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.

iHanna’s DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013
Acrylic and pencil on paper/cardboard

I have made myself discreet for the past months, but I am still here! The beginning of the year was a bit rough and I needed a pause. Now what better than a swap to get back in the saddle!

Thanks to iHanna who takes the time to organize these at least twice a year. This is my third participation (first here and second here).

This time I used the back of old paper pads and glued on cold pressed paper. Cheerful colors, black shaped animals and plants were featured in this series.

Steps in making the postcards

Steps in making the postcards

A party on our little lake

Brown Paper Bag's Collage Scraps Exchange

The composition above is my end result for the Brown Paper Bag’s Collage Scrap Exchange. It had been a while since I made a collage and had forgotten how hard it can be! So many choices… I tried a lot of combinations but ended up with a simple montage on black paper.

Brown Paper Bag's Collage Scraps Exchange
What I received by mail

Not interested by what is happening in his back

This is what was in his back

Roupie was trying to ignore the honkers’ (Canada geese) party going on in his back. There were four families of these birds on the little lake this morning!

Going to the village
Going to the village

Have a good weekend!

Humanimal


Another drawing that started as a texture test on a scrap piece of paper but turned out interesting.
Watercolour, ink, acrylic and graphite on paper



Watercolour, ink, acrylic and graphite on paper

Still using colour, but toned down.
I think I needed to make a bold move to bring in some chromatic scale in my work.

It has been a long time since I felt I was on the right track: the last time I got this impression was when I tried the inkblots. Now, there is the mix of human and animal that I really like to explore plus it includes my beloved black with the added touch of colour to make it pop…

I have been spending much more time drawing these past few days, it is a good sign!

Also, pRiyA’s book “My Shishu Stories from a children’s home and school” is finished. The kid’s paintings are stunning and touching. I especially like the portrait of Hella Mundhra, founder of the school.

Birds of a feather

I rarely know what’s going to happen when I start drawing, forms just happen. But it seems that round and fluffy feathered creatures have made their way through my work recently.


Ink on paper


Ink and acrylic on paper                                                       Ink and Japanese paper on paper

 

They also got to me through my camera.

Notre supermarché pour les oeufs!

This is where we pick up our eggs each week. These hens live a good life: they belong to a very nice neighbour who lets them wonder around freely and they end up their lives as old hens, never in a crockpot.

These last ones were taken a while ago:

Refuge Pageau / Fluffy Souvenirs du tour éco vélo en 2005 Semaine 16 - Photo

The owls were photographed at le Refuge Pageau in Abitibi, a very special shelter for animals.
The second photo was taken during a three day eco-bike tour in Outaouais.
And last but not least is a bird that was photographed on our balcony in Montreal. We left food outside for the stray cats, but these birds ate it as much as the cats.

And since we are talking about birds in this post, here is today’s inspiration: the beautiful documentary “A falconner’s tale” by my friend Marc Girard. It’s available to watch on line!