Fearless Friday, Blue Ribbon

I often copy other artist’s work when I am inspired by their style

The oil painting below by Karen Appleton

is part of a series of packages she’s painted

I just love her bold and fearless style

and the way she dramatizes the shadows with color

I used it for a model and painted it with watercolor in July

for World Watercolor Month

the prompt was “ribbon”

First a sketch in pencil~

when you’re drawing, don’t think about the subject,

rather concentrate on the different shapes you see

and where they are in relation to each other

Then I began by painting the dark areas with

Daniel Smith extra fine watercolor Neutral Tint

Next the lightest areas are painted with shades of yellow green

Next shades of blue

More color building

“Blue Ribbon” 6″ x 6″ watercolor on mixed media paper

I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new

Be Fearless!

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36 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Blue Ribbon”
  1. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful blending and shading Jenna! Happy Friday. ♥

  2. You always make it look so easy Jenna! Blue ribbon quality for sure!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Your color building technique just amazes me. This is a holiday card waiting to happen!

  4. Good morning, Jenna. I love the blue ribbon, reminds me of Tiffany’s blue! Happy Friday.

    I notice you are getting anonymous comments. I received several yesterday. I wonder what is up with WP?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ive noticed the anonymous comments too….but back to your post…I love blue and your ribbon looks better than the original…you do good girl.hugs my friend, Kari

  6. Nancy says:

    This gets my Blue Ribbon! ~Nancy from Two Trails One Road …just in case I come up anonymous!

  7. Jessica says:

    I love your tutorials!! Thank you for breaking down the steps.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jenna, what a lovely painting you use as your inspiration and your watercolor is just a lovely. The colors are amazing and you have just the right amount of blending, you know your colors. Just beautiful!! Happy weekend……

  9. Anonymous says:

    Jenna, FYI, I left the comment above and it shows up as anonymous! This is the first time in a while my comments posted at all. Emily

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jenna, FYI, The comment above posted as anonymous and is the first one that’s posted at all for several days. Emily ………

  11. Anonymous says:

    As usual, another beautiful piece of artwork . . . may we open the gift?!
    Best weekend wishes,
    Mary from ‘Awakening Wonders’ just in cast this comment shows as anonymous.

  12. It looks simply beautiful, Jenna.

  13. Just lovely, your talent continues to amaze me.

  14. Anonymous says:

    So good! I like your watercolor better than the original oil painting.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Jenna, this is beautiful and I agree with others that I like it better than the original. The blues are so pretty! Love the step by step process too – it almost makes me think I could try to paint. Almost lol. I left a comment earlier about Bluehost (and didn’t sign my name). Bluehost is the host my my WP and I received an email from them yesterday saying that they were migrating customers to a new data center between Aug 20 to 31 and there might be impacts to people’s sites. Maybe that’s the problem with all the anonymous comments; I can’t even access my website right now. If Bluehost is not your server than I’m not sure about what the problem might be but I thought I’d let you know. Kim from thecatswhiskerz.

  16. LydiaF1963 says:

    I enjoy your tutorials. It’s always amazing to me the way a jumble of shapes and colors will turn into an accurate representation.

  17. Jenna!!!!! Golly!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know the first thing about drawing or painting, but I know what I like: THIS!!!!! Wow!!!!!!

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