Fearless Friday, May Day Basket


Happy May!

Let’s paint a May Day Basket today






This painting was done from a Southern Living photo

I usually print a photo to use when painting

but I just used my laptop this time and set it next to my easel





The first step was placing the shapes of the flowers





You don’t have to get every single flower,

just pick a few to establish the composition and color placement





Next, stems and leaves





A light wash for the basket





Next I painted in the basket handle





And added squiggly lines to indicate the basket texture





More leaves and details on the greens with light, loose strokes





Shadows,* darker petals on the other flowers, and fine liner pen to finish

*shadow tip: don’t make your shadows gray, make them in the same tone as your subject and be sure to drop in other reflected colors from the subject




“May Day Basket” 9″ x 12″ watercolor and ink on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper*



*I highly recommend these art paper pads from Arteza

The paper is textured on one side and smooth on the other so it works for a variety of wet and dry mediums.  The pads are glued at the top so they work like a watercolor block

The 9″ x 12″ pads are currently unavailable, but they do have 11′ x 14″ which is a great size also, or you can cut the paper in half or to a size you need

These pads are a great value, $32.99 for 64 sheets available on Amazon here

Happy Painting!

Be Fearless!




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29 Responses to “Fearless Friday, May Day Basket”
  1. So beautiful! We don’t think about May baskets much anymore, and I don’t know why. I remember as a child making a basket out of construction paper and filling it with flowers and leaving it on my aunt’s doorstep. It was a vibrant little ritual!

  2. Julie says:

    You made such a pretty painting of flowers. Happy May and enjoy the weekend Jenna.

  3. Amazing! I have zero ability to draw / paint. I admire your talent. And your flower basket painting is beautiful.


  4. I love this more than I can say. It’s so cheery! And the colors make me happy. Thank you so much for including the step-outs. The sun is out today — it is a good day to play in the paint and I just might!

  5. Cyndi Raines says:

    How pretty! Yes, Happy 1st day of May! 😃

  6. I love your interpretation of the photo….so pretty and fresh and full of color!

  7. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful, Jenna!! 💚🌸
    Happy May!😊

  8. Thank you so much for the beautiful May Day basket Jenna! I have never received or given a May Day basket and I think it is a lovely tradition. Wishing you a delightful weekend!

  9. Nancy says:

    Perfect for May Day! You cease to amaze me with your fabulous tutorials you do for us. Happy Weekend!

    • Thank you Nancy! Have you tried watercolor painting? It’s harder to me than acrylic, but it’s fun especially when you get a good result 🙂

      • Nancy says:

        Yes I have and yes it’s hard for me. I would love to start… need to watch more of your tutorials.
        My brother is a fabulous watercolor artist. I have a few beautiful paintings of his. One is actually painted for my Mom 30-40 years ago. He wanted it to hang at the LakeHouse as that is our childhood home. I am forever grateful!

      • Watch some You Tube tutorials, there are tons of good free ones! And just like anything else, it just takes practice 🙂 🎨

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    How lovely Jenna. I remember flowers and May Day celebrations in the park with a May Pole covered with ribbons. Sweet way to welcome May…………

  11. Mary says:

    I love your May Day basket Jenna! ♥

  12. How beautiful!

  13. Such a sweet picture. You are very talented.

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