Our little backyard and craft sessions with my niece

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Even if it feels a bit like downsizing after having a forest as a backyard for the past five years, we’re very lucky to have an outdoor space in the city…

A piece of our Montreal backyard
A very happy Trombocino squash

A piece of our Montreal backyard
In this part of the garden are the squashes, lettuces of all sorts, cucumbers, strawberries and fine herbs. We’ve invaded the space with as much edible landscape as possible. The hanging planters hold the strawberry plants, thyme, wild arugula and nasturtiums.

Light caught in the flower of the cucumber plant
Cucumber flower at its best!

Woven raphia on wood
At least once a week, my niece comes over for a craft session. I encourage her to explore her (very) creative brain using different materials and techniques and yesterday, to set the example, I tried my hand at weaving raffia.

We’ve been experimenting on wood sticks lately and one of the sessions ended with something that look like an underwater village.

Underwater village

Tabuchi Taro

Yamamoto Tetsuya

Speckled

Tea cups, La Datcha

We had to move back to Montreal, which had a couple of positive sides, like ceramic classes with a lot of free studio time. These are a few pieces that came out of the spring session.

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De retour à Montréal… Les bons côtés à ce déménagement: des cours de céramiques avec pas mal de temps en atelier libre! Voici quelques pièces issues de la session du printemps 2016.

 

Trimming
Trimming / Tournassage

Bisqued pieces
Bisqued pieces, before glazing / Pièces biscuitées, avant la glaçure

Ceramics, by La Datcha
Glaze + final firing / Glaçure + cuisson finale

Tea cups, La Datcha
Matte white glaze and transparent glaze on speckled clay / Glaçure blanche et glaçure transparente sur argile mouchetée

Coffee cup, La Datcha
Scratched matte black glaze on speckled clay / Glaçure noire grattée sur argile mouchetée

Coffee cup, La Datcha

Coffee cup, La Datcha
Rutile glaze on speckled clay; the bisque was partly soaked in water before being dipped in the glaze / Glaçure rutile sur argile mouchetée; le biscuit a été préalablement imbibé d’eau avant d’être trempé dans la glaçure

Coffee cup, La Datcha

Heureux lapin
Countryside or city; some things never change / Ville ou campagne; certaines choses sont immuables

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Four new whales

Whales by La Datcha
Pastel pencil on stone

Don’t know why I love drawing them so much…

So even if my niece told me “Julie, I’m growing tired of your whale pebbles”, I might just add a few more to the collection.

Whales by La Datcha

April Challenge: Last but not least

April Challenge: mushrooms
Lead pencil on paper

Last but not least, since we’re talking Mushroom. Yes, it’s worth a capital m and bold letters. These tiny and delectable beauties are a big thing in our house. I could tell you how every year, during several months, I loose Nicolas to the silent hunt. Priya wrote a beautiful post about it, after experiencing one of these expeditions with us last Fall.

April Challenge: mushrooms

So, I’ve done it! 30 days, 30 creations. I thought I was done, but then Carla Sonheim‘s newsletter came in and there was this link about 100 days of making? Hummm….

April Challenge: Week Four, Abstracts

April Challenge: Week four, abstract
Acrylic, lead pencil and micron pen on paper

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

Only four days left before the end of my April Challenge!

Up to now, creating every day has been really good for the mind, especially with these abstract drawings. It was more spontaneous; no plans, just letting go and exploring other forms on top of the basic shapes I started with.

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

 
Have a look at the playful work of:

Kim Baise
Cubicle Refugee

April Challenge: Week Three, Animal Party

April Challenge - party animal
Acrylic and pen on paper, April 2015

Already week three of my April Challenge: create something new every day of this month!
This week was all about animals.

April Challenge - party animal

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April Challenge - party animal

The thought is to combine them all, which will happen in May. I tried various treatments and decided on the one below. I like how the black extremities contrast with the unfinished parts of the sketch.

April Challenge - party animal

 
Have a look at the work of:

Faye Moorhouse
Olya Leontieva