When I was a little boy, I loved a song called “In the Leafy Treetops.” The second verse says “In my pretty garden the flowers are nodding. They’re first to see the sun they must tell everyone, in my pretty garden the flowers are nodding.” (Children’s Songbook, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). My own wildflower gardens are so beautiful and they make me very happy.
The use of contrast gives drama to the painting. The background is dark, the petals are light. I painted this as though I was at ground level rather than looking down from above.