Fearless Friday, Pink Grapefruit in Pastel

Pastel painting fascinates me,

but I have limited knowledge and experience

It’s quite a messy medium

and I only do it when I’m at the beach and outdoors

“Sea Oats,” pictured above, is one of my most successful pastel paintings

I really like the “Pastel Pot of Posies,” below, also

The inspiration photo I used for today’s painting

is taped to the top of my easel

I put the easel in an almost vertical position

so the pastel dust will drop down to the bottom

I used both semi hard pastel sticks and pastel pencils

and pastel blending sticks

The grapefruit half is colored with yellow, orange and dark orange

The fruit is a blend of pink and red

The glass is painted with the same colors used for the grapefruit

Two shades of green were used for the drink’s garnish

“Pink Grapefruit” 8″ x 12″ pastel on pastel paper

Today’s painting is not very successful,

I think the paper I used was part of the problem,

I had difficulty getting the blends I wanted

But it was a good warm up for more pastel painting this summer

Even if you don’t love the end result of your art,

you always learn something in the process

As an artist, you grow and learn with every creation

so keep trying and

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

16 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Pink Grapefruit in Pastel”
  1. Mary says:

    I love the texture your paper and the pastels lend to your painting Jenna! I so admire your fearlessness and creativity. Happy Friday ♥

  2. Pam says:

    Jenna, I love your pastel of pink grapefruit. A perfect piece of art for the beach or anywhere, for that matter.

    Happy Friday!

  3. lghiggins says:

    I do love your “Sea Oats”–so beautiful. I feel like I am there. I also like your line and I think it applies to all kinds of endeavors as a good philosophy: “Even if you don’t love the end result of your ___, you always learn something in the process.” That’s a great thought as we go into the weekend.

  4. Love this – “As an artist, you grow and learn with every creation so keep trying and Be Fearless!”

  5. NikiLEOwife says:

    This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!

  6. I don’t use pastel often but I love the texture and how these look here, Jenna. It’s a wonderful, happy grapefruit!

  7. Cindy Conner says:

    I know that I have told you this before but girl, you are very creative! You amaze me Jenna. God surely gifted you with much talent. I hope that your week is wonderful to you in every way. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Kim says:

    I think this is great Jenna and not unsuccessful at all! I don’t know anything about pastel painting but this is lovely. The ice cubes in the glass look so realistic to me and I love the grainy texture – is that why there is dust? I agree with Cindy that you are very creative and I hope you had a fabulous Monday!

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