Peonies and fear… and cats!

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For the last few days, I’ve been working on this peony painting. Peonies are stunning, but they have so many petals! As a painter, they are so intimidating! Anyways, I finished this piece and just added it to my portfolio!

I hope you like it and have a look!

I made something fun!

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We just received a ton of snow, which made completing this project this week even more special and (already) nostalgic for summer. This summer, I spent a lot of time in the garden and made a nature journal that I now turned into an accordion book.

The process of making this was so fun, and I hope you’ll visit my portfolio for more details and pictures!

Take care,
Anne

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!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

L’Atelier

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.



Book review: Poucette par Marco Mazzoni

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(Over here in English!)

Oh là là, ce livre est un vrai trésor! Marco Mazzoni est un artiste italien qui utilise les crayons de couleur de façon simplement magique. Dans cette magnifique version du conte d’Andersen, Poucette, on est emporté dans un univers de couleurs et de fleurs.

Poucette est l’une de mes histoires préférées. J’adorais le dessin-animé de 1994 lorsque j’étais petite, même si les enlèvement successifs ainsi que les mariages forcés de la petite Poucette me faisaient un peu peur. C’est avec un plaisir renouvelé que j’ai déniché cette merveilleuse version à la bibliothèque. Les illustrations de Marco Mazzoni sont simplement sublimes! L’utilisation des couleurs est presque kaléidoscopique et donne un effect diffus et une impression de légèreté à chaque page. La multitude de fleurs quant à elle nous emporte dans un univers incroyable et parfois un peu inquiétant, comme si, tout comme Poucette, on y était emporté malgré soi. Finalement, les personnages animaliers un peu glauques de l’histoire sont merveilleusement dépeints. J’adore la façon dont les illustrations ne sont pas simplement une représentation graphique de l’histoire mais plutôt une série d’impressions diaphanes que l’histoire inspire aux lecteurs. C’est un travail extraordinaire où la beauté et l’épouvantable se marient avec grâce, faisant un parfait écho au conte d’Andersen.

J’espère vraiment que vous pourrez dénicher ce magnifique livre. L’univers créé par l’artiste est tout simplement incroyable et merveilleux. Chaque page est un chef d’œuvre à regarder encore et encore. Ce livre saura plaire à tous les amateurs de conte classique et piquer la curiosité de tous les lecteurs!

Poucette, Marco Mazzoni, Albin Michel

Mignolina, Marco Mazzoni, Rizzoli (version Italienne)


 

Book review: Thumbelina, by Marco Mazzoni

(This book is not yet published in English, but the illustrations alone make it worthwhile, no matter which language you read!)

Oh my, this book is a real treasure! Marco Mazzoni is an Italian artist who uses colored pencils in a simply magical way. In this beautiful version of Andersen’s fairy tale, Thumbelina, we are carried away in a world of colors and flowers.

Thumbelina is one of my favorite stories. I loved the 1994 cartoon when I was a child, even though the successive kidnappings and forced marriages of little Thumbelina scared me a bit. It is with renewed pleasure that I found this wonderful version at the library. The illustrations by Marco Mazzoni are simply sublime! The use of colors is almost kaleidoscopic and gives a diffuse effect and a feeling of lightness to each page. As for the multitude of flowers, they take us into an incredible and sometimes disturbing universe, as if, just like Thumbelina, we were carried away in spite of ourselves. Finally, the slightly creepy animal characters of the story are wonderfully portrayed. I love how the illustrations are not simply a graphic representation of the story but rather a series of diaphanous impressions that the story inspires to the readers. It’s an extraordinary piece of work where the beautiful and the gruesome blend gracefully, in a perfect echo of Andersen’s tale.

I really hope you can find this beautiful book. The universe created by the artist is simply incredible and wonderful. Each page is a masterpiece to be looked at again and again. This book will appeal to all fans of classic tales and will capture the curiosity of all readers!

Poucette, Marco Mazzoni, Albin Michel (French version)

Mignolina, Marco Mazzoni, Rizzoli (Italian version)

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!

Head over to the blog for a complete re

L’Atelier

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!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

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.

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

L’Atelier

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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!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

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…

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!