Weekly news: May 6, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Before anything else: yes, the hellebores are okay! They don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all!

II hope you are all doing well!

I am so excited to share this week’s newsletter because I’m done with a painting! This one took my a while to complete because it is a very detailed plant. But, after three weeks of hard work, it is done!

Did some of you guess which plant I painted?

It is the fascinating Sarracenia purpurea!

This Purple Pitcher plant is simply fascinating! Native from the bogs and marshes of Eastern Canada, it is a spectacular carnivorous plant. I learned a lot when I was researching the plant. Let me share a few incredible details. First, what might appear to be the flowers, the pitchers, are in fact modified leaves. These little pitchers fill up with rain water and are soon colonized by little invertebrates. These wait for other insects to drown into the water and decompose them, providinf nutrition to the plant! How incredible! And as if you weren’t fascinated enough, look at the actual flower!

I had so much fun researching this plant and also painting it. I’m really happy to be done with it, but also a bit sad to be done because I had so much fun adding layer after layer of watercolour.

If you’d like to see some process photos, check out my portfolio by clicking on the picture.

New in store

You can bring this fascinating plant home as a print or a greeting card.

Inspiration

I looooooooove this book!

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It’s the first newsletter of the month, which means it is vlog time! Come take a look at my month of April!

A small treat

Feels like a holiday!

Weekly news: April 28, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Before anything else: yes, the hellebores are okay! They don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all!

In other news, I’ve been painting a new plant profile, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I was a bit nervous about choosing this plant because it is a bit more complicated and detailed that my previous pieces. I decided to give it a go anyhow because it is the most fascinating plant! Here are a few clues for you to guess what it is:

– It in native to Canada;
– It has a symbiotic relationship with some invertebrates;
– Its leaves are often mistaken for flowers, which is a shame because its flower is quite beautiful;

Any guess?

New in store

If you want to write a beautiful letter with some customizable letter paper, I’ve got you covered!

Look at all these flowers!

Inspiration

Let’s embark on a travel of imagination and magic!

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So inspiring!

Book review: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, by Cicely Mary Barker

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I received this book as a birthday present this year, and it has been such a pleasure to read and explore! Today, I want to share The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, by Cicely Mary Barker with you.

Cicely Mary Barker is an English illustrator who is widely known for her enchanting illustrations of fairies and flowers. As the title suggests, this book is a collection comprising of the four books that made Barker famous: The Flower Fairies of the Spring, The Flower Fairies of the Summer, The Flower Fairies of the Autumn, and The Flower Fairies of the Winter. It’s so great to be able to have all four books made into this beautiful edition. On each page, the reader finds a beautiful illustration featuring a plant, its accompanying fairy and a poem by the author.

I am so incredibly impressed by the details and exactitude of her botanical paintings. Each plant is easily recognizable and beautifully rendered. I wonder how she proceeded to paint them: did she collect specimens? Did she paint from memory or use reference books and pictures? Whatever the case might be, the colours are true and intensely rich, the details are enchanting, and each plate is a pleasure to examine.

Another thing I admire about her work is how adorable her fairies are. I read that she was inspired by the children under her sister’s care for her paintings. These little fairies indeed look like darling children! She also dresses them in wonderful clothing often featuring elements of their companion plant and adorns them with delicate butterfly wings. The overall effect is simply lovely!

Overall, this book is such a wonderful one to add to your bookshelf! It can serve as a magical introduction to the world of plant identification as well as an enchanting basis for imaginary adventures. I’m sure these little little fairies will continue to charm children and adults alike for many years to come. It is a rare delight to peruse this book and to meet new and familiar plants through not only the amazing illustrations but also the charming poems. If you are hesitant to purchase the book, you can meet the fairies on the author’s tribute website.

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Penguin Books


 

Book review: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, par Cicely Mary Barker

(Selon mes recherches, ce livre n’est malheureusement pas encore disponible en français. Cependant, il existe des recueils en français présentant le travail de cette artiste.)

J’ai reçu ce livre comme cadeau d’anniversaire cette année, et ce fut un tel plaisir de le lire et de l’explorer ! Aujourd’hui, je veux partager avec vous The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, de Cicely Mary Barker.

Cicely Mary Barker est une illustratrice anglaise célèbre pour ses illustrations enchanteresses de fées et de fleurs. Comme le titre le suggère, ce livre est une collection comprenant les quatre livres qui ont rendu Barker célèbre : The Flower Fairies of the Spring, The Flower Fairies of the Summer, The Flower Fairies of the Autumn et The Flower Fairies of the Winter. C’est formidable de pouvoir réunir les quatre livres dans cette magnifique édition. Sur chaque page, le lecteur et la lectrice trouve une belle illustration représentant une plante, la fée qui l’accompagne et un poème de l’artiste.

Je suis incroyablement impressionnée par les détails et l’exactitude de ces peintures botaniques. Chaque plante est facilement reconnaissable et magnifiquement rendue. Je me demande comment elle a procédé pour les peindre : a-t-elle rassemblé des spécimens ? Peignait-elle de mémoire ou utilisait-elle des livres de référence et des photos ? Quoi qu’il en soit, les couleurs sont vraies et intensément riches, les détails sont enchanteurs, et chaque planche est un plaisir à examiner.

Une autre chose que j’admire dans son travail, c’est que ses fées sont adorables. J’ai lu qu’elle s’était inspirée des enfants dont sa sœur s’occupait pour réaliser ses peintures. Ces petites fées ressemblent en effet à d’adorables bambins ! Elle les habille également de merveilleux vêtements, souvent composés d’éléments de leur plante compagne, et les orne de délicates ailes de papillon. L’effet global est tout simplement charmant !

Finalement, ce livre est une merveille à ajouter à votre bibliothèque ! Il peut servir d’introduction magique au monde de l’identification des plantes ainsi que de base enchanteresse pour des aventures imaginaires. Je suis sûre que ces petites fées continueront à charmer les enfants comme les adultes pendant de nombreuses années. C’est un rare plaisir de parcourir ce livre et de rencontrer des plantes nouvelles et familières à travers non seulement les étonnantes illustrations mais aussi les charmants poèmes. Si vous hésitez à acheter le livre, vous pouvez rencontrer les fées sur le site web dédié à l’artiste.

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Penguin Books

Weekly news: April 21, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

It is under a snowstorm that I write you this newsletter. The first thing I thought when I saw that it was snowing was, “My Hellebores!” What a difference a week makes!

In the atelier, I’m starting work on another plant grimoire page. I’ve challenged myself with another light flower, but it’s been so fun to get immersed in all the details and to figure out efficient ways to communicate white petals. I’m not telling you which plant it is, but here are some hints:
I hope they’ll be alright! They’re called Christmas Roses after all. In other news, I’ve completed another grimoire page! I don’t know if you guessed it, but I was painting beautiful Vanilla! It was so interesting to learn about the folklore surrounding this orchid. Isn’t it incredible that we are eating the fruit of an orchid? It was a difficult plant to paint because, like the tea flower, it is very pale. Still, it was so much fun researching it, and I had lovely moments painting it. If you want to see more, feel free to visit my portfolio.

New in store

The Vanilla grimoire page is available as a print and as a greeting card! It would make the perfect gift for all the baking moms 😉

Inspiration

As we wait for travelling to be possible, let’s escape with this book!

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Pure magic!

Weekly news: April 14, 2021

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Spring is officially here! The lake has melted, and flowers are starting to come out. The quickest of them all in our garden are the hellebores! I have to admit, I bought these plants last Fall at the very end of the season based solely one their names. Hellebore. Sounds like the kind of flower that would have been used by medieval witches or fairies! Luckily, they settled down well in our garden, and what pleasure it is to discover their wonderfully beautiful flowers!

In the atelier, I’m starting work on another plant grimoire page. I’ve challenged myself with another light flower, but it’s been so fun to get immersed in all the details and to figure out efficient ways to communicate white petals. I’m not telling you which plant it is, but here are some hints:

– The plant was born from the blood of star-crossed lovers, according to legend;
– The flower only blooms for one day;
– You probably have some in your kitchen!

Can you guess?

New in store

I received some mushroom sticky note pads this morning! Add a sprinkle of forest magic with these cute mushrooms!

Inspiration

Yes, Isabelle Arsenault again 🙂

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I’ve been completely obsessed with these A cappella covers… and it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween!

Weekly news: April 8, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

What a week! After months of silence, construction has started behind our home. This came to us as a surprise… a noisy, heartbreaking and turbulent surprise! In an effort to stay sane, as noise makes me emotional since my concussion, I’ve moved my atelier to the basement. I feel very lucky to have this extra room and last refuge to go to. It enables me to keep on creating in a more peaceful environment. It was quite something to move everything out of the guest bedroom and the former office and to bring it all together again. I think I might have a slight book addiction! However, I think we’ve succeeded in creating a nice workspace. My partner is also working from home and now we have more room to work, and I even gained an extra desk in the process!

Through all of this, I managed to continue working on my foxes. My original idea was to make a colouring page with different foxes doing different foxy things, but then plants happened. Still, I’m very happy with the result, and it was so interesting to research different plants named after foxes. I realized for example that Foxglove is also called Folk’s Glove because of a Welsh legend that says that fairies (or Little Folk) use the flowers as gloves. I can’t help but wonder is Folk’s Glove slowly became Foxglove because of how similar these names sounds. Fascinating! In any case, the colouring page became a calligraphy piece and finally a greeting card and print! I’m very happy with this page of foxes!

New in store

As mentioned above, the foxes are available as a card and as a print.

It is also time to order your Beltane cards if you want to receive them around May 1st!

Inspiration

A mysterious book found in my library!

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Foxes, foxes, foxes everywhere!

Weekly news: March 31, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I needed a break! Everything seems to be irritating and stressful. I’m starting to work on new products, have new paintings I want to paint, my graphic novel is calling my name, yet all I want to do is draw for myself, read books and walk outside. I’m looking forward to Friday to take the day off and reeelaaaax. I hope you have some time off for Easter and that you will be able to unwind and do things you enjoy!

In the meantime, I’m planning, taking notes, and doing all the small things that need to be done in my business. I’m allowing myself to draw for fun and do some research. It’s incredible nice to be able to navigate this mood and to still fill okay with myself. In the past, I’ve struggled a lot with feelings of unworthiness when I wasn’t working at 1000% all the time. At the moment, I’m learning to be kinder with myself and also that as an artist I need to refill my creative cup once in a while to avoid exhaustion and to stay inspired.

One of my artistic goals this year is to learn to draw animals better. I’ve been sketching a lot of foxes this week. Here are a few. They’re not perfect, but it’s quite nice to discover this animal through drawing… and I’m having so much fun experimenting!

New in store

As I finished the Camelia sinensis painting, it is now available as a print and as a greeting card. I think this piece would be perfect for kitchen decor, or in a nook where you usually drink your tea!

Inspiration

This graphic novel is incredibly touching, and I’m sure you’ll love it!

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March is ending, and that means a new vlog is up! If you like lemon cake, books and kitten cuddles, this one is for you! 🙂

Weekly news: March 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, we have had such nice weather. It feels like a treat to go outside with just a sweater! I know Winter is probably still lurking, waiting for one last surprise, but it’s been really nice all the same. We’ve also started seeing geese come back and hearing them in the Spring always makes my heart so happy. I’m incredibly impressed by their voyage to Southern lands. All the things they must see!

In the atelier, I’ve finished the piece I showed you last week! I’m very proud of this one because I’m extremely intimidated by leaves and white flowers. I learned a lot through painting this one, and I’m happy with the end result. It’s so nice to learn and persevere. It was also a lot of fun to research this familiar plant and to learn more of the folklore that is attached to it. So, did you guess what plant this is? It is beautiful Camelia sinensis, or tea!

If you want to see more, head over to my portfolio!

I was very happy to see what the tea flower looks like because I didn’t know anything about it before painting this piece. This plant has such an interesting history, I really hope this painting will inspire you to look into it, with a warm cup of tea to keep you company of course!

New in store

As I finished the Camelia sinensis painting, it is now available as a print and as a greeting card. I think this piece would be perfect for kitchen decor, or in a nook where you usually drink your tea!

Inspiration

For bird lovers!

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A small treat…

We rewatched The secret life of Walter Mitty, and it was such a treat! As a result, I’ve had this song stuck in my head since, but I’m not complaining!

Walter Mitty is such an interesting character. After reading the classic short story, it is a real pleasure to watch this modern adaptation filled with love, courage, humour and beautiful scenery… and a great soundtrack!

Weekly news: March 17, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Happy Saint-Patrick’s day! And Happy Ostara! Spring is knocking on our doors!

Last weekend we sowed our seeds indoor in preparation for Spring and Summer. I’m very excited to be thinking about our gardening season. After only a few days, we have a few sprouts coming out: Cosmos won the race, followed by chamomile and calendula. It’s such a wonderful pleasure to see these plants grow from seeds. This year, I want to try and grow more of my own herbal teas. I’ve also experimented with cranberry seeds, and cross your fingers they sprout!


After finishing the poppy painting last week, I’ve started a new one. Can you guess what plant I’m featuring here? Hint: you probably have some form of it in your kitchen!

It’s a lot of fun to be working on these plant studies as I’m learning a lot of plants but also about painting them. I’m very excited to share this new one with you soon!

New in store

I drew these little hares this morning! I was very inspired by the eminent arrival of Spring. I stumbled upon this three hares symbol as I was researching my Ostara card, and it stayed stuck in my head. It’s a very mysterious symbol that has been found in different part of Europe and Asia. We’ve lost it’s meaning, but I like imagining stories around it, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

And if you enjoy hares, I also made this other colouring page a few weeks ago!

Inspiration

All in softness and imagination!

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A small treat…

I made this for lunch this week, and it was delicious! I only used a little bit of sesame oil to pan fry however, and it was still a crispy wonder 🙂

Weekly news: March 11, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

As I’m writing this, it is a lovely 11C outside, and my office window is wide open to let in air and light. It always feels so magical when springs comes back. Well, there’s still snow everywhere, but it is melting snow now!

This week, I created a new piece featuring the lovely poppy flower. Poppies are one of my favourite flowers. I ordered some poppy seeds that I cannot wait to place in our garden in a few months. I guess I wasn’t in the mood to wait, so I brought the flower to my atelier. I’m really happy with how the flower turned out. I was nervous about painting this very delicate flower, but it was a very relaxing and quite enjoyable process in the end. As always, it was very interesting and fun to research folklore and superstitions surrounding this plant. If you want to see more of this piece, it’s now featured in my portfolio.

And in case you were wondering, I’ve restarted my Icelandic sweater from the beginning. I think I’ve identify my mistake, and I really hope I’ll be able to move forward this time!

New in store

The poppy grimoire page is available as a print and as a greeting card!

Inspiration

Isabelle Arsenault strikes again!

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A small treat…

Another sweet song with lovely Australian scenery 🙂
Do you feel like running too at the end?