After twice starting and wiping off an oil painting of these Gerbera daisies, I switched to studies in ink and watercolor to understand them better. The sketch above is my 4th attempt and below are all four sketches in reverse order.
While I adore botanical illustration, that wasn’t what I was going for here (obviously). I just wanted to figure out how these things are made, and then paint them in a way that displayed their gesture and personality. But the daisies demurely hid their secrets from me.
By the time I’d done these sketches (and the two failed oils) my painting time was up and the daisies didn’t look worth painting the next day. I will come back to Gerbera daisies again and see if next time they’ll let me in on their secrets and show me how to paint them.