Weekly news: February 1st, 2022

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Happy Year of the Tiger everyone!

I hope this year brings you luck, advancement in your projects, time with your loved ones, courage to take constructive risks, an abundance of resources, fun, joy and love!

I made you a special video to celebrate the Tết or Vietnamese Lunar New Year. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

We’ll go back to our regular scheduled programming next week, but rest assured that I’m making progress on my tulip painting 🙂

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Special New Year Video

Inspiration

Why not take this special day to see what’s going on with the Big Cat Rescue live cam? So far, this Tiger seems to have the same schedule as our cats: sleep, wake up, look around, repeat!Why not take this special day to see what’s going on with the Big Cat Rescue live cam? So far, this Tiger seems to have the same schedule as our cats: sleep, wake up, look around, repeat!Why not take this special day to see what’s going on with the Big Cat Rescue live cam? So far, this Tiger seems to have the same schedule as our cats: sleep, wake up, look around, repeat!

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A small treat…

I’ve also made (finally) December’s and January’s vlog video!



Weekly news: January 26, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve started work on my first botanical painting of the year… with a twist! I’ll share it with you when it is more advanced. A friend suggested that I should paint tulips *uhm* a year ago, and I am very happy to be starting work on it this week. I think it’s the perfect cure for the winter blues. It has been incredibly cold, and going outside really has been a struggle. It feels encouraging to be dreaming of tulips and Spring.

Aside from that, I’ve been researching solutions to improve my packaging and reduce the amount of paper or bio-plastic I’m using for orders at the boutique. I designed this stamp to use instead of stickers on envelopes. I really like it! I think stamps have a wonderful feel on Kraft paper.

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

A very cute and adorable storybook!

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One last and new version of this power couple is now available in the shop!

Wouldn’t make a fun card for Valentine’s day?

A small treat…

This photo series is fascinating: polar bears exploring an abandoned weather station. While you’re there, I hope you’ll explore Dmitry Kokh’s website his photos are stunning!



Weekly news: January 19, 2022

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I hope this finds you well!

This week, I finished Lady Tiger! I really like how she is assorted to Lord Tiger I showed you last week. It was so much fun researching and designing their costumes. I really cannot get over how complex and adorned Elizabethan clothes were.

I hope you’ll visit my portfolio for more pictures.

Since I had this wonderful pair of Tiger Lords completed, I worked on some products to add to the shop. I made these “peeking” bookmarks, and , if I can say so myself, they are so fun. These two tigers really have the most intense gaze, and I thought it would make each reader laugh each time they picked up their books to have the Lady or Lord stare at them.

Administratively, it was also a very productive week as I am done with inventory! I have to admit I dreaded it, but this year I was able to make this tedious task more pleasant by shifting my perspective. By feeling so grateful for my work, my shop, and even the expenses I had for the shop last year, I really didn’t feel dragged down by inventory. I only hope I can remember this mind trick next year!

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Such a beautiful book: both the story and illutrations are wondeful!

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Lady and Lord Tiger really have the spotlight this week in the shop!

A small treat…

I had so much fun scrolling through Meetissai’s pictures. This artist makes funny and quirky little sculptures of animals. They are often very funny or … a bit wacky.



Weekly news: January 12, 2022

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Happy New Year 2022!

I’m wishing you all a wonderful year filled with good books, moments in nature and little joys every day.

I also hope you had a lovely holiday season and that you were able to rest and recharge for a few days.

During the break, the shop was open, and I kept busy taking care of your orders. Thank you so much for you support! It made me so happy to fill out your orders. When I was not packing orders, I slept a lot, ate too much chocolate, read some books and watched some movies: the perfect holiday! It really filled me up with ideas and projects for this new year. But first, I wanted to finish the odds and ends from 2021.

First, this Tiger King!

I loved researching Elizabethan fashion for this painting! These clothes were quite incredible, weren’t they? I’m working on Queen Tiger now, and she should finish up my Tiger series. I had so much fun painting and drawing these tigers! They are such beautiful animals.

On my plate this year: many, many, many flowers! I cannot wait to start working on a wildflower series. After painting fun Tigers, I’m excited to go back to botanical painting and its precision.

I have so many fun surprises planned, but all good surprises start with a secret!

So while you wait,  please visit  King Tiger in my portfolio!

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Let’s start the year with some fun and silly reading!

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A small treat…

Let’sgo on some spirit travelling through the wonderful photos of artist Lazar Gintchin. His website is full of wonderfully beautiful pictures, but I particularly enjoyed the Faroe Islands gallery.



Book review: Wild Beings, by Dorien Brouwers

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I stumbled upon this book while browsing at my favourite bookstore, Brome Lake Books. It is always dangerous for me to enter this bookshop because it is impossible to leave empty-handed, yet it is a danger I cannot resist! This time, I left with Wild Beings by Dorien Brouwers.

What immediately caught my attention were all the textures. Each page is layers upon layers of different scratching, stamping, watercolour and other unidentified but beautiful textures. The colours are also used in a very fun and wonderful way. I particularly liked how white was used to add details and create beautiful lush yet light effects. The illustrations were made using watercolours, and this medium is used in a very creative and complex way. The book also includes monoprinting techniques which I think add some of the beautiful textures that are so compelling. I am so impressed by how incredible each composition is: rich in colours, patterns, animals and textures, each page is a whole scene to admire!

The beautiful diversity of animals illustrated also makes it a pleasure to flip through the book. I also really enjoyed how children were depicted, or eluded to, in each illustration. Once I noticed this, it was fun to look for the children hidden in each page. Throughout the book, the illustrations and text weave a relationship between children, animals and nature. All three become interlocked in the most beautiful and vivid way. This book really calls on the reader to go outside and explore. Each page made me want to jump, climb or swim!

I am so glad I brought this book home. The illustrations are so inspiring and beautiful! The message of the book is also rich in wisdom and excitement for the natural world. It is a real pleasure to look at this book, and I hope you will look it up too!

Wild Beings, by Dorien Brouwers, Little Brown and Company


 

Book review: Wild Beings, by Dorien Brouwers

(Malheureusement, ce livre n’est pas encore disponible en français, mais les illustrations sont si jolies, que je suis certaine que vous aurez beaucoup de plaisir à l’admirer quand même!)

Je suis tombée sur ce livre en parcourant les rayons de ma librairie préférée, Brome Lake Books. Il est toujours dangereux pour moi d’entrer dans cette librairie car il est impossible d’en ressortir les mains vides, mais c’est un danger auquel je ne peux pas résister ! Cette fois, je suis repartie avec Wild Beings (Créatures sauvages) de Dorien Brouwers.

Ce qui a immédiatement attiré mon attention, ce sont toutes les textures. Chaque page est constituée de plusieurs couches de grattage, d’estampage, d’aquarelle et d’autres textures non identifiées mais magnifiques. Les couleurs sont également utilisées d’une manière très amusante et merveilleuse. J’ai particulièrement apprécié l’utilisation du blanc pour ajouter des détails et créer de magnifiques effets luxuriants mais légers. Les illustrations ont été réalisées à l’aquarelle, et ce médium est utilisé de manière très créative et complexe. Le livre comprend également des techniques de mono-impression qui, à mon avis, ajoutent certaines des magnifiques textures qui sont si fascinantes. Je suis très impressionnée par la complexité de chaque composition : riche en couleurs, en motifs, en animaux et en textures, chaque page est une scène à part entière à admirer !

La belle diversité des animaux illustrés fait également que c’est un plaisir de feuilleter le livre. J’ai également beaucoup apprécié la façon dont les enfants sont représentés, ou évoqués, dans chaque illustration. Une fois que j’ai remarqué cela, il était amusant de chercher les enfants cachés dans chaque page. Tout au long du livre, les illustrations et le texte tissent une relation entre les enfants, les animaux et la nature. Tous les trois s’imbriquent de la manière la plus belle et la plus vivante qui soit. Ce livre invite vraiment le lecteur à sortir et à explorer. Chaque page me donne envie de sauter, de grimper ou de nager !

Je suis si heureuse d’avoir ramené ce livre à la maison. Les illustrations sont si inspirantes et si belles ! Le message du livre est également riche en sagesse et en enthousiasme pour le monde naturel. C’est un vrai plaisir de parcourir ce livre, et j’espère que vous le découvrirez aussi !

Wild Beings, by Dorien Brouwers, Little Brown and Company

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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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!