Fearless Friday, Whimsical Abstract Floral in Acrylic

As artists we all inspire each other,

and many instructors encourage artists

to use other artists work as a model,

and try to copy their painting as a way of learning and exploring

I recently shared a tutorial on painting bunnies

which inspired my friend Patti @ Pandora’s Box to paint Easter napkins

Didn’t they turn out adorable?

Great job Patti!

I have painted many canvases after Matisse, Degas,

and a variety of other less famous artists

Today I’m going to share the steps for doing a whimsical abstract floral

by Jenny Be, an artist I found on Daily Paintworks Gallery

I used a similar color palette and composition

and added a few elements of my own

Very similar yet different…

This was a quick and fun painting session,

and a great way to loosen up and just play

I started with a canvas I had painted black

and painted the bottom of the pink vase

Next I placed the blooms

then leaves


I deepened the colors on the vase

The blooms got detail with layers of pink and white

I added shades of turquoise for interest

and a dab of the unexpected

and painted white dots on the middle blooms

The leaves were finished

and details were added to the spiky petaled blooms

To finish, I added a yellow highlight to the vase

and painted blue dots in the foreground

The edges were painted with white checks

“Whimsy” 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas

I had a lot of fun painting this,

a no rules anything goes type painting…

I prefer to work on larger surfaces

but a small painting like this can be completed quickly

One thing I do is near the end,

when I feel like the painting is almost finished,

I stop and leave it overnight

My easel is in my kitchen

so I keep the painting in view for the rest of the day,

looking at it when I walk by…

the next day I will add a stroke or two and sign it to finish

For this painting the final strokes were the yellow highlights,

the blue dots and white checked edge

Please send me photos of anything I’ve inspired you to do

and I’ll share them on a future Fearless Friday!

Have fun and Be Fearless!

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    Friday with Friends

31 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Whimsical Abstract Floral in Acrylic”
  1. Martha says:

    You are SO talented, it’s beautiful!

  2. Jenna, I love your whimsical abstract floral. It just says happy. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

  3. Though black is never on my palette, I love to work on dark surfaces and papers. This project really pops, and a whole series on black, might be a really fun thing and seller also. Hugs, Sandi

  4. Julie says:

    Your floral painting looks beautiful with the black background Jenna. Thanks for sharing the painting process.

  5. I wish I could paint like you…it looks so gorgeous. I love the colours. And the bunny napkins are stunning too.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I did see Patti’s napkins inspired by your art! They are adorable! I love this painting because it reminds me of the Bloomsbury group. I would love to have that style art hand-painted all over my house, just like at Charleston House! Brava!!! Have a fun weekend, Sweet Friend!

  7. Love this! The bright colors really pop against the black!

  8. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    Lovely Jenna! I’m fascinated by your process – thanks for sharing that, and Happy Weekend!

  9. I really love your diversity of style and media. Starting with the black just blows my mind! I usually leave things overnight too — and add to them about half the time!

    • Thanks Jeanie, I love to paint on black, it adds so much drama and the colors really pop…yes, fresh eyes overnight can really make a difference with finishing touches!

  10. lghiggins says:

    Such a fun floral! Have a great weekend.

  11. beautiful paintings…love the colors.

    Have a great weekend

  12. Mary says:

    So cheery Jenna! I love your use of black as a background, it really makes your floral pop!

  13. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your painting is beautiful! I love anything floral and this is so pretty. The black background makes such a striking contrast with the vibrant colors. I hope you have a blessed and happy week ahead!

  14. So beautiful! I love the bunny too!

  15. mhhwarmcozy says:

    Jenna, your painting is striking and really captures the joy that spring brings.
    I love the bold colors used and the black background.
    Congratulations, you are one of the features this week at the Friday with Friends link party.

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