Weekly news: March 10, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

It’s finished! I finally completed my wild violet painting this week. I am so happy with how it turned out. I am still experimenting with backgrounds and composition, and so this piece is in fact many different parts assembled together. I also wanted to write a bit about violets because they are such pretty flowers. I was inspired by Victorian journals and paintings. I really hope you’ll like this piece. If you want to see more about my process, head over to my portfolio!

Outside the atelier, the temperature are tentatively going slowly up, and it has been such a treat to go out in the sun. Mind you, there is still so much snow everywhere, but there is definitively something different in the air: the first waves of Spring!

I’ve finished the vlog for February (it is linked bellow)! I hope it will be a relaxing moment for you.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

The Wild Violet collection is in the boutique 🙂 More coming soon!

Youtube

Here is February 🙂

A small treat…

If you love fairies and everything enchanted, you are in for a treat! This week, I stumbled upon Fairie Magazine and they put many of their past issues online as a free download! There are even coloring book (including one by Charles Vess!!)

Enjoy!



Weekly news: March 3, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been working hard on a painting I cannot wait to share with you. Progress is slow because I’m dealing still with pain and discomfort. It is much better as you can deduce, since I am back at the painting table! It has been such a comfort to be able to make some progress and to disconnect from everything while painting. I’m trying something a bit different this time, and I hope the final result will be beautiful!

Aside from creating new illustrations, I’m also wondering about diversifying my work to maybe include lessons or tutorials. This is very much still at the seed stage, but the idea keeps coming back to me. If you have any thoughts on this, I’d love to hear them!

Also, I’m working on editing February’s vlog, so stay tuned for it next week!

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

If you enjoyed my last larger format paintings, I made these little prints for you! They are only part of the paintings, but still look very cute! 🙂

Each one is hand-stamped and signed, and printed on watercolour paper for an extra special touch!

(This one is sold-out!)

Inspiration

Such an adorable book!

Over here for the fill review!

A small treat…

If you are impatient for Spring and the gardening season, or if you just need a break from your daily life, why not follow Monty Don in Rome? I love Monty! He seems so nice and is very knowledgeable! And if you want more, I suggest looking for his “Around the World in 80 Gardens” series which is also on Youtube.



Weekly news: February 23, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, things have taken a slow turn as I’m dealing with headaches and pain. It’s not fun, but it’s getting better! Things have slowed down quite a bit on the painting front, because I need my brain to be functioning to paint well, but I’ve been sketching a lot and preparing my next paintings. It’s interesting to take more time on these preparation steps. I’m hoping to be able to start painting again by the end of the week. 🤞🤞🤞

I am also taking this time to explore books and picture books. I’m writing down many ideas and notes, and I think something is starting to take shape. More on this soon!

Outside the atelier, I received the book “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro from the inter-library loans. I’m enjoying it a lot! I loved Never Let Me Go, and Klara is as intriguing and so well written.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

A beautifl and sweet story! Jim Lamarche wins again!

Over here for the fill review!

L’Atelier

I finally received the Lady Tiger notebooks! They’re waiting for you at the shop 🙂

Also, two new letter paper kits are available: one to continue celebrating the Year of the Tiger, another to call on Spring!

Finally, I also added a few “orphan” or seconds bookmarks that you can buy individually. I hope you take a look 🙂

A small treat…

It is a bit strange, a bit incomprehensible, but fascinating and so well done!



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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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: Wild Beings, by Dorien Brouwers

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(Par ici en français!)

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

Book review: Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolours, by Ai Nakamura

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(Par Ici en Français!)

This week I am taking a book from my “learning” shelf. Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolours by Ai Nakamura is a lovely tutorial book. If you have been wanting to start watercolours, but are a bit lost as to where to start, this book is perfect for you. I you have been using watercolours for a while and want to try something different, this book is also perfect for you!

First, please visit Nakamura’s website: it feels like walking through the most enchanting of flower gardens. I love how her style is both precise and loose at the same time. Her dreamy watery backgrounds give a dreamy feel to each of her paintings, leaving you with a strong feel of each flower without the overwhelming feeling of too many details. Her style is truly refreshing and so beautiful. I think that is one of the things I admire most about her work: how all the flowers she paints seem freshly picked from the garden. The colours she uses are bright and lively, creating an impression of a sweet summer’s day.

Now to the book! Nakamura gives detailed tutorials for different flowers and how to paint them. Perfect for beginners and confirmed painters alike, this book goes from the materials you need, to the basics of sketching and brings you up to more complex compositions. It is a pleasure to go through each tutorial, step by step, and discovering how she creates her beautiful paintings. Every page will leave you with a desire to grab your paints and start sketching!

I really hope you will look for this book: there is something for every level of painterly skills, and even if it is just for a skim, this book will leave you feeling enchanted by flowers. It is such a pleasure to discover artists that who have such a distinguishable style and wonderful skills. Happy painting!

Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolours by Ai Nakamura, Nippan IPS


 

Book review: Jolies fleurs à l’aquarelle : en 5 étapes simples, par Ai Nakamura

(Oui, ce livre est disponible en français! Youpiiii )

Cette semaine, je prends un livre de mon étagère ” Apprentissage “. Jolies fleurs à l’aquarelle : en 5 étapes simples d’Ai Nakamura est un très beau livre didactique. Si vous avez envie de vous mettre à l’aquarelle, mais que vous ne savez pas par où commencer, ce livre est parfait pour vous. Si vous utilisez déjà l’aquarelle depuis un certain temps et que vous voulez essayer quelque chose de différent, ce livre est également parfait pour vous !

Avant toute chose, visitez le site web de Nakamura : vous aurez l’impression de vous promener dans le plus enchanteur des jardins de fleurs. J’aime son style à la fois précis et libre. Ses fonds vaporeux donnent une sensation de rêve à chacune de ses peintures, vous laissant avec une forte sensation de chaque fleur sans la impression écrasante de trop de détails. Son style est vraiment rafraîchissant et tellement beau. Je pense que c’est l’une des choses que j’admire le plus dans son travail : toutes les fleurs qu’elle peint semblent fraîchement cueillies du jardin. Les couleurs qu’elle utilise sont vives et vivantes, créant une impression de douce journée d’été.

Passons maintenant au livre ! Nakamura présente des tutoriels détaillés sur différentes fleurs et la façon de les peindre. Parfait pour les débutants et les peintres confirmés, ce livre va des matériaux dont vous avez besoin, aux bases du croquis et vous amène à des compositions plus complexes. C’est un plaisir de parcourir chaque tutoriel, étape par étape, et de découvrir comment elle crée ses magnifiques tableaux. Chaque page vous donnera l’envie de prendre vos pinceaux et de commencer à créer !

J’espère vraiment que vous trouverez ce livre : il y en a pour tous les niveaux de compétences en peinture, et même si vous ne faites qu’y jeter un coup d’œil, ce livre vous laissera un sentiment de fascination pour les fleurs. C’est un tel plaisir de découvrir des artistes qui ont un style si distinctif et de merveilleuses réalisations. Bonne peinture !

Jolies fleurs à l’aquarelle : en 5 étapes simples, par Ai Nakamura, Vigot

Book review: Florette by Anna Walker

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(Par ici en Français!)

This week, I’d like to share a very cute and meandering book: Florette, by Anna Walker. And, yes, I was completely hooked by this book because of its lush cover!

This book follows Mae, who just moved to the city from the countryside. She misses nature and tries to find birds and flowers in her new urban environment. Taking you around the city, Mae discovers a closed “urban forest”. I thought the story was very cute and relatable, while also remaining fun because of all the exploring Mae does around the city. I really enjoyed seeing a little girl character running around and finding creative solutions to her problems. She is such an adorable and lively character! The book offered many solutions for when feeling forlorn or out of place, which was very interesting.

What I enjoyed most about this book, once again, were the illustration! I really loved the simple style that contrasted with rich and detailed compositions. It felt like there was always some detail to find and observe. I also loved the double page illustrations that took you around the city. Once again, following the main character around there was always something to discover. Another strong point was how the watercolour textures were prominent. It gave so much texture and grit, making each page even more fascinating to look at.

Overall, I think this book is such a sweet one to discover. Following Mae around her new city feels like an adventure where there is so much to see. Giving hope to all city-dwellers who miss nature and the countryside, this book is heartwarming and quite charming. I hope you’ll give it a read!

Florette, Anne Walker, Penguin Books


 

Book review: Florette par Anna Walker

(Ce livre a été traduit et est disponible en français!)

Cette semaine, j’aimerais partager un livre très mignon et plein de petits méandres : Florette, d’Anna Walker. Et, oui, j’ai été complètement accrochée par ce livre à cause de sa couverture luxuriante !

Ce livre suit Mae, qui vient de quitter la campagne pour s’installer en ville. La nature lui manque et elle essaie de trouver des oiseaux et des fleurs dans son nouvel environnement urbain. En faisant le tour de la ville, Mae découvre une “forêt urbaine” fermée. J’ai trouvé l’histoire très mignonne et attachante, tout en restant amusante grâce à toutes les explorations que Mae fait dans la ville. J’ai vraiment apprécié de voir un personnage de petite fille courir partout et trouver des solutions créatives à ses problèmes. C’est un personnage tellement adorable et vivant ! Le livre offre de nombreuses solutions pour les cas où l’on se sent déprimé ou pas à sa place, ce qui est aussi très intéressant.

Ce que j’ai le plus apprécié dans ce livre, une fois de plus, ce sont les illustrations ! J’ai vraiment aimé le style simple qui contrastait avec les compositions riches et détaillées. J’avais l’impression qu’il y avait toujours un détail à trouver et à observer. J’ai également adoré les illustrations en double page qui vous font découvrir la ville. Une fois encore, en suivant le personnage principal, il y avait toujours quelque chose à découvrir. Un autre point fort est l’importance des textures d’aquarelle. Elles donnent beaucoup de texture et de relief, rendant chaque page encore plus fascinante à regarder.

Dans l’ensemble, je pense que ce livre est très agréable à découvrir. Suivre Mae dans sa nouvelle ville ressemble à une aventure où il y a tant de choses à voir. Donnant de l’espoir à tous les citadins qui regrettent la nature et la campagne, ce livre fait chaud au cœur et est tout à fait charmant. J’espère que vous le lirez !

Florette, Anne Walker, Kaleidoscope