Fearless Friday, Summer Cottage & free printable

Are you familiar with Urban Sketching?

It’s sketching on location,

artists out and about in cities and towns,

capturing life as it’s happening~

2 of my favorite Urban Sketchers

are Charlie Breen and Ian Fennelley

Cabbagetown by Charlie Breen

They have an incredibly loose style and add watercolor with abandon~

lines don’t have to be straight, and colors are vibrant

Great Budworth, Ian Fennelly

I have dabbled in the urban sketching technique before

Sidewalk Cafe


Today I’m going to share an interior done with this loose style

and then show you the same drawing done with colored pencil


there is a free printable for you to color or paint yourself!

This is the photo I worked from by Tracey Rapisardi

Naturally I was attracted to the bright colors, summer feel, and the flowers

The color intense areas draw the eye in

and the unpainted areas fade into the background

The blue vase on the table catches your eye

and leads you to the deep pink in the arm of the chair

and brings your eye to the cupboard of plates on the wall

The colored pencil version is far less dramatic,

which one do you like better?

I have a long way to go learning this technique,

but it’s a lot of fun and I want to do many more cityscapes and cafes

Here are the steps as I painted the interior

I started with the foreground, drawing the pot and bowl on the table

I used a desktop easel with the photo reference next to my sketchbook

No pencil sketch today,

I drew with a waterproof micron .01 liner pen

The charm of the urban sketching techique is the “unperfectness”

Things are quickly sketched

You are trying to capture the essence of what you are seeing,

not trying to draw perfect straight lines or representations

By starting with the foreground

I was then able to place the chair behind the table with the plant

and then add the side table with pitcher

Next I drew the wall cabinet and the window

Then I added more details

Time for color!

By using intense areas of color and leaving other areas white,

you can create dramatic focal points

To finish I added a few more details with ink

“Summer Cottage” 7″ x 10″ watercolor and ink on mixed media paper

You can print out the drawing and color it with pencils, marker or watercolor

Print it on card stock for colored pencils or marker

Print it on mixed media paper if you want to use watercolor

{it won’t print well on watercolor paper}

Click here for the free printable

Happy Coloring,

Be Fearless!

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30 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Summer Cottage & free printable”
  1. Charlotte Hall says:

    Light bulb moment!: your sketches are always inspirational to us…and
    sharing this sketch for us to color is fantastic! Taking this a step further,
    would love to see you comprise a Painted Apron Coloring Book made of some
    of your sketches (flowers, street scenes, beach scenes, etc) so we could color along with you!
    PDF to download, or sell in your shop! Oh, how fun to be able to
    “paint like Jenna” (squeal)!
    Thank you for sharing your art.

  2. Claudia says:

    Jenna, This is a wonderful idea. i sent your drawing to the printer. Then it dawned on me that if I touch water to the printer ink the outlines will bleed. I think I should trace your drawing onto my mixed media using Saral carbon then ink over your drawing.

    • Hi Claudia, my printable did not bleed, but you have an excellent point, it is a possibility, and you have provided a great alternative solution, thank you!

  3. BERNADETTE says:

    Jenna, you are so multitalented. I have no drawing skills and this post makes me sorry that I never developed that skill. Wonderful feature.

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your watercolor turned out beautiful! I wish I had your artistic skills. Thanks for sharing the printable. Happy Friday!

  5. Jenna, I can see why you chose the inspiration photo. Love the watercolor and your amazing talent. Thank you for the printable and Happy Friday!

  6. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I think you did an amazing job! I love urban sketching, and I would love to take another art journaling course in the future. I know they have a lot of fun journaling classes at Ephemera Paducah.

    I love the colors in the cottage room you chose to draw. It’s the cutest room, and I love your drawing!

  7. I wish I could paint like you, Jenna. The water colour one is so gorgeous. I thought I wanted to be a musician next life, but now I want to be a painter!

  8. This is so pretty! I love the idea of a printable image. So many possibilities, and the coloring book sounds like fun.

  9. Martha says:

    Yours are every bit as good as the artists you mentioned, seriously Jenna! The painted one is my favorite and such a pretty scene too. Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

  10. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Jenna! Got your printable and I also love the idea of a Painted Apron coloring book!

  11. I like them both for different reasons, though I lean more toward the watercolor. I am in awe of your looseness. I might have to try this experiment and force myself to draw without light box or graphite and do something like this — not worry about all the intricacies. Because these are terrific!

    • Thank you Jeanie, it is a fun technique, I think one of the secrets is to use shorter strokes, more like sketching than drawing, and using blobs of color rather than staying “in the lines” I hope you give it a try!

  12. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, your talent is unending. I love these! I think they are both fabulous.
    Happy Weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

  13. Mary says:

    Love it Jenna! Both versions are wonderful but I’m really drawn to the watercolor version! ♥

  14. Renee Open says:

    What a lovely idea for a post – great job! Coming from the Love your creativity link party <3

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