I am working all over the flower now adding finer details and more darks in areas while softening and lifting out lights in other areas. I am still playing with the push and pull to balance the entire flower and pull the viewer around throughout the petals.
I darkened the background again and will need to get some distance to decide whether to give it one more layer of darks on the left side. It is getting very close to being done and at this point I get a little nervous of overdoing it but I am really trying to push my paintings to the limit right now (sucker for punishment perhaps?) so I am finding that rather than listening to my usuals, Sarah MacLachlan, Anna Nalick or Holly McNarland, I have switched to ear splitting levels of Bush X, seems to be working...or at least I am having fun :)