La Datcha’s new skin

Floating and leaves

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.




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

A new kid on the block


This is Alphonse… Passion: radioactive chocolate.
Voici Alphonse… Passion : chocolat radioactif.

Like a 50's portrait

Like an old 1950’s portrait
À la façon d’un portrait des années 50

Sans titre

Cats have a slinky in place of a spine!
Les chats ont un slinky à la place d’une colonne vertébrale!

I love these remakes / j’adore ces interprétations :
The girl with a pearl earring, Weeping Woman and The two Fridas and much more!

Turnip lady

Semaine 36 : thème libre
Ink, ecoline and paper on paper, 2008

We spent the past three days in Montreal, in part to celebrate our birthdays (Nicolas’, his twin sister’s and mine), but also because we have to start packing. We have kept our apartment in the city as long as possible while living in the countryside but now it is time to make the move. We will be staying full time in the Eastern Townships!

I feel a bit sad to leave this place even if I love the countryside. We have lived in this apartment for a long time. So many memories are associated with this place, including a LOT of dinners with friends and family. I hope the new tenants will appreciate this space as much as we did.

We still have a few weeks before vacating the apartment, until then it will be sorting, sorting, sorting, getting rid of (how much stuff can someone accumulate in twelve years?) and packing.

Here are a few picks of the garden in Montreal, when it gets out of control!

jungle du mois d'août

jungle du mois d'août

jungle du mois d'août

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!