"Peonies in Morning Light" was painted a little differently from my other watercolor paintings in "Spring Fever" series. It had to do with the delicate pink peonies bathed in morning light. If I had left the ground pure white, they would not have sung; instead, the painting would have looked anemic. I first applied several layers of gradated washes on the background until I felt right, then I painted the subject. I love the result!