1. The bright yellow centers of the white daisies establish the position of each flower.
2. Painting realistic white flowers is all about the shadows. The white petals have no color in the way we think of "color". Their forms are defined by the blue-gray shadows and, in subsequent steps, the background.
Children of the Sun - Shasta daisies watercolor demonstration
5. No dramatic changes from the previous step, but hints of green bring out the flowers in the background. This "negative painting" essentially outlines the whitest petals and gives them form. The daisy in the lower left is the center of interest because of its larger size, intricate details and sharp edges.
6. Fluttering and dancing are good words to describe the feel of this cluster of daisies. Our experience with scenes like this suggests that each flower is swaying in the breeze and the shadows are shifting in all directions. The effect is that of a common, recognizable flower infused with movement and energy.
A friend suggested the wonderfully descriptive title, Children of the Sun.
4. Texture is developed on the yellow centers. The nearest flowers have more detail, while those further back are progressively blurred. Several different techniques used in the background can build depth in a painting by calling less attention to objects further away: less detail, softer blurred edges on objects, smaller versions of similar foreground objects, and less color or more muted color.
3. A layer of a warm golden yellow on the flower centers begins to build the illusion of a raised or mounded disk. Deeper blues and grays glazed in the shadow areas give a sense of layered petals. Some of them recede and appear to be underneath other petals. The stems are in place giving the flowers a leg to stand on.
Children of the Sun
Children of the Sun
White daisies are universally loved as cheerful reminders of sunshine and simplicity.
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