Fearless Friday, Paint & Doodle!

Today I want to share a fun method that will build your confidence as an artist~ you literally can not make a mistake! I call this technique “paint and doodle” Load a round brush with watercolor and paint a few simple shapes Continue to add more shapes, using a lot of water with your color … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fall Color Play

Let’s have some Fall fun with watercolor today! The changing leaves seem to be extra colorful this year I have seen some amazing photos, and even trees in my own area are displaying stunning Fall color This photo of the colorful trees reflected in the water from Pixabay inspired this painting This is a great … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Art on Black Paper

In the spirit of Inktober and Halloween, today we’re going to talk about some cool ideas for drawing and painting on black paper Black paper and colored gel pens can produce some magical effects! I have been using this paper occasionally for the Inktober art challenge For the #9 prompt, “nest” I drew a bird … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Inktober 22

I haven’t been doing much art lately, so to get myself going again and return to daily sketching, I’m joining the annual Inktober art challenge Art challenges are such a great way to challenge yourself, improve your skills and try new techniques As you can see by reading the prompt list you also will draw … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Paint Your Pumpkins!

Prayers and prayers to all impacted by devastating hurricane Ian 🙏🙏🙏 Last week we talked about how to paint pumpkins here This week let’s talk about decorating actual pumpkins with paint~ no artistic skills required! You can paint a pumpkin with polka dots for an eye catching vignette Or stripes tutorial here Or fancy patterns … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Caprese Grilled Cheese

Do you ever draw or paint food? I think it’s a lot of fun… The cooking theme on the Painted Apron this month is Grilled Cheese Sandwiches so let’s draw and paint one! My inspiration photo was this grilled caprese sandwich with avocado~ doesn’t it make you want to take a bite? 😋 I started … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Autumn Leaves

Are you in full Fall mode yet? I spotted real pumpkins at the market the other day, and leaves are starting to cover my driveway… I love to paint autumn leaves with watercolor like Leaves of Change above Let’s see what we can create with markers and colored pencils The photo collage below is what … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Red Apples

With my thoughts turning to September and Fall, apples came to mind… Let’s paint some! Start with a pencil sketch to establish their shapes and position I started by painting the highlight areas near the stem with yellow green and ochre Then shades of pale orange and red Then more highlight areas surrounded by shades … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Abstract Zinnias with markers

Let’s have some fun with zinnias today! Zinnias are such fun and colorful flowers~ I collected some images from Pinterest and from Pam’s beautiful garden I loved the painting style by Ali Kay on the top left in the above collage and decided to do my zinnias with a similar abstract style and use markers … Continue reading