Fearless Friday, Lavender Bee


One of the prompts for World Watercolor Month

was “favorite scent”

I decided to paint lavender





I use free photo sharing sites {Pixabay, Unsplash}

for ideas and photo sources

I take a screen shot, then make a collage with PicMonkey

and print it out so I can have it by my easel





I found this clip art drawing of a bee

which was a really helpful reference

I began by sketching the bee, shape by shape





Breaking the subject down shape by shape

makes drawing just about anything possible





Once I had the bee drawn, I quickly added shapes for the lavender





 I began to paint by doing the top petals





I wanted the petals in place so I could

tuck the bee behind and on top of them





I used washes of Yellow Ochre and Raw Sienna for the bee

and Windsor Violet and Imperial Purple for the lavender petals





Sepia was applied for the stripes and hind leg





Final details were added with a small liner brush and pen

with shades of sepia and New Gamboge





Once the bee was finished I quickly painted the rest of the lavender





I wanted the bee to be the main focus

so it got the most detail





I indicated more lavender, receding around the main stem

with light dabs of color with a large round wet brush





Final touches with a fine ink liner

brings the bee and the lavender forward to catch your eye





Lavender Bee, 9″ x 12″ watercolor and ink on 140 lb. cold pressed paper



If you’d ever like to share your paintings or creations,

please let me know and I will add them to a Fearless Friday post

for everyone to enjoy!

Happy drawing, painting, creating!

Be Fearless!


🐝  🎨  🌸


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

15 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Lavender Bee”
  1. Love the simplicity of this painting, even though all that detail had to be nerve-racking. Lovely color choice and i felt the gentle motion you created with the slanted blades of grass…!

  2. Jenna, I love this! I have a pot of lavender in my garden and the bees are always buzzing around it. Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Sheryl says:

    The picture is wonderful. You always break the details down and make it seem so doable. I also liked how you included a reminder that the main focus of the picture (the bee) should be done in more detail than the lavender.

  4. Cyndi Raines says:

    Well done! I can almost hear his buzzing! 😉

  5. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh this is so lovely. I can almost smell the lavender……….

  6. The whole thing is beautiful Penny, as I’m wild for lavender, but your bee is especially intricate and beautifully created. Bravo!

  7. I mean’t, Jenna, not Penny! I had just finished writing an email to a Penny! Duh.

  8. lghiggins says:

    Your beautiful picture of lavender (a favorite) and the bee (not so favorite, but needed) brought back memories of our home in Michoacan, Mexico. When we first moved there, the backyard was a minefield of holes waiting to trip you up. During certain times the tusas (moles) were very active, and we were told to plant lavanda (lavender) to deter them. We (with our requisite gardener) planted lots, they grew well, and we enjoyed them. They did not eliminate the moles, but they did help.

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