I was initially drawn to the collaged image in the lower right of this piece because it portrays a rarely considered view of a plant — a “slice” extending both above and below ground. Together with some excerpts from the Sunset Western Garden book, a perennial (ahem, sorry) classic for any would-be green thumb on the West coast, the collaged elements helped create an appropriate setting for the larger tulip image. The tulip was built up with several layers of cut newspaper prior to painting so it rises slightly off the canvas.
The title, Dainty and whimsical, a few are bizarre, was borrowed from a text excerpt describing the many varieties of tulips. As someone who has been known to behave daintily, whimsically, and/or bizarrely at any given moment, it seemed an apt title.