Weekly news: May 19, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

I worked hard this week to finish the painting I was telling you about last week. I am so excited to share this one with you because I have been wanting to paint some Vietnamese fruits for the longest time. They are so varied, so rich in colours and shapes, and so delicious! I grew up eating many of them (my favourites being ramboutans and durian) and hearing about the incredible markets that populated my mom’s childhood. I combined everything here and even added a magical fruit merchant to celebrate the year of the Tiger a bit more.

It was so much fun and also a bit challenging to draw all these fruits and their textures. I love how colourful they are! If you want to see some process pictures and more details, feel free to visit my portfolio.



Outside the atelier, we spent some time this weekend finally taking out our seedlings and moving them to their permanent home in the vegetable patch. It was hot and humid, and we collected many bug bites, but everyone is settling nicely now. The garden is thriving at the moment and giving us a bounty of spring blooms… and a visiting cat friend! I am particularly in awe of the apple and pear blossoms that are so beautiful! The tulips are simply stunning, and I cannot help but stop to admire them each time I step outside.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

A charming and touching graphic novel!

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A small treat…

On the importance of teamwork…



Weekly news: May 12, 2022

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I heard through the grapevine that May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and in other parts of the world. So, as I have been fiddling with the idea of making another tiger painting for a while, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to work on it. I’m enjoying the process a lot, and researching reference pictures was particularly fun. For this painting, I’m celebrating my Vietnamese heritage and am working on a market scene. I had planned to finish the painting in time for today so that I could share it with you, but well, next week probably! No peaking, it’s a surprise!



Outside of the atelier, we are having our first heat wave of the year. It is the earliest heat wave we have had in my memory, and it is quite astonishing to see all the leaves come out of the trees all at once, almost quickly enough for us to see them grow with our naked eyes. Stella has also transitioned from happy kitty to sluggish potato… but she does have a lot of fur! I’ve been feeling weird about this and the world lately and this comic (by the incredible Sarah Andersen) perfectly illustrates my inner monologue.

So, to take my mind off of things, I’ve been researching website options. It’s been interesting to look at the different platforms and to test out different themes and styles. I’m looking into a new website because since I’m making a creativity class, I want to have access to a learning/teaching platform for it. There are so many options! Let me know if you have a favourite or a recommendation. Your input is always very much appreciated.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

A very cute and enchanting middle grade book illustrated by Charles Vess!

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A small treat…

I discovered this channel this week, and it is so inspiring! Johanna has such a tiny garden, but it is filled to the brim with beautiful flowers all year round. She gives a ton of tips on container and succession gardening and it is truly inspiring. Here’s a short video of her garden in Spring: lots of flowers, soft music and cats! What’s not to love?



Weekly news: May 5, 2022

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Our seedlings have started making flowers inside! For the last two years, we have had some flower even before they reach the garden. It is particularly enjoyable because we started these plants from seeds. It’s like an extra seal of success. They only have a few more days before they get to their permanent homes outside in the garden. I am very excited for the season to truly begin!

Here are a marigold and an eggplant flower that opened this morning:



This week, I gave the final touches on my forest painting, and it is done! I finished the Spring Forest Fairies painting, and it was such a satisfying piece to work on. I tackled my fear of backgrounds, and it was both exciting and rewarding to do so. I think I learned a few tricks and techniques with this painting, and that is always great. I also paid special attention to the composition, and I am so happy with how it turned out. I love the three little characters/fairies. I think they tell a story and add a touch of woodland magic to this forest scene.

I took a lot of process pictures. They are waiting for you in my portfolio.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

Such a wonderful book! I loved discovering it, and I have not been able to put it away since.

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Youtube

It is the first week of May, and here is the April vlog! I share some of my process for the Spring Forest painting and birds, a lot of birds.

A small treat…

So . excited . for . this!



Weekly news: April 28, 2022

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The flowers are here!

The flowers are here!

The flowers are here!

They got snowed on again yesterday, but luckily all the snow was gone this morning, and I was able to go outside and snap these pictures you. I am so excited to see the flowers finally blooming! The hellebores are stunning, and I really hope they will spread around their corner of the garden. The daffodils make us instantly happy, and I also want to propagate them around. Their bright yellow is so warming to our winter-filled hearts. I even saw the tiniest little viola flower! It is so wonderful to have so many flowers pop out finally. Everything seems brighter all of a sudden in the garden, and there are so many things to see and look at, you would need eyes all around the head to see it all!

In the atelier, I’ve been continuing work on my forest flowers painting. It is a lot of fun because I find myself doing a lot of research on how other artists have approached light and shadows, and backgrounds. I am once again learning a lot through this piece. It is so motivating to be constantly searching and learning and finding solutions. Here is a snippet:

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

Stop everything you are doing and run to your favourite bookstore or public library to order this book!


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My partner and I took a stained glass class a few weeks ago. It was so much fun, and I am taking you with us!

A small treat…

The cape: GENIUS!!!



Weekly news: April 21, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

Can you believe we had snow at the beginning of the week? I still can’t!

The good thing about it being still pretty cold out, is that ****drum roll please**** I finished my sweater, and I can wear it! It was such a long project that I kept putting aside, but I’m so glad it is now finished!

I’m am getting very impatient to see flowers outside, but in the meantime, I am celebrating Spring with a new forest flowers painting. I’m just at the beginning of it, so there is not much to share. For this one, I am tackling my fear of backgrounds and trying something new (again). I hope it turns out beautiful!

Outside of the atelier, I’ve been thinking a lot about…the atelier. Etsy has increased their fees, Patreon, my work on the blog, making enough sales have all been on my mind. I’ve seen other artists add a tip jar to their Etsy shop, and I thought that was a good idea. So, there is now a tip jar in my shop. It always feels a bit icky talking about and asking for money, but I want to continue to create quality and free content (the book reviews and this newsletter for example!). This still means that I spend time and put work into creating these free pages. The tip jar is there in case you have a desire and financial capacity to support my work. Of course, this is totally up to you, and I hope you will not feel like you have to! The fact that you are reading this makes me already so happy. Moving on!

I am also putting up a class on creativity, and I have been writing some more these past few weeks. I try to write for a 2 hours or so every few days, and I am almost done with the text part of the class. I cannot wait to get into the filming/photography part of this project! I’m still looking at many more weeks of work, but it is slowly taking shape. I’ll keep you posted on that project as well!

Finally, if you didn’t eat your weight in chocolate over the long weekend and are still craving something sweet, these crunchy peanut butter chocolates are amazing! Beware, they tend to disappear instantly!

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

This is such a beautiful book!

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A small treat…

It’s so fun to discover myths and stories. I really like the illustration style of this video. I hope you will like it too!



Weekly news: April 14, 2022

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After spending a lot of time thinking, planning, and organizing, I’m finally back at the creative table: I have officially started work on a very special product I’d like to launch this Fall. It’s crazy to be thinking about October already when there aren’t any flowers or leaves out yet, but I want to have enough time to create something unique and beautiful. Also, because it is something new, I want to give myself enough time for prototyping and redirecting if things don’t work out. I’ll let you know more once I have some tangible things to share. 

I have also been experimenting with different drawing styles and revisiting the basis of drawing with a lot of sketching. I’ve never had a drawing class presenting specific drawing techniques, so when the illustrator Julia Bausenhardt launched her Sketching Fundamentals class, I signed up. It is so nice to learn new tips and to give myself some time to draw and practice. Here is one of the exercises from this week’s teachings: I gave myself 30 seconds to look at each picture and then 30 seconds to draw from memory. I chose shoes because I never draw shoes… and it was so hard! It was very funny because it felt like the object would instantly disappear from my mind once the picture was gone. It was a really fun exercise, and I think I’ll try it again sometime.

Outside the atelier, I’ve been devouring the book “The Coyote Road, Trickster Tales”, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling. It is an anthology of stories featuring a trickster character. The Trickster is such an important archetype in stories and is present in all cultures. It is really interesting to discover new stories and authors, and so far each story is better than the previous one. I have to admit that I picked this book up because it is decorated by Charles Vess, one of my favourite illustrator, but it has been living up to its cover perfectly!

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

Inspiration

A treat of a book!

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A small treat…

How??? Incredible!



Weekly news: April 6, 2022

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This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the next few months and what projects I want to push forward. At the beginning of the year I made a long list of plants I’d like to draw, and even if many have been crossed out, many more are still waiting. Other ideas have made the list even longer! So, I’ve been organizing, prioritizing and trying to make decisions. I’ll keep you posted!

The weather is finally looking up, and we just came back from a little break in the sun with the cats. Our old lady cat is such a sun lover and was so happy to lounge outside for the first time this year.

In other news, I’ve also completed the knitting part of my sweater (remember when I shared just the collar?). I still have a few finishing touches to work on for it to be completely finished, but the larger part of the work is done! Yay!

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

My sunflower painting is available as a greeting card! I hope you will go take a look!

Inspiration

A suprise discovery!

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It is the first week of April, which means: a vlog is up! 🙂

A small treat…

I love when nature documentary sound like thriller films. Sir Attenborough is such a master at this! I really hope this series will be available in Canada soon: The Green Planet from the BBC.



Weekly news: March 31, 2022

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This week, I’ve been dreaming of summer. With our little seedlings growing each day, it is so much fun imagining our garden in just a few weeks. We are planting some different varieties of sunflowers this year: teddy bear and mammoth sunflowers seedlings have sprouted! Maybe it is because of that that I wanted to paint this sunflower. Yellow flower present very particular challenges because yellow paint it quite difficult to move around once it is on paper. Shadows are also different because you don’t want the bright yellow to turn grey or murky. All that makes for a very interesting painting experience. The sunflower also presents its own particular challenges. This time, I’ve surrendered and kept the centre of the flower quite simple, but I think I’ll research some more on the double spiral the seeds form and on how to draw them. In any case, it was once again a very fun painting to work on, and I hope you’ll like it too!

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

Outside the atelier, I’ve been compulsively checking on our seedlings. Some of the seeds we bought this year were marked as having a low germination rate. So of course, they almost all sprouted! I’m not complaining, but it does mean that we will have some separation work to do. I’m hoping we will be able to do this with minimal disturbance and have good results. Any tips are welcomed!

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

My sunflower painting is available as a greeting card! I hope you will go take a look!

Inspiration

This is such a beautiful book from one of my favourite artist!

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A small treat…

These rescued Honey Badgers are so incredibly smart and funny!



Weekly news: March 23, 2022

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So, did you guess which fascinating plant-insect duo I was painting last week? Well, it was the incredible Monarch butterfly and Milkweed team! These two exceptional beings have a symbiotic relationship: the butterfly helps pollinate the plant, while the plant provides food for the caterpillars. It is truly incredible to learn more about this relationship, and it made the painting that much more fun and interesting. If you live in North America and have access to some land, it is a good idea to see which milkweed species is native to your area and to plant some! They have the most beautiful blooms and seed pods, which makes them attractive plants to have around the garden. Plus, who wouldn’t want to have the chance of seeing beautiful monarch butterflies?

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

Spring is finally here! Yes, it is still snowing, and yes some days are colder than what I’d like, but look! Tulips have started to show up, promising us incredible blooms and colours.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

I am so happy to have 3 new products for you this week! I particularly enjoyed putting the wild Viola letter set together. Isn’t so pretty?

Inspiration

This book is a long lost friend I am so happy to have found again and so excited to share with you!

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A small treat…

Let’s dive into the weirdly beaitiful world of…Molds! Barry Webb is a wonderfully talented macro photographer. I hope you’ll enjoy his work!



Weekly news: March 16, 2022

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I’ve started a new painting! I’m experimenting with a different style for this one, and it’s very interesting. This is an idea I’ve had for a long time, and I had planned to work on it later this year, but last week I decided now was the good time for it. Can you guess what I am painting? Here is a hint:

Outside the atelier, things are starting to feel a bit more like Spring. Mind you, everything is still covered under thick snow, but there is something in the air. We are also excited to start our seedlings soon. It’s always such a fun moment to prepare the plants we will have in the garden once the “real” spring will be here. This year, I’m dreaming of flowers and colours all around.

As I work on my new painting, I have been listening to The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. Some booktubers have compared it to Harry Potter, so I had no choice but to give this book a try. It is very entertaining so far!

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

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

Inspiration

I do love Phoebe Wahl and her busy colourful books!

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A small treat…

Such a crazy project! How incredible! I don’t understand how one single family can take on such a project and have so many skills to put to use, but it really makes it even more incredible!