Fearless Friday, Zinnia Garden

I’m playing with gouache today,

a medium that I am not very familiar with

It has a lot of flexibility

it can be thinned with water and used like watercolor

or it can be applied more thickly like acrylic

The Red Apples done with gouache

show watery wash shadows

and highlights while other parts of the apples

were painted opaque

Today we are visiting my friend Pam’s garden again

and painting her beautiful and colorful zinnias

I started with a very light pencil sketch to position the flowers

Then I started with light washes

I started regretting the pencil lines

I erased the ones I could before painting the stems

I filled in the spaces with a lot of leaves

Then thicker paint was applied for the darker areas

Final details

“Happy Zinnias”

I just couldn’t cover up the pencil lines that were still showing

through the thick yellow paint

so I decided to add a loose ink outline

“Dancing Zinnias”

And then I had to try a little watercolor splatter!

“Zinnia Garden” 9″ x 12″ gouache, ink, and watercolor, on Mixed Media paper

Which version do you like the best?

Thank you Pam from Everyday Living for sharing your beautiful gardens!

Have fun and

Be Fearless!

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24 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Zinnia Garden”
  1. Mary says:

    Such a fun and cheery rendition of Pam’s colorful zinnias and garden Jenna! You know I love the splatter effect version (your signature :). Your splatter mimics the lights and bokeh effect in her garden background. Happy Friday ♥

  2. The zinnias have been so beautiful this year, and you’ve definitely captured their spirit.

  3. Pam says:

    Jenna, we were in Birmingham all day yesterday, but I did read that there might be some zinnias love today. I love your artistic take on the zinnia garden. Like Mary said, the splatter effect is your signature and I love it. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and the Dancing Zinnias!! I love that you paint from my photos, I feel so honored that you do! Happy Friday!

  4. Nancy says:

    How lovely! Pam’s Zinnias and all her gardens are gorgeous. And you make them live on forever with your paintings!
    I agree with Mary… I love the splattering too!
    Happy Friday, dear friend!

  5. Your talent is amazing.

  6. I love zinnias, Jenna and you really captured the vibrant colors and joy of these blooms. Big smiles!

  7. lghiggins says:

    They are all nice, but I actually like Happy Zinnias the best. I had to look really hard to see the pencil lines so that didn’t distract at all for me.

  8. Through Pam’s beautiful garden and your creative paintings, the zinnias are spreading worldwide and waving their glorious colors again and again!

  9. Kim says:

    Zinnias are my favorite summer flower and you captured them beautifully!

  10. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    SO lovely Jenna! What a fun way to see Pam’s beautiful garden everyday! I like all the variations, and it’s so cool to see your process. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kim says:

    Beautiful Jenna and Pam’s gorgeous garden is certainly a wonderful inspiration point! I love all your versions but the spatter has a bit of an edge for me. I’m so glad that you got some rain there – we are desperate for it here. Take care and happy Monday!!

  12. This is fabulous! Wish you could come to my garden and paint, lol! love the zinnias. I had never heard of this type of paint. Do you like it better than watercolor?

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