Fearless Friday, Pastel Sunflower

After completing the daily watercolor challenge

for World Watercolor Month July,

I’m taking a break this week and playing with pastels

I’ve had this set of semi hard pastels forever,

and I also have a set of pastel pencils

I must confess my knowledge of pastel painting is very limited,

and I am totally self taught in this medium…

I think the best way to learn is through play

Jump in and play with your medium, experiment,

and try things outside your comfort zone

I printed out a collage of paintings for inspiration

and chose a blue gray pastel paper for the sunflower

I painted the center of the flower first, blending several shades of brown

Next I added petals in several shades of yellow and orange,

blending them into the center

I added dark areas to more of the leaves and added green petals

Then came the stem and more leaves and petals to finish

I used a pastel pad of assorted colored pastel papers

and these paper blender sticks

If you’ve never tried pastel, I highly recommend it, it’s so much fun~

it makes me feel like a child playing with finger paints

The colors are vivid and instantly come to life

It’s messy though, so you need to keep that in mind

and do it in a well ventilated area or outside

Here are a couple of favorites from previous Fearless Fridays,

just click on the title to visit the post

Pastel Pot of Posies

Sea Oats

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

37 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Pastel Sunflower”
  1. Beautiful! Sunflower is one of my favourites.

  2. Mary says:

    Beautiful Jenna! Love the blue gray paper as a contrast and background. Happy Friday ♥

  3. Rita C. says:

    I love seeing you experiment. You confirmed my guess in that it is messy working with pastels. Beautiful sunflower! I always loved your sea oats too.

  4. Nancy says:

    Oh so pretty Jenna! I just love how you just jump right in. The blue paper was a splendid idea… it makes that sunflower pop!
    Beautiful! Enjoy your Friday!

  5. BERNADETTE says:

    Sunflowers are my favorite and yours is stunning.

  6. Rosie M. says:

    Love your latest creation! Your sunflower pops off the paper! Do you not pencil in the subject first with pastels? I’m a total non-artist, but I was just curious. Fearless Fridays is one of my favorite times to visit you. I am always impressed and your process and final products ALWAYS put a smile on my face. What a pleasant way to start my day, Jenna. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    • hi Rosie, no I didn’t sketch it first, which is part of the fun of pastel, it’s fast and loose. I always appreciate your comments and interest Rosie, as much as you seem to enjoy art, you really should try taking a class, you might surprise yourself!

  7. I haven’t done pastel for quite awhile (and wasn’t particularly good with it when I did.) The pan pastels, though, add a wonderful dimension to some watercolor backgrounds; you just have to be sure to spray them when you are done.

  8. So pretty! I love the blue background!

  9. Jennna, I am such a fan of sunflowers and I love your pastel. Happy Friday, enjoy your day.

  10. lghiggins says:

    Jenna, I love sunflowers and yours are beautiful. It is so fun to see the results of a different medium. I am not an artist but as a teacher I loved encouraging children to experiment. We just used colored chalks and hairspray as a fixative but it was fun and the kids loved it.

  11. Looks like you had a lot of fun…and I would use a high quality fixative…you can always work on top of if you change your mind, and it enhances the depth of the colors. Hugs, Sandi

  12. pattyanneart says:

    So pretty, Jenna! 💚🌻

  13. I’ve never tried pastels. I love your art…amazing! I’ve been threatened bodily harm if I purchase more art supplies. ;p

    • haha, I have way too many art supplies too, but it’s so much fun to have so many to play with. I don’t think you should try pastel because of your health issues, they can be pretty toxic and are super messy. The only place I use them is outside at the beach house.

  14. lulu says:

    For some reason I am drawn to pastels. They convey feeling that is different from other mediums.

  15. thefrenchhutch says:

    The perfect time of the year to celebrate sunflowers. Yours is lovely………..

  16. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I adore sunflowers! I think they are such a happy flower. Your painting turned out beautiful. The flower really pops against the pretty blue background. Sorry, I’m so late in commenting. The family has been keeping me really busy. We take Caroline to college on Friday. I don’t know where the summer has gone. I can’t believe it’s already August! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Oh thank you Shannon, what an exciting time for you and Caroline, bittersweet, you’re happy and sad at the same time! I agree, summer really flew by, my grands start school today!

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