December 24, 2013

2014 First Look: Winter Flowers

Stamp designs may reflect preliminary artwork and are subject to change.

Festive and colorful, winter plants like amaryllis, paperwhite, Christmas cactus, and cyclamen are frequently given as holiday gifts or used as seasonal decorations. Their vivid flowers and beautiful foliage also bring a hint of spring indoors during the coldest months of the year.

In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the blooms that brighten our dark winter days with the release of Winter Flowers.

Using a cordless pen or stylus, artist William Low “painted” his brushstrokes on a pressure sensitive screen, adding dabs of color and weaving layers of texture into the paintings.

Potted plants served as Low’s models. In order to keep the images fresh, he photographed the flowers at their peak, capturing details in close-ups and preserving the perfect light that accentuated the plants’ foliage and blossoms.

The Winter Flowers Forever® stamps will be issued in booklet format in early 2014. An exact release date has not yet been set.