Some two hours into painting this Dwarf Magnolia, she became a middle aged woman. The flower is in full bloom, the petals are beginning to brown, and the pistils have fallen. The pure beauty of her youth is fading. She is well past reproducing. Oh but what a time of life it is to enjoy! Inevitably life has dealt her some hard knocks. With a willingness to look deeply, live compassionately, strive to soften one’s heart, forgive, and more fully love, she has opened herself up to the endless possibilities of what’s to come.