Thursday, June 2, 2011

Painting Demo of Bouquet of Daisies - Daisy Dance

Daisies are cropping up all over alongside the roads in Northwest Arkansas.  I find myself dreaming up how to paint them as I travel on the road.  What is really scary is that I would like to stop.....doesn't matter where....and pick some of them.  Is this stealing?  They are wild flowers and they don't look like they belong to anyone!  I fear I have been a thief on occasion.  Tempting they are and I have decided to give you a very small story in pictures about this painting - a painting demo starting at a decision making point.  Here goes:

No....I didn't pick these daisies along the road!  Yes, they are fake!  I prepared a canvas with acrylic paints and did a quick, rough underpainting of the daisies.  I started my imagining a little too late, but I painted gray tones where I would place the daisies and I painted the vase brilliant yellow.  When it was dry I began to paint over the underpainting with my oil paints. 

I have a tendency to over-do everything!!!  I had such a good time painting the daisies that I tried to get them all on the painting support.  This created a perfect ball for a bouquet (a manicured topiary!) (laugh).  I decided I needed to take some of the daisies out!

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
This is better even though the bouquet is a little tight.  I could paint more flowers out, but this is where I'll stop.  I will paint another one with some real daisy flowers.  This was good practice!  Click here if interested:



Carol Blackburn said...

Oh, they are lovely daisies, Cheri. I don't think it's stealing from anyone in particular but it would be from everyone because if you picked them and took them home no one else would get to enjoy their beauty and they wouldn't come back next year because they wouldn't be pollinated and drop their seeds. Ok, I know, I'm a party pooper. Sorry! But you asked.

Cheri Wollenberg said...

Carol, you are so sweet. You do not have to apologize and you are not a party pooper....you are a chastiser and lover of nature (grin). Thanks for your comment. Cheri

Helen said...

Love, love, love the yellow pitcher! So slick, shiny, and clean looking. My favorite thing to do with your paintings (after I appreciate the painting as a whole, of course) is to zoom in and notice the paint color changes (noticing that a yellow pitcher is made up of all sorts of unexpected colors) that give the illusions we work so hard to create. What a master you are!


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