Happy new studio!

Hello September!

As I posted in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds I have exciting news! Finally I'll have my own studio here in Paris. "Mon nouveau atelier" is small, cozy and very well located, something that I've been dreaming for a while. I'm sharing the space with a small fashion brand that you'll hear about because they're very talented people. So, dreams can be true when you are grateful to the universe (and your lovely husband!). 

I'll be posting some photos soon. 

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

5 things that changed my creative life

I was someone, since I remember, meant to be an ARTIST. My parents enrolled me in a kid's Art School when I was 2yo! During my school years, I was always the kid in the class who use to draw caricatures of the teachers. Anyway, time passed, I took many art classes in many different places and periods of my life. 

When I was 17, I shared an art studio with some friends, I "fell" in my professional life as a Graphic Designer when I was about 20 and before finish my course at the University (that I eventually dropped)... I worked with wonderful people and, having a gap in my formation, I finally had a BFA degree in my 30's.

After that, I opened with my best friend our art gallery entre-tanto. Then I moved to Paris, became mom and, even never stop working as graphic designer, I missed something... Well, to be honest I kind of sabotaged my artistic life for many personal reasons.  

So, last year, to be more precise, around April, everything changed. I was reading my Facebook timeline and I saw a post that a friend enrolled to Sketchbook Skool, yes with a k. To make this post a little more interesting, and because one thing leads to another, I decided to make a list of five things that REALLY changed my creative life forever:

  1. Sketchbook Skool: I can't be more grateful to have stumbled upon Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene and, since the beginning of their project, be a part of this wonderful creative community. All the courses are just fantastic and the teachers are amazing artists.
  2. The book "Art Inc." by Lisa Congdon: I was at the Louvre one day and after my visit in the museum, I entered a book shop and I saw this book, I bought it and read it... a whole new world opened to me.
  3. Pattern Camp by Jessica Swift: After reading Lisa's book, I started to check her website and she posted about this course, that I took last February. I always interested by Surface Pattern Design and I didn't know where I could learn it. Jessica is one of the most generous teachers I ever had.
  4. Creative Bug: OMG, inspiration and stretching skills everywhere! I'm in love with Yao Cheng's work and watercolour classes.
  5. Urban Sketchers: Participating in the Paris Urban Sketchers meetings, or sketchcrawls, I had the chance to make new friends and share my work.

What I learned with my experience is not new: "the more you give, the more you get". Just simple generosity. Sharing tips, drawings, posts, sites that can enhance yours and other people's skills is just something that I intend to keep doing.

The wall in front of my desk

The wall in front of my desk

Lisa's wonderful book. 

Lisa's wonderful book. 

Flowers and leaves

Since I restart drawing and painting I live Spring in a different way. I think I have my eyes more opened to the colors and shades of leaves and flowers. I love the variety of them, each week I see some new varieties blooming. Inspired by that, I started to study the shapes and test new papers for watercolor. Florals are not my real thing but I kind of enjoying them. Style shifting? We'll see. 

I don't draw firm reality but I think I'll give a try. 

I don't draw firm reality but I think I'll give a try. 

Testing, testing... 

Testing, testing... 

I love the way my little watercolor moleskine is filled now. 

I love the way my little watercolor moleskine is filled now. 

Well, this painting went a little bit wrong. But she told me to don't get her that way so I accepted my mistakes.  

Well, this painting went a little bit wrong. But she told me to don't get her that way so I accepted my mistakes.  

Playing with watercolor

Watercolor is a medium that I never tried till last year. I find it very interesting to experiment with, there are so many possibilities... I love the portability when sketching outdoors but I'm far away from controlling and getting what I want. Papers, brushes and the mist important thing: patience. Which, to be honest, I don't have too much. Too deal with it I work now in multiple projects at the same time. I create a background in a paper, go back to another drawing, then, while one is drying, I continue another. For now, I'm testing and having fun with the process. 

 

Today's studio setup at my dinner table.  

Today's studio setup at my dinner table.  

Studio setups

Many years working from home lead me to wish to get out and have my own private space. My atelier, my bubble, the place I can concentrate and the everyday home tasks don't overcome my work time. While planning, searching THE place and day dreaming, I set up pocket studios. This is what I learned with Urban Sketchers: anywhere can be a studio. You just have to see and draw... no procrastination allowed! 

This setup was at the dinner table in Porquerolles, a very beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, South of France.

This setup was at the dinner table in Porquerolles, a very beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, South of France.

My dinner table always turn into a pocket studio.

My dinner table always turn into a pocket studio.

Designing products

It's been a while I wanted to develop my own line of products featuring my prints, patterns and drawings. Actually this is my main goal for this year. I'd love to find nice manufacturers here in France to develop locally a small home décor collection. I wish we had here a Maker's Row style website, it would be easier to make prototypes (or echantillons in French) and some factory sourcing... Maybe it exists and I just need to find it.

As you see below, I already tried some prototyping. The only one I didn't like at all is the notebook, unfortunately the quality of the prototype wasn't as good as I expected. I'll be trying other things soon!