Five lonely daffodils

There were five sad and lonely daffodils in my garden, each about three feet apart and each alone in its clump. I’ve been eyeing them all week, hoping more blooms would appear, but nothing. I guess I’m not a very good bulb gardener… The weather forecast says five days of rain to come, so I picked them today and brought them into my studio to paint. They definitely look better in a vase than they do out there in the rain.

Do you have a good recipe for painting yellow flowers? I experiment with different mixes all the time. Today I used Hansa Yellow and Lemon Yellow for the lights, and Raw Sienna for the centres. I’d love to hear what you use!

24 Comments on “Five lonely daffodils”

  1. Marta says:

    I love the view angle and the shadow in front of the flowers. Feels more like a vignette rather than a still life. Can almost see the sun move just a bit.


  2. De says:

    Let the rains come, those daffodils are beautiful in your home. So nice you honored their beauty in a painting! Thanks for sharing with us, Shari!


  3. Ginie says:

    This is beautiful Shari!


  4. William Rhoades says:

    Good work. I like getting your posts.


  5. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve tried mixing carbazo


  6. Judy Sopher says:

    So lovely, Shari. Daffodils are so bright. Happy flowers. How do you do the backgrounds? I don’t have a good set up to cover the area behind a vase of flowers. The reflections in the water and the shadows are not clear. But our flowers are just starting to bloom here and I’d like to try again.

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    • Judy, the background is just a blue wash. I usually just put the vase on my drawing table, and since my floor is blue, I add a blue background. Sometimes I put a cloth on the table.


  7. friedakam says:

    Burnt Sienna or some Quinacridone rust if you have for the shadows in the trumpet


  8. TonyU says:

    Love the composition and apparent simplicity / looseness … and your colours look perfect to me.


  9. susie langley says:

    HELLO SUNSHINE. Love them.


  10. Laura Kate says:

    Very pretty painting.


  11. Cherryl says:

    Beautiful ✨

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  12. Betsy says:

    Fantastic and so cheerful! Love the big blue and white background. So fresh an approach!


  13. Trina says:

    I love how many colors you have in the stems and the water!


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