My COVID-19 vacation: Stay-at-home artist residency, May 1-25, 2020

Still image from Great Blue Heron (Not staying long), short animation

During the month of May, I did a stay-at-home artist residency when my overseas travel plans got cancelled. Watch the video summary here, or keep reading for details.

May 2020. Like many who had planned vacations during this time, mine too got cancelled. I had been accepted to a 2-week artist residency on the Greek island of Kefalonia and had planned some time before and after for a bit of independent wandering in Athens and other parts. Alas, this was not to be.

Although I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get to see a new country (and a beautiful, culturally vibrant one at that) or have the opportunity to share an immersive experience with other resident artists, there were advantages to spending this time off at home:

If the main goal of the trip was to create artwork, then home was an excellent location to do just that, for a number of reasons:

  • At home, my entire toolbox (or TOYbox, depending on my mood) is at my disposal:  I couldn’t have brought it all with me had I left home. I had 3 weeks and my choice of materials to create anything I wanted.
  • My dedicated art studio of easel, drafting table and animation stand are located within mere feet of one another in our apartment:  Absolutely no travel or setup time required.
My art studio, 6 AM

And last but not least, I had the company of my wonderfully supportive spouse and our 2 (equally supportive) cats to whom I no longer had to say goodbye for the duration – the dreaded downside to my solo travels.  

Staycation artist residency: activities

Main objectives:

  1. Continue working on my animation in progress, “Costa Rica’s creatures” – a short, handmade work about the wildlife and geography of Costa Rica, based on my travel there in 2018.
  2. Create illustrations and short animations inspired by fashion and nature.

Other activities – the joys of Montréal

I also had the chance to watch our beautiful city blossom, day by day, from spring into summer on multiple running/hiking jaunts to Parc du Mont-Royal, walks through our Plateau neighbourhood, and (socially distanced) picnics (for two) in Parc La Fontaine. All this, plus a bonus sighting of 2 Great Blue Herons who graced our park with their presence for a few days while the pond was low and inspired some artwork (see illustration at the top of this post).

Final thoughts

Although my work does not speak directly to world issues (for now), I believe that nothing is created in a vacuum. Had it not been for COVID-19, this report would have been completely different.

As I write this, the world is being transformed by two incredible forces: one a pandemic, and now a global uprising against racial inequality, calling for change that is long overdue. I am humbled by the magnitude of both, and their impact on life as we know it.

I share the hope – and belief – that our world will emerge from this period a kinder, stronger and more just place for all.

Thank you for reading – wishing everyone safety and good health.

Des rayures // Stripes

Ce soir, au coin Sherbrooke et Berri, j’ai vu cette tenue extraordinaire. Il faut mentionner que voici mon premier dessin d’un homme sur mon blogue!


Tonight at the corner of Sherbrooke and Berri I saw this extraordinary outfit. I should mention that this is my first drawing of a man on my blog!


Portrait d’hiver // Winter portrait

L’hiver continue. Et quiconque porte un manteau qui n’est pas un parka monochrome est notable! J’ai remarqué que ses cheveux étaient la même couleur que ses chaussettes..


Winter continues.. and anyone who is not wearing a monochromatic parka stands out! I noticed that her hair colour matched her socks…


L’hiver: Deux tenues // Winter: Two outfits


Joyeuses fêtes et bonne année à tous! Ceci est ma dernière entrée de 2014. Voici deux tenues contrastées que j’ai observées pendant la semaine dernière : la première était près de chez moi, en attendant le bus. La deuxième était après le spectacle Casse-Noisette à Place des Arts.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all! This is my last entry for 2014. Here are two contrasting winter outfits I observed over the past week: The first was near my place, while waiting for the bus. The second was after  the ballet The Nutcracker, at Place des Arts.

winter bus stop002 casse_noisette003

Expozine 2014 – merci! // Expozine 2014 – thank you!

Merci à tous qui sont venus à Expozine 2014 le 15 et 16 novembre et qui sont venus à ma table! Ce fut un grand plaisir d’être là comme exposante.


Thank you to everyone who came to Expozine 2014 on the 15th and 16th of November and who came by my table – it was great fun to be there as an exhibitor.


Me at Expozine


Display Expozine 2014

Mes deux zines pour Expozine // My two zines for Expozine

Voici un aperçu de mes deux zines qui seront à ma table cette fin de la semaine à Expozine 2014 : Carnet de Voyage, et L’été a Montréal. Chacun inclut des exemples de mes dessins.


Here is a look at my two zines that will be at my table this weekend at Expozine 2014: Travel Sketchbook and Summer in Montréal. Each one contains examples of my drawings.

2 Zines