Yes, I painted the daisies again. For this one I was focused on color. Well, I was also focused on drawing and value but the end goal was to get a more colorful look in these smelly daisies.

After watching this video from Phil Starke about painting landscapes and how he thinks when he is mixing colors for complex scenes. He stresses the importance of simplifying the scene not only in detail but in color as well. Phil says as long as the value and temperature is correct he is not as concerned about matching the color exactly, but he wants to get the right “effect” of the light on the object. For example if he is painting the side of a tree that is in sunlight he focuses on the higher value and the warm temperature first, then makes sure that it represents the bright green necessary to depict the light side of a tree.

Here is another great video from Proko that describes color theory in simple terms.

  • Value
  • Hue
  • Chroma

So this is how I was trying to think when painting this version of the smelly daisies. The previous two were probably more accurate in their value and color but they were also quite dull.

Smelly Daisies 3


  • Session: 1210
  • Work: 1036
  • Width: 7"
  • Height: 5"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
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One Response

  1. I’m glad you found a subject to focus on for the week, but dude, these WERE smelly daisies…can you try roses next time, or you know, flowers tall enough to withstand dog’s pee-mail?
    I love your progression. Your second painting was very nicely done, and showed the effort, but this one is even better still!

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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."