I had a lot of fun with this flower. The initial sketch in pencil was deeper in values, but I decided to keep the overall values relatively close. The background colors (cool greens and blues) were somewhat muted in color but overall the contrast and strength in color were still close.
"Red flower" 6.5" x 8.5" watercolor on Arches 140lb
The reference photo did not have a lot of lights and darks, so the goal of this painting was to capture the strong reds and subtle violets.