Book Review: The Magical Tree, by Myriam Ouyessad and Anja Klauss

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When I was a child, I was completely fascinated by Gustav Klimt’s paintings, all in twirls and golden details. There is something so incredible in his work, and all those years later, I am still awed. When I saw this book, illustrated by Anja Klauss, I had to borrow it from the library! Part of a series of book aimed at introducing children to famous painters and artists, The Magical Tree, written by Myriam Ouyessad, is more than a beautiful hommage to an incredible artist.

First of all, WOW! The illustrations are wonderful. Inspired by three main panels by Klimt, Anja Klauss created characters and settings that wonderfully take on the famous artist’s style. Swirls, eyes, patterns and colours are all well used creating an immersive experience. Reading this book, it really felt like I had stumbled into one of Klimt’s painting. It is wonderfully well done! At the same time, it is possible to recognize Klauss’ own stylistic elements, particularly in the faces of the characters; a truly masterful balancing act!

Each page is rich in reds, golden yellows and contrasting blacks. These stunning colours envelop the readers and reflect the setting of the story so well. The limited colour palette is used expertly, and even if the number of colours is limited, each setting still has its own specific feel and is easily recognizable.

I particularly enjoyed the characters and all the patterns that were taken from Klimt’s work and reworked into clothing and architectural textures. It is so interesting to see how Klauss was able to select recognizable patterns and use them in new ways to create something that is clearly inspired by someone else’s work, but still wonderfully unique and personal. Mainly based on three panels, it is still possible to see echos from other pieces throughout the book, especially in the characters. This book is such a wonderful way to explore an artist’s work!

The story is also very interesting, and it fits so well with the selected art. There is so much I’d like to know after reading this book: intriguing characters, a library of seeds, a mysterious tree and a magical fruit. Each of these elements could have been a book of their own. The characters are wise, prudent and gentle, which is both inspiring and refreshing. The notion of care and stewardship is also very present in the story and is portrayed in an intelligent and sensible way. It was truly a wonderful story that I know I will think about again and again.

This book is an incredible introduction to Klimt’s work while also being a great book to read in and of itself. Wonderfully illustrated and powerfully written, this is a book that will please all art lovers while also being inspiring and enchanting. I really hope you will take a look and see if you can find it!

The Magical Tree, by Myriam Ouyessad and Anja Klauss, Prestel Publishing


 

Book review: Le Gardien de l’Arbre, par Myriam Ouyessad et Anja Klauss

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Quand j’Ă©tais enfant, j’Ă©tais complètement fascinĂ©e par les peintures de Gustav Klimt, toutes en vrilles et en dĂ©tails dorĂ©s. Il y a quelque chose de tellement incroyable dans son travail, et toutes ces annĂ©es plus tard, je suis toujours Ă©merveillĂ©e. Lorsque j’ai vu ce livre, illustrĂ© par Anja Klauss, j’ai dĂ» l’emprunter Ă  la bibliothèque ! Faisant partie d’une sĂ©rie de livres visant Ă  faire dĂ©couvrir aux enfants des peintres et des artistes cĂ©lèbres, Le Gardien de l’Arbre, Ă©crit par Myriam Ouyessad, est plus qu’un bel hommage Ă  un artiste incroyable.

Tout d’abord, WOW ! Les illustrations sont merveilleuses. InspirĂ©e principalement par trois panneaux de Klimt, Anja Klauss a crĂ©Ă© des personnages et des dĂ©cors qui reprennent Ă  merveille le style du cĂ©lèbre artiste. Les spirales, les yeux, les motifs et les couleurs sont tous bien utilisĂ©s, crĂ©ant une expĂ©rience immersive. En lisant ce livre, j’ai vraiment eu l’impression de tomber dans une peinture de Klimt. C’est merveilleusement bien fait ! En mĂŞme temps, il est possible de reconnaĂ®tre les propres Ă©lĂ©ments stylistiques de Klauss, en particulier dans les visages des personnages ; un jeu d’Ă©quilibre vraiment magistral !

Chaque page est riche en rouges, jaunes dorĂ©s et noirs contrastĂ©s. Ces couleurs Ă©clatantes enveloppent le lecteur et reflètent si bien le cadre de l’histoire. La palette de couleurs limitĂ©e est utilisĂ©e de manière experte, et mĂŞme si le nombre de couleurs est limitĂ©, chaque dĂ©cor a sa propre sensation spĂ©cifique et est facilement reconnaissable.

J’ai particulièrement apprĂ©ciĂ© les personnages et tous les motifs qui ont Ă©tĂ© repris de l’Ĺ“uvre de Klimt et retravaillĂ©s en vĂŞtements et en textures architecturales. Il est très intĂ©ressant de voir comment Klauss a Ă©tĂ© capable de sĂ©lectionner des motifs reconnaissables et de les utiliser d’une manière nouvelle pour crĂ©er quelque chose qui est clairement inspirĂ© par le travail de quelqu’un d’autre, mais qui reste merveilleusement unique et personnel. Principalement basĂ© sur trois panneaux, il est nĂ©anmoins possible de voir des Ă©chos d’autres pièces tout au long du livre, notamment dans les personnages. Ce livre est une merveilleuse façon d’explorer le travail d’un artiste !

L’histoire est Ă©galement très intĂ©ressante, et elle s’accorde si bien avec l’art sĂ©lectionnĂ©. Il y a tant de choses que j’aimerais savoir après avoir lu ce livre : des personnages intrigants, une bibliothèque de graines, un arbre mystĂ©rieux et un fruit magique. Chacun de ces Ă©lĂ©ments aurait pu ĂŞtre un livre Ă  lui tout seul. Les personnages sont sages, prudents et doux, ce qui est Ă  la fois inspirant et rafraĂ®chissant. La notion de soin et d’intendance est Ă©galement très prĂ©sente dans l’histoire et est dĂ©peinte de manière intelligente et sensĂ©e. C’est vraiment une histoire merveilleuse Ă  laquelle je vais penser encore et encore.

Ce livre est une incroyable introduction Ă  l’Ĺ“uvre de Klimt tout en Ă©tant un excellent livre Ă  lire en lui-mĂŞme. Merveilleusement illustrĂ© et très bien Ă©crit, c’est un livre qui plaira Ă  tous les amateurs d’art tout en Ă©tant inspirant et enchanteur. J’espère vraiment que vous jetterez un coup d’Ĺ“il et que vous verrez si vous pouvez le trouver !

Le Gardien de l’Arbre, par Myriam Ouyessad et Anja Klauss, L’Ă©lan Vert

Weekly news: May 19, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

I worked hard this week to finish the painting I was telling you about last week. I am so excited to share this one with you because I have been wanting to paint some Vietnamese fruits for the longest time. They are so varied, so rich in colours and shapes, and so delicious! I grew up eating many of them (my favourites being ramboutans and durian) and hearing about the incredible markets that populated my mom’s childhood. I combined everything here and even added a magical fruit merchant to celebrate the year of the Tiger a bit more.

It was so much fun and also a bit challenging to draw all these fruits and their textures. I love how colourful they are! If you want to see some process pictures and more details, feel free to visit my portfolio.



Outside the atelier, we spent some time this weekend finally taking out our seedlings and moving them to their permanent home in the vegetable patch. It was hot and humid, and we collected many bug bites, but everyone is settling nicely now. The garden is thriving at the moment and giving us a bounty of spring blooms… and a visiting cat friend! I am particularly in awe of the apple and pear blossoms that are so beautiful! The tulips are simply stunning, and I cannot help but stop to admire them each time I step outside.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

A charming and touching graphic novel!

Over here for a full review!

A small treat…

On the importance of teamwork…



Book Review: Hicothea, by Lorena Alvarez

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This book kept being recommended to me every time I borrowed a book online, so I finally gave it a go and ordered it through the inter-library loans. This week, I’d like to tell you about Hicothea, written and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez.

So many things in this book are charming! First of all, I really love the drawing styles: big eyes, so many details, plants of all colours and styles. Everything is so pretty! The imaginary plants are stunning and gave out a strong magical feel. The characters are adorable, sometimes scary, but are always incredibly clever and adorned in so many beautiful details. More than that, the compositions are rich and complex, and they are full of little nooks and crannies to explore and get lost in. It was also really interesting to see how this incredible illustrator uses textures and patterns from the natural world to create decor elements and characters.

This is a middle-grade graphic novel, and it has some of the cleverest use of text bubbles I’ve seen. Taking complete advantage of double page illustrations, the text bubbles are used to guide the reader through incredible worlds, following the characters. This makes the reading incredibly interactive as you have the feeling of moving along with the characters. It also breaks the comic style nicely and makes it a lot more comfortable to read for readers who might not yet be comfortable with this style of books. I found that it was a great way to go from the storybook into graphic novels, a perfect intermediary.

The story is full of compassion and care. I identified strongly with the main character, but I thought all the interactions between the school-aged characters where believable. The courageous and imaginative main character is full of life and empathy, and the story is only possible because of this. I thought it was a nice twist on characterization. Full of funny, cute and larger-than-life characters, this story is a trip in a fantastic world.

I really hope you will pick up this book. It is a window into an incredibly rich, beautiful and fragile universe, and I am sure it will leave you inspired and itching for more. This book is actually the second one in this series, so I am now on the hunt for book #1! Happy reading!

Hicotea, by Lorena Alvarez, No Brow


 

Book review: Hicothea, par Lorena Alvarez

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Ce livre m’Ă©tait recommandĂ© Ă  chaque fois que j’empruntais un livre en ligne, alors j’ai finalement tentĂ© le coup et je l’ai commandĂ© par le biais des prĂŞts interbibliothèques. Cette semaine, j’aimerais vous parler de Hicothea, Ă©crit et illustrĂ© par Lorena Alvarez.

Tant de choses dans ce livre sont charmantes ! Tout d’abord, j’aime beaucoup les styles de dessin : de grands yeux, tant de dĂ©tails, des plantes de toutes les couleurs et de tous les styles. Tout est si joli ! Les plantes imaginaires sont superbes et donnent une forte impression de magie. Les personnages sont adorables, parfois effrayants, mais toujours incroyablement intelligents et parĂ©s de tant de beaux dĂ©tails. Plus que cela, les compositions sont riches et complexes, et elles sont pleines de petits coins et recoins Ă  explorer et dans lesquels se perdre. Il Ă©tait Ă©galement très intĂ©ressant de voir comment cette incroyable illustratrice utilise les textures et les motifs du monde naturel pour crĂ©er des Ă©lĂ©ments de dĂ©cor et des personnages.

Il s’agit d’un roman graphique pour les enfants d’âge moyen, et l’utilisation des bulles de texte y est parmi les plus intelligentes que j’ai vues. Tirant pleinement parti des illustrations en double page, les bulles de texte sont utilisĂ©es pour guider le lecteur dans des mondes incroyables, en suivant les personnages. Cela rend la lecture incroyablement interactive car on a l’impression de se dĂ©placer avec les personnages. Cela rompt Ă©galement le style de la bande dessinĂ©e et rend la lecture beaucoup plus confortable pour les lecteurs qui ne sont peut-ĂŞtre pas encore Ă  l’aise avec ce style de livres. J’ai trouvĂ© que c’Ă©tait un excellent moyen de passer du livre d’histoires aux bandes dessinĂ©es, un intermĂ©diaire parfait.

L’histoire est pleine de compassion et d’attention. Je me suis fortement identifiĂ©e au personnage principal, mais j’ai trouvĂ© que toutes les interactions entre les personnages d’âge scolaire Ă©taient crĂ©dibles. Le personnage principal, courageuse et imaginative, est plein de vie et d’empathie, et l’histoire n’est possible que grâce Ă  cela. J’ai trouvĂ© qu’il s’agissait d’une belle façon de tourner la personnalitĂ© des personnages. Pleine de personnages drĂ´les, mignons et plus grands que nature, cette histoire est un voyage dans un monde fantastique.

J’espère vraiment que vous lirez ce livre. C’est une fenĂŞtre sur un univers incroyablement riche, beau et fragile, et je suis certaine qu’il vous laissera inspirĂ©s et dĂ©sireux d’en savoir plus. Ce livre est en fait le deuxième de cette sĂ©rie, je suis donc maintenant Ă  la recherche du livre n° 1 ! Bonne lecture !

Des lumières dans la nuit, tome 2 – Hicotea, Lorena Alvarez, Glenat

Weekly news: May 12, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

I heard through the grapevine that May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and in other parts of the world. So, as I have been fiddling with the idea of making another tiger painting for a while, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to work on it. I’m enjoying the process a lot, and researching reference pictures was particularly fun. For this painting, I’m celebrating my Vietnamese heritage and am working on a market scene. I had planned to finish the painting in time for today so that I could share it with you, but well, next week probably! No peaking, it’s a surprise!



Outside of the atelier, we are having our first heat wave of the year. It is the earliest heat wave we have had in my memory, and it is quite astonishing to see all the leaves come out of the trees all at once, almost quickly enough for us to see them grow with our naked eyes. Stella has also transitioned from happy kitty to sluggish potato… but she does have a lot of fur! I’ve been feeling weird about this and the world lately and this comic (by the incredible Sarah Andersen) perfectly illustrates my inner monologue.

So, to take my mind off of things, I’ve been researching website options. It’s been interesting to look at the different platforms and to test out different themes and styles. I’m looking into a new website because since I’m making a creativity class, I want to have access to a learning/teaching platform for it. There are so many options! Let me know if you have a favourite or a recommendation. Your input is always very much appreciated.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

A very cute and enchanting middle grade book illustrated by Charles Vess!

Over here for a full review!

A small treat…

I discovered this channel this week, and it is so inspiring! Johanna has such a tiny garden, but it is filled to the brim with beautiful flowers all year round. She gives a ton of tips on container and succession gardening and it is truly inspiring. Here’s a short video of her garden in Spring: lots of flowers, soft music and cats! What’s not to love?



Book Review: The 36 cats of Marie Tatin, by Sylvie Chausse and François Crozat

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I am so happy to share this book with you because it is a beloved one from my childhood. I remember spending so much time looking at these pictures and counting all the cats. Without further ado, let’s jump right into The Thirty-Six Cats of Marie Tatin written by Sylvie Chausse and illustrated by François Crozat.

What I remember loving the most about this book as a child was how funny the illustrations were. Well, I haven’t changed much! It feels so special to reconnect with a book you haven’t seen for years and to remember and experience the same feelings as the first time. The story is short, sweet and a bit silly (my favourite kind!). As the tittle suggests, there are a lot of cats in this book! Every cat has so much personality! Page after page, it is a real treat to look at them, count them and see which ones come back and what they are up too. They are also painted in a way that balances imaginative and realistic cat behaviours. It is truly a feat of observation and creativity! The style is beautiful and filled with humour. I really enjoyed that each double page is a full illustration, complete with many details and rendered in rich and stunning colours. The character design is also fabulous: the personality and mood of each human character is instantaneously understood and relatable. Another thing that is so incredible about this book is the many perspectives that the illustrator chose. Seen from the side, from above, from behind, the reader has the feeling of moving around the depicted world in an almost cinematographic way. It adds so much liveliness to the reading experience and shows incredible skill.

If the beautiful illustrations are not enough to convince you to go and look for this book, the story is relatable, cute and so funny. A woman seeks the help of a tarot reader friend to cure her loneliness. Armed with a spell to cry under the full moon, she follows the advice, but things go a bit unexpectedly. Her quiet house is soon filled with 36 rambunctious cats. I love this story, and I remember that as a lonely child, I could relate to the main character a lot. I would imagine having so many cats and loved every minute of it. As a neat little bow on top of this adorable story, the author also shares her apple tart recipe. I actually tried this recipe out with my mom as a child and loved it! It felt magical to take something out of book and make it come true. I cannot wait to try it again!

If you love cats, and even if you don’t, this book is sure to charm you and tempt you in making a beautiful apple tart. I loved reading it as a child and loved rediscovering this book. If you are a fan of the The Aristocats, you will love this book for sure! I really hope you will look for this one. As you can see, my used copy is from a library, and I love the sticker they added at the beginning. It makes my imagination wild: an unknown library, donated books, who is Mrs Eleanor Hill? Wonderful!

The Thirty-six Cats of Marie Tatin, by Sylvie Chausse and François Crozat


 

Book review: Les 36 chats de Marie Tatin, par Sylvie Chausse et François Crozat

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Je suis très heureuse de partager ce livre avec vous, car c’est un livre très spĂ©cial de mon enfance. Je me souviens avoir passĂ© tellement de temps Ă  regarder ces images et Ă  compter tous les chats. Sans plus attendre, plongeons dans Les trente-six chats de Marie Tatin Ă©crit par Sylvie Chausse et illustrĂ© par François Crozat.

Je me souviens que ce que j’aimais le plus dans ce livre quand j’Ă©tais enfant, c’Ă©tait l’humour des illustrations. Eh bien, je n’ai pas beaucoup changĂ© ! C’est tellement spĂ©cial de retrouver un livre que l’on n’a pas vu depuis des annĂ©es et de se souvenir et de ressentir les mĂŞmes sentiments que la première fois. L’histoire est courte, tendre et un peu loufoque (mon genre prĂ©fĂ©rĂ© !). Comme le titre le suggère, il y a beaucoup de chats dans ce livre ! Chaque chat a tellement de personnalitĂ© ! Page après page, c’est un vrai plaisir de les regarder, de les compter et de voir lesquels reviennent et ce qu’ils font. Ils sont Ă©galement peints en Ă©quilibrant des comportements de chat imaginaires et rĂ©alistes. C’est vraiment un exploit d’observation et de crĂ©ativitĂ© ! Le style est beau et rempli d’humour. J’ai beaucoup apprĂ©ciĂ© que chaque double page soit une illustration complète, avec de nombreux dĂ©tails et un rendu de couleurs riches et Ă©clatantes. Le design des personnages est Ă©galement fabuleux : la personnalitĂ© et l’humeur de chaque personnage humain est instantanĂ©ment comprise et reconnaissable. Ce qui est Ă©galement incroyable dans ce livre, ce sont les nombreuses perspectives choisies par l’illustrateur. Vu de cĂ´tĂ©, d’en haut, de derrière, le lecteur a l’impression de se dĂ©placer dans le monde dĂ©crit d’une manière presque cinĂ©matographique. Cela ajoute tellement de vivacitĂ© Ă  l’expĂ©rience de lecture et tĂ©moigne d’un incroyable savoir-faire.

Si les magnifiques illustrations ne suffisent pas Ă  vous convaincre d’aller chercher ce livre, l’histoire est attachante, mignonne et tellement drĂ´le. Une femme demande l’aide de son amie cartomancienne pour soigner sa solitude. ArmĂ©e d’un sort consistant Ă  chanter sous la pleine lune, elle suit le conseil, mais les choses se passent de manière un peu inattendue. Sa maison tranquille est bientĂ´t remplie de 36 chats turbulents. J’adore cette histoire, et je me souviens qu’en tant qu’enfant solitaire, je m’identifiais beaucoup au personnage principal. Je m’imaginais avoir autant de chats et j’en aimais chaque minute. Pour couronner cette adorable histoire, l’auteur nous livre Ă©galement sa recette de tarte aux pommes. J’ai effectivement essayĂ© cette recette avec ma mère quand j’Ă©tais enfant et j’ai adorĂ© ! C’Ă©tait magique de pouvoir rĂ©aliser une recette tirĂ©e d’un livre. J’ai hâte de la rĂ©essayer !

Si vous aimez les chats, et mĂŞme si ce n’est pas le cas, ce livre ne manquera pas de vous charmer et de vous tenter Ă  rĂ©aliser une belle tarte aux pommes. J’ai adorĂ© le lire quand j’Ă©tais enfant et j’ai adorĂ© redĂ©couvrir ce livre. Si vous ĂŞtes un fan des Aristochats, vous allez adorer ce livre, c’est sĂ»r ! J’espère vraiment que vous le dĂ©nicherez. Comme vous pouvez le voir, mon exemplaire d’occasion vient d’une bibliothèque, et j’adore l’autocollant qu’ils ont ajoutĂ© au dĂ©but. Il fait travailler mon imagination : une bibliothèque inconnue, des livres en donation, qui est Mme Eleanor Hill ? Merveilleux !

Les trente-six chats de Marie Tatin, par Sylvie Chausse et François Crozat

Book Review: The Wolf’s Secret, by Myriam Dahman, Nicolas Digard and JĂşlia SardĂ 

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I’ve been a big fan of JĂşlia SardĂ ‘s illustrations ever since stumbling upon Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein. I was curious to see what other books she had worked on, and that’s how I discovered The Wolf’s Secret written by Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard. I am so excited to share this book with you and have been thinking about it since I received it!

Where to start, where to start? There is so much to love about this book! Let’s start with the art as that’s where I began. JĂşlia SardĂ  is such an incredible illustrator, creating amazing worlds full of quirky creatures, characters and patterns. For this book, she outdid herself creating a visual identity that screams fairy tale and folklore. Beautiful patterns adorn the clothing and objects inhabiting this universe. Detailed borders frame some illustrations and make them even more special. The muted palette is filled with dark greens and warm oranges, enveloping each image in a cloud of mystery. Natural elements like leaves, mushrooms and animals are stylized and become lovely adornments that fill each page. The style is incredibly detailed and harmonious. The characters are also full of personality and make you want to know more instantly. It was such a joy to discover these illustrations and to look at all the many details that make them relatable and magical at the same time. Each time I read this book, I discover new details that are enchanting and marvellous. I am in complete awe for these incredible illustrations!

As if the art wasn’t enough, the story is also multi-layered, heart-warming and has all the markings of a fairy tale. Approaching themes of loss, friendship, and sacrifice with grace and insight, this is not just for children and will resonate will readers of all ages. The characters are inviting and relatable and reading this story I wanted to know more about each of them. Breaking the stereotype of the Big Bad Wolf, this story is filled with magic, love and mystery. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I appreciated it after the first reading. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and had to read it again and again. Now that I have done so, this story is one I know will stay with me for a very long time. It is very precious and special.

If you are looking for a book that is beautiful, magical and a little bit mysterious, this is the perfect one! The illustrations alone are worth your time, while the story and characters are sure to grow on you and captivate your curiosity. There is something in this book for everyone. I cannot wait to see more books in this collection!

The Wolf’s Secret, by Myriam Dahman, Nicolas Digard and JĂşlia SardĂ , Hachette


 

Book review: Le talisman du loup, par Myriam Dahman, Nicolas Digard et JĂşlia SardĂ 

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Je suis une grande fan des illustrations de JĂşlia SardĂ  depuis que je suis tombĂ©e sur Mary qui a Ă©crit Frankenstein. J’Ă©tais curieuse de voir sur quels autres livres elle avait travaillĂ©, et c’est ainsi que j’ai dĂ©couvert Le talisman du loup Ă©crit par Myriam Dahman et Nicolas Digard. Je suis très heureuse de partager ce livre avec vous et j’y pense depuis que je l’ai reçu !

Par oĂą commencer, par oĂą commencer ? Il y a tellement de choses Ă  aimer dans ce livre ! Commençons par l’art, car c’est par lĂ  que j’ai commencĂ©. JĂşlia SardĂ  est une illustratrice incroyable, qui crĂ©e des mondes Ă©tonnants remplis de crĂ©atures, de personnages et de motifs Ă©tranges. Pour ce livre, elle s’est surpassĂ©e en crĂ©ant une identitĂ© visuelle qui Ă©voque les contes de fĂ©es et le folklore. De magnifiques motifs ornent les vĂŞtements et les objets qui peuplent cet univers. Des bordures dĂ©taillĂ©es encadrent certaines illustrations et les rendent encore plus spĂ©ciales. La palette sourde est remplie de verts sombres et d’oranges chauds, enveloppant chaque image dans un nuage de mystère. Les Ă©lĂ©ments naturels comme les feuilles, les champignons et les animaux sont stylisĂ©s et deviennent de jolis ornements qui remplissent chaque page. Le style est incroyablement dĂ©taillĂ© et harmonieux. Les personnages sont Ă©galement pleins de personnalitĂ© et vous donnent immĂ©diatement envie d’en savoir plus. C’Ă©tait un tel bonheur de dĂ©couvrir ces illustrations et de regarder tous les nombreux dĂ©tails qui les rendent Ă  la fois attachantes et magiques. Ă€ chaque fois que je lis ce livre, je dĂ©couvre de nouveaux dĂ©tails qui sont enchanteurs et merveilleux. Je suis en admiration devant ces illustrations incroyables !

Comme si l’art ne suffisait pas, l’histoire est Ă©galement Ă  plusieurs niveaux, rĂ©confortante et possède toutes les caractĂ©ristiques d’un conte de fĂ©es. Abordant les thèmes de la perte, de l’amitiĂ© et du sacrifice avec grâce et perspicacitĂ©, ce livre n’est pas seulement destinĂ© aux enfants et trouvera un Ă©cho auprès des lecteurs de tous âges. Les personnages sont engageants et attachants et, en lisant cette histoire, j’ai voulu en savoir plus sur chacun d’eux. Brisant le stĂ©rĂ©otype du grand mĂ©chant loup, cette histoire est remplie de magie, d’amour et de mystère. Je dois admettre que je n’Ă©tais pas sĂ»re de l’apprĂ©cier après la première lecture. Cependant, je n’ai pas pu m’empĂŞcher d’y penser et j’ai dĂ» le lire encore et encore. Maintenant que je l’ai fait, je sais que cette histoire restera avec moi pendant très longtemps. Elle est très prĂ©cieuse et spĂ©ciale.

Si vous cherchez un livre qui soit beau, magique et un peu mystĂ©rieux, c’est le livre idĂ©al ! Les illustrations valent Ă  elles seules le dĂ©tour, tandis que l’histoire et les personnages ne manqueront pas de vous sĂ©duire et de captiver votre curiositĂ©. Il y a quelque chose dans ce livre pour tout le monde. J’ai hâte de voir d’autres livres de cette collection !

Le talisman du loup, par Myriam Dahman, Nicolas Digard et JĂşlia SardĂ , Gallimard Jeunesse

Weekly news: May 5, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

Our seedlings have started making flowers inside! For the last two years, we have had some flower even before they reach the garden. It is particularly enjoyable because we started these plants from seeds. It’s like an extra seal of success. They only have a few more days before they get to their permanent homes outside in the garden. I am very excited for the season to truly begin!

Here are a marigold and an eggplant flower that opened this morning:



This week, I gave the final touches on my forest painting, and it is done! I finished the Spring Forest Fairies painting, and it was such a satisfying piece to work on. I tackled my fear of backgrounds, and it was both exciting and rewarding to do so. I think I learned a few tricks and techniques with this painting, and that is always great. I also paid special attention to the composition, and I am so happy with how it turned out. I love the three little characters/fairies. I think they tell a story and add a touch of woodland magic to this forest scene.

I took a lot of process pictures. They are waiting for you in my portfolio.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

Such a wonderful book! I loved discovering it, and I have not been able to put it away since.

Over here for a full review!

Youtube

It is the first week of May, and here is the April vlog! I share some of my process for the Spring Forest painting and birds, a lot of birds.

A small treat…

So . excited . for . this!



Book Review: Peggy, by Anna Walker

Book Reviews

(Par ici en Français!)

I received another book from Anna Walker, and because I just reviewed another one of her books (Lottie and Walter), I was a bit hesitant to share this one with you this week. However, it is such an adorable book that it must be shared! This week, let’s talk about Peggy, written and illustrated by Anna Walker.

This book is so cute! The main character, Peggy, is a black hen who enjoys a tranquil life in her little house. One day, as she was trampolining, she gets swept up by strong wind and lands in the middle of the city. She discovers many new things and is astonished by everything she sees. In the end, she makes her way home to her pigeon friends and trampoline, with a broader mind and more experience. The story is so fun and stays positive from the beginning to the end. I loved how courageous and positive Peggy stays throughout the book: she welcomes change with an open mind and never gets discouraged. Instead of being intimidated by the big city, she looks at everything with wonder and enthusiasm, welcoming all the new experiences. I truly enjoyed this outlook on life and learned a lot from this little hen.

You know I love Anna Walker’s work. I love how soft her watercolour illustrations are. With this book, this is once more in the forefront of the images. However, there is also some collage and coloured pencil details that add a very fun touch and extra textures. I thought the collage parts were particularly well done. Once more, I was truly awed by how expressive yet simple her characters are. So much feelings and emotions can be understood and shared with little Peggy. Her depiction of the big city was also very clever and full of little details that the reader will recognize. It was such a pleasure reading this book, and it might be my favourite Anna Walker book I’ve encountered so far.

I really hope you will take a look at this book as it was truly uplifting and enchanting. Each page was a pleasure to discover, as Peggy is the sweetest and bravest hen. She is so sweet and funny. I’m sure she’ll inspire your outlook on life. I had such fun reading this book and looking at the adorable illustrations, and I’m sure you will too! Oh, and Anna Walker shared some behind the scenes of the book on her website, and it is worth a visit!

Peggy, by Anna Walker, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company


 

Book review: Lottie et Walter, par Anna Walker

(Ce livre est disponible en français! Youpiii!)

J’ai reçu un autre livre d’Anna Walker de la bibliothèque, et comme je viens de commenter un autre de ses livres (Lottie et Walter), j’ai un peu hĂ©sitĂ© Ă  partager celui-ci avec vous cette semaine. Cependant, c’est un livre tellement adorable qu’il fallait le partager ! Cette semaine, nous allons parler de La balade de petite poule, Ă©crit et illustrĂ© par Anna Walker.

Ce livre est si mignon ! Le personnage principal, Peggy, est une poule noire qui profite d’une vie tranquille dans sa petite maison. Un jour, alors qu’elle faisait du trampoline, elle est emportĂ©e par un vent violent et atterrit au milieu de la ville. Elle dĂ©couvre beaucoup de nouvelles choses et est Ă©tonnĂ©e par tout ce qu’elle voit. Ă€ la fin, elle retrouve ses amis pigeons et son trampoline, avec un esprit plus ouvert et plus d’expĂ©rience. L’histoire est très amusante et reste positive du dĂ©but Ă  la fin. J’ai adorĂ© le courage et l’attitude positive de Peggy tout au long du livre : elle accueille le changement avec un esprit ouvert et ne se dĂ©courage jamais. Au lieu d’ĂŞtre intimidĂ©e par la grande ville, elle regarde tout avec Ă©merveillement et enthousiasme, accueillant toutes les nouvelles expĂ©riences. J’ai vraiment apprĂ©ciĂ© cette vision de la vie et j’ai beaucoup appris de cette petite poule.

Vous savez que j’adore le travail d’Anna Walker. J’aime la douceur de ses illustrations Ă  l’aquarelle. Dans ce livre, cette douceur est une fois de plus au premier plan des images. Cependant, il y a aussi des dĂ©tails en collage et au crayon de couleur qui ajoutent une touche très amusante et des textures supplĂ©mentaires. J’ai trouvĂ© que les collages Ă©taient particulièrement bien faits. Une fois de plus, j’ai Ă©tĂ© vraiment impressionnĂ©e par l’expressivitĂ© et la simplicitĂ© de ses personnages. Tant de sentiments et d’Ă©motions peuvent ĂŞtre compris et partagĂ©s avec la petite Peggy. Sa description de la grande ville est Ă©galement très intelligente et pleine de petits dĂ©tails que le lecteur reconnaĂ®tra. C’Ă©tait un tel plaisir de lire ce livre, et c’est peut-ĂŞtre mon livre prĂ©fĂ©rĂ© d’Anna Walker que j’ai lu jusqu’Ă  prĂ©sent.

J’espère vraiment que vous jetterez un coup d’Ĺ“il Ă  ce livre car il est vraiment inspirant et enchanteur. Chaque page Ă©tait un plaisir Ă  dĂ©couvrir, car Peggy est la poule la plus mignonne et la plus courageuse. Elle est si douce et si drĂ´le. Je suis sĂ»re qu’elle inspirera votre vision de la vie. J’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir Ă  lire ce livre et Ă  regarder les adorables illustrations, et je suis sĂ»re que vous en ferez autant ! Oh, et Anna Walker a partagĂ© les coulisses du livre sur son site Web, et ça vaut le coup de visiter !

La balade de petite poule, par Anna Walker, Editions Circonflexe

Weekly news: April 28, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

The flowers are here!

The flowers are here!

The flowers are here!

They got snowed on again yesterday, but luckily all the snow was gone this morning, and I was able to go outside and snap these pictures you. I am so excited to see the flowers finally blooming! The hellebores are stunning, and I really hope they will spread around their corner of the garden. The daffodils make us instantly happy, and I also want to propagate them around. Their bright yellow is so warming to our winter-filled hearts. I even saw the tiniest little viola flower! It is so wonderful to have so many flowers pop out finally. Everything seems brighter all of a sudden in the garden, and there are so many things to see and look at, you would need eyes all around the head to see it all!

In the atelier, I’ve been continuing work on my forest flowers painting. It is a lot of fun because I find myself doing a lot of research on how other artists have approached light and shadows, and backgrounds. I am once again learning a lot through this piece. It is so motivating to be constantly searching and learning and finding solutions. Here is a snippet:

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

Stop everything you are doing and run to your favourite bookstore or public library to order this book!


Over here for a full review!

Youtube

My partner and I took a stained glass class a few weeks ago. It was so much fun, and I am taking you with us!

A small treat…

The cape: GENIUS!!!