Daisies for the Danes

SJ9813 Step 8

Now, let’s begin working on the floor and planters. The entire area of the paver floor is painted letting the sunlight slide across the surface from the right. The sides of the brick planters are blocked in, then the crevices between the bricks are indicated.

SJ9813 Step 9

The lines separating the rough pave stones of the floor are loosely delineated and the edges catching the sunlight are highlighted. You can see how the lines in the floor continue around the side of the gallery wrapped canvas. The pink Petunias are blocked in with several mixtures of Magenta + Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + White.

SJ9813 Step 10

After the foliage is painted I go back and draw in the deep centers of the Petunias with a brush dipped in Magenta.

SJ9813 Step 11

California Poppies brighten the lower left corner. The blossom color has been painted with Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium. Foliage is painted around the flowers, continuing the design around the side.

SJ9813 Step 12

The intense green leaves of the Red Corn Poppies are painted with mixes of varying amounts of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

SJ9813 Step 13

Thick brushstrokes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and Cadmium Red Medium are gently “Laid” on top of the green. I have to be careful not to pick up any of the color underneath as it will dull the flowers. One of my readers pointed out the blossoms without stems look like butterflies. That’s pretty cool. What do you think?

SJ9813 Daisies for the Danes 14x14Daisies for Jan     14″ x 14″    Original Oil Painting

Cadmium Red highlights on the petals, stems, buds and dark centers finish out the Red Corn Poppies bobbing in the gentle breeze. We’re finished. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to take a seat and enjoy a few moments in the colorful garden!

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4 Responses to “Daisies for the Danes”

  1. debbienana1608 Says:

    I love your blog !!!!

  2. Ray Dane Says:


    The painting is beautiful – I like it very much. Do you have a second one scheduled? Let me know how much I owe and I will make arrangements to get you paid.


    Ray Dane

  3. Maryam Says:

    I love the color and the light in your works.

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