Fearless Friday, Hibiscus in a Blue Pot


Happy Friday!

I am continuing to explore the wet in wet technique we discussed last week

I find it fascinating to let the colors blend on their own

and watch wonderful effects appear on the paper



This painting, “Future Raisins” was painted for the Doodlewash May prompt of raisins




I did the grapes above with this technique

and had a lot of fun with different color combinations





Today we’re going to paint this sunny hibiscus in a blue pot





First I laid down a clear wash of water where I wanted the 3 yellow blooms





I dropped in lemon yellow and let it flow in the wet areas,

adding a touch of New Gamboge for some darker areas





Next I established the pot with a few quick wide strokes





Then leaf shapes











Here’s where it went a little South…

I decided to drop in some ultramarine blue into the yellow blooms for interest,

Yikes!  😱





I tried to lift it out without much luck…

I decided to leave it alone for awhile and went to work on the leaves





I finished the vase and darkened the leaves,

hoping the dark blotches on the blooms would recede 🤞





I added the shadow by first painting a clear wash of water

where I wanted the shadow to be

and then dropping in the colors from the flowers, leaves and vase






Ultimately I used yellow and orange gouache to help cover “my mistakes”

using dabs of the gouache to camouflage the blue and add texture

Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint,

You can use white gouache to add highlights too

You can get an inexpensive set of gouache paint on Amazon here





I also added some darks to the flower centers and the suggestion of a background




The final touch was ink to make the shapes really pop



“Hibiscus in a Blue Pot” 9″ x 12″ watercolor and ink on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper


Juicy Details

I use a mixture of tube watercolors, mostly Daniel Smith and Windsor & Newton, which I put in half pans in metal tins



The half pans have a magnetic strip on the bottom so they hold in place.  You can rearrange them too.  I got an extra pan recently because I wanted space for more colors.  I put the yellow and orange gouache in the bottom corner of the tin on the right to keep them separate from the watercolor paint

The tin on the left is filled with my favorite colors that are indicated by position on the watercolor chart…the tin is  upside down 😬 in the photo, pretend it’s flipped around and then the half pans would match the positions on the color chart…the bottom 2 rows of the chart are the colors by position in the top of the second tin

These are the closed tins, they are approx 3 1/2 inches wide, 6 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch tall.  About the size of a smart phone! You can toss them in your bag and add a waterbrush and you can paint anywhere!

These tins hold 40 half pans and are available in many designs on Amazon here




I use plastic palettes for mixing

The flower shaped one is great for mixing large amounts of washes





the blue crab that was used for an example of wet in wet last week

was so popular

He is now available in my Society 6 Shop here


“Crabby” Framed Print          “Crabby” throw pillow

“Crabby bath mat”          “Crabby cutting board


I’m going to get the Crabby bathmat for the boys bathroom,

they will love stepping on him when they get out of the shower 😂


There are always sales going on too!

Shop here


Happy painting, Be Fearless!


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26 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Hibiscus in a Blue Pot”
  1. Jenna, the watercolor is stunning and happy at the same time. I love hibiscus and don’t have one this year. Thank you for sharing your many talents with us. Wishing you a delightful weekend!

    • Thank you Pam, HHjr loves hibiscus and plants them every year. We have two blue pots on the pool deck with these sunny yellow hibiscus and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing them everyday!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! You are so talented, Jenna! Crabby is awesome too. (I had to giggle as “Crabby” is my step-daughter’s nickname.)


  3. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Jenna, It is fascinating to watch and read how you are doing your painting. It is stunning. You are so talented and quite a good teacher too.

  4. thefrenchhutch says:

    Hibiscus is one of my favorite blooms Jenna. Amazing watching you at work with each step for this watercolor. I have blue pots and I usually have plants with pink blooms, I wold love to find yellow for this summer. I’m sure the blue post and yellow blooms look stunning on your deck. Have a wonderful weekend……

  5. lulu says:

    I am fearless but not when it comes to painting! My red hibiscus have been lovely for a couple of weeks. They make me happy in the mornings when I go to the porch to read.

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Gorgeous painting, Jenna!! 😊💚

  7. Cyndii Raines says:

    Very pretty! Really like the yellow and blue.

  8. WELL DONE covering that blob of blue. It looks great — love how you did the vase and the blooms are so pretty. Very happy. My neighbor gave me hibiscus seeds and I don’t know if they’ll come up but I figured I’ll give them a try. Maybe I’l have my own models!

    • Thank you Jeanie! Have you painted with gouache? I haven’t played with it much, but it sure came in handy saving this painting! Good luck with your seeds, be sure to give them plenty of water hibiscus are thirsty! 🌺

  9. So beautiful, Jenna! Love the colors! Mass. hasn’t opened up yet and I’m fine with that. My hubby’s hotel was supposed to open 6/1 but now it’s 7/1. My hairdresser is only doing one at a time. I have my first appt. in 3 weeks. Hopefully, my anxiety will go away. In any case, your blog always makes me happy. I am in awe of your talent! Stay strong and stay healthy, dear Jenna.

  10. lghiggins says:

    Your watercolor show and tells are always fascinating. It makes me smile to see that even an expert (you) can have an “oops!” moment and turn it into something good with patience and effort. That sounds like a good metaphor for life!

  11. Allyson says:

    Beautiful! It was very interesting to see how you made your ‘oops’ work out in the end.

  12. Mary says:

    Love this Jenna! Especially with the final touches of ink to make it come alive. ♥

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