Weekly news: August 25, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’m working on my second Fall painting I want to finish this year. It is such a fun painting, and I cannot wait to share it with you! I’m painting new things that I’ve never painted before and the process is both motivating and intimidating. I’m asking myself a lot of questions about my techniques, and it is fun to find novel solutions to my painting situations. I really enjoy learning with each project.

As a sneak peak on this painting, I wanted to share these apples that I had so much fun painting. There is something quite entertaining in painting red fruits!

As promised, here is a better picture of our garden hibiscus in full bloom! The flowers are gigantic but only last for one day. Fortunately, there are numerous, and we get to witness a new flower each morning.

New in store

A few pencils cases are left waiting for you!

Inspiration

This lovely book is the perfect introduction to plant indentification!

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A small treat…

This is a bit crazy, but completely fascinating! To know more about this performance, here’s an interview that was insightful. I wonder what everyone involved here thought!

Weekly news: August 18, 2021

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What a busy week! I worked hard on this Fall painting, and I’m very happy it’s done! Some paintings are fun to paint, but even more fun to finish! I particularly enjoyed painting the rowan berries. The pumpkin was particularly intimidating, and I painted most of the little treasures around it before tackling it. It was very interesting to paint this fruit as it is quite different from flowers or leaves.

After the painting was finished, I added the lettering, and of course, had an accident while erasing my pencil lines. I panicked a bit, but I was able to fix it. Can you find it on the picture? I hope not! I really need to be more careful with erasing and respect the paint’s drying time!

More details in my portfolio!

Outside the atelier, our garden hibiscus is finally in flower! It’s such a long wait! But what magnificent flowers. I’ll take better pictures when it stops raining. I was quite surprised to know that some hibiscus can be planted in the garden and survive the Canadian winter. It’s very impressive and wonderful!

New in store

So many exciting things at the boutique this week! I’m very happy to expend my offer a bit with
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some pencil cases! I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

And my Autumn Treasures print and zine are also ready to meet you!

Finally, I also added a new set of bookmarks to celebrate Fall!

Inspiration

This book is truly exceptional! It is probably my favourite art book ever, and I hope you will check it out 🙂

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A small treat…

I stumbled upon this Vietnamese artist, Nguyễn Thanh Nhàn, and I fell in love with his work. His website is stunning, and you should definitively go check it out!

And may I recommend this song as you browse Than’s work?

Weekly news: August 11, 2021

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I feel like I’ve been doing solely admin work since the last newsletter! I created some new products based on my latest paintings, and that was a lot of fun! It’s always motivating to transform my work in different items. After spending a week on this and maintenance, I’m ready to move back to my drawing desk and create some new illustrations. In fact, I’m about to start the Halloween and Christmas illustrations. Yes! Already! It was fun to project myself in the future like this, and I cannot wait to share my new paintings with you!

That being said, it is still Summer, and I feel a bit spread thin. That’s why I’ll be taking a break from the nI hope you are all doing well!

Summer is definitely in full swing, with unmistakable signs that Fall is coming. Goldenrod is flowering everywhere, and its gold splashes makes everything magical. To me, Goldenrod blooms signal the second half of summer when plants are slowly starting to decline and prepare for Winter.

In the atelier, I’ve also started to prepare for Fall, and I’m working on a very autumnal painting. Here’s a sneak-peak with this wonderful moth I was able to spot, taking a rest from the sun. I love it’s beautiful pattern and flashy colours. It is so incredible to have seen it in real life. Apparently, this species, the great tiger moth, is very common in our area, but it is my first time seeing it.

New in store

New bookmarks and stickers are available in the shop!

Inspiration

This is such a beautiful book to get lost into!

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A small treat…

Because I’ve been fascinated by moths since meeting our little tiger friend, I wanted to share this slow-mo video. I love how fluffy these little butterfly look!

And! Look at this artist’s work: how incredible is her embroidery?

Weekly news: July 28, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I feel like I’ve been doing solely admin work since the last newsletter! I created some new products based on my latest paintings, and that was a lot of fun! It’s always motivating to transform my work in different items. After spending a week on this and maintenance, I’m ready to move back to my drawing desk and create some new illustrations. In fact, I’m about to start the Halloween and Christmas illustrations. Yes! Already! It was fun to project myself in the future like this, and I cannot wait to share my new paintings with you!

That being said, it is still Summer, and I feel a bit spread thin. That’s why I’ll be taking a break from the newsletter and blog content next week. I have a very exciting staycation planned: a week of drawing, sketching, gardening, good books and sleeping. Stella has been very diligent and has started prepping for our holiday!

See you in 2 weeks 🧡

New in store

New bookmarks and stickers are available in the shop!

Inspiration

Another summer find !

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It’s the last week of July, which means the vlog is up! 🙂

Weekly news: July 21, 2021

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I finished zine #3! This one took me out of my comfort zone as I painted animals as the focus instead of plants. It was really interesting and enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed painting the dragonfly and the frog. It was a new experience for me to look into these “animal” patterns. It’s also so nice to observe the garden in this different way.

More photos in my portfolio!

Now, I’m not sure what my next project will be. I have some loose ends to tie up. In the meantime, the garden is really coming to its peak. Look at our eggplant harvest! You can look forward to a yummy recipe featuring these beauties in July’s vlog!

New in store

My third zine is available in the shop!

The print is also available 🙂

Here’s what they look like in video (I’m slightly obsessed!)

Inspiration

A find from last summer 🙂

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A small treat…

Definitively too pretty to eat!

Weekly news: July 14, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I finished zine #2, and I’m now working on zine #3! It was really nice to work on plants that I know and love. It’s a different way to see familiar plants.

More photos in my portfolio!

For zine 3, I’ve decided to do something a bit different and expend my horizon! Here’s a sneaky-peaky 🙂

Besides from work in the atelier, things have been exploding in the garden. My Korean mint is quite happy and was starting to take over, so I harvested quite a lot. I cannot wait to drink it as an herbal tea. It’s quite different from “regular” mint: it tastes more like sweet licorice. It’s delicious! I had to improvise a drying rack because my dehydrator was too full! 

New in store

My second zine is available in the shop!

The print is also available 🙂

Here’s what they look like in video (I’m slightly obsessed!)

Inspiration

Another childhood favourite 🙂

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A small treat…

This song! It’s so soft and delicious!

Weekly news: July 7, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been working on zine #2, and I’m almost done! I spent yesterday and this morning painting this rose. I was once again very intimidated by this flower, but I realized that by going one petal at a time, it was a pretty fun and relaxing process. There is a life-lesson here somewhere…

I’m really excited to see this zine come together! It’s such a fun process to be making a little book. I already have the idea ready for zine #3. I guess the hardest thing is getting started, and then zine ideas just come one after the other!

New in store

My booklet on the Wheel of the Year regrouping all my sabbath illustrations and their recipes has arrived and is waiting for you at the boutique!

Inspiration

This week, I’m sharing a childhood favourite!

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A small treat…

This is so much fun to make and eat! You can customize these little folded kimbap with your favourite ingredients. My favourite combination: rice, pan fried tofu with maple syrup-soy sauce glaze, avocado, lettuce and kimchi!

Weekly news: June 30, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been doing a lot of admin work, printing out receipts, ordering some very exciting new products featuring my illustrations, reorganizing, going through my listings… all little tasks that somehow need to be done but always get pushed back.

I’ve also started working on my second zine! It’s very fun and so exciting to have this new format to explore. I’ll share more with you soon!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share this page from my upcoming booklet with you! As the elders are flowering around this time of year here, I thought some of you might want to give this a try! It’s delicious and really fun to make! (see my June video for this too!)

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Inspiration

Such a lovely book!

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My month of June!

A small treat…

Wasps are not my favourite animal ever, but look at this!

Weekly news: June 23, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week I finished my Wheel of the Year series with the August 1st celebration: Lughnasadh or Lammas. I had such a good time researching each of these holidays and their folklore. It is truly fascinating, and I learned so much! So much so, that I decided to turn the entire series into a booklet or zine (I told you I’d be making more!). I’m sharing the cover here with you! The book will be composed of the 8 holiday illustrations and of 8 recipes. Each holiday has its own related seasonal recipe. I sent the proof to the printer this morning, and I really cannot wait to share the zine with you when it arrives!

Outside the atelier, I’ve been enjoying the garden a lot. As we speak, I’m making an elder flower syrup that will be scrumptious in sparkling water and on pancakes! It’s exciting to be making things directly from the garden!

Oh and I almost forgot this! I’m experimenting with different products that I want to ass to the shop. I received this pouch this week, and I like it a lot! It feels unreal to see my illustrations like this! I really like this pouch because it’s the perfect size for pencils and a sketchbook… or for a good book and a chocolate bar! I think I’ll order a few more soon!

Let me know what you think and if you’d like a specific design printed out!

New in store

Here it is! The last illustration to complete the Wheel of the Year series!

Inspiration

I enjoyed this book so much! I was sad when I came to the last page. I hope you will enjoy it too!
I thought I’d share a zine with you this week from a fellow Canadian illustrator!

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A small treat…

It’s like a storybook come true!

Cassia Fistula and Orange Breasted Trogon Fairy Painting

New in the Portfolio

This is my first large format painting! I was commissioned for this but was left with complete freedom as to what to paint. I decided to feature two species from Vietnam. The tree is called Cassia fistula and the bird is an orange breasted trogon.

There are more details on the painting in my portfolio, so I hope you’ll come take a look!