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Behind the Scenes with PALETTE DE BINE

My family and I made our way up to Mont Tremblant this past spring. We hadn’t yet been very far north in this new-to-us home province, and Tremblant is sort of like Quebec’s Whistler, I figured, so it was worth a drive up. We went to take in the sights, mostly and not to ski. We could have…

Urban Sketching at an 18th Century Market

One of the many things I love about Montreal is the yearly Pointe-à-Callière New France 18th Century Market. It is great – so fun loving and historical. There are people scattered all over the place decked out in 18th century clothing, from soldiers, to magistrates, to peasants and farmers, to common thieves and pirates. There was just…

For The Rowanwood

I just love working with friends, don’t you? Recently I had the joy of working with some great folks I met over 10 years ago when I first moved to Montreal. They are genuinely some of the best people I know.  A couple of years ago they decided to sell their city home in Montreal…

City and Country

The above is at the corner of Laurier and Parc, yet again, but this time facing what I imagine is east (I am horrible with directions, pathetic, in fact, so don’t take my word for it. Apparently if I played more video games, I would improve, but I digress).  It was the first bright and…

Early Spring in Montreal – Urban Sketches

A few weeks back we had a gaggle of tree fellers come to our neighbors and take this tree (shown above) down piece by piece. It took them two days. It was a very large and beautiful specimen, but it was growing in an awkward spot, nearly under our neighbor’s house. Apparently it had been…

From Blogger to WordPress In One Giant Leap

Okay, so not ONE leap, but not really that many more, and I suppose, if I actually knew what I was doing, I may have done it in one mighty leap. As it was, my blog was down for a few days. I had some issues with the A-Records  and they can take a whole 24+…

Music Themed Surface Pattern Design

I’ve been dancing into the world of surface pattern design whilst also brushing up on my watercolour skills. I’ve been watching Shari Blaukopf’s Craftsy video, Sketching the City in Pen, Ink & Watercolor. I really do love her style, and I love urban sketching, but I’d thought I’d play with other subject matter too. I’ve…

Shamrock Shake At Home

My husband has a story from his childhood about one fateful March day when he hopped on his bmx bike at his rural suburban home, with just enough money in his pocket, and cycled an hour in the pissing rain to the nearest McDonalds to buy a much desired Shamrock Shake. He spent all of…