Welcome to my Inner World. I am a French self-taught artist, and these past seventeen years I have made Norway my home. Moving to the Lofoten islands was the greatest present I ever made to myself and the Arctic landscapes are indeed a true treat for any artist’s eyes. I live with my British soulmate,… Continue Reading

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Oil Paints and Diorama

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It needs to dry a bit but I’ve already tried to enhance one of the ceramic brooches with my Cobra oils, and it works fine.
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That’s more like me, I think. I’m eager to order more oil colours (my choice is limited at the moment) and paint on ceramics. I absolutely love it. Love the feel of the oil paint on the ceramic. I can think of a few artist friends who would love it, too.

I finished assembling a diorama today, it will soon go in my Etsy store. As soon as I can find some cardboard boards in town (which is not guaranteed, alas, since I live in a very remote place). Wish me luck.

Here are some new pictures:

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Greenman, Brooches and Soul Boat

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It’s been one week since Loki left for Faeryland. It’s difficult to overcome the wave of apathy that replaced the raw emotions, but I trust time will heal. Meanwhile, since I’m not inspired by jars of ashes, I made this altar to my little one and needle felted a figurine of him. From a distance, he looks exactly like him and this sight soothes my pain a little. The box will be filled with other little things. I’m glad I could felt, much love and tenderness went into its making. I made him plump and healthy again.

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I did some glazing which turned out allright and painted for the first time some brooches with my new underglazes. Amaco makes them. They’re supposed to retain their colours at 1200 celcius but I’m a bit disappointed. I think some colours like purple, pink and red need to be “overdone”. At that point, after having invested so much in diverse materials, I get tempted to just paint my figurative ceramic pieces with oil paints. Seriously considering it… I guess, it’s allright if you use low-fire clays but mine’s a stoneware clay. Until now, all the underglazes I purchased, when fired at 1200, are just not satisfying. They either fade or darken. Until I get some low-fire paperclay, I’ll probably give a chance to oils and stick to Potter’s Choice glazes for the big items. I like oils, they’re nice on ceramic. And the ones I use dilute with water and dry pretty fast.

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The Princess and the Goblin. I think they go well together. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale.

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Pixie revisited. With the new underglazes this time. Although they’re very nice to work with, what you see is not what you get in the end. I will use oils for my next brooches.

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A little witch. Once a witch, always a witch.

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I couldn’t make a witch without an owl, could I?

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My favourite one. I love old boats. And rough seas. Imagine how nice and cosy it must be in its little cabin.

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A goblin prince. I don’t think he’s much into princesses.

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The roof of the tower on my own personal Soul Boat had broken so I wanted a replacement. And guess what? It doesn’t fit! I’ll make a house that’ll go with it (hopefully).

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A Soul Boat, which will be soon in my Esty store. Now the symbolism of the Soul Boat is quite strong. A friend of mine today mentioned the harmony of water (the sea which surrounds the boat) and the inner flame (the tealights you place inside) and it speaks to me. I also like the idea of the prow figure as a guardian of the Soul. And the fact that the boat symbolises adventures while the house with its cosy lights offer a peaceful retreat.

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And a Greenman I did for a dear friend of mine. It will hang on a wall. I think the colours are beautiful.

Prints

I finally managed to get the hang of the printing process and I am proud to announce that there are now four different paintings available in my Etsy store.

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These are high quality prints, it took me countless hours of printing trials to arrive to this result. And a lot of swearing too, believe me. I decided to print only on A3 paper. Less than that is not worth the investment. There are so many details in my paintings which just disappear in an A4 format. Perhaps I’ll use all my A4 stock to print character close-ups, eventually.

I’m working on a new diorama which I’m very excited about. But it will take a long time before it’s finished. In the meantime, the first diorama will be soon available in my Etsy store. I have to find a way to take it into picture so that the photos do it justice,

I also fixed the problem with the contact page, it didn’t work indeed. Thank you, Ricardo, for drawing my attention to it.

I’m planning to be more talkative here on my blog, so … be prepared!

Yeah, yeah… promises.

Celebration

Although I’m going through a rough time with my dog’s illness, there’s always space for celebration. I’m celebrating the fact that 5 months after this terrible diagnosis, Loki is still here and still keen on going for walks one hour and a half every day, For a dog who’s become incontinent and has prostate cancer and god knows what else, I think he’s doing pretty well.

This last painting, which took me so long because of all my ceramic projects is my homage to the inner sanctuary, the hearth and its guardian, the Brownie. I loved dressing up these old ladies and I can’t work out why all the female characters which abund in fantasy art nowadays are all so young, Even representations of crones are actually young models with white hair. Old age can be so beautiful, sweet and mysterious. I love old ladies. Particularly eccentric ones of course.

Please let me introduce Eleutheria:

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Myfanwy:

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Mathilda:

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Korrigan (pixie from Brittany):

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And Farfadet (the French Brownie, house elf):

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And here is the bigger picture:

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Which I made into a paper diorama:

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I love dioramas SO MUCH! I wish I had an electronic die cut machine, though. Cutting by hand is very messy and takes ages. Also, I’m still struggling with my Canon printer settings. I haven’t figured out yet how to enhance my images prior to printing. It drives me insane, really. I guess I should also buy at some point a daylight lamp to take better pictures of my work.