I went to Morocco in October 2019. It's a destination that had only recently caught my attention. I know it's a bit under the radar for most people but I absolutely loved my trip, so I think it's important to share why it was such a nice destination!
I will also be sharing blog posts on the cities I visited with more details on where I stayed and what I saw since posts like that were very helpful for me when I was planning my trip.
Beautiful Sights and Architecture
Those who know me well are aware that taking photos is one of my favourite things to do while traveling. So having a destination with gorgeous scenery and landscapes is so important. The country has a lot of variety; from the Atlas and Rif mountains to the Atlantic coast to the sand dunes of the Sahara. Not to mention the gorgeous architecture. It really did not disappoint and the country is a treasure for anyone who is into photography.
It did not take me long to start missing Moroccan cuisine when I got back home. There were so many great dishes, my personal favourite definitely being the lamb tagine with prunes and apricots! The breakfasts were also amazing. I really miss having the msemmen (Moroccan crepe) with freshly squeezed orange juice and mint tea in the mornings.
,Perhaps the biggest reason why people hesitate about Morocco is not knowing enough about its people or culture. Of course, I found the culture different from back home in Canada but that is also part of traveling. It's good to see what else is out there, to have conversations with people who live somewhere else and learn.
One thing that exceeded my expectations was the friendliness and hospitality of the locals. Even though I don't speak any Arabic (aside from a couple of words I managed to learn), I would walk the streets and be greeted by "Welcome!" or "Welcome to Morocco!". Everywhere I stayed, my hosts were kind and attentive, often saying that their guests were like family. They wanted to help make my experience a good one and were available to help out or offer any advice. Not to mention that I would often be welcomed with some traditional mint tea!
People prepared food for me with love and care, they organized amazing tours based on what I wanted to learn and see about the place and they were proud of their country. Morocco felt very open and accepting. I remember being impressed when visiting sites and learning that you could find symbolism from three different religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. People should really be more aware of Morocco's religious tolerance. It is so worth keeping an open mind!
It's humbling to see people who show such hospitality; whether it's the owner of the riad where you are staying or a nomadic family offering you mint tea as you visit.
I'm so excited to be exhibiting at La Grande Fabrique 2018. The event will take place on Saturday August 18th from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday August 19th from 11AM to 5PM in Montréal. For all details on the event, please visit the official website: https://hochelaga.ca/evenements/evenement/16/
This outdoors event will be a great occasion to discover and support local artisans! I will be selling my watercolours as well as various products including bookmarks, coasters, magnets and cushions!
Feel free to RSVP with the Facebook event at the following link: www.facebook.com/events/225718571507528/
And for an idea of what to expect, here is the official video for the event!
Look forward to meeting you there! ♡ If you haven't already done so, please favourite my Etsy shop to see all my new paintings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AmelieSArtist
I've been really productive and there a many new watercolours up on my Etsy shop as well as other products featuring my artwork! Take a look at what I have a please favourite my shop if you like what I do. ♡
Click on the photo to view it in my Etsy shop.
Click on the photo to view it in my Etsy shop.
It's been a little while since I posted on here. I'm grateful because I've had quite a few painting orders to work on and it's kept me busy! I'm about finishing up my orders and decided to give my Etsy Shop a bit of a makeover and focus more on small formats and budget-friendly watercolours.
Go take a look and if you like my products, please feel free to favourite my shop so you will see its updates and share with your friends! etsy.com/shop/AmelieSArtist
Also, your opinion and feedback is so important to me! Do you have a great idea for a watercolour? Or ideas for a different kind of product that I could offer? Please share in the comments below!
Also, as a thank you to all who follow my work and to encourage you to shop on my Etsy site, I have the following coupon code for free shipping for all orders in April 2018: APRIL18
Thank you! ♡
I'm sure a lot of you can relate but December is always a busy time leading up to the Holidays! I've been fortunate enough to have a lot of painting orders come in and I'm booked until January. I'm so grateful that so many of you want my artwork in your homes! I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me and been following my work online and wish you all Happy Holidays!
Je suis certaine que c'est le cas pour plusieurs d'entre vous, mais décembre est toujours un mois occupé avant les Fêtes! J'ai eu la chance d'avoir beaucoup de commandes de toiles dernièrement et je serai occupée à peindre jusqu'en janvier! Je suis très reconnaissante qu'autant de gens veulent avoir mes ouevres chez-eux! Merci à ceux qui m'encouragent et suivent mon travail et je vous souhaite tous de Joyeuses Fêtes!
Bienvenue à ma page de collecte de fonds! Je suis artiste-peintre et je lance un projet de vente d'aquarelles pour amasser des dons pour la SPCA de Montréal. Mon mari et moi-même avons adopté notre chatte à ce refuge et c'est une belle cause qui me tiens à cœur. Nos animaux sont précieux et notre chez-nous ne serait pas pareil sans eux, et je sais que la SPCA est toujours en besoin pour le travail important qu'ils entreprennent! Un gros merci à ceux qui m'encouragent et participent à ce beau projet.
Welcome to my fundraising page! I'm a painter and am starting a project where I will sell watercolour paintings to raise donations for the Montréal SPCA. My husband and I adopted our cat there and it's a beautiful cause that means a lot to me. Our furry friends are precious to us and our home wouldn't be the same without them, and I know that the SPCA is always in need of help for the wonderful work that they do. A bit thank you to those who are encouraging me and taking part in this beautiful project.
Toiles commandées / Paintings ordered
I grew up in St-Lazare for a few years until I graduated and started working in the city. Although I've officially been a Montrealer for over 4 years and love the downtown life - access to everything by foot, the festivals and action and so much to do - I always enjoy the change of going to visit St-Lazare.
It's such a big contrast to the city with so much open space, a lot of trees and, of course, the horses! The city is known for having a lot of horse farms which is a big part of its charm, and it even has a Festival which revolves around horses!
I had a lot of fun with the preparations, and people's feedback and ideas really helped me with my planning. Not only did I make 4 new paintings, but also had other products such as bookmarks and coasters, which were really popular!
The 3rd edition of the Festival au Galop on July 8th and 9th was a really great experience for me! It was amazing to have my own tent set up among other people exhibiting - and it wasn't just other painters but all sorts of kiosks. Festivals like this provide such a fun ambiance to showcase my art, it really is an event that all sorts of people go to and enjoy and I got to meet a lot of interesting people!
Thank you to all who took the time to come see me, to look at my artwork and my portfolio. Thank you for your kind words and your interest.
I also want to thank the city for organizing it as well as all those who worked hard to make the festival what it was. I am definitely going to be back next year and look forward to it!
If you were'nt able to make it or meet with me, you can find my available paintings in my store. There are also still some bookmarks and coasters available, and I have a new product: decorative cushions! If interested, take a look at my store at the following link:
Please note that I also take custom orders! If you have a beautiful horse and would love to have a painting of them, send me a message with some photos and we can discuss the process!
I got the idea for a mixed media work at a group exhibit I took part in and knew I would love doing it; creating a portrait using words from someone I admire. I had been wanting to make a portrait of Audrey Hepburn for a while - who doesn't love her in the classic movies, her amazing on-screen personality and the person she was, with such an admirable outlook on life - and knew I could make the subject work.
But I didn't want the painting to be just about her as an actress and the characters she portrayed in classic movies - but about who she was as a person. Few people know how the other side of Audrey, her humanitarian side and also her message to people regarding beauty and loving oneself.
I found a photo of Audrey I knew that I could work with and printed out some of my favourites quotes. I knew that there was one I wanted to emphasize in my painting because I think it's a brilliant way of defining what makes a person beautiful.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Once everything was printed, I got the necessary material: a 18'' x 24'' canvas, acrylic paints (white, black & brown) as well as an acrylic gel medium which would allow me to make the collage. I also cut out some bits from magazines that I knew would work with my project.
The first step was to draw it out and paint:
And then I began cutting out the words and quotes and applying them the the canvas using the acrylic gel medium. To add texture, I also used some silk paper.
Finally, I also added some colour using a metallic red acrylic paint and knew my work was done. The original artwork is for sale and it is also available as a print which can be bought at the Deviant Art website.
My very first solo exhibit took place at Studio Bizz, in the centre of the Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal. I've been painting for many years and always dreamt of eventually having enough of a portfolio to get to exhibit on my own. It's a great feeling to know that I reached that goal and that I found such a wonderful location to have my work shared. I feel so lucky to live in such an artistic city where art is such an important part of the culture.
It was a great experience for me and I'd like to thank everyone who took part in it; thank you to those who helped me set up and take down my artwork, who helped plan the vernissage and to all who took the time to go see it! I appreciate it and it's so encouraging and motivating to know that people appreciate my work.
I'd also like to thank everyone - my family, my friends and my boyfriend - for always being there for me and encouraging me to pursue this passion. I couldn't do it without you!
I'm very happy with how the exhibit went and know there will be many more. I look forward to working on new projects very soon and getting my artwork out there!
One year ago, I went on a wonderful trip to Portugal with a great friend. The experience started long before we boarded the plane - our nights spent researching things to do, planning the trip and imagining what it would be were such a great buildup to it.
It was great to discover a new country together and it had so much to offer. There was Lisbon, the lively and colourful capital with its amazing Fado music, the old streets of Alfama and its delicious food.
Of course we adored Sintra, an amazing fairytale-like city not too far from Lisbon. The village at the bottom of the hill was just magical, and then we got to enjoy a refreshing hike up the mountain to get to the Moors Castle and the Pena Palace. I had never seen any place like it before and the views were breathtaking, a reminder that nature is a true masterpiece.
And then of course there was Porto, a gorgeous city right by the Douro river where we enjoyed the local port wine, many walks spent admiring the architecture and local artisan stores... One evening we crossed the Luís I Bridge to get to Vila Nova de Gaia, where we admired a gorgeous view of Porto and the Douro river while the sun set.
The view was breathtaking and there was just something about how the sky looked that night and brought out the beauty of the city that inspired me to paint that landscape. That moment led to my painting "Oporto" which to me will always be a reminder of this amazing travel experience. I definitely look forward to finding more inspiration while traveling and getting others to share my experiences through my art.
This painting is currently part of a group exhibit at the Saint-Lazare library. The exhibit has a lot of amazing work by so much local talent and it was inspiring to be among them and discover their work.
Blog posts on my experiences, what inspires me and my dreams.