Friday, October 21, 2016

PTSA Open House and New Gel Plate Monoprint session

If you live around Port Townsend, swing by the PT School of the Arts Open House tomorrow, October 22nd, from 1 to 4pm. You can meet all the teachers, see their work and find out more about all the cool classes offered in the Fall 2 session. PTSA is at Fort Worden, Building 306. I will be offering another 5 week session of Gel Plate Monoprint from November 9th-December 14th (no class November 23rd) on Wednesday mornings, 9 to noon. Art is so good for you! :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Post Art Northwest: October

Post Art Northwest | October |  Emily McCann Photography
In July this year, I was contacted by the very talented photographer, Emily McCann, asking me to be part of her Post Art Northwest project. Every month she draws a name from subscribers to her newsletter and sends the winner a snail mail postcard featuring one of her gorgeous image on the front and an original illustration from a PNW artist on the back. I was selected to be Miss October (my favorite month!). Check out her blog post featuring a short interview with me.

Emily also offered to come to my studio to take photographs. I usually don't like any pictures of myself but she managed somehow to take some really good ones! I don't know how she did that. I warned her that I wasn't very photogenic and she just shrugged her shoulders and said: "everybody says that, but that's not true", and she proved me wrong! She does have a very contagious laugh, you just feel like smiling when you are around her, that's the perfect quality for a photographer! Here's a few pictures from the shoot, I will share more later.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Beeswax Collage Workshop

Student work | Beeswax Collage Workshop | PTSA

This weekend I taught a Beeswax Collage Workshop at the Port Townsend School of the Arts. I had a super fun group, everybody in class was amazingly creative. I used to teach that class in California with my friend Diane and it brought back a lot of good memories (yes Diane, every time I smell melted beeswax, I think of you!). In a weekend workshop, we had a little more time to explore this medium (the California workshops were only 3 hours) and we got to work on canvas and panel board and then a free project, like a cigar box, or book cover, etc. This class will be offered again in early 2017, I will let you know when I have the dates. I am so happy to be teaching again, thank you to all my wonderful students for being so enthusiastic and dedicated! 

Student work | Beeswax Collage Workshop | PTSA

Monday, September 19, 2016

25 cents et autres histoires à la pièce

My cousin, Marie-Chantale Gariepy just published another book : 25 cents et autres histoires à la pièce. And we got to design the cover together! It's a collection of short stories inspired by a suggestion box she left for the customers of the Soucoupe café in Montreal. Clever idea, fascinating stories! On sale now in Montreal bookstores.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Port Townsend School of the Arts Open House

Exciting news! I will be teaching at the Port Townsend School of the Arts in the fall! A Gel Plate Monoprint 5-week session (Thursday 6-9pm, Sept 29th-October 27th) and a weekend workshop in Beeswax Collage on October 8-9th. There is an open house this Saturday August 6th from 1 to 4pm. Come by and meet the teachers and check out the first faculty art show. You can also enter a raffle to win a work of art. Swing by if you are in the area!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Summer Sewing Mood

I am in a sewing kind of mood.  I have many projects in the pipeline; quilts, totes, aprons, dresses, etc. And I have a pile of Spoonflower fabric just waiting to be turned into something fabulous. It helps to have a deadline though. I started this dress the night before the opening of my Mixed Media show at a local gallery because I didn't have anything to wear! I even made a belt with a belt kit I got at a garage sale a long time ago, it was super easy. My grandmother would have been proud of me! Even though she was a much better seamstress than I will ever be, I make up for it with enthusiasm. I get so excited when I turn a piece of fabric into anything, even if it's just a pot holder or a simple quilt block. Ok, this is the year I am finally going to finish a quilt, there, I said I have to do it.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spoonflower/ Bucket feet Oceans design contest

Surf's Up | Spoonflower/Bucket feet design contest finalist

My fabric design made the top 100 in the Spoonflower contest with Bucket Feet and you have until Wednesday, May 25th to vote. The winning Oceans design, chosen from the top 10 by BucketFeet, will be made into a run of limited-edition shoes. Stay tuned for the big reveal on Thursday, May 26th, which was my grand-papa Gerard's birthday! You can see all the entries and vote here!

Bucket feet shoes | Every limited-edition shoe is designed by a different artist

Friday, May 6, 2016

Monoprints + Mixed Media

Nébuleuses | Mixed Media on wood panel  | 18 x 18
I am happy to announce that I will be showing my work at the Bishop Gallery, in the Bishop Victorian Hotel, 714 Washington Street in Port Townsend. My first solo show: Monoprints + Mixed Media, opens tomorrow May 7th, during gallery walk from 5:30 to 8pm. I will also have my new coloring book for sale, and will demo a few coloring/blending techniques. There will be singing and ukulele playing by Dave Parisse (my husband) and my good friend Anne Ficarra. Swing by for a glass of wine or just to say hello if you are in the area. I would love to see you! The show runs until the end of the month.


Friday, April 29, 2016

The West Coast Coloring Book

Yes, it's time to get your colored pencils out new book just came out this week! Another book with a West Coast vibe: The West Coast Coloring Book will take you down the winding Pacific Coast Highway through crashing waves, high cliffs and sandy dunes, bountiful orchards, lush forests and all the spectacular scenery the West Coast has to offer. Stop along the way to go surfing, camping, fishing, whale watching or wine tasting! Discover Port Townsend, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Hollywood or San Diego. The book offers 30 illustrations and a thumbnails section in the front with a small paragraph describing each illustration like in a travel guide book. I had so much fun illustrating it, I hope you enjoy coloring it too. Click through for more info or to order your copy.     

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spoon Challenge Contest: Watercolor!

The theme picked for the Spoon Challenge Contest is Watercolor! That works out pretty well for me because it's one of my favorite medium for fabric design. So I just sat down and painted a bunch of birds (although they kind of look more like chicks, which would make it an excellent Easter print!) But they are actually plump little birds, very well fed, but who can't keep a secret. They have been tweeting and gossiping away with their colorful chirps. You can see all the entries for the contest and vote here! Happy early Easter!

A little bird told me | Spoon Challenge Contest | March 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spoon Challenge

Have you been following the Spoonflower Design-a-Day Spoon Challenge? It started on March 1st and it ends on March 15th. It's been really fun to follow tips from all of my favorite designers talking about their styles and process. Spoonflower asked me to do a post on Pen and Ink illustration and you can read all about it here. At the end of the challenge on March 15th, they will be choosing one of the 15 prompts as the theme for the next contest. You will have just 48 hours to tweak your design and enter it into the contest by March 16th. Voting will open to the public on Thursday, March 17th mid day. Have fun!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Signing in Seattle this Thursday!

Hello Seattle! I am doing a book signing event at Portage Bay Goods this week! Such a cool shop and our very first store in Seattle. They started carrying our coloring book right after it came out in November and they keep selling out every month since then. So I am pretty excited about the book signing this Thursday, February 18th from 5 to 8pm. You will also have a chance to win the coveted PNW Coloring Book Gift Set! Stop by for a glass of wine or just to say hello if you are in the Fremont area!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Spoonflower Giveaway

We are starting the new year with a Spoonflower Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a prize pack which includes the following:
  • A copy of the Pacific Northwest Coloring Book by Lucie Duclos and Mélina Lamoureux
  • Sea Sparkle temporary tattoos
  • a set of 12 Derwent colored pencils
  • PNW bookmark
  • a small bag of Port Townsend sea glass.
  • pencil case made with Eco Canvas from Spoonflower
You can enter the contest here until January 13th!

Want to hear some more great news? You can purchase original illustrations from the Pacific Northwest Coloring Book on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap in the PNW collection on Spoonflower! Happy New Year!