a sampling of daisy paintings
Sunflowers are daisies.
Butterfly 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 ad - Griffin alkyd paints and a ad - paper palette.
what do you paint on?
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.
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 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.
paint the petals
Paint the base of 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.
indicate the light source
Continue painting the background
- 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 daisy buttons
Paint the daisy buttons
- Put the dark color on the bottom edge of each center button.
Mix the dark with Thalo Blue, Permanent Rose and Burnt Sienna. 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.
When you do a daisy painting, there is generally a dark indentation in the center of each button.
paint dark to light
Work dark to light
- Oil painting is done from dark to light, the reverse of watercolor.
Continue painting each daisy and its background.
It works best
to do the background first. Then paint the white petals out over the
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.
Notice the bottom left flower overlaps the center flower to set it farther back into the painting.
stems and leaves
Suggest some 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.
the button after the petals. Add a shadow on the
underside and highlights on the top of the button.
some stems and leaves with your green.
Notice the side of the stems and
tops of the leaves are lighter toward the sunlight.
it's your choice How many leaves and stems you put in your daisy painting.
get a fresh look at your painting
Look at your painting upside-down
- 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!
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.
You Can Do It! - ENJOY!