Fearless Friday, “Jewel”

Today we’re going to paint a “jewel”

the final prompt for World Watercolor Month July 2021

The most important lesson you can learn

is that when you are drawing or painting,

break down your subject into shapes,

pick a start point and interpret the subject shape by shape

This makes a complicated subject much less scary!

This is the inspiration photo I used from Pixabay

For complex subjects I start with a light pencil sketch

I applied frisket {liquid masking} to the areas I wanted to keep white

I began with the gold casing, using a light yellow

and then light and slightly dark yellow orchre washes

Next dark brown

I began filling in the rest with Quinicridone Gold washes

I highly recommend this color, it is so versatile,

it ranges from a beautiful yellow to a rich brown

depending on how much water is added

I smeared some by accident on the lower left corner

so I used a fat brush and water to lift out as much as I could

and turn the remaining into a shadow

For the blue jewel I painted in the lightest areas first,

using the reference photo to guide me

Next came the darker blues

I removed the frisket and painted the top middle square with pale yellow

I decided to detail this diamond encrusted area with a fine liner pen

and then proceeded to outline the rest of the painting

“Jewel” 5″ x “6 watercolor and ink on 140 cold press

The final week of the July watercolor challenge:

“Weathered” “Lost” in Paradise

“Focused” “Camouflage”

“Instrument” “Carefree”

“Feathered” “Jewel”

I enjoyed the challenge, but it’s hard to keep up!

I had fun trying new things,

but I am going to take a break,

play, and not be on a schedule!

Have fun and Be Fearless!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  

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  Creative Crafts

Creatively Crafty Thursday Favorite Things   

Friday with Friends Snickerdoodle Make Bake Create

21 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Jewel””
  1. Jenna, the blue jewel (blue topaz??) is beautiful. I love all of your July watercolors, such fun to see your process. Happy Friday!

  2. That’s a beautiful piece of jewel! Blue and gold are really nice together.

  3. Nancy Sharp says:

    I love following your painting. This one is amazing. I can greatly appreciate your art even though I don’t draw or paint.

  4. Alycia Nichols says:

    “Titanic” immediately came to mind!😁 Like Rose did, though, we won’t toss this one overboard! Beautiful!!!! Your talent is just WILD!!!!!!!!!! I can barely sign my name without a misstep, but you just get in there and create gorgeousness from top to bottom! Have a great weekend!

  5. Rosie M. says:

    What a whirlwind challenge! Not only are the finished products extraordinary, but I LOVE your interpretation choices for the individual projects. I would never have thought to interpret “focused” with the precise pouring of a precious teapot into a cup! You are amazing, Jenna. Thank you for sharing your imagination and talent. It’s been a real joy

    • Rosie, you are always so sweet! Interpreting the prompts was a challenge, but that was part of the fun…I really appreciate you taking the time to look, notice and comment!

  6. You nailed it! Well done on the challenge!

  7. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful, Jenna!! I agree, quin gold is a wonderful color. Great job with the World Watercolor challenge.

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    Looks very real, great job Jenna! I loved Blue Topaz. 😉

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You really captured the uniqueness of this jewel. I had to smile at the beachball, reminds me so much of our family playing at the beach. Jeanna, enjoy your down time with no schedule, you deserve it………

  10. Mary says:

    Love it Jenna! I bet you are ready for a break though. 😉

  11. mhhwarmcozy says:

    Jenna, you are the jewel 🙂

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