When I paint botanical compositions I try to look for something unusual. To me, this arrangement of petals and the flower's center in stark contrast to the background seemed unusual. Even more so, Magnolia flowers to me almost seem like they couldn't be real since the petals are large and have a thickness to them, plus a center that has a wild color and textures.
I'm still struggling along with acrylic paints at this point, experimenting a lot and going back and forth repainting certain areas over again. Finally I felt like I had achieved what I wanted—all of the focus on the center being revealed and depth of field falling off in the fore- and background to keep it there.
This was a rather large piece for me, but I like how that large presence would be stately in a room. It's painted as a wrap, so the sides, top, and bottom I have painted the image around it so it can hang without a frame, and if framed in a float frame there will be no raw canvas showing.