Fearless Friday, Olive Oil


I have had fun trying out new techniques

as well as challenging myself with different subject matter lately





This photograph from Unsplash caught my eye,

it is so full of color and light





I did a pencil sketch first to establish the positions of the bottles,

I didn’t photo the sketching process,

but let me assure you, there was erasing involved 😂

When I finished I went over it with a waterproof .01 fineliner

and erased the pencil sketch





I did not include every single bottle, and simplified the labels

As the artist, you can decide what you want to include or eliminate





I began with the oil carafe on the far right,

giving it a couple of washes with Quinacridone Gold, my new favorite color

It’s sort of a combination of yellow, ochre and raw sienna

It’s a great addition to your palette

You can get it on Amazon here





I began adding washes to the bottles,

with a variety of greens {sap, Hooker’s green, leaf green}

and yellows {lemon, New Gambouge}

working my way from right to left





On some of the bottles

I deliberately outlined areas I wanted to remain white for highlights



I used layers of washes to build up and deepen the colors




I began to add more color and a few details to the labels





For the olive jars, I painted the dark areas surrounding the olives first





Then painted the olives with a mix of olive green {natch!} and Quinacridone Gold





The bottle caps had lighter areas for highlights

and colored shadows were added in front of the bottles





To finish I deepened the shadow areas in the front

and added a light bluish gray wash behind the bottles





“Ode to the Olive” 9″ x 12″ watercolor and ink, 140 lb. cold pressed paper


Try painting an everyday object and bring it to life!

Be Fearless!


Ode to the Olive is available as a tray, cutting board, coasters, mat,

and several sizes of prints in my Society 6 shop here

25% off today!



🍸 🎨 🍸


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Happiness is Homemade  Love Your Creativity

Over the Moon  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   Creative Cumpulsions


21 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Olive Oil”
  1. Jenna, I always look forward to “fearless Friday” to see what you have created. The bottles of olive oil and olives might be one of my most favorites. You are so talented and I can’t say that enough. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. Happy Weekend!

  2. This is glorious! I love the subject matter, of course, and the colors are so warm and wonderful — worthy of Tuscany. (I know what you mean about quin gold — it’s one I love a lot too.) And 01 is my fave size!

    I really appreciate the step-outs. I’ll be at the painting table today — it’s been awhile. Now I feel super inspired. (Let us know when this one heads to Studio 6)

  3. LOVE this one!!!!!!

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I agree with what Pam said. You are so talented! I love this painting. The colors are so rich and pretty. This would be perfect addition displayed in a kitchen. Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend!

  5. Julie says:

    What a fun painting you made Jenna and I like how colorful it is. Have a nice weekend.

  6. Rosie M. says:

    This painting put a smile on my face today! I love the subject matter and all the colors. You are so talented, Jenna. On Fridays the first thing I do is look at your post. A great way to start the day and marvel at your creativity!

  7. Nancy says:

    Fun painting! Perfect for a fabulous cooks kitchen. I love your creativity girlfriend!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful work, Jenna!! 😍

  9. Amy Senter says:

    How fun! I love these! Enjoy finding other artist bloggers as well. Great painting!

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