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Tuesday, February 2

BOXES of CHOCOLATES

(See this close-up version for details)

Wow, look at all those chocolates! Someone luuuvs someone, I'd say. :)

For this Creative Tuesdays theme, I thought it might not only be fun to show a bounty of chocolate boxes but to do it in a sort of fashion design pen-like style.

Here's hoping you enjoy more good things than expected in the coming weeks and months ahead. It's sweet to receive and even more fun to give! For many out there, Valentine's is nothing more than a commercial Hallmark holiday but that's fine with me — I actually like those sappy movies and would far rather celebrate love and romance than some of the other also abundantly commercial holidays out there.

Thank you to everyone who's participated in our challenge this go around. Time to bundle up some hugs and sample some of your chocolates. I wonder what kinds of boxes will be on display? (Heh, just as well I do rather have a virtual sweet tooth as well!)

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23 comments

  1. This is such a fun piece Michael, and I have so enjoyed visiting the others so far!

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    1. I've taken a peek at the others and they all look very fun. Glad you enjoyed this one too. Chocolate and fun--what could be better? :)

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  2. This is a fun piece. The chocolates falling really add something interesting. The movement is also a fun part that brings it to life.

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    1. Yes, that was the idea! thank you for your visit, Tammie and glad you are still with us!

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  3. All those chocolates! A lovely light hearted take on the subject with all those chocolates spilling out. I can feel her walking straight in my direction!! Love your illustration style as well.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It was fun doing a more fashion design centric piece, designing the costume even, let alone coming up with a story to tell whilst at it! :) I need to send her over to UK el pronto ...then Canada, then California then... :)

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  4. Yes, look at all those yummy chocolates...going to waste. I'd be scrambling to get them which shows me you drew me in with your awesome painting, Michael. :-)

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    1. I should have done that ..but then again, who to draw first as there would be a line of co-oppers there. Lol. And you know what? Each morsel would be a divine truffle or soft gooey centre! Yum! thank you, Tracy.

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  5. this is lovely. it reminds me a little like one of Alexandra's piece but the dots on the box and and the loose lines reminds me of more of your style. love how the chocolate pieces are flying about, the hair and scarf and pretty much everything.

    hope you have a sweet day.

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    1. thank you, Lissa. I must admit, as I was drawing it, I actually kept thinking if only I had the mastery of hair drawing skills like you would/could do! :)

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  6. Michael,
    Love this. She even looks like she is moving. I'm not a Valentine's girl and thank goodness but hubby doesn't have one ounce of "sentimentality" in him. But after 44 years of marriage we know each other well enough. I know he loves me and he doesn't need to buy me a thing.
    Have a great Valentine's Day - hubby would say, "too mushy". lol:) He is a left brain, scientific, business minded guy. Some things do get him emotional - family especially.
    sorry I didn't do the "box" thing. I tried but the chocolate called to me.
    blessings
    Janis

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    1. Well, the important thing is that you are both happy! What works for one couple, does not for another necessarily and after 44 years of marriage, you've clearly made your work well! Congrats! Alex and I on the other hand, could never be with someone so very left brained. Too "robotic" is what I would say to the alternative of being too "mushy"! I like sappy and mushy! hahah. I even like mushy pees. :)

      Yes, glad you noticed that too. I wanted it to look like she was taking her confident strides even whilst chocs jsut started to pop out and the whole thing is about to lose it's balance! What will she do? I love the storytelling in pieces when able to do that. Thank you!

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  7. Michael this is a fabulous illustration! It reminds me of fashion illustrations I could so see this on the cover of a magazine about fancy city dwellers and their Valentine's Day Shopping Adventures. Great job! Love this so so so much (-:

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    1. Haha, that is EXACTLY what I was going for actually, so thank you! I guess it worked. It was fun designing her outfit as well as creating a story with the piece(s) too. :)

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  8. Oh Michael, I'm in love with this illustration. She is charming, the boxes of chocolates darling, and her outfit....to die for. It's just refreshing and fun and I love the movement of her and the dropping chocolates....I trying to catch on before it hits the ground...HaHa... So perfect. Hugs.

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    1. Well, thank you, Wanda! And you know, I enjoyed actually imagining and "designing" her costume too! :) Yes, get in line for the chocs! I had thought of adding a lil doggie behind her trying to catch them until I remembered those could kill it! On seconds thoughts... :)

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  9. Brilliant drawing Michael .... I love the lost, falling choccie !! ... I think she looks a bit like a very young me ...... did you use me as your muse for this drawing !!!! hehe
    Valentines Day is supposed to be for unrequited love and ours is requited !!!!! Restaurants and florists double their prices on the 14th of February so it's best to celebrate it on the 15th !!! haha. XXXX

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    1. So, how did you guess, Jackie? You do have the flair for design too, don;t you? It could well be! :) Requited love is better I think, actually! Yes, A and I will celebrate on Friday, Saturday I suspect plus of course every day is a chance to show care and love and admiration. :)

      Thank you for your lovely comments on the art!

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  10. Michael this is fantastic! Very creative and full of life! I love he colours you have chosen too - they work so well together. I wanted to participate in this one but had some family matters which left me little time to do anything else. I shall have a look at the others and see what they have done. Take care. Helen

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    1. Well, Helen, thank you for visiting and your support in general for CT. Yes, I enjoyed finding the right colours for it. I didn't want it all blue and loved the idea of champagne pinks and such too though. thanks for noticing. Maybe you will get a chance to join in this time but yes, with family, it can be hard, I know, let alone a full tie job and such. Anytime you join in is lovely though. Either way. No worries.

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  11. Wow, what a beautiful drawing! You are so very talented! My oh my, do I love chocolate... Richard and I will likely celebrate a week late, as we have so much going on. But we are fine with that. We'll make reservations at Peak City Grill in Apex, NC -- the spot of our very first date (and our wedding rehearsal dinner).

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! xx

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    1. Sounds good to me. A and I will likely do little on Sunday but more so on Friday and Saturday. :) Thank you for your comment and here's wishing you a very happy Valentines weekend --your first as a married couple! :)

      Thank you too for your lovely comments. Such as these make it all the more worthwhile.

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