Fearless Friday, Abstract Garden


During this stressful time,

turn to something you love to do, as often as you can

For me, it is art…

Drawing, painting, sketching, doodling…

it is an instant trip to another place and keeps me calm and distracted






This painting was done in a recent “self therapy session”





I took a previous painting that I didn’t like

and painted over the entire canvas with black gesso

The canvas did have places which had paint build up from the previous painting





My plan was to do a thick application of paint overall

with more ridges and dimension

so ultimately it wasn’t going to matter

The previous strokes would just blend in





I actually used a large house painting brush to rapidly cover the background areas

I used a mixture of Heavy body Titanium white and Titan Buff acrylic*

*You can also use house paint or less expensive craft paint for large background areas to save $ and use the pricier artist grade acrylics for final finishing layers





Flowers were added near the bottom with large strokes

of Quinacridone Magenta, Cad Red Med and Alizarin Crimson

The background was still wet so the strokes picked up some white

I decided to add some very pale blue around the edges for sky

Blending it in with the still wet white and off white





Note: When working with acrylic there are several ways to keep the paint from drying too fast

1. Use a spray bottle and finely mist the paint on your palette frequently

2. Mix a retarder into each color on your palette to extend drying time

3. Use a Stay Wet Palette. This is a great way to really extend your paint overnight or longer

4. Use Open acrylics, specially formulated for a longer drying time





For this painting I was working very fast so I just misted my palette {option 1}

I added several more blooms with touches of Cad Yellow Med





The blooms got some drippy stems

I used Golden Fluid Acrylics for this

They come in squeeze bottles so you can squeeze the bottle

and let the paint drip down the canvas

I keep Gold Fluid Acrylic on hand, it’s a wonderful way to add a highlight or pop of color





This painting came together very quickly, an hour or so

I didn’t over think or plan, just painted with abandon,

and it was very satisfying






It is currently hanging in the dining room





It looks wonderful with the black and white walls





Below are more free and loose acrylic abstracts painted in a similar fashion





Summer Burst





Peacock Dreams

Breaking Waves



Be Fearless and try a fast and loose abstract

Keep calm and paint on!!


🎨 🎨 🎨


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

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, You’re the Star

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  Friday Features  Over the Moon

24 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Abstract Garden”
  1. lghiggins says:

    I am such a newbie to creating art. I love how you took something you didn’t like and turned it into a beautiful new piece. Also thank you for the tips you include. I would not have known that a leftover house paint could substitute in part for expensive artist paint. This is perfect for a fearless Friday post.

    • Thanks! Yes for large canvases it is much more economical to use house paint for the under layers, acrylic paint is pricey!

    • I have been leaving comments on your posts, but they don’t seem to be publishing, I hope you’re getting them! I’ve been enjoying your reviews so much and am currently reading one of the series you recently posted about…

  2. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, yes this is a crazy time for all of us and art is a great escape. You made a beautiful flower painting and I love how you painted over the other painting you didn’t like. I plan on doing some drawing later today. Yesterday I some crocheting on a new scarf I’m making. I hope you stay safe and be well. Julie xo

  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you are so talented! The colors in that first floral painting are so striking and beautiful. I also love the summer bloom painting. I hope you enjoy your day and weekend, sweet friend! Take care!

  4. Jenna, you are fearless with your paintbrush! I love that you just painted over something that you didn’t like. This is beautiful in your dining room. Take care!

  5. Self-therapy is a very good thing. And when you get results like that, productive to the max!

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I understand this would be a wonderful therapy and wow, just look at your stunning painting. Hope you are well and safe………..

  7. pattyanneart says:

    All so beautiful, Jenna!Peacock Dreams is absolutely gorgeous!! 😊💙

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    You are fearless! Really like them all, but the “Breaking Waves” is really awesome. Yes, stay calm and take it one day at a time! Thanks Jenna

  9. Mary says:

    Enjoy your paint therapy Jenna! Stay safe ♥

  10. Annie Hardy says:

    Yes! They do look great against the black and white walls! I also love the thick texture

    Annie- House and Home Painting

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