Fearless Friday, A Trip to France


Since most of us are traveling virtually these days

I’ve been collecting photos of interesting cafes and cityscapes





I have developed a passion for Urban Sketching,

drawing loosely with ink and watercolor





Capturing part of a scene or street





For today’s painting, we’re going to take “A trip to France”





I began with a pencil sketch and did use a small ruler

to make sure I got the lines drawn correctly



Note: If you don’t want to free hand your subject you can trace it and then transfer it to another piece of paper, using a piece of carbon paper


 I inked the pencil lines with a waterproof fine liner pen

and erased all the pencil except for the light lines

indicating the balcony shadow, which would add drama at the end





I started painting with a light wash of Cobalt Blue





New Gamboge was used on the wine shop sign





A light wash of Sap Green went on the window and darker Sap for the wine bottles





I used a red wash on some of the signs and shades of brown on the roof tiles





A light green/brown wash went on the shutters and other shop





Then I began darkening areas and building up color





Several shades of Yellow Ochre went on the walls





I turned the space over the doorway into a window and added deeper darks





I indicated what was beyond the door with orange




To finish, I added the balcony shadow spilling over the doorway and beyond






“A Trip to France” 7″ x 10″ watercolor and ink on mixed media paper



This painting was inspired by a painting I found here






Urban sketching is a wonderful way to travel right now,

drawing and painting are also a great way to relax and escape!





How do you feel about Urban Sketching,

do you like the technique?

I encourage you to give it a try 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


29 Responses to “Fearless Friday, A Trip to France”
  1. Oh my! I am so loving your sketches!!!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  2. I absolutely love the urban watercolor sketches. They do give me a sense of places I have seen in my travels. Happy Friday!

  3. Pattie says:

    I love your art tutorials (I still can’t do them, but still), and the subject matter couldn’t be more perfect. This post is wonderful! I enjoyed virtually traveling with you.

  4. raastha says:

    Lovely post, I am not an “Art” person, but truly loved your sketches…..:)

  5. The shadow from the balcony – it makes it “real” in its way. And not muddy, which sometimes that can be. Beautiful in every way. I love sketching/painting from my photos. It brings back the memory!

    • Thank you Jeanie, I am having lots of fun with urban sketching, my goal is to get much looser…you have been so many wonderful places I know you have a treasure trove of photos to paint from!

  6. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love the urban sketchbooks. They are fun to look at! Have you joined the sketchbook project yet or followed them on FB? Love the French scene you drew!

  7. I need to try my hand at these! You make them look so easy!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful work and lovely scene, Jenna! I so love this watercolor and ink style. You have been doing a fabulous job with urban sketching.

  9. Nancy says:

    And some I have seen! Thanks for the World trip.
    Your paintings are always a delight!
    Take good care Jenna.

  10. These are just amazing!!! I loved how you took us through step by step. Thankyou for the street view, just beautiful!

  11. Mary says:

    Thank you for my virtual trip to France Jenna! Your artistic rendering is magnifique!

  12. thefrenchhutch says:

    I always enjoy your tutorials but this one is a favorite. A trip to France is always on my mind so I really enjoyed my virtual travel with you Jenna. I’m always dreaming of France……………

  13. mireilleftm says:

    This is so pretty! And what a nice way to travel to France! I went to the French bakery and bought some sirop to flavor our water and remind us of our last year’s trip to France.

  14. Lovely! This painting will be featured in tomorrow’s Creative Compulsions.


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