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
It’s been raining a lot and the shore of the lake is flooded, there are now some beautiful moss gardens underwater. Lucy kind of misjudged the depth of the water, I think. That, or she slid on the moss and fell right into the water. I was ready to get soaked and rescue her in a very tense moment, but she managed by herself, she had water to her shoulders. Lucy after her forced bath:
She smelled of a haiku poem after that, autumn leaves, fresh water and moss. This green goes well with her complexion, don’t you think?
Today, a dream popped up, I don’t know when it will be fulfilled, in one, two, three, four, five years, it doesn’t matter. I know it will happen. With a dear friend of mine, I will travel to Japan and visit traditional craftspeople, shrines, zen gardens, ancient forests and drink tea among other things. I can feel the dream radiate strongly, I can almost touch it. We just need to gather the funds and I, to get my driving license. I’m sure the dream will help us in its subtle ways…
Meanwhile, here’s a cake:
Not any kind, though. This is a delicious apple cake with cardamon and cinnamon. It’s so light it takes a mastery of self-control not to eat it in one go.
I reprinted the Celebration diorama, I’m in a totally Halloween mood. I used semi-gloss paper this time. I don’t think I’m going to use matte paper again, ever. It disagrees strongly with my palette. It took me three days to cut out all the figures because I had to take long breaks in between, cutting photo paper with a cutter is so painful for my fingers, I had to press like mad. The ideal would be a cutting machine. But since I hardly sell anything, why on Earth would I invest in such an expensive tool? For my own pleasure, I suppose. Oh yes, I like that. I will buy one. After the Rigid Heddle Weaving Loom (all capitalised – see how much I fancy it?) which is at the top of my wish list.
I don’t think I’m going to put this diorama in my Etsy store. Considering the time I spent on it, it’d be far too expensive. I’ll keep it. I’ll make some more when I’ll have a cutting machine.
Isn’t it the perfect weather to enjoy a nice warm apple cake coming out straight from the oven? Alas, no apples in this house! But a hot cup of tea and a toast with bitter orange marmalade will do. I don’t think Lucy enjoyed this walk, although it was not so bad when we started. There was a warm fire purring in the iron stove waiting for her when we came back.
This little chap says “hello!”. Just started another goblin and I tried for the very first time the spiral/twisted needle. Oh my… very efficient, I love it! This is going to be my needle of choice, no doubt about that. It gets firm very quickly and the needle leaves no poke mark.
When it comes to felting supplies, Heidi Feathers is my favourite supplier. She also has some lovely starter kits.
It feels so good, felting again. It’s a nice break from having to study the theory book for the driving license.
I came across some wonderful coloring books the other day. Have you ever heard of Johanna Basford? I think her designs are totally original and exquisite:
Some of her fans send her pictures of their colored books, I think it’s a great gift for people who aren’t too self confident about drawing yet but would like to explore more the possibilities of colours. I insert here some of the results but you can see more on Johanna Basford’s website ( Johanna Basford ):
I wish you a nice creative time, whichever form it takes!