When my son got his master’s degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, my wife and I were able to accompany him to the home of the president of the University. There was an open house for all the graduates and their parents. I was very impressed with the home, and especially the yard. Flowers were blossoming everywhere. Their scent perfumed the air. I was especially impressed with the blossoming dogwood trees as they were silhouetted against the late afternoon sun.
I had to try to recreate the magic of the blossoms. You can see the direction of the sunlight that hit the petals. It comes from the left side of the painting. There is a brilliant yellow white. The shadow side is blue and violet. You see the sun and shadow on the leaf, and the dark background gives the scene a dramatic contrast.