Weekly news: December 22, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Last week, I told you that I had had a few hiccups with my painting. Well, it is done, complete, finito! I’m so glad and relieved! I had a lot of fun painting the wonderfully beautiful Delonix regia flowers. The trouble came when it was time for me to add a background: too light at first, then too dark, I just couldn’t figure it out… and since I’m working “analog-ly”, it was a bit scary to think that I might need to throw away more than 35 hours of work just for the background.

In the end, I lifted a lot of the paint, and I think it works. I actually considered cutting the background or using acrylic paint to cover up. However in the end, I’m quite happy with the result. It adds texture, and I learned a lot during this slightly painful process.

You can see the complete piece and process pictures in my portfolio over here.

To give myself a break from precise botanical painting, and because the first tiger was so relaxing to paint, I decided to do another piece for the Lunar New Year. This time, I wanted to celebrate my Vietnamese heritage and researched traditional Vietnamese dresses, the áo dài. If you have five minutes to spare, I suggest googling those dresses. Modern designers are creating the most amazing dresses! I went for a more traditional style, and it was a lot of fun to imagine these two tigers roaming the busy streets of Vietnam.

I learned my lesson from the Delonix regia painting however and added the background digitally. You can see the finished result in my portfolio over here.

Finally, I wanted to thank you all for sharing another year with me. I had a lot of joy from creating paintings, drawings and products for you, and I’m excited to continue to do so next year. The newsletter will take a short break and come back on January 12, 2022.

I’m wishing you a relaxing holiday season with bubbles of time just for you, your favourite book or activity. I hope we can all start 2022 feeling hopeful and inspired. 🎉🎉🎉

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

My favourite book of all year, perfect to end the book reviews of 2021!

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A small treat…

If you need a little bit of cheer and relaxation during the holidays, I suggest visiting the “Stories” section of Roeselien Raimond website. She is a wonderful wildlife photographer and has a special knack for taking the most wonderful fox pictures.



Weekly news: December 15, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, things have been a bit (a lot) chaotic. We’ve had some power outages and unexpected repairs. In the atelier, I’m almost done with my large painting, but I’ve ran straight into a metaphorical wall with it yesterday… flat on my face, at full speed. Nothing is irreparable (I very much hope so…), but still quite disheartening. In any case, I’m trying very hard not to panic, and I’ll keep you updated once I wrap my head around a solution.

Aside from panicking over my painting, I’ve been busy sending out your orders. Thank you so much! I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of your holiday season and your lives in this way. I’m always so happy when I wrap your items. Thank you so much! 🙏🙏🙏

As for the holidays, I’ll be writing the last newsletter of the year next week. I hope you are all coping well with the end of the year, and that the holiday prep is not stressing you too much.

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Based on a true story, this book is everything you need!

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A small treat…

These all look so tasty! Perfect as last minute gifts and to add to your pantry, I’ll give those a try for sure over the holidays. I’m not a big fan of coffee, so I’ll add extra cocoa instead, but these mix all sound so delicious!



Weekly news: December 8, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I took a small break from my big format painting, and painted a tiger. I wanted to have something ready for the Lunar New Year early as it will fall at the very beginning of February. Next Year will be the year of the Tiger. It was very fun researching these beautiful animals (and to recognize some of our cats attitudes in the pictures!). Now that I painted one tiger, I want to paint more! I thought the stripes would be difficult and tedious, but they were a lot of fun actually. Tigers are so beautiful, what a pleasure to paint!

You can see more pictures of this project in my portfolio!

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Geneviève Godbout once again! If you like Anne of Green Gables, you’ll enjoy this book!

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L’Atelier

A small treat…

Last week, I shared with you my November vlog where I made some kimchi. I felt pretty proud of myself for exceptionally making a big batch: 3 cabbages! Well, this is a whole other level of kimchi!!! It looks like such a fun day spent working as a family.

If you are not particularly interested in kimchi making, this is a channel I really enjoy. Her content is so soothing!



Weekly news: December 1st, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been investigating ways to reduce the carbon footprint of my shop. It’s been interesting looking at different packaging options, and I think I’ll try a few when my stocks of supply run out.

I’m also busy painting my second big format painting. I don’t want to say too much until it is done, but I’m enjoying the process a lot!

I’ve also worked on editing November’s vlog, and you’ll find the link for it below 🙂 I’m sharing my kimchi recipe. I’ve been a bit lazy about cooking this last few days, so kimchi pancakes have been a great option. So delicious and simple!

In other news, our cat has discovered the fact that my desk lamp heats up. She found a new spot for her naps. There she is as I’m writing this 😅

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

All is softness, a little album by a Canadian illustrator.

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This month we make kimchi!!!

A small treat…

I while back, I shared with you Lotus Silk made in Vietnam. Here’s another fiber alternative. It is so interesting how so many unexpected materials can become fabric! Plus, that loom, how impressive? (⊙.⊙(☉̃ₒ☉)⊙.⊙)



Weekly news: November 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Last weekend, I visited my painting in its new home, and it was such a pleasure to see it beautifully framed! It makes me so happy to see my work presented like this.

In the atelier, I’m starting work on another big format. I shared with you the beginning of the study, and I completed that. I used to not see the value of studies, but it is quite interesting to be able to practise a subject in this low-pressure way. It was very helpful in helping me identify the possible difficulties and things to watch out for. It was also a great way to practise mixing colours and noting down interesting mixes. Now that I’m starting to paint the “real thing”, I’m more confident of where I’m going. It’s still very much nerve wracking, but we have begun ladies and gentlemen!

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Yes, another great book illustrated by Isabelle Arseneault!

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The sketchbook is available in the shop! I made it a digital product because I couldn’t decide on what kind of paper to print. I thought some of you would prefer thicker paper for markers, while others might enjoy specialty paper like watercolour paper. So, as a digital download, you can decide for yourself and print it in the comfort of your own home! The booklet is 14 pages, and the price is very competitive compared to my single coloring pages which are usually sold at 3$ each. In any case, I hope you’ll go take a look!

A small treat…

Wow! There is so much to see! This photographer filmed plankton under a microscope. You can find pictures on his website, and this shorter film. The diversity is just incredible!



Weekly news: November 17, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I finished my new colour booklet! It was so much fun working on these pages. I discovered and created new patterns that were so enjoyable to draw. I particularly enjoyed the starfish!

I’ve included only patterns inspired by nature, and it was very soothing work. I hope you’ll have fun discovering these pages and that they will bring you as much relaxation and tranquility as they did me.

I’m also starting work on a new painting featuring the beautiful Delonix regia tree. To get more familiar with it, I worked on a little study. The flower is quite something isn’t?

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Such a cute and adorable book!

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L’Atelier

The sketchbook is available in the shop! I made it a digital product because I couldn’t decide on what kind of paper to print. I thought some of you would prefer thicker paper for markers, while others might enjoy specialty paper like watercolour paper. So, as a digital download, you can decide for yourself and print it in the comfort of your own home! The booklet is 14 pages, and the price is very competitive compared to my single coloring pages which are usually sold at 3$ each. In any case, I hope you’ll go take a look!

A small treat…

Yes, another soothing song in Korean. What can I say?
(✿◠‿◠) This one makes me want to grab my favourite sweater and head to the beach… never mind that snow is here and the beach kilometres away!



Weekly news: November 10rd, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I’m back in the atelier and it is so great! This week, I’m working on a colouring booklet. If everything goes according to plan, it should be finished by the end of the week… in fact, it was finished on Monday, but I decided to add a few more pages. I’m exploring patterns, and it has been a very soothing process. Now, I’m waiting for some pens to come in because I’ve used up quite a few with these pages!

Do you remember the Sarracenia painting I did a few months back? Well, it is with childish excitement that I found a real sarracenia plant at our local nursery! I made sure it was grown from seeds and brought it home. I’m very excited to take care of it, and I hope it will be happy with us.

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

A great library find! This one is a gem 🙂

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I received some sketchbooks featuring my lily of the valley illustration. I’m very happy with how they turned out, and I hope to add more sketchbooks to the store next year! Meanwhile, these are in the shop 🙂

A small treat…

I love this ensemble, and I’m always amazed by their perfect performances!

Weekly news: October 27, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

First things first! As promised, here is my latest painting! You can see more in my portfolio.

I’m now starting work on a second larger format. I really enjoy taking my time on these larger pieces, and it is very rewarding when they are complete. Again, I’ve selected a Vietnamese tree for this painting, and I’m excited to start painting!

Besides from that, we are busy planting flowering bulbs for next year. The weather was too hot, so we kept putting it off, and now it’s cold all of a sudden so we need to hurry. We take bulb-breaks, and I’m confident that we will be done by the end of the week. I cannot wait to see all the flowers!

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Here is my October Vlog! 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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I’ve been getting a few Christmas orders these last few days, so I updated the shop to feature my wintery products. I hope you will go have a look!

A small treat…

So cute!


Weekly news: October 20, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I’m done with my commission piece! I will be sharing a few pictures soon, but I have yet to take said pictures so… But it is done! I learned so much painting this bigger format, and I’m excited to do more in the future.

This painting as kept me very busy for the last few weeks, and I’m looking forward to a few creative days to experiment, practice and explore. After bigger projects, I find it’s always a good idea to give myself a break to recharge and regroup a little. I’m looking forward to breaking in a new sketchbook, testing new paint tubes and drawing loads of different things… while low-key resisting the fear that that is not enough. Creative recharging time is primordial! In fact, when looking at all “the greats” in the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, it is the central part of a lot of creative routines. So here’s to filling my creative cup!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Inspiration

A retelling of Snow White and Red Rose this week 🙂

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L’Atelier

Why not bring home one pouch printed with one of my paintings? These are made in Montreal and the tab is vegan leather. They are perfect to bring along a book and a bar of chocolate, a sketchbook and your favourite pens or any other treasure you might need!

A small treat…

I had no idea this was even possible! How fascinating!

Weekly news: October 13, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Fall is stunning this year. This is my favourite tree, and you can save the picture if you like. I love how warm and intense the colours are.

In the atelier, I’m working on my commission piece. It’s moving along nicely, and I’ enjoying this work a lot. It’s challenging to work in a bigger format, but it is also very liberating. Here’s a little sneak-peak.

I’m not having the best work flow as I’ve been dealing with what I describe as “fried nerves”: I’m either really tired, headachy and sluggish or stuck in panic mode. Neither are very conducive to creativity and detailed work, but I can usually manage to work on the painting for a couple of hours each day. When I feel stuck like this, I usually turn to my sketchbook to do some repeat pattern exercises. I feel like they are the best to get me to start, and they work wonderfully on stress and anxiety. In any case, it feels nice to put ink to paper even in this small and simple way.

That’s it for now friends!

Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week 🙂

Inspiration

I really tried to find a book to review this week, but my home stash has been covered, and I have been very unlucky with my library books these last few weeks. Nonetheless, here are two embroidery artists that are quite fun and inspirational.

I hope you’ll visit their galleries by clicking on the picture 🙂

L’Atelier

You can now order all 8 Wheel of the Year cards in a bundle 🙂

A small treat…

I love how simple and fun this idea is!