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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I hope you are all doing well!

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.

Over here for a full review!

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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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I hope you are all doing well!

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!!!



Peonies and fear… and cats!

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For the last few days, I’ve been working on this peony painting. Peonies are stunning, but they have so many petals! As a painter, they are so intimidating! Anyways, I finished this piece and just added it to my portfolio!

I hope you like it and have a look!

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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I hope you are all doing well!

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!



Another Portfolio Update!

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2023 will be the year of the Cat and I’ve added a few pieces to celebrate 🙂


I hope you will visit my portfolio for more details!

And as always, these are available in my shop. Thank you for supporting my work as an independent artist!

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