Anyhow, quick morning post on the daisies that I recently painted. I had a really great time painting all of the intricacies and shadows, so I thought I'd post some pics with some tips and such.
First, take several close up photos of a cluster of daisies...preferably in the sun so that you have strong light and shadow shapes. These daisies were in my mom's garden and they aren't real summer daisies, they are a fall blooming mum, I think, BUT close enough...
Anyhow, determine what colors you'd like to use to show the shadowed parts of the daisies. I think that violet and cerulean blue make interesting and vivid shadow colors on white, so I decided to go with that.
I started painting the shadowed petals and laying on sections of the background so that the white flowers popped forward.
When painting the background color, I wet an entire area or shape until there's a natural stopping place. Don't wet your paper all the way up into the corners and edges or your corners will be messy. Lay on the colors in your large area quickly and then switch to a smaller round brush, like a #3. Use that smaller brush to paint in the crevices between the petals.
Background colors are Hooker's Green, Viridian Green, New Gamboge, Burnt Sienna and Payne's Gray.
For the centers, I'm working wet on wet. Paint on your lightest color first and then charge in the greens and browns on top.
Ultimately, you are painting something that you want the viewer to enjoy for many years to come. Use your darkest darks against your lightest lights to create contrast and visual interest. Layer your colors to make the flowers pop off the page towards you.
I, personally, like my art to "glow", so I spend a LOT of time softening edges and creating an ethereal kind of look.
Tip: I often glaze a really thin, watered down yellow to my paintings at the end. The yellow tends to make the underpainting more vibrant.
If you'd like some reference photos, just say so in the comments and I'll email you some.
Happy Painting, my friends!