Fearless Friday, Painting with Shapes


I am always preaching to break down subjects into simple shapes when drawing


Seeing Double



The cocktail above and the flower below

were first drawn by shape, then colored with marker


Dedicated Drawing



I decided to try the same drawing by shape technique with watercolor,

not sketching first but simply applying shapes





My inspiration photo was this oil painting by Donna Munsch 

The drama of the lights and darks really appealed to me





Step 1: the lightest yellows


Step: 2, adding oranges




Step: 3, the lightest parts of the leaves and stem





Step 4:   Adding bright green





Step 5:  Darker greens






Next I began on the petals,

light washes of red and pink





Then more deeper reds and orange




And deeper reds are tucked in to finish





“Colorful Rose” 9″ x 12″ watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper


Don’t be afraid to try something new and have fun!




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

23 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Painting with Shapes”
  1. I am loving all of your watercolor paintings, Jenna. The rose is gorgeous! Happy Friday my friend.

  2. I’m always intrigued how you work from the middle out. I get the lights to darks but you have to be spot on with your distance perception to go as you do and I salute you!

    • Thanks Jeanie, I decided to just be fearless and see what happens, I love to paint free and loose, the paintings tend to turn out better than the ones I worry over 🙂

  3. Ricki Treleaven says:

    So pretty, and I love the colors!!! 😀 I use the paint by number technique a lot when I paint with oils.

  4. This is a fun post. Deconstructing a subject with your sight, I think is the most useful tool for artwork, and really hard for some people who think basically in two-dimensions. Loving the tutorial that shows the curves and depth of the rose, not just the surfaces. Great POST! Sandi

  5. lulu says:

    You always make painting look so easy. My results are never as successful.

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful, Jenna!! Love those colors. ❤️🌹

  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    Love when you do step by step. It’s fun to see how the eye of an artist works at painting. Beautiful work Jenna……..Happy August.

  8. Sheryl says:

    The rose is beautiful. You make it look so easy.

  9. Mary says:

    Beautiful! ♥

  10. Nancy says:

    I’m so excited to see your tutorials… and how you work so freely. Love this rose! Oh so pretty!
    Happy day to you my friend!

  11. Another lovely painting, Jenna! Of course I’m going to feature it in this week’s Creative Compulsions.

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