easy daisy painting

how to paint a daisy

you can confidently do a daisy painting

Today we will be do a daisy painting with oils. Daisies are easy to draw and fun to paint.

  • Professional tips to speed up your painting journey
  • Painting is fun!

a sampling of daisy paintings

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

easy daisy painting

how to paint a daisy

you can confidently do a daisy painting

Today we will be do a daisy painting with oils. Daisies are easy to draw and fun to paint.

  • Professional tips to speed up your painting journey
  • Painting is fun!

a sampling of daisy paintings

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

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

Daisies come in a variety of bright cheerful colors.

  • Today we will paint five white daisies.
  • Odd numbers make the viewers feel more comfortable. Any number like 3, 5 or 7 is fine.

what do you need for your painting?

5 colors + white

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

This painting is done with Winsor Newton Griffin alkyd paints using a disposable paper palette.

what do you paint on?

The painting is on a 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 colors around the flowers.

  • Use a variation of colors in the background for 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 flowers stand out and come forward.


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 flower center.
  • Mix some white with the background color for 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 petal color.

Softly blend the yellow tinted paint into the middle section of paint, so there is no definite line of color change.


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


indicate the light source

  • Make the background darker around the center daisy.

This gives high contrast for the center daisy to draw the eye into the painting.

  • Make the background lighter on the top, left of the canvas by adding some yellow to indicate the source of sunlight.

Up by the top, right daisy make the background somewhat lighter.

Softly blend the background colors.


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


paint the daisy buttons

  • Put a darker 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 helps give contour and form to the button.

  • Use burnt sienna on the center of the buttons.
  • Put yellow on the top side facing the light source.

Continue painting each daisy and its background.


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


paint dark to light

When painting these light-colored flowers, 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.

It makes sense doesn't it? 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.

Then use the corresponding background color at the base of each petal.

Paint the button after the petals are painted.

Add the shadow on the underside of the button and the highlights towards the light.

  • Suggest some stems and leaves.

Don't paint them too dark and draw the eye away from the flowers.


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


get a fresh look at your painting

  • It helps to look at your painting upside down.

It gives you a fresh look at the composition and 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 the 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 some leaves and stems if you desire.


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


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