Fearless Friday, Bicycle Basket


Lately I’ve been experimenting with a looser style,

I call it “Dab & Scribble”  🎨 🖋

A little dab of color and then some ink scribbles





Depending on the subject, sometimes I sketch first,

and sometimes I just start with strokes of color as I did with the fox





A magazine photo was my model





Since this is a complicated subject, I did a partial pencil sketch first





After laying out the general outline of the bike and basket

I added dabs of yellow to begin painting the flowers in the basket





Then blue and purple










Green leafs and stems

The shapes are loose, just enough to suggest what the eye sees





Dark green helps make the flowers pop





Next I inked the bicycle and basket





After erasing the pencil lines I added washes of color to the bike and basket





I’m not worried about staying in the lines with this loose style





The background grasses are suggested with large loose pale green strokes





The distant lavender is indicated with pale lilac shapes





Foreground blades of grass, a few more ink details, and it’s done



“Bicycle Basket” 8″ x 8″ watercolor and ink on mixed media paper



Have fun and Be Fearless!


37 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Bicycle Basket”
  1. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, you do make the process look easy with your step by step tutorial. This is so lovely it makes me want to hop on my bike for a ride………..

  2. Rita C. says:

    Love it!

  3. Oh! I love the bicycle basket!

  4. This is the difference between how your work and how I do and how I WISH I could do more like you. I would agonize over the bike. All the detail. The number of spokes. The background. And my work lacks the freedom and joy of yours. I have to try harder. I love this so very, very much!

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Your painting today is an absolutely perfect gift for the anxiety of these times. I stared at your final product and put my mind in a quiet place, breathed deeply and could almost smell the fragrance from your basket of flowers. Thank you, Jenna for sharing this today.

  6. Chloe Crabtree says:

    You may give it a casual name, but you are so amazing and so talented! I am always in awe! I love this bicycle picture! So lovely!

  7. I love this Jenna! I need to make one for me. 🙂

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Love your bicycle basket! 😍💐 Beautiful work, Jenna!

  9. Michelle says:

    The bicycle is so pretty! It’s almost identical to the real photo!

  10. Jenna, I love the bicycle basket filled with pretty blooms. I always love your beautiful art! Happy weekend!

  11. Marty K says:

    Lovely! Is this using watercolors?

  12. Nancy says:

    You are amazing! It looks so easy when you show us! And the bicycle basket filled with flowers reminds me of a bike we saw in Germany! Beautiful!

  13. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh, how pretty! Love this, the flowers look so real! Let’s take a spin! Eager to get out my cruiser and go for a ride, needs to warm up a bit more though.

  14. Mary says:

    I love your bicycle with blooming basket Jenna! I’m thinking about painting my bicycle by my Potting Shed before planting the basket this spring 🙂

  15. Allyson says:

    Very pretty! You make the flowers and foliage look so easy to paint.

  16. I love how this turned out! I pinned it so I can practice!

  17. Rebecca says:

    Jenna, I have a soft spot for old bikes with baskets. I love this painting! You make it look so easy, I may even attempt to paint one myself. Congrats! You’ve been featured this week at Celebrate Your Story!

  18. Kippi O'Hern says:

    Lovely summer flower basket on handlebars. You are so talented.
    Have a great week,

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