Monday, 27 February 2012

Creating Layers: Inspirations

For the "Creating Layers" workshop on Saturday, I used images from Chartres cathedral and old map of Chartres in my work.
Here are few close ups of my experiment on creating layers. They look like mini paintings within a painting!

Chartres (where I was born and grew up), France: Cathedral and the medieval town

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Creating Layers Workshop

My third workshop at Holly Dean's studio was on Creating Layers
What kind of paint (fluid, soft body & heavy body acrylics) and acrylic mediums to choose to create various effects. We learned about interference paint and how to manipulate iridescent paint. How to conceal and reveals areas; pull forward and push others.

Holly showing us

Experimenting with creating layers

Student's projects

Friday, 24 February 2012

Poster Challenge at Kanata Montessori for Grade 1, 2 and 3

After studying the war of 1812 with their teachers, grades 1, 2 and 3 illustrated it in a form of a poster for a contest organised by Canadian Heritage. Students had few rules to follow: No words, letters and phrases were permitted, the use of Canadian symbols was encouraged, all artwork had to be in colour. Students focused on their favourite "heroes":  Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, Shawnee War Chief Tecumseh, Laura Secord and Lieutenant-Colonel Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry.
The story of Laura Secord was one of the most popular.

Below picture
Top row from left to right: Artwork by  Grade 3, Grade 2, Grade 1
Bottom row left to right: Artwork by Grade 2, Grade 1, Grade1

Above picture : Artwork by Grade 3
The poster contest is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 1812 War

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Today was my second workshop at Holly Dean's studio

What a fantastic workshop! Thank you Holly!

We learned various techniques on creating text in artwork using gel, embossing powder, oil pastel, India ink... and made a "sampler" of techniques.
Picture on the right: new tools I learned about.

Our finished projects

Holly demonstrating below right and me having a great time! (photos below by Fran)

 Holly Dean's blog  (click!)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Monday and Thursday art classes: week 5

Winter and Canadian Artists

Students finished the project inspired by Tom Thomson

Age 6 to 15

Students also started a new painting in the style of  Lawren Harris

Monday, 13 February 2012

Workshop on collage at Holly Dean's

Saturday I went to a workshop on collage at Holly Dean's studio.
We learned techniques on how to glue and which glue to use for a variety of  papers, how to "push back" a photograph in a collage (making the edge of the photograph less visible), where to find copyright-free images online, how to make your own imagery. We also learn about composition.
In the afternoon, we worked on a collage using our own imagery or the one provided by Holly. We received as well in our package beautiful textured papers to use in our collage.
A whole day creating and learning!

Holly explaining how to transfer an image. Beautiful textured papers in the background

Working on a collage about my grand-mother.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Art workhop for adults: March 3, 2012

Introduction to gouache painting: The Snowman

Full!! Thanks for signing up
Your name will be added to a cancellation list
Techniques you will learn
How to paint a uniform background, a gradation with stripes, a gradation without stripes and "dark on light" painting techniques with gouache, an opaque watercolour.

Final project
While focusing on a round shape, you will learn shading techniques and using these techniques you will  produce a final painting of a snowman.

No previous experience is necessary
I will guide you step by step


Student's work from the January 28th session

Date: Saturday March 3, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: 2376 Church Street, North Gower, Ontario
Cost: $55 + 13% HST
Supplies are included in the cost

How to register:
Please send an e-mail to Véronique at to register.
I will send you a Paypal invoice unless you let me know at the time of registration you prefer to pay by cheque or by credit card over the phone. The invoice is due upon receipt. Payment is required to hold your space or your space will be given away. Payment is not refundable.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

This is my NEW blog address NOUVELLE adresse pour le blog

This blog is my new blog as of February 5, 2012

New blog address:

It replaces this one ( which I won't be able to update  because of my e-mail address change.
You will still have access to posts on the old blog (

Ce blog est mon nouveau blog à partir du 5 février 2012
La nouvelle adresse est:

L'ancien blog ( ne sera plus mis à jour à partir du 5 février 2012
Ancien blog:

Here is a picture of some of the artwork I have been working on for the last few weeks and my new Da Vinci paint tubes which I received Friday.  How exciting it is to get new colours!
My new watercolour artwork will be for sale in April...

Une de mes nouvelles aquarelles qui sera en vente en  Avril...

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Monday and Thursday art classes: week 4

Winter and Canadian Artists

Students finished the background for the project inspired by Tom Thomson's Open Water Joe Creek