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The other day, a friend gave me this tree peony blossom from her yard. At the time, it was a small, closed bud. But by the next morning, it had opened up into this gorgeous, dramatically huge flower. I loved the way the sunlight was hitting the edges, and I had to paint it! Using the lightest values around the top edge of the flower so that it almost disappears reminded me of my Gears! painting that I did for the Daily Paintworks Exposure Challenge a couple weeks ago. I feel like I’m learning something valuable and transferrable with each painting.