Big birds

Big birds - La Datcha

Not the yellow one. :-)

Big Bird, black - La Datcha
Acrylic on paper, 2014

Big Bird, pink - La Datcha
Acrylic on paper, 2014

Lac des sept frères, QC - La Datcha

A souvenir from a few years ago, at the Lac des sept frères, in the Vérendrye Park in Quebec. We went canoe-camping for a few days. Even if I like winter, I sometimes dream of swimming in a big deep blue lake early in the morning, while the loons are singing…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZQZMbBz48M (you will hear them at the 20th second) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1YmwQ–1nM.

La Datcha’s new skin

Floating and leaves

Sorry for yesterday’s post: I forgot that once I put the new blog version on line, the sticky message created to stay on top of the home page would go off! THIS post was supposed to be the first one for 2014… Here we go!

I decided to start this year with a new skin and a slightly different organization for my blog. Cordonnier mal chaussé we say in French (poorly shod shoemaker): I spend so much time working on other people’s websites that I didn’t feel the urge to spend my evenings modifying mine. But at the same time, it hurt my eyes every time I looked at it. Now it’s almost done; it just needs a few more tweaks. I hope you’ll feel comfortable in this new ride!

The changes are not radically different; I quite like the conventional navigation of this type of blog, but I wanted something that had a bit more “space”. A good category cleanup was also on my to do list, plus a new page “Work” to keep track of what I consider important steps in my creation process.

Apart from programming, when I did sit down at the drawing table, it was to experiment with color and to play around with recycled bits that have been waiting in a box with other leftovers. I had planned to use the leaves in a collage for the DIY iHanna’s postcard swap, but they didn’t fit in. I haven’t found exactly what to do with these, but it was fun to arrange them in various montages.

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Roupie the Mittens

I know it’s a bit late for this, but I wish you a fantastic 2014! I hope this year will be fulfilling and inspiring.

Makoto Kagoshima‘s beautiful ceramics
Naoko Serino‘s intriguing sculptures made out of fiber

Frozen

Frozen

Frozen. Litterally.

It started a couple of days before Christmas. The temperature rose to minus one and it started to rain, and rain, and rain. During the night, it froze. When this occurs, it’s usually followed by power failures. We were lucky that our street had to do without electricity for only one day. Others were without for a week, even when the temperature dropped to minus twenty. Continue reading…

First peak a the postcards for the DIY swap

First peak at the postcards for the DIY swap

I started to work on the postcards for the swap during the weekend; therefore, they’re a little bit Halloween inspired! This time, it’s acrylic and collage on paper pages from an old book. I like the way they add texture and rhythm to the cards.

Paper leaves

The first thing I did was to paint and cut these paper leaves, but they did not fit on the test card. My idea did not come out as planned and I had to start over twice, with an end result that was completely different from what I had in mind.

Green bird

Red bird

I also had fun with the leaves I collected a few weeks back.

Elsa Mora just launched a brand new blog about papercutting, and it’s already filled with lots of beautiful artworks!

iHanna’s Postcard Swap, autumn 2013

I just signed up for the new DIY postcard swap organized by iHanna; it will be my fourth participation! See the results of the first three here.

I love these swaps, they make me want to try new avenues.

Don’t hesitate to join in the swap, it’s really fun to create the 10 cards (series or not) and to receive an equal amount of surprises in the mail! Have a look at the Postcard Flickr Pool, most of the participants posted their work over there.

I hope to receive one of your creation by mail in November!

Sutton, Mountain Street

Donkey on Alderbrooke