This fourth challenge of the year called for hearts and flowers. While I love hearts, the call came on the cusp of Valentine's Day and I was on heart overload. I went the way of flowers to help me dream of warmer days to come. Honestly, they can't come soon enough!
While working on my Monthly PCAGOE Challenge, which is Eggs, I managed to fulfill both challenge requirements with one concept. Clever me! Surfing the Internet gave me an inspiration of making an egg look like a tulip. I started imagining all the colors and varieties of tulips I will soon see come out of the ground and was instantly lifted to a sunnier frame of mind. I started making a yellow and red one, then a pink and white one, then one with a blue stripe, then a pure yellow and a pure red. My favorite tulip of all are the "black tulips". They are not black at all but a purple so deep that is can look black in the right light. For this challenge, I offer all my tulips, a bouquet of color for this still white landscape. For the March PCAGOE Challenge, the black tulip is the star.
What have I learned from this challenge? I learned how to cover an egg with clay and to leave a hole for the air to circulate unless I want a small explosion in my oven. I also learned that even if the flowers are far from sight, they are never far from the heart and they have the power to elicit the most pleasant memories of the warm sun on my back while I work in my garden.