Fearless Friday, Mailbox


I painted this door with a mailbox for World Watercolor Month,

for the daily prompt “texture”





This photo was my model

With the stone, old wood, metal mailbox and climbing ivy,

there was a lot of textures going on here





I sketched the location of the mailbox for a starting point





Then filled in around it





Once I had the composition and main areas sketched in,

I inked over the sketch with a Micron .01 waterproof pen





I began painting with a pointed filbert brush,

using the very tip,

 dabbing green in several shades to establish the ivy







Then the door got some Leaf green washes





Quinacridone Rose washes next





Blue washes with Windsor & Newton cobalt





Raw Sienna washes on the walls





Next I painted washes on the door frame and street with Payne’s Gray,

dropping in a little Raw Sienna for a cast shadow

The mailbox was darkened with shades of Sepia





Then ink details and more darks to finish





“Mailbox” 6″ x 8″ watercolor and ink on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper




Try drawing or painting a subject out of your comfort zone…

Have fun and Be Fearless!


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday   Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the PorchCelebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Make it Pretty Monday Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl

Turn About Tuesday  Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Creative Cumpulsions

28 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Mailbox”
  1. Jenna, I love the door and mailbox. When we travel, I enjoy finding beautiful doors to photograph. They somehow intrigue me, maybe I am wondering about what goes on behind the closed doors. As always, Fearless Friday delights. Happy Friday, I am trying to stay indoors where it is cool!

  2. So beautiful! I want to walk through that door!

  3. Charlotte Hall says:

    I like this one a lot – good job!

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you have such a gift! Your painting is beautiful, and I adore its color palette. There is just something so pretty about a red door! Take care, and enjoy your day!

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna, this painting was so much fun to watch evolve! In fact, I waited a few minutes before scrolling down to the last frame, and in my mind was saying, “Wait for it…wait for it!” and voila! there was the finished product in all its beauty! I love the subject matter (doors are always intriguing, but one with so much character as this one is extra special!), then you border it with ivy and highlight a striking mailbox…..it doesn’t get much better. Bravo!

  6. asamryfhpl says:

    What timing! This is so cool. I’m taking a class at the Eastern Shore Art Center on sketching and watercolor journaling. A writer and page doodler, I’ve never painted before. I’m hoping something similar from Jane Sellier’s class. Then perhaps, take a turn with your wonderful step by step.

    • hi Alan! Is it an online class? I hope you love it and it gives you a nudge to paint…watercolor is a little challenging as it’s hard to control, but that’s part of the fun and excitement…you can try starting out with watercolor pencils to get a feel because you can add color with the pencils and then blend out the color with water and a brush. Great hearing from you, I miss our bloggy get togethers!

  7. lghiggins says:

    I digitally collect doors and your watercolor challenges any photo I have. I love it!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    A wonderful step by step and such a lovely painting! 😊💚

  9. Mountain Breaths says:

    Jenna, I love the door and mailbox. I am very fascinated with doors, and have taken many photos during my travels. Hope you having a nice weekend, We are having a heat wave in Central New York this summer, and it will be 94 tomorrow. A different summer for sure. Hope our future summers are a little cooler. 🙂

  10. I like this a lot, Jenna. I’ve never seen a filbert brush. I need to check that one out!

  11. suz418 says:

    Love your works

  12. Mary says:

    Love your artistic rendering of your door and mailbox Jenna ♥

  13. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! What a gorgeous watercolor painting – you are so talented!

  14. This is so pretty! Of course I’m featuring it in this week’s Creative Compulsions.


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