I've been taking a drawing class at The Hamptons Studio of Fine Art for the last couple of weeks. Instructor/Artist James Albinson mentioned that you do not have to overwork the shadow, better to put the detail in the light. This idea was so helpful to me as I painted these peonies. There are so many little petals and variations of form in this flower, that keeping it simple in the shadow kept the painting manageable and focused. Thank you, Jim!