Large pink and purple flower head open, sunlight from behind and green surrounding

A sunny morning, I was going to find somewhere away from the house to paint but as I was going through the back door this flower stopped me. Beautifully sunlight from behind, I wanted to capture the vibrant yet delicate petals. 
One thing I’ve learnt with flowers is when you go darker in tonal value the colour become stronger, more intense. Instead of the tones becoming more subdued in colour. 
Getting the sunlight look helped with putting the light pink around the edges of the petals. It also made it stand out more against the background.
The background was an experiment. One of my students said this week so you’ve got to be brave when painting, yes! Sometimes you put a tone or colour on and it scares you 🙂 being so bright or dark. That happened today with the dark blue but it works and I’m happy!