Friday, September 11, 2009

Francophile Friday Fleurish: Pencilled In



I was sitting down to paint something for you when I became sidetracked by an email from iconic French saddle shop-turned-fashion house, Hermès. First, the illustration in the email gave me a chuckle. Then I realised it was a while since I'd soaked up the whimsical drawings on their website, so with the aid of a magical cyberspace carpet ride {in the guise of a link in their email}, off I flew and fell in love with Alice Charbin's work all over again. I wanted to show it to you in case you hadn't seen it yet. Alice is the children's book illustrator who created those charming drawings ~ absolutely my cup of tea. What a dream job that would have been. From the little I could find out about her, she lives in Paris with her hubby and several children {and most probably at least one puppy and kitty}. But of course.

Anyway, her work reminded me that way back when, I worked a lot in pencil and watercolour rather than ink and watercolour. And it reminded me of how the pencil imparts a softness that I love and will use more often. I did a little pencil and watercolour doodle and decided what the heck, I'd show it to you, since my other drawing was no further advanced. {That's a teensy koala in the teacup - one of my favourite animals and way too vulnerable. You can find out more about these Australian treasures here.} I added some flowers for the sake of the Fleurish. So ~ happy Friday Fleurish/Francophile Friday to you!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for this triple-F start to the weekend. Of course, I knew that was a koala. And with all due respect to Alice, you could have done that and then some (you just weren't yet on their radar). Love the softness if the pencil.

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  2. cute one! but why was the koala in the cup?huhuh...

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  3. Alexa ~ you made my day - thank you!

    Finie ~ for fun. :)

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  4. What a lovely find! Hermes have done so well to take this whimsical approach rather than the usual heavy-handed King of the Block website. Alice Charbin's drawings are lighthearted and delicate, as are yours.

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  5. Your koala in a teacup is adorable!

    It has been awhile since I've looked at the Hermes website. It is delightful, but I second what Alexa said.

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  6. I never would've thought to put a baby koala in a teacup. I love your artist's eye and fertile imagination.

    Happy weekend to you, too!

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  7. Shell, you and your French bling stores just always make me feel happy. Really. Thank you.

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  8. One brief look and I thought "French"!! I am smiling and feel light-hearted.

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  9. Thank you so much, everyone ~ if I've brightened someone's day, I can go to bed happy. Not that I'm going to bed now. It's 10am here. But you know what I mean. :)

    Mise ~ I was so surprised when I first saw it - Hermès went up infinitely in my estimation with their choice to do this. You've described it beautifully!

    Cali ~ the real thing is so adorable, it's easy to draw it that way. :)

    PCN ~ some people I know perhaps think my imagination's a tad too fertile. ;)

    Margaret ~ when you're happy, I'm happy. Thank you!

    Shanna ~ Hi! Glad you're smiling. :) Thanks for popping by. {I love the minimal fluidity of your Kinetic Studies.}

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  10. I definitely want to see that scandalous picture you have hanging in the bathroom.

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  11. Hiker ~ I'll see what I can arrange, though I'll have to include the modesty gown. :)

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