Tulips translate what my Qigong teacher Grand Master Nan Lu means when he says One Shot ~ One Kill. He is guiding us to show up ~ whether it's treating a patient, practicing Wu Ming Qigong, stirring the wok ~ with 100% quality, the best expression of who we are. He explains how any moment, this moment, will never be the same. Take Spring. Who you are this Spring is not who you were last Spring, is not who you will be next Spring. Don't wait. Nature doesn't wait. Boom.
Take the Tulip. Tulips illustrate what my painting teacher Neil Carlin says: engage the moment. Get down the optical boundary. Paint in the light mass and the shadow mass. Don't hesitate. The petals will move. The shadows will move. Bloom.