Tulips Close to Winter’s End

a drawing by
MICAH ZAVACKY | Printmaker + Artist

In the dead of winter, tulips became available everywhere for purchase in colors of yellow, purple, and red. “Tulips Close to Winter’s End” both represents and remembers several bunches of tulips from the beginning of winter to the very end. It was unintentional to work on a drawing from the beginning to the end of a season. Rather, I began the drawing and it died with each bouquet. To me this drawing is about rising over and over and the importance of finding the light in times most dark. I hope this image alludes to growth and perseverance that is expressed by layers of pentimento.


Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory—
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the belovèd’s bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

-Percy Bysshe Shelly