View Full Version : Crazy for Daisies - A WIP

06-02-2006, 05:43 AM
Hi Everyone, I thought I would share with you my WIP of my next floral painting: Crazy for Daisies, 40 x 50

First my rough Sketch for composition and colour ideas
Done in pencil and crayola crayons...LOL...:lol: I usually don't like to spend too much time on getting my sketches perfect because I often change things when I do the drawing on canvas. I am always eager to jump on the canvas and get my brushes wet.

Then I prepared my drawing on canvas with some light brown charcoal...This is always such a messy time for me (they usually are :lol: ). Things got very messy so I outlined everything with a thin wash of cobalt/tit-white to define their area, size and space within the composition. I also blocked in the same blue for the background area.

Then I started blocking in more colour for the watering can and the placement of the leaves and yellow eyes of the flower. I like to always put the darkest colours down first and then lighten everything up after. Also lots of layers will be added throughout the process as I love thick layers.
Later, I will then begin working on the petals, which will be quite boring and somewhat messy. This is the stage of painting that I do not really enjoy; but it is important to understand and get down the colours, and placement of all items in my painting for harmony and balance. At the moment I work in shapes rather than getting the details down clearly.

Going back to work now...
Hope to post another update later today.
Thanks for dropping by my WIP...and have a great day painting:wave:

Lady Carol
06-02-2006, 08:39 AM
Ooohhhhh! Cool A WIP. :clap:

06-02-2006, 10:02 AM
Hi again...well I did lots more work today.....Calling it quits I think for the day. My back is getting sore...Going to pour myself a big glass of wine :)

I worked on the Petals...blocking in lots of layers of white paint. Also making the petals larger and a little more shapely. Still lots more layers to be added.


And a close up of the petals...about 3 layers of paint now...

Sorry the pics...are a little slanted....

I know I have added a few more flowers from my sketch..but my canvas is much bigger and I wanted a few more intially.......In my sketch I was kind of lazy to add so many....
Have a wonderful Weekend everyone....and TGIF :wave: :heart:

06-08-2006, 06:27 AM
Hi everyone, Hope you are all having some nice weather. The weather has improved up North here! :) Have been out of cyber space for a bit..My computer is having major problems...Windows will only load sometimes...really annoying...:confused: Anyhow, I managed to do some more work on my painting...

Added more layers to the petals and yellow centres. Outlined the petals/flowers in a watercolour pencil to define their area and also added some more colour to the leaves and pretty much blocked in their area within the composition. Added some lighter oranges and yellows to the watering can ( I want the darker red to peek through so the can appears to be old) and some more paint to the background and some ligther "cloud" shapes around the canvas. I think I will also add some yellow and orange highlights to the background at the very end. Plan on working on the watering can and leaves today. Hopefully I can finish soon....Now I am at the part where I like to paint... :wave:

06-10-2006, 02:39 AM
Hi everyone, In case any of you are interested...
I am still working on my WIP....Well I applied another wash of paint to the watering can and began adding some lights and darks to the leaves. I also brought down the two centre leaves a bit so the eye is lead to the daisies on the ground.
Also began outlining everything with a thin layer of sap-green/paynes grey and a number 2 brush. Outlining the daisey petals was a long job. I left some un-outlined so you can see the difference it makes. I think the outline really brings them out and fit with the overal style of my paintings for this series of florals.

06-10-2006, 02:41 AM
Have been busy. I am just about done now. Have added some nice lights - a very warm orange to the watering can really making it stand out. I am very happy with the watering can and the colour. :)
Also added a few touches of colours - oranges and greens to the back ground, and some more lights to the leaves. These two items are pretty much finished. I outlined all the daisies and I will now add another layer of white paint to them. As the petals are white, I think I will need a little bit of darks and shading on the petals to really bring them forward. Even with the outline, they are a little flat. I am thinking of adding a very light wash of light blue and some grey to some areas on the petals.
Will post the final painting next. Have a great Saturday :wave:

A close up of the watering can

06-10-2006, 08:01 AM
Wow, this is a very cool WIP, I really enjoy seeing how ppl work. I love your style very much, whith the dark outlines that give it an illustration tough. I agree about the shading, im sure it is what the flower need to really stand out :)

Lady Carol
06-10-2006, 08:33 AM
Oh Lisa, this is so pretty.

06-10-2006, 09:22 AM
I love the color and the bright and happy feel. nice!

Charlie's Mum
06-10-2006, 03:10 PM
You've made a very happy and individual painting Lisa - well one :D

06-12-2006, 05:22 AM
Thanks guys so much for your feedback...and kind words...:) I also find it very interesting to see how people work during their WIPS.
Outlining does give it an illustration look, but I am okay with that and I want to keep the same style throughout the series...:wave:

Well, I am happy to say that I am finished my Crazy for Daisies painting.

Here is the final result.

a closeup shot of the daisy with some shading of cobalt-b/white/and paynes grey. They really do stand out more with this.


I also took a group pic of the collection to date...thought I would share it...

06-12-2006, 05:59 AM
It is a beautiful collection... and yes, that black outline gives it a definite style :)

06-12-2006, 06:52 AM
HI Christina...Thanks so much....Appreciate that...Had a look at your web page...Beautiful paintings you have! I envy you living in Italy! :) My most fav place in the world!