Using a photo reference from our trip to Savannah, Sweetie captured a honeybee inside the magnolia flower and I had to try it. First wash - using only Lapis Lazuli blue pigment for the shadows so far. That center will need to be slowly worked to bring out the curving pieces and the red in the bottom of the stamen(?) and then the little honeybee full of pollen.
The background dark is Shadow Green and it is a bit varied in real life but looks almost black here.
This one is a half sheet (15 x 22 inches).