do a daisy painting

you can paint daisies with oils
try it - it's fun and easy

Today we will be doing an easy daisy painting with oils.

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How to do a Daisy Painting with oil paints by artist by Carol MayLet's Paint Daisies

a sampling of daisy paintings

Daisies come in a variety of bright cheerful colors.

You may want to add a butterfly or a bee to give your painting added interest.

An oil Sunflower painting by Carol MaySunflowers are daisies, too.
A mixed media painting of white daisies and a Buckeye butterfly by Carol MayA mixed media painting
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on yellow daisies painted in oils by Carol MayTiger Swallowtail on daisies


Today we will paint five white daisies

Odd numbers make the viewers feel more comfortable. Any number like 3, 5 or 7 is fine.

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what do you need for your daisy painting?

5 colors + white

  • Winsor Yellow
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson
  • Thalo Blue or Ultramarine Blue
  • Viridian or Sap Green

This painting is done with "Ads" Griffin alkyd paints and a disposable paper palette.

what do you paint on?

  • A gallery-wrap canvas is great because you may continue the painting around the sides of the canvas. Then the finished painting may be displayed without a frame. How awesome is that!  "Ad" 11x14 gallery-wrapped canvas

how to paint a daisy

  • Sketch the daisies on the canvas with an ordinary graphite pencil or thinned yellow paint.

paint the background

Start painting the dark background colors around the white flowers.

  • A variation of colors in the background gives added interest.

Use your blue, plus blue mixed with Permanent Rose to create a purple.

There will be warm yellow in the flower petals.

So purple (the compliment of yellow) will make the white flowers stand out and come forward from the background.


Start painting the background around the daisiesStart painting the background

paint the petals

  • Use the background color (either blue or purple) at the base of each petal where it attaches to the center of the flower.
  • Mix some white with the background color and paint the middle section of each petal.
  • Mix white with a bit of yellow. Paint it on the ends of the petals and pull it back into the middle section color.

Softly blend the yellow-tinted paint into the middle color, so there is no definite line from one color to the next color.


Paint some background color on the base of the daisy petalsPaint the base of the petals

indicate the light source

  • Add some yellow into the top left background to indicate the light source.

Paint the background on the top right side somewhat lighter.

  • Make the background darker around the center daisy.

The high contrast around the center daisy will draw the eye into the painting.

Softly blend the background colors.


Paint the background darker around the focal daisyDarken the background behind the focal daisy

paint the daisy buttons

Mix a dark with Thalo Blue, Permanent Rose and Burnt Sienna.

  • Put the dark color on the bottom edge of each center button.

The dark color on the bottom of the buttons indicates shadow and gives them contour and form.

  • Paint burnt sienna on the center of the buttons.
  • Paint yellow on the top of the buttons facing the light source.

There is a dark indentation in the center of each button.


Paint the daisy buttons dark at the base and highlight with orange and yellowPaint the daisy buttons

paint dark to light

  • Continue painting each daisy and its background.

It works best to do the background first. Then paint the white petals out over the background.

If the flowers are painted before the background, you are taking a chance of pulling the white off of the petals into the dark background.

  • Oil painting is done from dark to light, the reverse of watercolor.

Notice the bottom left flower overlaps the center flower to set it farther back into the painting.


Paint the background before the white daisy petals Work dark to light in oil paintingsWork dark to light

stems and leaves

Continue with each daisy, painting the background around it before you paint the daisy.

Use the corresponding background color at the base of each petal.

Paint the button after the petals. Add a shadow on the underside and highlights on the top of the button.

  • Suggest some stems and leaves with your green.

Notice the side of the stems and tops of the leaves are lighter toward the sunlight.

How many leaves and stems you paint is at the discretion of the artist - your choice.


Suggest some stems and leaves on the daisiesSuggest some stems and leaves

get a fresh look at your painting

  • Looking at your painting upside down will give you a fresh look at the composition, values and color movement.
  • Make any adjustments that catch your eye.

I decided to make the lower right corner and the center bottom darker to help ground the painting and keep it from floating.

I also lighted the purple and blue background above the two left flowers to soften the painting a bit.


What a delightful daisy painting!


Turn the paintings upside down to check for any glaring errorsLook at your painting upside-down


5 easy steps for daisy painting

1. Assemble your materials and sketch the daisies on the canvas.

2. Paint the dark background before the white flowers.

3. Paint the petals with the background colors in the shadowed areas and highlight the sun-kissed areas with a warm white.

4. Paint the center buttons from dark to light to show their contour.

5. Paint the leaves and stems as you desire.


Finished oil painting of daisies - You can do it!You Can Do It! - ENJOY!

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