WIP - Black Velvet - Update 1

Black Velvet This Black Velvet Bearded Iris is one of the first to open in my garden each spring.  Each year, when I happen upon it – it literally takes my breath away.  Always a show stopper.  Initially you see a dark velvety bloom.  Upon closer inspection, you see the red and purple tones.  I could not wait to get painting this beauty.  I knew it would have to be large and I decided upon a square shape even though logically you would suggest a rectangular shape.  The question of the day - should I paint the background white or a vibrant yellow green?

This painting is a rather large acrylic painting 30 x 30”.