Cattails in the snowstorm – January’s wallpaper

It’s a bit late, but here is January’s wallpaper! This a detail of the wallpaper.
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There was a beautiful snowstorm just after Christmas. Snowshoeing while all that snow was coming down was so much fun! The image above is one of the many photos I took during our hike. The poor cattails got their plush messed up with all that wind!

It has been a while since I posted, here are some of the things I have been working on in the last weeks:

Big head no 7

A new series of Big Heads, this is no 7.

Green pebbles

Painted pebbles

Upcoming vampire

Upcoming vampire

And a new creature is on the way.

What have you been up to?

Happy New Year!

Blue, two

Blue pebbles

Blue pebbles, detail
Acrylic on pebbles *** Acrylique sur galets

In the new batch of pebbles can be found these nice “split” rocks. A natural white line separates the pebble in two or more parts. It made me think of the horizon line, or a cut view of the ground, above and below. I will work with this in mind for this series.

Blue pebbles, detail

Blue pebbles, detail

Friday, already! Have a good weekend!

GUO Hongwei, via The Jealous Curator

First pebbles

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Pastel on stone

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Acrylic on stone

Here are the first painted stones of the new batch. It’s already been a year since I have done this so I felt the need to use two techniques that have given interesting results on stone.

The first one is the spirit of these and the black ones are the grandchildren of those.


Voici les premiers cailloux peints du nouveau lot. Étant donné qu’il y a déjà un an que j’ai travaillé sur ce support, j’ai ressenti le besoin d’utiliser deux techniques testées précédemment et qui fonctionnent bien sur la pierre.

La première pierre est dans l’esprit de cette série, et les galets noirs sont les petits-enfants de ceux-là.

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A collage full of mushrooms and flowers from Ben Giles. ***  Une explosion de champignons et de fleurs de Ben Giles.

Three things that made me happy last week

Finally got my copy! :-)  ::  J'ai enfin reçu ma copie!

1. I finally received my copy of the book Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals! The first one got lost in the mail. I love it and can’t wait to try the “Creatures on wood” and the artist’s book projects.

1. J’ai finalement reçu ma copie du livre Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals! La première a été égarée quelque part entre la maison d’édition et mon bout de campagne. Je l’adore et j’ai très hâte d’essayer les projets “Créatures sur bois” et le livre d’artiste.

New batch of pebbles to paint :: Nouvelle cargaison de galets à peindre

2. My friend Marc brought back more pebbles from Gaspésie, a bowl full of experiments is awaiting! See a few examples here, here and there of what I have done with the first batch.
Of course, the forecats had to “inspect” it.

2. Mon ami Marc m’a rapporté de nouveaux galets de Gaspésie. J’aurai l’occasion de tester de nouvelles choses! Vous trouverez quelques exemples ici, ici et de ce que j’ai fait avec le premier lot.
Bien entendu, les chats contremaîtres ont ressenti le besoin d’inspecter le nouvel arrivage.

Birthday party :: Anniversaire

3. We celebrated my goofy sister’s birthday this weekend. Good friends, good food, good time!

3. Nous avons célébré l’anniversaire de ma rigolote de sœur. Bons amis, bonne bouffe, bon temps!

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And after three days in Montreal, I am back to our little quiet place in the countryside.

De retour dans notre tranquille coin de campagne après trois jours à Montréal…

*Mostly Grey*

When comes March, I will probably say “I am so fed up with it!” but for now, I’m in love with snow. Happy, Happy, Happy! It is our first winter here and it promises to be good. No brown slush, only white and grey fluffy snow. No grumpy city people, only fleeting birds (big and small), curious horses and timid sheeps. Well, we will see if we pass the country side winter test!

Greys :: Gris

Greys :: Gris

Winter jewel :: Bijou d'hiver

I am not over whales… and stones. I have tried painting the pebbles with liquid acrylic. It will take me some practice and adjusting since we can see the brush markings on the surface. Next step: gouache?

Greys :: Gris
Liquid acrylic on stone

Jennifer Davis is up to something, I can’t wait to see more!
I fell in love with her Bear wearing tiny red shoes a few month ago..

A Benefit!

Painted pebbles
Acrylic on stone

Painted pebbles
Pastel on stone

I have been asked to participate to a benefit for the Haiti children this Thursday night in Montreal. I am really excited! This is a great cause and a lot of people are expected to attend.

I will have a stand with painted pebbles (you have seen them before here, here and over here), greeting cards and Giclée prints derived from my illustrations.

There is a lot of preparation involved and not much time left! I will tell you how it went in my next post.