12X16 original pastel on La Carte sanded paper, framed, $325 plus shipping

The thick stem on the tulip makes it look so vigorous and robust. The petals are deceptive. They look hearty, yet are really delicate like tissue paper, easy to crinkle and damage with carelessness.  I have a bit of toughness in me, yet with that I have a bit of weakness as well.  I had a friend say she didn’t want to be “tough”, but wanted her heart to be alive and soft.  It is a delicate balance.  The tulip is an illlustration of such a paradox.