Fearless Friday, Mary’s Poppies

My friend Mary’s husband is a photographer

She recently shared a photo of poppies

that he captured on her blog

Awakening Wonders

Isn’t this beautiful?

My first thought was, “I have to paint that!”

I started with a pencil sketch,

drawing the focal flower first

then tucking the others behind it

and adding the stems

I painted the stems first,

with several shades of green watercolor

Then I began to build the flowers

with layers of pink, coral and red washes

Next yellow for the centers

I got out some colored pencils to add shadows and depth

over the watercolor washes

I cleaned up the edges and added details

with colored fine liner pens

To finish, I added blue and green washes to the background

“Mary’s Poppies” 5″ x 7″ watercolor, colored pencil & ink on mixed media paper

My painting does not compare to the beautiful photograph

but I sure enjoyed painting it~

Thank you Mary & Randy Ziegler!

Happy Painting,

Be Fearless!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest / Karin’s Cottage Linky Party 

Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Full Plate Thursday / Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

29 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Mary’s Poppies”
  1. Mary says:

    Beautiful Jenna! I love the crepe paper texture of poppies, you captured them perfectly! ♥

  2. Love poppy flowers! They don’t bloom until summer over here…

  3. Julie says:

    You did a great job Jenna. What a beautiful painting. Thanks for sharing how you made it. Have a happy Friday and weekend.

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, those poppies are so pretty, and you have captured them beautifully in your painting. You are so talented! Happy Friday, and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Rita C. says:

    Beautiful! My first poppy bloomed yesterday, and it’s a very old pass along variety. My sister had given me pass alongs at our former home, and she still has them and passed them along last year. This is my first year with them blooming at the new house. They’re like tiny works of crepe paper art!

  6. I’m so fond of poppies. These are simply lovely. (So are the “real” poppies!)

  7. So beautiful Jenna! Poppies always make me smile.

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  9. Pam says:

    Jenna, I saw the photo on Mary’s blog when she posted. I love poppies and the flower farm I frequent has them, but I did not get any this year. You captured their beauty perfectly! Happy Friday💕

  10. Jenna, Oh my gosh, what a delightful artistic interpretation of my husband’s poppy photograph! Painting with watercolors is a truly difficult medium to master and personally we think you knocked this one out of the park! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world! Never stop putting your brush to canvas . . .

  11. Oh how lovely Jenna. I can see why you had to paint the poppy photograph with it’s bright color. Your rendition of a beautiful photograph is perfection! Happy Saturday sweet friend

  12. lghiggins says:

    Lovely art and your play on words (intentional or unintentional) made me smile!

  13. Kim says:

    This is beautiful Jenna and you did a fantastic job of capturing them in your painting! I agree with Mary and hope you never stop painting and sharing all the beauty that you see. Happy Monday to you!

  14. Beth says:

    We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

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