Fearless Friday, “Simple Things” Watercolor

  Simple things bring much happiness, Fresh flowers can change the whole mood of a space Instantly everything seems fresher &  brighter         They don’t have to be fancy, in fact, I like a casual vase with just a few stems, like in this magazine photo         A few … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Flowers on a Chippy Chair

  Do you ever see a photo and think, “I’ve got to paint that!”           I started with a light sketch of the main flower with colored pencil         Using that as a guide, light color washes were added to determine the shapes and locations of the other … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Ode to the Strawberry

Happy Fearless Friday!       This month, in the recipe department of the Painted Apron, we are celebrating the beginning of strawberry season in the South         You can see a round-up of great strawberry recipes here,  Definitely make the Fresh Strawberry Dressing!         Since we are winding … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Musical Mixed Media

  A quick sketch gathering thoughts for a musical painting for a special family friend           Grew and emerged into 2 fun collage projects, a decoupaged bottle         And a mixed media canvas         When I got the idea for the collage projects, my first … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fanciful Hearts

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso   Play     Experiment         Choose non traditional colors         Blend         Squiggle           Grow         Sprout         Fly … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Zentangle

  My current artistic passion is Zentangle         Even if you haven’t heard of it, I bet you’ve seen some Zentangle art       You do not have to be an artist to have fun with Zentangle!! Think of it as doodling with a purpose and a focused mind     … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Starting Over

Before we paint today, let’s talk about {forgive the pun} the Elephant in the room… I don’t want to talk about politics, but I do want to talk about the great state of Alabama where I am proud to live   One thing that Alabama is consistently good at, is looking bad in the news…yes, … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Painting with Watercolor Brush Pens

When I first got this set of watercolor brush pens I must admit, I was a little disappointed     With a little practice I learned how to use them, and now I’m crazy about them     Here’s how they look before blending, intense color but dry   A regular brush and water will … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Turnip

In October I tried an “Alphabet Challenge,” one drawing a day, of a food titled with a different letter every day, A-Z The food itself didn’t have to begin with the letter, an adjective or descriptive word left room for lots of imagination     I wanted to practice different lettering styles too     … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Alphabet Challenge

A lot of people are doing monthly challenges of one sort of the other, and there are lots of fun artsy challenges you can join or do, on instagram, on line, etc.     Since I’m usually 5 minutes late to everything, 😳  I didn’t start this on the first of the month as most … Continue reading

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