I focused on contrast in this painting not only in the bright yellow versus the dark background, but also in softening the edges of the background flowers versus the foreground daisy. I'm pleased that it made the flower pop.
The reference photo was taken on July 25, 2010. I was struck by these little yellow daisies shinning through from under the dark purple spider grass (? - not sure exactly the name. I promise to get better at identifying what I'm painting). So, maybe not shinning bright, but attempting to shine. I was also listening to David Gray's "Shine" while painting. Click and have a listen. Great song.