daisy painting

how to paint a daisy



daisy painting

The best thing to working in the garden is to see flowers for a daisy painting or any type of floral art you enjoy.

I started doing a painting of daisies. I had just come into this century by getting my first smart phone. It had a camera, so I thought - Why not let you follow along as I did the painting. Just in case you are wondering how to paint a daisy.

How to do a Daisy Painting art by Carol MayFinished Daisy Painting

painting colors

I laid out 5 colors, yellow (2 warms and a cool), orange (burnt sienna), red (a warm and cool), blue (a warm and cool) green (viridian) and white (not a color). I use alkyd paints and disposable paper palettes.


I drew the daisies on a 11x14 canvas with an ordinary graphite pencil. I actually started painting before I thought about doing a documentary of my painting process. So here is my palette after I had started.

My palette a bit after starting.

First I did some background color around the flowers. I used thalo blue (the cool blue) and permanent rose (my cool red) to mix the purple background.

I knew I would be using a warm yellow in the flower petals, so I used purple (the compliment of yellow) in the background to make the flowers stand out and come forward.

Then I used some of the background color at the base of each petal where it attached to the flower center.

Then I mixed some white with the same background color for the center of each petal.

Then on the tip of each petal I mixed white with a warm yellow and pulled it back into the middle petal color.

As I moved up to the center of the daisy painting, I made the background darker by adding more blue. Thus giving high contrast for the center daisy to draw the eye into the painting.

I made the background lighter out by the top of the canvas by adding some yellow. As I moved up by the top daisy, I made the background somewhat lighter.

Continue painting the background around each daisy.

I put a darker color on the bottom edge of each center button by mixing a dark of thalo blue, permanent rose and burnt sienna.

The dark color on the bottom helps give contour to the button. Then I used burnt sienna higher up on the button and then the yellows on the top side towards the light.

For these light-colored flowers it works best to do the background first and then do the white petals out over the background.

If the flowers were done first, you are taking a chance of pulling the white off of the petals into the dark background.

Makes sense doesn't it? Oil painting is done from dark to light; the reverse of watercolor.

Continue with each daisy painting the background around it as you come to it.

Then use the corresponding background color at the base of each petal where it attaches to the center button.

Paint the button after the petals are painted, adding the shadow on the underside and the highlights of yellow and orange towards the light.

Sometimes it helps to look at the painting upside down. This gives you a fresh look at the composition and values and color movement.

I decided to make the lower right corner and the center bottom darker to help contain the painting.

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

I thought you might like to see my palette after the painting was done.

I did not use the warm red or the warm blue. Instead I used the yellows to warm up the cool red and blue. The raw sienna was wasted because I mixed my own by adding yellow to the burnt sienna.

What a delightful daisy painting.

Try your hand at painting your own daisies. ENJOY!

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