Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!

My best wishes to you for 2017; happy drawings, paintings, collages, pottery and what not!

I’ve started working TODAY on a brand new project, besides my current obsession (pottery): a drawing a day for the next 365 days in parallel to Priya from the Plum Tree. I’ll share the details in a next post. Until then, here are some pieces, in production or finished, that I’ve been working on during the past weeks.


My crooked coffee cupFur on wood and white glaze on clay

This small coffee cup is slightly crooked, but I love its texture and roundness. It feels a bit sandy under the fingers and it fits perfectly in my hands. Note the furry ballerina paws in the background. They are a perfect backdrop to any pictures.


Marbled clayA first attempt with marbled clay (#542 and #519), slowly drying


Marbled clay, polished with the back of a spoon
Marbled clay, polished with a metal spoon


Fall and winter pottery piecesCompleted pieces from this Fall/Winter
Mushroom: black underglaze and clear glaze on clay #519, black slip and clear glaze on speckled clay, grapevine glaze on clay #519


MushroomThe only drawing that came out as I hoped was this mushroom painted on a small disk. The combination was perfect: right amount of underglaze and transparent glaze on top. I applied a thin layer of the latter with a sponge and it seems that this is what works best. It didn’t make the drawing fuzzy like the other ones.


My January gift: a wallpaper of a very snowy forest in Sutton, where we used to live. You can download it by right-clicking on the picture. Choose “Save image as”.

Snow in the woods, Sutton (Quebec)

Early Christmas gift

La Datcha's gift tags 2016

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you: five printable gift tags for the Holidays!
Click on the link above or the image at the end of the post to download the PDF.

Also in the spirit of sharing, here are the links to some of my favorite works of art.
Maybe they will make you dream, travel and think, just as they do for me.

Joanna Concejo, all of her series for the Little Red Riding Hood, but especially this one
Betty Goodwin, Carbon
Priya Sebastian, Flight
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Falling Garden
Fabienne Verdier, La faille and Mélodie du réel

La Datcha's gift tags 2016