I never thought of my marigolds as a flower to bring indoors to paint, but I needed something strong enough to stand up against a dark plum. These marigolds looked very dense to me. My goal for this painting was twofold; first, I wanted to work on balance in a composition. I didn't want the heaviness of the plum to "tilt" the picture. And second, I once heard a teacher said to one of his students to be careful with plums or they'll look like a hole in the canvas. Well, that sounded like a challenge to me, and I've wanted to paint a plum ever since.
There are some minor issues that I'll fix later, but for now, I'm pretty happy with this painting.