Fearless Friday, Holiday Pine Cone in Mixed Media

I am all about November and Thanksgiving right now,

but my pen seems to have skipped to Christmas!

I have been having fun with the November Doodlewash art challenge,

interpreting the daily prompts with the holidays in mind…

The prompt for this one was “fruit”


“Pine cones” is the prompt for Nov. 15th,

and we’re going to get a head start on it today,

drawing and coloring a holiday pine cone

I used a photo from Stone Gable for this drawing

For a complex subject like this, start with a pencil sketch

If you can’t draw it free hand, trace it!

Once you’re satisfied with the pencil sketch,

I like to use a fine liner and ink it

I filled the area directly below the ribbon with greenery,

using markers,

adding line and color as I filled in

I started coloring the the center balls and berries with markers,

leaving white areas for highlights

I worked around the bow,

filling in the greenery with several shades of green markers

Then I began the pine cone, filling in with a golden brown, a deep brown, and black

I added more green and brown to the still white areas just below the bow

I used colored pencils for the ribbon checks to indicate a softer texture

Ready to hang and enjoy!

Holiday Pine Cone, 7″ x 10″ mixed media on mixed media paper

Put a little Holiday spirit in your art this week and

Be Fearless!

Stop by Sunday

and I’ll give you some ideas to “Feather your Nest”

and share a Holiday gift guide for everyone on your list!

Berries pillow/available here

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

  Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Creative Cumpulsions Meal Plan Monday

24 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Holiday Pine Cone in Mixed Media”
  1. This one is exceptionally cute, Jenna. I really love how the black in the pine cone (or dark umber?) really kicks it up a notch, adds such great depth and dimension. Plus, it’s cute as all get out! I just got out my candy cane totebag the other day to start putting in gifts already purchased so they’re all in one place and was reminded how much I like it and how beautifully Studio 6 does with the production. Coasters are next!

    • Thanks Jeanie, and I’m so glad you are putting your Candy Cane tote to use! I just got the Candy Cane iPhone cover, and I appreciate you mentioning how good the quality of Society 6 products is…they have added a bunch of new items I will be showing on Sunday!

  2. Mary says:

    Just beautiful Jenna! I always love seeing your paintings come to life.โ™ฅ

  3. Martha says:

    You have amazing talent Jenna!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Well, you have another winner here, Jenna! I absolutely LOVE your holiday pinecone! The colors and detail are particularly striking. Gotta love Fearless Fridays!

  5. This is so lovely! I want both the model and the painting!

  6. Pattie says:

    Okay, I am going to try drawing the pine cone this weekend. It appears to be doable, even for someone like me. Meanwhile, I must say those I am crazy in love with “Boots” above. So adorable!

  7. Shelia says:

    Georgia Gal here–been tied up fall cleaning and trying to get decorated for Thanksgiving. But now you have put me in mind of Christmas with your beautiful drawing! It all seems to smash together at the end of the year. But maybe that just adds to the excitement. Thanks for that lovely pine cone inspiration. Hope you and yours are all well in Bama.

    • Thanks Georgia Gal! time is indeed flying…as I said, I am totally in Thanksgiving mode, but my pen has other thoughts, dabbling in holiday spirit! You’re right, the way the holidays mash together at year’s end just adds to the excitement!

  8. lghiggins says:

    As usual, I love your tutorial, but your two classy birds made my day!

  9. You are an amazing talent, Jenna! The fruit on the reindeer antlers, Boots, and the pine cone are all fabulous as are Fearless Fridays!

  10. You are so talented! They are so beautiful and the birds with the strand of Christmas lights in their beaks is ADORABLE.

  11. Allyson says:

    Your holiday pine cone is definitely in my “love” category ~ it’s awesome!!

  12. Pam says:

    They turned out so cute, and thanks for the great tutorial, Jenna! Very nice, step by step!

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