Daffodils open

Wow, painting yellows is so difficult.The changes of colour are so subtle and there are really no dark areas in the flowers. Just yellow or lighter yellow. I used a limited palette of three very transparent hues for this: aureolin yellow, cobalt blue and rose madder.


12 Comments on “Daffodils open”

  1. Alison says:

    Beautiful! What a cheery sight on a Monday morning.

  2. Mary says:

    Wonderful Shari! They’re open, filled with life and energy, like a burst of sunshine floating “above” the clouds, in a loose fluid sky 🙂 Beautiful colour combination, so softly executed.

  3. PhiipPhlop says:

    IS this to inspire Spring to come back faster?

  4. Liz Steel says:

    lovely… agree that yellows are hard… have to make the decision do you go towards green or toward orange or yellow ochre for the shadows. BTW do you have any lightfast concerns with Aureolin? It is a colour I have always avoided because reading something somewhere sometime ago.

    • I haven’t read that about Aureolin but I will look into it. You’re right about going towards green or orange or ochre for the shadows. I went towards the green because daffodils are a greenish yellow.

      • Liz Steel says:

        check out here – http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/watery.html
        I have spent a lot of time on that site. He also doesn’t like al. crimson “AVOID” – use pery maroon instead…I have been doing this but am finding it a little dull lately and want to go back to Al. crimson!

      • This is a great site and I have looked at it before. It’s extremely technical but very good! I am not very technical with my paints. I just use whatever I have on hand but maybe one of these days all my paintings will vanish because I have been using non-lighfast colours!

  5. My wife and I had daffodils at our wedding, so I really dig this lovely little painting (and agreed: yellow is definitely a challenging color to work with)

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