Winter in bloom

We have a small collection of orchids on our bedroom windowsill that take a break from blooming in the fall. Every year, in December, we move them from the west facing bedroom to the south facing window in my husband’s office to make room for holiday decorating. That speeds up their rebloom so that by Valentine’s Day, most of them are either budding or in bloom.

One of Carla’s assignments this week was to take photos of flowers and then share them. So a rare treat, photos of our orchids, the roses my husband gave me for Valentine’s day and more!

Catching up

Lots of stuff to post! Stay tuned.

I participated in Sktchy’s Creative Cupid Valentine yesterday where we signed up to sketch someone for Valentine’s Day and someone else sketched a reference photo that we posted, and so on. I was assigned Yang Yi-Ting.

Here was yesterday’s Sktchy Valentine of Yang…..

I did a test drive and warmed up with a 5 line sketch before I did the portrait above….. A 5 line sketch is when you only use 5 lines to record your subject….so same photo as the reference above, here is the 5 line version;

Looks like a Picasso, lol!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In between making sketchbooks, making Valentine’s Day cards and a multitude of other projects, here is my map for Valentine’s Day, which is also up on They Draw and Travel’s website.

My favorite candy is Lore’s Chocolates in Philadelphia. But I love See’s and I like Kilwin’s ice cream (their candy isn’t bad either.) See’s candy has a special fondness in my heart because my grandmother used to buy us a box every year for Christmas. John and I found a See’s when we were in Seattle last year. We bought a pound and it never made it home. Castronovo is a new favorite, they make the chocolate right from the bean. OMG it is amazing.

However you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope yours is sweet!

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Here is the link to my map on their website.

http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/illustrations/10985-candy-sweet-shops-throughout-the-us