Weekly news: February 16, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I finally started my wild flower series that I have been planning since last December. Planning Anne had this scheduled for January, but hum, well, things took a bit longer than I had anticipated, and that’s okay! I realized this week that there is no rush. I can take my time and do things properly. It is easy for me to fall into a productivity craze and to forget to that I am one person, doing a one person job. So, I’m taking my time on my first wild flower (the lovely violet) and experimenting with backgrounds and mixed techniques. It is fun… and also very scary and unsettling. In any case, it is a very interesting process, and I’ll share it with you when it’ll be more advanced!

In other news, I also finally received new notebooks for the shop! There was an error in the order (🙄🙄🙄), so I’m still waiting for the Lady Tiger model, but two models are up and ready to be taken home. I hope you’ll take a look and tell me what you think.

I’ve also been in a complete “Neil Gaiman Fan” mood, and I’ve read Stardust, Coraline and the View from the Cheap Seats this week. I’ve just received Anansi Boys (it’s still cold from outside, hihi) and the Graveyard Book which I’ll be starting tonight. It’s really fun to explore an author like this.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Yup, Neil Gaiman again. Soooo not sorry 🙂

Over here for the fill review!

L’Atelier

Large notebooks have hit the store! You can choose between lined, dotted/bullet and blank pages. I hope you find something you’ll like!

These are wonderful if you are looking for a journal, a bullet journal or a sketchbook!

A small treat…

I started my day with this video, and enjoyed it so much. Then it became  a bit weird when I saw that the lady was also named Ann and was a botanical painter who did THE botanical course I’ve been eyeing since I started painting… I’m taking this as a vision into a possible future! In any case, it is such a lovely garden and relaxing video 🙂



Weekly news: February 9, 2022

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(This is a newsletter I sent out. If you’d like to receive fresh news every week, sign up here! The full newsletter contains surprises and is delivered once a week to your mailbox. Et elle est également en français!)

I hope you are all doing well!

I’m done with my Tulip painting! This one was so much fun because I got to experiment with purple paints and mix my own hues. It was also really cute to research harvest mice! These little creatures are so adorable! I cannot believe they actually fit in tulip flowers. How sweet!

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

In other news, we have made a super tall climbing pole for our cats (…yes, we are these people!). Our Stella loves to climb all the way to the ceiling and watch us from above. Our sweet old lady cat does not see the fun in that, but maybe in a few weeks. I’m glad we made this, but it was VERY long to add the hemp rope all around it.

In the atelier, I’ll be starting a series of wildflowers next! I cannot wait to share these with you!

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

It’s relatable, it’s spooky, it’s funny: I’m sure you’ll love this week’s book!

Over here for the full review!

L’Atelier

A whole new collection of products has hit the store!

I particularly like the letter paper set, which is a whole new proposition from me to you, just in time for all your Spring time correspondance 🙂

A small treat…

I stumbled upon this contest, and I have been enjoying exploring the “book of winners” so much! Landscape photography at its best, this book regroups the works of the yearly winner and 101 other close contenders. There are so many spectacular photos and incredible landscapes in this book! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!



Book review: The Fairy Garden, by Georgia Buckthorn and Isabella Mazzanti

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(Par ici en Français!)

I am so excited to share this book with you because I love it so much! Everything about this book makes me happy: The Fairy Garden by Georgia Buckthorn and illustrated by Isabella Mazzanti is such a treat of a book! If you like gardening and care about living creatures, including fairies, this book is for you!

First of all, WOW! All the colours! All the flowers! All the textures! This book is so lush and rich. There are so many things to look at in each page. The illustration work is simply stunning. I really enjoyed the outlining of the images: some elements were outlined using different colouring pencils while others were more free and without outline. The use of colour for these lines gave a really vibrant feel, while having some free-form object sprinkled in some spontaneity. But the use of colour does not stop at outlining. Each page jumps at you with rich hues and tones. The end result is not garish or overwhelming: because the colour palette presents many purples and warm tones, it envelopes you and creates a sense of cohesion throughout the book. Another thing I enjoyed about these illustrations was the use of texture. The illustrations being made with colouring pencils, the grain of each line is so rich, and the illustrator used the textures wonderfully. I am very partial to colouring pencils and their unique feel, and this book is a wonderful example of how beautifully they can be used. Finally, I loved how rich each composition is: so many details have been added to each page that there is always something to discover. I love how chaotic some of the images feel. It really makes for a fun and entertaining read. The variety of objects in each picture is also so interesting.

Now to the story! Mimi is a little gardener who is determined to have fairies move into her garden. She cuts, cleans, measures, plans and rules over her garden. The fairies have a clearer idea of what it is they need to thrive, and Mimi will discover how to be a kinder and more flexible gardener in order to please her magical friends. The book is an invitation to consider our gardening practices and what it means to be working with nature instead of against it. By including fairies, the author appeals to the readers’ sense of magic and wonder: what a clever way to present environmental issues! One thing I particularly loved about this book was Mimi and her strong personality. She is determined, patient and hardworking but also compassionate, humble and kind. I thought she was a refreshing character! I could imagine my childhood self wanting to be just like her as I was reading the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am sure you will too! For gardeners of all ages, Mimi will be a great example and role-model, and she is sure to make you want to grab your hat and gardening gloves and run outside. It was such a pleasure to see a child character so engaged with her environment and so motivated to have a positive and beautiful impact on it. If all of that is not enough, the illustrations are sweet and beautiful and so richly coloured that they are sure to take you on the most wonderful reading adventure.

The Fairy Garden by Georgia Buckthorn and Isabella Mazzanti, Ivy Kids Books


 

Book review: Le Jardin de Fées, par Georgia Buckthorn et Isabella Mazzanti

(Ce livre est sorti il n’y a que quelques semaines et n’a pas encore été traduit en français. Croisons les doigts pour une traduction rapide!)

Je suis vraiment enthousiaste de pouvoir partager ce livre avec vous car je l’adore absolument ! Tout ce qui concerne ce livre me rend heureuse : Le jardin de fées de Georgia Buckthorn et illustré par Isabella Mazzanti est un vrai régal ! Si vous aimez le jardinage et que vous vous souciez des créatures vivantes, y compris les fées, ce livre est pour vous !

Tout d’abord, WOW ! Toutes ces couleurs ! Toutes ces fleurs ! Toutes ces textures ! Ce livre est si exubérant et riche. Il y a tellement de choses à regarder dans chaque page. Le travail d’illustration est tout simplement époustouflant. J’ai vraiment apprécié le tracé des images : certains éléments ont été tracés à l’aide de différents crayons de couleur tandis que d’autres étaient plus libres et sans tracé. L’utilisation de la couleur pour ces lignes crée une sensation vraiment vibrante, tandis que l’utilisation de quelques objets de forme libre saupoudre un peu de spontanéité. Mais l’utilisation de la couleur ne s’arrête pas aux contours. Chaque page vous saute aux yeux avec des teintes et des tons riches. Le résultat final n’est pas criard ou écrasant : comme la palette de couleurs présente beaucoup de violets et de tons chauds, elle vous enveloppe et crée un sentiment de cohésion tout au long du livre. Une autre chose que j’ai appréciée dans ces illustrations est l’utilisation de la texture. Les illustrations ayant été réalisées avec des crayons de couleur, le grain de chaque ligne est si riche, et l’illustratrice a utilisé ces textures à merveille. J’ai un faible pour les crayons de couleur et leur caractère unique, et ce livre est un merveilleux exemple de la façon dont ils peuvent être utilisés. Enfin, j’ai adoré la richesse de chaque composition : tant de détails ont été ajoutés à chaque page qu’il y a toujours quelque chose à découvrir. J’aime l’aspect chaotique de certaines images. Cela rend vraiment la lecture amusante et divertissante. La variété des objets dans chaque illustration est également très intéressante.

Passons maintenant à l’histoire ! Mimi est une petite jardinière qui est bien décidée à faire venir des fées dans son jardin. Elle coupe, nettoie, mesure, planifie et règne sur son jardin. Les fées ont une idée plus claire de ce dont elles ont besoin pour s’épanouir, et Mimi va découvrir comment être une jardinière plus douce et plus ouverte afin de satisfaire ses amies magiques. Ce livre est une invitation à réfléchir à nos pratiques de jardinage et à ce que cela signifie de travailler avec la nature plutôt que contre elle. En faisant intervenir des fées, l’auteure fait appel au sens de la magie et de l’émerveillement des lecteurs : quelle façon intelligente de présenter les questions environnementales ! Ce que j’ai particulièrement aimé dans ce livre, c’est Mimi et sa forte personnalité. Elle est déterminée, patiente et travailleuse, mais aussi compatissante, humble et gentille. J’ai trouvé que c’était un personnage rafraîchissant ! En lisant ce livre, je pouvais m’imaginer enfant voulant être comme elle.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié ce livre, et je suis sûre que vous le ferez aussi ! Pour les jardiniers de tous âges, Mimi sera un excellent exemple et un modèle, et elle vous donnera certainement envie de prendre votre chapeau et vos gants de jardinage et de courir dehors. C’était un tel plaisir de voir un personnage enfantin si engagé dans son environnement et si motivé à avoir un impact positif et beau sur celui-ci. Et si tout cela ne suffit pas, les illustrations sont douces, belles et si richement colorées qu’elles ne manqueront pas de vous entraîner dans la plus belle des aventures de lecture.

The Fairy Garden by Georgia Buckthorn and Isabella Mazzanti, Ivy Kids Books

Book review: Around the World in 80 Plants, by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc

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Last week, I shared Around the World in 80 Trees, written by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc. As promised, here is the next book this incredible team has created: Around the World in 80 plants. Even more beautiful than the Tree book, this tome is perfect for any nature lover out there.

All the COLOURS!!! This book is simply stunning! Each page is filled with wonderful flowers, animals, fruits and plants that truly take you not only all over the world, but around a whole universe of colours and textures. I really loved looking over this book because every image is enchanting: there are so many details to look at! The compositions are also so dynamic: presenting animals and the different plant stages and parts in original and beautiful ways, it is easy to get lost in each picture! The illustrator really outdone herself on this book: it is difficult to chose a favourite page, or to rank them in any kind of order. They are all so incredibly beautiful and unique!

If by some miracle you can take your eyes off the wonderful images, you will find incredible descriptions of each plants. Once more, folkloric, medicinal and economical uses of each plant are presented in a simple and clear way. Reading one description will leave you wanting more. It is one of those books that will make you want to tell all your friends “Did you know that…” over and over again. I’ve learned so much through this book, and it has left me even more in awe for the natural world.

You cannot go wrong with this book! If only to display the beautiful illustrations, this book will be a great addition to any book enthusiast’s collection. However, reading the book will reveal its true magic power: to make any reader fall in love with plants, flowers and our beautiful and incredible planet. It is truly an inspiring and enchanting tome, and I hope you will pick it up!

Around the World in 80 Plants, by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc, Laurence King Publishing


 

Book review: Le tour du monde en 80 plantes, par Jonathan Drori et illustré par Lucille Clerc

(Ce livre n’est pas encore traduit en français, mais comme le précédent l’a été, l’espoir persiste!)

La semaine dernière, j’ai partagé Ce que nous disent les arbres du monde, écrit par Jonathan Drori et illustré par Lucille Clerc. Comme promis, voici le prochain livre que cette incroyable équipe a créé : Le tour du monde en 80 plantes. Encore plus beau que le livre sur les arbres, ce volume est parfait pour tous les amoureux de la nature.

Toutes ces couleurs!!! Ce livre est tout simplement époustouflant ! Chaque page est remplie de fleurs, d’animaux, de fruits et de plantes magnifiques qui vous emmènent non seulement à travers le monde, mais aussi dans un univers de couleurs et de textures. J’ai vraiment aimé regarder ce livre car chaque image est enchanteresse : il y a tellement de détails à regarder ! Les compositions sont également très dynamiques : présentant les animaux et les différents stades et parties des plantes de manière originale et magnifique, il est facile de se perdre dans chaque image ! L’illustratrice s’est vraiment surpassée sur ce livre : il est difficile de choisir une page préférée, ou de les classer dans un ordre quelconque. Elles sont toutes si incroyablement belles et uniques !

Si, par miracle, vous arrivez à détacher votre regard de ces magnifiques images, vous trouverez des descriptions incroyables pour chaque plante. Une fois de plus, les usages folkloriques, médicinaux et économiques de chaque plante sont présentés de manière simple et claire. En lisant une description, vous aurez envie de découvrir les autres. C’est un de ces livres qui vous donnent envie de dire à tous vos amis “Saviez-vous que…” encore et encore. J’ai beaucoup appris grâce à ce livre, et il m’a rendu encore plus admirative du monde naturel.

Vous ne pouvez pas vous tromper avec ce livre! Ne serait-ce que pour admirer les magnifiques illustrations, ce livre sera un excellent ajout à la collection de tout lecteur. Cependant, la lecture du livre révélera son véritable pouvoir magique : faire tomber tout lecteur amoureux des plantes, des fleurs et de notre belle et incroyable planète. C’est vraiment un ouvrage inspirant et enchanteur, et j’espère que vous le lirez!

Around the World in 80 Plants, by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc, Laurence King Publishing

Book review: Around the World in 80 Trees, by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc

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(Par ici en Français!)

When I first saw this book, I couldn’t resist the wonderful illustrations and incredible topic. Around the World in 80 Trees, written by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc is just what the title tells you. Presenting 80 trees, this book takes you along for a powerful voyage through cultures and times at the discovery of incredible botanical knowledge.

Let’s address the incredible illustrations first since they were such a draw. I am truly amazed by how detailed each picture is. With tiny strokes, the illustrator gave so much texture and pop to each image: it really feels like the trees, flowers, fruits and characters are alive and ready to come out of the page. I couldn’t find information on the techniques used to create these incredible illustrations. The work reminded me a lot of Floriography by Jessica Roux, and I wonder if similar techniques were used. I also really liked how the colours were a bit dulled. Paradoxically, because the colours were a bit subdued, it really enriched the experience, giving the book an ancient feel. The overall harmony is simply stunning! The images are evocative of lush forest, wild mountains and warm oasis. They make it such a pleasure to turn each page, if only to see another wonderfully beautiful illustration.

In case the images were not enough to convince you to pick up this book, the text is also immensely informative. Ranging from literary references of certain trees, to cultural significance, including medicinal and economical usages, this book gives you such a complete portrait of each of the 80 presented trees. I really liked that the book is separated by geographical regions. It really made me feel like I was travelling around the world. It is so interesting to learn more about ethnobotany and about our relationships with trees. If you are not a tree lover at the beginning of the book, you will surely be one after reading it. It is so refreshing to be inspired and filled with awe.

I really hope you will find this book! It is the perfect book for anyone interested in nature. Tree enthusiasts will of course be thrilled to discover so many familiar and exotic species. However, it is also a great book to have on a bedside table or coffee table as each tree is presented in just a few pages. I like to keep it out of the shelves and read a description or two as I’m passing it: it is a sure bet that any reader will learn something incredible! Stay tuned, next week, I’ll be presenting the “sequel” of this book.

Around the World in 80 Trees, by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc, Laurence King Publishing


 

Book review: Ce que nous disent les arbres du monde, par Jonathan Drori et illustré par Lucille Clerc

(Ce livre a été traduit en français! Youpiii!)

Lorsque j’ai vu ce livre pour la première fois, je n’ai pas pu résister aux merveilleuses illustrations et au sujet fascinant. Ce que nous disent les arbres du monde, écrit par Jonathan Drori et illustré par Lucille Clerc présente 80 arbres. Ce livre vous emmène dans un incroyable voyage à travers les cultures et les époques à la découverte de savoirs botaniques.

Commençons par les incroyables illustrations, car elles sont tellement attrayantes. Je suis vraiment impressionnée par le niveau de détail de chaque image. Avec de minuscules traits, l’illustratrice a donné tant de texture et de dynamisme à chaque image : on a vraiment l’impression que les arbres, les fleurs, les fruits et les personnages sont vivants et prêts à sortir de la page. Je n’ai pas trouvé d’informations sur les techniques utilisées pour créer ces incroyables illustrations. Le travail m’a beaucoup rappelé Floriography de Jessica Roux, et je me demande si des techniques similaires ont été utilisées. J’ai aussi beaucoup aimé la façon dont les couleurs étaient un peu sourdes. Paradoxalement, le fait que les couleurs soient un peu ternes a vraiment enrichi l’expérience, donnant au livre un aspect ancien. L’harmonie générale est tout simplement époustouflante ! Les images évoquent des forêts luxuriantes, des montagnes sauvages et des oasis paisibles. C’est un tel plaisir de tourner chaque page, ne serait-ce que pour voir une autre illustration merveilleusement belle.

Au cas où les images ne suffiraient pas à vous convaincre de lire ce livre, le texte est également très instructif. Des références littéraires de certains arbres à la signification culturelle, en passant par les usages médicinaux et économiques, ce livre dresse un portrait complet de chacun des 80 arbres présentés. J’ai vraiment apprécié que le livre soit séparé par régions géographiques. J’ai eu l’impression de voyager à travers le monde. Il est tellement intéressant d’en apprendre davantage sur l’ethnobotanique et sur nos relations avec les arbres. Si vous n’êtes pas un amoureux des arbres au début du livre, vous le deviendrez sûrement après l’avoir lu. Il est si rafraîchissant d’être inspiré et rempli de curiosité.

J’espère vraiment que vous découvrirez ce livre ! C’est le livre parfait pour tous ceux qui s’intéressent à la nature. Les passionnés d’arbres seront bien sûr ravis de découvrir autant d’espèces familières et exotiques. Mais c’est aussi un livre idéal à avoir sur une table de chevet ou une table de salon car chaque arbre est présenté en quelques pages seulement. J’aime bien le garder sorti et lire une description ou deux en passant devant : il y a fort à parier que tout lecteur y apprendra quelque chose d’incroyable ! Restez à l’écoute, la semaine prochaine, je vous présenterai la “suite” de ce livre.

Ce que nous disent les arbres du monde, par Jonathan Drori et illustré par Lucille Clerc, Éditions Gallimard

Weekly news: May 6, 2021

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(This is a news letter I sent out. If you’d like to receive fresh news every week, sign up here! The full newsletter contains surprises and is delivered once a week to your mailbox. Et elle est également en français!)

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!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

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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(This is a news letter I sent out. If you’d like to receive fresh news every week, sign up here! The full newsletter contains surprises and is delivered once a week to your mailbox. Et elle est également en français!)

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!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

So inspiring!

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

Book Reviews

(En Français par ici!)

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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(This is a news letter I sent out. If you’d like to receive fresh news every week, sign up here! The full newsletter contains surprises and is delivered once a week to your mailbox. Et elle est également en français!)

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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I hope you are all doing well!

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!