Learn professional painting tips and speed up your art journey. Oil paints were the favorite medium of the Old Masters. Oils produced an undeniable richness to their classic paintings.
Daisies come in a variety of bright cheerful colors. We will be painting five white daisies.
Odd numbers make the viewers feel more comfortable. Any number like 3, 5 or 7 is fine for your painting.
You may want to add a butterfly or a bee to give your painting added interest.
Get your supplies together for your painting.
Modern oil paints are easy to use. Unlike the Old Masters we
don't have to make them. We just head out to the paint store
for these classic paints. What is the best painting medium?
Naturally you will need white for the white daisies. Titanium white is the best.
This painting is done with Griffin alkyd paints made by Winsor & Newton. Alkyds are my favorite 'oil paints'. They handle and look just like the classic oil paints except they dry overnight.
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!
This painting is on a 11x14 gallery-wrapped canvas.
Sketch the daisies on the canvas with an ordinary graphite pencil or thinned yellow paint.
Start painting the dark background colors around the white flowers.
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.
Softly blend the yellow-tinted paint into the middle color, so there is no definite line from one color to the next color.
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. More ways to create a focal point.
Softly blend the background colors.
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.
When you do a daisy painting, there is generally a dark indentation in the center of each button.
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.
Notice the bottom left flower overlaps the center flower to set it farther back into the painting. The petals on the left flower are a warm white. The flower behind has cooler, greyer petals to set it behind.
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.
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.
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.
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.