Great News! My Calendar is UP!

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I’ve been working on this project since the beginning of summer, and it is finally up!


The calendar is available in my store!

I can’t believe it! I spent so much time on this project, and I am so proud of how much my paintings have improved. The calendar features some of my best work and favourite paintings.

I hope you’ll visit the shop, if only to see the different pictures I shared there. I will slowly update my portfolio as well so that each painting is nicely featured. Some of the calendar pages will also be turned into prints and cards and other fun things, but the calendar is a bargain. You basically get 12 prints for a little bit more than the price of 1, plus a wooden hanger, stickers and the calendar grids.

I am lucky enough that my partner is a woodworker, and he was able to make the pine wood hangers that solved all my binding problems. I came up with the solution, and he was kind enough to make the wooden parts at just the right size.

I also made some stickers so that you can personalize the calendar to your life. I’ve included moon phases, birthdays, important dates and other cute symbols.

To make it all even more special, I also added some descriptions to the back of each page. I summoned my poetess heart and wrote some whimsical little paragraphs describing the animals and plants featured in each painting. I hope these little stories will make you even more curious about the natural world and make you want to explore and observe.

I really like the idea that you will have 12 prints and that you will be able to display them once 2023 is over.

And if you are wondering what I’ll be doing for the rest of 2022, well, I’ve started work for the Lunar New Year! Next year will be the year of the rabbit, or the cat in Vietnam. I jumped at this opportunity to paint cats, and I’m excited to create a few pieces for the occasion.

The regular newsletter will be back next week, but I just couldn’t wait to tell you about the calendar!

Please visit this page to see a little video and more pictures!

Take care 🧡🧡🧡
Anne

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 prĂ©sentant le travail de cette artiste.)

J’ai reçu ce livre comme cadeau d’anniversaire cette annĂ©e, 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 cĂ©lèbre pour ses illustrations enchanteresses de fĂ©es et de fleurs. Comme le titre le suggère, ce livre est une collection comprenant les quatre livres qui ont rendu Barker cĂ©lèbre : 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 rĂ©unir les quatre livres dans cette magnifique Ă©dition. Sur chaque page, le lecteur et la lectrice trouve une belle illustration reprĂ©sentant une plante, la fĂ©e qui l’accompagne et un poème de l’artiste.

Je suis incroyablement impressionnĂ©e par les dĂ©tails et l’exactitude de ces peintures botaniques. Chaque plante est facilement reconnaissable et magnifiquement rendue. Je me demande comment elle a procĂ©dĂ© pour les peindre : a-t-elle rassemblĂ© des spĂ©cimens ? Peignait-elle de mĂ©moire ou utilisait-elle des livres de rĂ©fĂ©rence et des photos ? Quoi qu’il en soit, les couleurs sont vraies et intensĂ©ment riches, les dĂ©tails sont enchanteurs, et chaque planche est un plaisir Ă  examiner.

Une autre chose que j’admire dans son travail, c’est que ses fĂ©es sont adorables. J’ai lu qu’elle s’Ă©tait inspirĂ©e des enfants dont sa sĹ“ur s’occupait pour rĂ©aliser ses peintures. Ces petites fĂ©es ressemblent en effet Ă  d’adorables bambins ! Elle les habille Ă©galement de merveilleux vĂŞtements, souvent composĂ©s d’Ă©lĂ©ments de leur plante compagne, et les orne de dĂ©licates ailes de papillon. L’effet global est tout simplement charmant !

Finalement, ce livre est une merveille Ă  ajouter Ă  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 sĂ»re que ces petites fĂ©es continueront Ă  charmer les enfants comme les adultes pendant de nombreuses annĂ©es. C’est un rare plaisir de parcourir ce livre et de rencontrer des plantes nouvelles et familières Ă  travers non seulement les Ă©tonnantes illustrations mais aussi les charmants poèmes. Si vous hĂ©sitez Ă  acheter le livre, vous pouvez rencontrer les fĂ©es sur le site web dĂ©diĂ© Ă  l’artiste.

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Penguin Books

Book review: Cozy Days, The Art of Iraville, by Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde

Book Reviews

(En Français ici!)

I am very excited to share this week’s book with you: Cozy Days, The Art of Iraville, by Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde. Iraville is an illustrator from Germany. Her book Cozy Days is the perfect invitation to grab a warm beverage and cuddle up to flip through her beautiful work.

First of all, this is a great book for that fancy coffee table you keep in your fancy apartment (remember it now?). The format is great and the book design work is of really high quality. It’s a real treat to flip through the many, many pages. Yes, this is a big book. After all, it is an overview of the artist’s full body of work. It’s so nice having a book like this. It almost acts as a reference book for Iraville’s work. One thing that is really striking in this artist’s work to me is her colour palette: warm browns and yellows are featured in almost all her pictures and create a nostalgic atmosphere.

It’s also very inspiring to see the many different watercolour techniques Iraville uses to create landscapes, scenery, and characters. It’s nice to see how she uses watercolours to create different effects and render various moods and feelings. I’m always really impressed by her landscapes and how she manages to create stories through each of her illustrations. Her cityscapes are also very fun: the way she plays with perspective is magic. But, I have to say that I particularly love her characters. They are always so dynamic and full of personality. They also have her signature pointy eyes and are always recognizable as hers. The way she incorporates patterns with her characters’ clothes is also very clever and makes them even more interesting.

I also really enjoyed that this book not only presents her work but also how Iraville works. In one part of the book, she explains how she makes her own watercolour paints by using pigments. It’s very interesting and made me want to learn to do that too! I have yet to try, but I know that if I do, I’ll be sure to come back to this book for some tips! Iraville also shares different tips on how she creates some interesting negative space framing or how she prepares her watercolour paper before painting. All in all, I was not only inspired by her work, but also learned a lot with this book!

Through the book, Iraville also shares how she came to be an illustrator. It’s always very interesting to see how different artists came to their work. She shares her struggles and victories very candidly, which makes this book a great companion for lonely days.

Finally, this book is perfect for anyone interested in watercolours and modern illustration. Iraville shares so much of her work, experience and story. This is a book you’ll want to keep around and flip through on days when you feel uninspired. Each page is filled to the brim with lovely pictures, and it is sure to inspire you to start doodling, drawing or painting!

Cozy Days, The Art of Iraville, by Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde, 3D Total Publishing


Book review: Cozy Days, The Art of Iraville, de Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde

Je suis très contente de partager le livre de cette semaine avec vous : Cozy Days, The Art of Iraville, par Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde. Iraville est une illustratrice allemande. Son livre Cozy Days est l’invitation parfaite Ă  prendre une boisson chaude et Ă  se dĂ©tendre pour feuilleter son magnifique ouvrage.

Tout d’abord, c’est un excellent livre pour la table basse chic que vous gardez dans votre appartement chic (vous vous en souvenez?). Le format est gĂ©nial et le travail de conception du livre est de très grande qualitĂ©. C’est un vrai plaisir de feuilleter les nombreuses pages. Oui, c’est un gros livre. Après tout, c’est un aperçu de l’ensemble du travail de l’artiste. C’est tellement agrĂ©able d’avoir un livre comme celui-ci. Il fait presque office de livre de rĂ©fĂ©rence pour l’Ĺ“uvre d’Iraville. Une chose qui me frappe vraiment dans le travail de cette artiste, c’est sa palette de couleurs : des bruns et des jaunes chauds sont prĂ©sents dans presque toutes ses illustrations et crĂ©ent une atmosphère nostalgique.

Il est Ă©galement très inspirant de voir les nombreuses techniques d’aquarelle qu’Iraville utilise pour crĂ©er des paysages, des panoramas et des personnages. C’est agrĂ©able de voir comment elle utilise l’aquarelle pour crĂ©er diffĂ©rents effets et rendre diverses atmosphères et sentiments. Je suis toujours très impressionnĂ©e par ses paysages et par la façon dont elle parvient Ă  crĂ©er des histoires Ă  travers chacune de ses illustrations. Ses paysages urbains sont Ă©galement très amusants : la façon dont elle joue avec la perspective est magique. Mais je dois dire que j’aime particulièrement ses personnages. Ils sont toujours si dynamiques et pleins de personnalitĂ©. Ils ont aussi ses yeux pointus caractĂ©ristiques et sont toujours reconnaissables comme Ă©tant les siens. La façon dont elle intègre des motifs aux vĂŞtements de ses personnages est Ă©galement très habile et les rend encore plus intĂ©ressants.

J’ai aussi beaucoup apprĂ©ciĂ© que ce livre prĂ©sente non seulement son travail mais aussi la façon dont Iraville travaille. Dans une des sections du livre, elle explique comment elle fait ses propres peintures en utilisant des pigments. C’est très intĂ©ressant et cela m’a donnĂ© envie d’apprendre Ă  le faire aussi ! Je n’ai pas encore essayĂ©, mais je sais que si je le fais, je ne manquerai pas de revenir dans ce livre pour obtenir des conseils ! Iraville partage Ă©galement diffĂ©rents conseils sur la façon dont elle crĂ©e des cadrages avec des espaces nĂ©gatifs intĂ©ressants ou sur la façon dont elle prĂ©pare son papier pour aquarelle avant de peindre. Dans l’ensemble, je n’ai pas seulement Ă©tĂ© inspirĂ©e par son travail, mais j’ai aussi beaucoup appris avec ce livre !

Dans ce livre, Iraville raconte également comment elle est devenue illustratrice. Il est toujours très intéressant de voir comment différents artistes en sont venus à leur travail. Elle partage ses difficultés et ses victoires avec beaucoup de franchise, ce qui fait de ce livre un excellent compagnon pour les jours de solitude.

Enfin, ce livre est parfait pour tous ceux qui s’intĂ©ressent Ă  l’aquarelle et Ă  l’illustration moderne. Iraville partage une grande partie de son travail, de son expĂ©rience et de son histoire. C’est un livre que vous voudrez garder Ă  portĂ©e et feuilleter les jours oĂą vous ne vous sentez pas inspirĂ©. Chaque page est remplie Ă  ras bord de belles images, et ce livre vous donnera certainement envie de commencer Ă  griffonner, Ă  dessiner ou Ă  peindre !

Cozy Days, The Art of Iraville, de Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde, 3D Total Publishing