Fearless Friday, Blue & Green Bottles


Bottles have fascinated me lately

I couldn’t resist painting these beautiful blue and green bottles…





This was my inspiration photo source





I simplified it down to just the center blue bottle and the 2 green bottles





I started with a light pencil sketch and a first wash on the bottles





Blue washes on the center bottle, leaving white areas for the highlights






Then several greens on the stems and leaves





The tallest flower was painted by applying a clear wash

and then dropping Quinacridone Pink

onto the petal edges and letting it slowly fade down





The other flowers were painted with a bottom layer

of Quinacridone Coral and Pink





Petals were dabbed in, lighter petals at the top where they catch the light





Next I added stamens to the tall flower and

deepened the color on the stems and leaves

If you look closely at stems in water you will see that they refract at the water line





I darkened the label with Quinacridone Gold





I then added a few final washes to finish the bottles





Colorful shadows were added around the bottle bases





To finish, I indicated text on the label with a .01 black fine liner pen

and gave the painting a few splatters of color




“Blue & Green Bottles” 9″ x 12″ watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper



Happy painting,

Be Fearless!

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37 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Blue & Green Bottles”
  1. Rita C. says:

    I love that!

  2. I love this, Jenna. I have always enjoyed placing a group of bottles on the table with a single stem of flower in each one. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  3. lulu says:

    As you have likely recognized, I’m crazy for bottles and have them in every shape, size and color. They are flower arranging so easy as you have captured in your painting. Lovely!

  4. You always make it look so easy Jenna! That’s the brilliance of it all.

  5. Julie says:

    It seems as now is the perfect time for painting. I like you painting of the bottles Jenna. Have a nice Friday and weekend.

  6. Cyndi Raines says:

    Very pretty! Love the soft blues and greens, very refreshing.

  7. pattyanneart says:

    So pretty, Jenna! 💙💚
    Love your step by step too.
    Happy weekend! 😊

  8. Mary says:

    Love seeing your artwork come to life Jenna! The splatters of color are the perfect finishing touch. ♥

  9. Loving your blue bottles and all the beauty in your world. Life is good, isn’t it?

  10. Deb cantales says:

    Wonderful tutorial Jenna! Love those bottles.

  11. Karinbob says:

    I love all your art work so much! I would love to have you come link up to Centerpiece Wednesdays on my new blog https://karinskottage.com/2020/06/centerpiece-wednesday-linky-party-is-back.html Hope to see you over there 🙂

  12. Connie Cover says:

    I think this one may be my favorite one you’ve painted. You’ve done a great job capturing the look of glass.

  13. lghiggins says:

    I like your painting better than the original photo.💜

  14. Ginger says:

    I’m so glad I found this. I have secretly desired greatly to paint with water colors! This is so colorful & simply stunning! I needed to experience this, it truly lifted my spirits high! I am a retired hairdresser who has been able to ‘create’ for 40 yrs & now I’ve been indulging in chalk painting! Nearly every piece of furniture I own has not escaped my paint brush. LOL! However, some day soon I will challenge the beauty of water colors & enjoy the satisfaction as you must also! Thank you!

    • Thanks Ginger, yes as a hairdresser you definitely were creating!! I have had much fun with chalk painting furniture and other things too, I hope you do try watercolor painting, it does bring me great joy!

  15. Painting glass is always hard, you have to figure out what the light is doing inside the bottle as well as the outside. Such pretty colors, and I’m totally loving the photo you used for the inspiration…a work of art on it’s own! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  16. Love your watercolor and the tutorial! Can’t wait to try out your suggestions too. I’m excited to feature your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Come back and share more!

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