goodbye and thank you!

dear beautiful people, 

during the past 6 years
i've been sharing my explorations, my comings and goings
my fears and doubts, successes and failures 
with you on this blog;
 it has been an amazing, wonderful and meaningful experience. 

and now it is time for something new. 

i feel the need to go inward for a while... 
to listen to my muse's quiet voice, 
to feed my art from the inside. 

i am so grateful to all of you who came along with me on this wonderful journey, 
thank you, thank you, thank you! 

goodbye for now ;) 

with love always

pssst... there is a new website coming soon
so don't go too far. 


i'm done with my BIG abstract commission! 

it took a lot of work, many, many layers, 
many doubts but it eventually came together! 

i'm super chuffed with the result and it seems my client is too. 
big smile! 

you can see the evolution here and here

tough love

this past weekend 
i took part in Dee Donaldson's 3 day drawing workshop. 

it has taken me a while to gather myself and my thoughts since...
i'm not sure i can put words to it yet but i will give it a try: 

it was amazing, tough, exhausting and enlightening. 
i have never done anything creative or related to art harder than this. 

Dee wasn't asking for pretty drawings with nice shading.

she wanted a rawness, gut responses, she wanted us to dig deeper, to play, 
to rely on sensation rather than thoughts. 

and that was so hard... i wrestled with myself a lot of the time; 
with the conditioned parts of me who wanted to make a pretty but emotionless drawing, 
with the part of me that wanted to do it "right", 
the part of me that wanted to know what was "expected of me". 

my head and thoughts struggled to let go of what i "should" be drawing 
but here and there in the course i had little glimpses of what it is 
like to "respond from my gut", to let it come up from deep inside of me. 

the drawings i share here are the ones where i feel i dropped deeper and trusted that 
i could respond... such an incredible, fleeting feeling. 

i feel that these three days have rocked my arting world 
and will bring many changes to my practice. 

i feel the need to go inward,  to dig deep to hopefully discover what my creative voice really, really
looks like. 

i feel as if i'm standing at a doorway not sure of what is coming just yet. 

happy days

today i treated myself to the most gorgeous flowers... 
and tomorrow i'm embarking on a 3 day life drawing course! 


i love all these accidental marks. 
working with them brings me such inspiration. 

the unpredictability of the ink takes me to places i would never have discovered.

on my easel

at the end of last week i hit a wall with my big painting 
i know it's not finished but i do not know what my next step is. 

so this weekend i decided to take a break and do something else. 
i stood at my easel and played with marks, 
ink, charcoal, pastel... 

i made pages and pages of those little faces, 
some good, some mad.

i'll share some more in the next few days.