Saturday, 21 February 2015

Book illustration # 13

Cosy in my studio today working on the last illustration for the book while it’s snowing outside. What a great feeling.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Day 4 of the Facebook Art Challenge.

Day 4 of the Facebook Art Challenge.

I am part of a large family (# 4 of 7 children). Three sisters and three brothers. All of them live in France. Sometimes I wish I could pop over for a day or two to visit my sisters Hélène, Sophie and Marie. Not really feasible. The way I "deal" with it is through my art. I paint about them. One year, few weeks before Christmas, I really really missed them. That’s when I painted “Concert de Noël”. My sisters might not look exactly the way I painted them on the picture but the feeling is there. Sophie et Marie are professional violinists and Hélène is a ceramist.
“Sisters” is another artwork I painted thinking of them. I am on the other side of the ocean.
“How love travels across the ocean…” No explanation needed...I started to write a story few years ago about a little girl who immigrated to another country and this painting was supposed to be part of a book (eventually?)

Friday, 13 February 2015

Paul Klee Grade 1

Grade 1. Kanata Montessori School. Artwork inspired by Paul Klee. Students were asked to use “warm” colours only.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Day 3 for the Facebook art challenge

Day 3 for the Facebook art challenge
In 2003, we went to visit my brother Pierre in Mayotte, a French island in the Indian Ocean, not too far from Madagascar, near the Comoros Islands. He owns and manages “Le jardin Maoré”, a beautiful resort. The restaurant is surrounded by spectacular baobabs trees and is right on the beach. The fauna is amazing from marine turtles, to fruit bat, to colourful tropical fishes to dolphins... I tried scuba diving for the first time. My last dive was one of the most “breathtaking” experiences I ever had. I saw a small turtle by itself swimming. Its (her) shell looked like cooper and gold colours because the sun was shining on it. There was no fish, no plants just the white sand, the turquoise water and the rays of the sun. It made me think of a small leaf swayed by the wind in the fall, without knowing which way it goes. An incredible beautiful feeling. Back home I painted “Underwater” and “Moonlight Race”. I love the sea, the waves, the smells, the colours. I also enjoy painting sea creatures like whales “Shower for a mermaid”. “Noah’s ark” allowed me to paint many animals viewed from the sea.

More on "Le Jardin Maoré" here:

Friday, 6 February 2015

Paul Klee

Grade 3. Kanata Montessori School. Artwork inspired by Paul Klee. Students were asked to use “cold” colours only.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

2015 spring art classes program for children at the studio

The 2015 spring art classes program for children at the studio is ready. Registration is open

Info at

PROGRAM theme: “Pop Art and Street Art ”

Students will be introduced to artwork from artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and James Rizzi

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Day 2 for the Facebook Art challenge

Day 2 for the Facebook Art challenge

I was born and grew up in Chartres, France, a beautiful medieval city well known for its cathedral and unique stained glass windows. I have been living in Canada for more than 31 years now. At the beginning, I painted only French scenes, my way to travel to France without taking an airplane. Few years later I progressively switched to more “Canadian” scenes.

“La boulangerie”. On the window display are all the patisserie, specialty breads I enjoyed:”éclairs au chocolat, religieuses, tarte aux fraises, brioches, croissants, pains au chocolat, petits fours..”

I painted “La fleur des champs” in memory of a beautiful flower shop located not too far from ”la cathé” in Chartres. The wisteria is one of my favorite vine which reminded me of my grandmother’s country house.

One Christmas during a family get-together, we skated through a frozen marsh. It was a breathtaking picture. The snow was falling lightly and the snowflakes looked like little diamonds. Older and younger people had fun skating between the trees. I tried to portrait the magic of winter in this “Moonlight skating”. Thirty one years later, I can not say I am a huge fan of winter, it's a bit too long... but sometimes it still looks magical.

The family cottage was one of those magical places where I felt really relaxed. My husband Charles and my oldest son Thomas looking at the star on the dock “At the cottage”