting to start a watercolor for my bedroom but didn’t know how to begin. I like how you created your thumbnail sketch. I also like how you created a Pinterest board! I can’t wait to see your finished painting!! 🎨💕

  9. pattyanneart says:

    I love your process and planning, Jenna! Great post and so many great tips. 💚 Looking forward to seeing your painting. 😊

  10. Sally H Clem says:

    I’m very excited about this painting, Jenna! I love it so far! Can’t wait to see the finished piece.

  11. Wow, this sure brought me back to my teaching days. Out of college I managed to find a job(they were rare in 1971) at the local vocational school teaching night classes for GED’s and enrichment courses. And, this was pretty much what I used for teaching Painting 101…! We used a multi-media approach as art supplies were hard to get in N.Wisconsin, so I let everyone work in the media they wanted to, which was interesting. Love your print-out and I’m going to use it for some fun group projects in the future!
    Interesting side-note, Northern Denmark painters —faced with such dark skies and seas, would underpin their paintings with metallic golds or silvers. Even landscapes were over gold to give a warmth to an area that was always a bit chilly! I found your red…looking pretty scary—but I know that it works.

    • Interesting! Yes the red is pretty off putting, but once painted over, it does lend warmth and glow…My go to underpainting is black, I love the drama it adds…I will have to try metallic gold!

  12. Rosie M. says:

    I am so unartistic, and I always am in awe of your Friday morning tutorials, and how they come to fruition. I absolutely can’t wait to see your final product! Thank you for the artistic journey every week.

  13. Mary says:

    How lucky your friend is to have you lend you artistic expertise and paintbrush for a custom work of art Jenna! I think the red underpainting is so intriguing!

  14. Hope Smitherman says:

    What a great analogy! I do have to admit that I don’t often put as much prep into my artwork as I do in my cooking. Perhaps that needs to change. Hmmm…

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