... ou comment vivre une vie créative

Friday, July 22, 2011

liste du vendredi : list of pigments

I'm going to make my own oil paint!
I've received a box full of pigments from my sister-in-law :
And I found this great tutorial here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Yesterday, the worst thing has happened.
We had to intubate and resuscitate a 2 years old boy.
He arrived at the ER completely burned.
His 4 years old brother had set his bed on fire.
Playing with a gas lighter.

The only thing I could think about was my daughter.
How precious they all are.
This tiny naked body burned.
We transfered him to a top pediatric hospital as soon as he was stable.

If he survives this, he'll suffer for years.

I'm in pain... and crying.
And my daughter is sleeping. She looks so peaceful.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

experimental e-course : page 5

You should really try this one!
1. print one of your photographs on vellum paper with an ink jet printer (ink not waterproof)
This is a picture I took in Puglia, Italy, a couple of years ago. It is sepia toned.
2. then, spray on it! And see what happens... I've used one small bootle filled with water and one filled with purple ink.
I really don't know why this green appeared... but that's fun!
Quick! Go get some mini spray bottles!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

experimental e-course : page 4

For lesson 3, we had to go wild with paper!
I've created this with white tissue paper, gel medium, grey acrylic paint and a black ink pad :
This is the process (I use a journal with quite heavy paper) :
1. I've applied a generous coat of grey acrylic paint on the page;
2. I've traced lines in the paint while still wet with the other end of a paint brush to give texture;
3. I've waited until fully dry;
4. I've glued pieces of white tissue paper randomly (some are overlapping others) with gel medium;
5. I've let it dry;
6. finally, I've rubbed the page with my waterproof black ink pad (ONE OF MY FAVORITE ART TOOL!!! Quick go get one : 'StazOn Jet Black')

Friday, July 15, 2011

ICAD intermezzio

Tomorrow is index-card-a-day half way point!
We decided to celebrate it at Daisy Yellow's!
Here is a progression of my special card for this event :
Oh... and, I've also selected some winners!
Click on them to see who's the artist!
the most painful one :
the darkest one :
the sexiest one :
the slowest one :
the shyest one :
the high calorie one :
the 3D one :
the medical one : respresenting cardiac valves!
the most organized :
the most desperate :
and finally... the 3 most dangerous ones :

Thursday, July 14, 2011

sketchbook project : grey side of life

Guess what was in the mail yesterday?
My sketchbook for the sketchbook project tour 2012!
I've chosen the theme "grey side of life".
I have until January 31, 2012, to fill it with my urban/industrial inspiration.
Can't wait to start. But have to make time first... sigh.
I'll try to finish one page next week-end.

Monday, July 11, 2011


This week's color at the summer of color is brown.
I made this :

And there's also a challenge : to incorporate a bold shot of color in our work.
What do you think of those strips of masking tape?

Friday, July 8, 2011

liste du vendredi : list of phone numbers

Ohhh... You're gonna love this!
The other day, I was walking from the ICU to the elevators, passing by the labor ward.
And this is wat I saw on the wall in front of the seats :
Let me translate that for you :

Phone numbers to contact the midwife :
night 93429
if no answer :
If you want to reach the labor room, use the telephone on the waiting room, dial 93425 and hold on. The midwife will answer.
Thank you
others phone numbers if we don't answer :
- 21547
- 93426
- 93427

So, ladies, if you're having contractions or if your water broke, I suggest you go to another hospital :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

experimental e-course : page 3

Back in the garden for more messiness!
For my third page, I sprayed black ink, poured salt and then scratched the ink randomly.
Back at my desk, I doodled circles with my COPIC multiliner, colored some with a black and a grey COPIC marker, glued words from a dutch magazine, glued parts of a building and signed with a white paint pen.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

experimental e-course : page 2

For lesson 2 on 'staining', we went WILD!
I brought my journal outside to experiment.
First,  I poured tea and dropped coffee onto my pages.
I let it dry and then I applied some blue iridescent ink with... a blade of grass.
Back inside, I added black ink on the sides with a paint brush and I drew a building (can't help myself) and an electric pole with my black COPIC multiliner.
Finally, I added some words with a white poster paint pen and some depth with a piece of charcoal.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

24-hour shift in ICU and Margotherapy

No time to draw.
But tomorrow, if I'm not too tired, I'll work on my YELLOW journal page.
And I have this in my iPhone to cheer me up :

Saturday, July 2, 2011

how to recycle an index card

I made this index card the other day :

Then, I've cut it into thin strips and used them for a new art journal page :
I had fun!

Thank you all for your nice comments everyday! I don't have time to write back, but please, do continue :)
I'm enjoying this adventure more then ever.
It helps me get the pressure off. I love my job at the hospital but sometimes it can be be stressful.
I've heard this great statement in an episode of Grey's Anatomy :
"In medical school, we have hundred classes that teach us how to fight off death...
... and not one lesson on how to go on living."