Monday, August 26, 2019

Chalet des Platières

The chalet des Platières is situated at 1216m in the Creux de l'Envers, a valley formed by the Mont Chanais and the crest of the Montrond, one of the mountains above Gex. I haven't been many times in that valley, but the place is beautiful. To the chalet I'd been only once before yesterday, once passing by during a long run, yesterday to draw it.

Yesterday it was a bit of an adventure to get there. First, me and my husband rode the bike to a trail closer to the chalet, parked there and followed a route I had planned. But the path had been all messed up by a tractor while cutting some trees, and at some point we took a wrong turn. We ended up as it often happens when trails are open by working tractors: nowhere and far away from the planned track. We started climbing up the forest to get to the path, but the forest was REAL steep and sometimes there was no place to grab. But in the end, rock to rock, tree to tree, root to root, we got there! And it was all totally worth it, the chalet and its surroundings were absolutely splendid. 

Then, after the run, we rode back home. A well deserved downhill :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Narderans is possibly one of the most visited pasture chalets in the Haut-Jura. Situated at 1340m above Thoiry, the way up to Narderans from the Tiocan is frequently busy with people. The chalet is managed by the association Les Amis de Narderans, a group of mountain lovers who take care of the chalet and its entourage, and try to encourage the locals to visit the mountains and to get to better know their natural heritage.

This drawing is based on a series of pictures I took one morning back in June, when the cows were pasting right in front of the chalet. Before that, and after, I've been there several times, looking for that perfect view. But it is not an easy task! The chalet is encased in the mountains, making it difficult to have the good light. One of these multiple days was during a run on a Thursday afternoon. That day I got to meet a couple of the people from the Association, and told them about my drawing project. But the light was not good, because in the afternoon the sun comes from behind, so we agreed I would come back and that they would send me some pictures so I could offer a drawing to them. I hope they will like it!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Thoiry Devant

When looking towards Summer, it always seems to me a land of endless time to do everything I want to do. And probably because of this I never get to do everything, because "everything" is always too much!
So, two months after the run that got me to this chalet, I get to finish the corresponding drawing :) But that's the good (and bad) thing about personal projects: there are no deadlines!

This chalet is called Thoiry Devant. It is at 1485m high above Thoiry, and you can pass it going to the Reculet, or to the Crêt de la Neige when starting from the Tiocan. From another view you can see the Reculet behind the chalet, and a small water pond for the cows in Summer.

I hope I managed to get to my other overdue homework tasks soon... I have at least two more chalets from runs I did a while ago!

Friday, June 14, 2019

La Polvette

Yesterday it was a beautiful day and I had the chance to have a long run planned in a place with many chalets! I don't know if I will draw all of those I passed by yesterday, but I have material for at least a couple for sure. Excited!!

Today's chalet is La Polvette, at 1487m above St Jean de Gonville. You know, it was a first time for me here! I had been very close by from both sides, but always coming up or down in paths right before reaching this chalet. La Polvette is situated between La Chaz and La Capitaine, and below La Grotte de la Marie du Jura. It has wonderful views to the Montblanc, the Crête de l'Eau and the Rhone valley and is easily reachable by 4x4. I love the Jura, all of it, but there are places with more charm than others, and this one touched me.

I happen to know the family who takes care of this ancient chalet, maybe once I will visit them there... :)

There's more interesting info on the chalet in this page:

Monday, June 10, 2019

La Catheline

I am back with more beautiful places in the Jura around home. This one is the Chalet de la Catheline. Some will be surprised as we all mostly know the restaurant La Catheline from the ski slopes, but this restaurant, and the télécabine that reaches its top next to it, take their name from this more ancient pasture chalet, situated just a few meters below towards Lélex, but still in the municipality of Crozet.

The chalet, at 1400m high passing the Col de Crozet, it is very well maintained. It is most likely frequently used, as in winter is easily accessible using the ski resort facilities, and during Summer the 4x4 roads take almost to its door. 

Let's hope the rain gives way to more sunny days and more chalets soon :) 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Chalet du Praffion

If you want to see chamois in Crozet, this is the place. The Chalet du Praffion takes its name from the Creux de Praffion, a rocky amphitheatre not far from the arrival of the télécabine in Crozet. It is a very accessible place, ideal to bring the children. The chalet is a bit below the circus, at 1385m high. It is quite well maintained, but I really don't know if it is still used as a pasture chalet these days, maybe yes, as in Summer there are always cows around.

The other day when I went there were plenty of chamois everywhere. And if as usual you can only spot them by far, sometimes that far that you only realise they are there as they move, in this occasion they were really close by, running away as they saw me arriving. 

I went to other chalets this week, but I always seemed to catch the cloudy or rainy moments. And you know, in this case it gets very dark for a proper drawing. But I have no problem in going back... :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spring Mountains

I finished this one yesterday. I was thinking I would let it rest and add some color later, but it might be as well I don't add color at all...

This an interpretation on how mountains look like in Spring around here. Flowers everywhere, snow patches, clouds and clear skies, and wind!! The drawing is quite big so I can't scan it, this is a picture taken with the cellphone. Background should then be completely white. I hope I get to the couple of previous ones I did soon! :)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Refuge de La Chaz

Yesterday I went up behind Thoiry looking for more chalets. First I passed by Narderans, but I decided I might have to come back with morning light. I had a really nice conversation with a couple of people from the Association who are taking care of maintaining the chalet, and then continued a bit up to the Refuge de La Chaz. 
This little pasture chalet is at 1490m high, right below the Brie, one of the summits west from the Reculet. It doesn't seem to be maintained lately, although I've seen it was until up 2009 at least. Usually cows are around there during the whole Summer. Yesterday, it was a bit cloudy and not too much light, but the fields to get there were full of yellow daffodils. Totally worth it!

Did you know about this little chalet already?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Chalet de Fierney-Girod

Today we ran up to the Deux Potes, a couple of mountains top of Crozet, that you always climb together. And passing by we stopped by this other much larger hut, called Chalet de Fierney-Girod, at 1365m high, and about 4km away and 800 meters up from home. 
This chalet is probably still used by the owners as a mountain house, as it is frequent to see people spending days there when days get warmer in Summer.

What a nice backyard we have, don't we?

Now... time to make plans for my next run, and maybe another chalet! :)

Chalet de la Ramaz

This one is an ancient pasture chalet at 1450m, and only about 6km away and 900m above home. It is one of my favorite places around all the year round. So reachable and beautiful. The other day I was discussing with the owners and they explained me that years ago, when it was still in use, it was used as a pasture for cows.

As I was explaining in the previous entry, I offered this drawing as a present to my marrying neighbors. And it was drawing it that the idea of starting this journey came to my mind. La Ramaz, one of my most favorite places in the world.

New personal project

Hello, I know I haven't been very diligent sharing in the blog lately. I can't promise I will manage to keep it up, but I will try. Lately, I find it easier to just take pictures and share them in my Instagram account rather than blogging or even writing a Facebook post. 
I am now drawing in larger formats, too large for my scan, and so I need to take good pictures of them to share, and I don't manage to get to it as soon as I finish one illustration. But, the important thing is to draw, right? :)

Anyway, I wanted to share here a new idea it came to my mind recently. Well, I've been thinking a long time, when I am running in the Jura mountains, oh I have to draw this, and this, and oh this as well. Because everything is so beautiful. But it is difficult to just halt a run to do a sketch, so I disregarded the idea for a while.

But the other day my neighbors got married. And as I was thinking what to draw for them I remembered they had told me once of a great weekend they had passed in one of the chalets in the Jura. Which turned out to be one of my favorite spots. So, off to draw it! And then I thought, I should draw every chalet in the Jura! I don't know how long it will take me, how regularly I will manage to do it, but I will do it. I love these pasture chalets, every single one of them, and I love to discover new routes, so, there couldn't be a better personal project for me right now.

I hope you will enjoy it too!

Later edit: below a small map of the area I am targeting. You can see there are MANY chalets (indicated by the houses). In the plan other chalet types besides pasture chalets (like forest, tourism) are also indicated. I am targeting for now pasture chalets. They are a lot, but let's go little by little and have fun all the way! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A test

This is a small study for a larger illustration I'll be working on the next days (or weeks). But it went quite well :)

And yes, I don't usually do studies, but I draw on the spot. I'm too impatient for studies! And this was also on the spot, but as I was finishing it I realised I could turn it into that larger project I've been thinking on for the last weeks. Sometimes it is magical how conscious thinking crystallises into ideas without us realising, and then, once the pen is back in the hand, the ideas just flow.

What are dreams made of? What would your thoughts look like? Is your Univers fluid, regular, homogeneous, heterogeneous, chaotic?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Playing Games

This one is a game. Just for the fun. A game that I used to play with my students the first day of class. Rules are simple: you pick a set of words from a jar, I have five types: nouns (objects, animals, people), adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and nouns designing places. We decide beforehand if we pick one of each, or which word combination we pick (can be two nouns, one verb, one adjective, or two verbs, one noun, one place, etc), and then, just imagine and draw!

For the students it was meant to help them let it go, to lose fear and just draw. For myself it is fun, and sometimes it can be a good way to keep drawing in between projects when I need some mental rest.

So I played. Word combination: two nouns, one verb, one adjective and one adverb. Words coming out were: camel, frog, cleaning, happily, fun. 

And now, after this fun... back to more serious projects!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Next Year

I hope this year you get lots of time to do what you love to do! 
Me, when I am not drawing, I like to go out with my dog. 
I wish for myself lots of drawing and lots of runs. 
What do you wish for yourself and yours? 

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Today I've got the news I've been selected for an exhibition! 
I am happy about it and couldn't wait to share it :)
... But I will tell you more about it later ;)

Have a good Friday!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Quiet Moments

You know these moments when you've finished everything you wanted to do for the week? This satisfaction. Even better when you've enjoyed every moment going through the to-do list. Well, today I've had this moment. In that moment of quietness, everything was perfect, calm, in order. 
But then I had to pick children at school... ;)

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2018


I guess everyone feels like this every now and then, as it is human nature to question things and to question ourselves.
But yes, sometimes I overthink and I over-question and I end up in this nowhere place that can be hard to leave. Today is one of these days where I am floating in nowhere but now it is time to swim away!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Vide Grenier 2018

This is one of the nicest days of the year in Crozet, the Vide Grenier. And it has become a tradition for me to draw it! 4th year already, three of them sunny. I've been lucky!
Great ambience, lots of known people, drawing, chatting... I just love it.

Friday, September 28, 2018


A colorful one because I guess I am feeling colorful too? 
Have a nice weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2018

New projects

Hello, after so long! I think I was in need a bit of "inside" time to make some decisions!
You know, during this Summer I've been reflecting a bit, thinking on how to organise myself for the coming year, my own drawing, the classes, and everything else. And in the end I've gone ahead and have decided to put on hold the classes for this year, to give myself the time and space I need to focus on much more complex and longer projects that I've been putting aside for some time now. And as the start of school date approaches, and so my working days too, I grow more and more excited about all of it. I feel I have already recovered my physical working space, always full of students work, to be used only by myself from now on. If before I was still anxious about all this, now, drawing here, I am sure it was the right thing to do. Let's see then what this new school year brings on.

Friday, June 22, 2018


Finally I got the time and the spirit to finish this one. However the scan does it no justice. All this red in the front has messed up the color scheme, and reds are too bright. In fact there is no red at all, but garnet red. I will try with a picture with day light tomorrow. 
Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Luxembourg Rooftops

This weekend has been quite intense, different, and fun. We've driven to Luxembourg to see my father in law on Saturday morning, spent there until Sunday noon, then back at home at 7pm. We've been to parks, to a restaurant, with the kids, the dog... and I've had the time for a quick run and for a quick sketch. How incredible is that?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Ciervos - Deer

Feels good to draw with finemarkers. It brings me back to so many years ago. 
I'm loving going back to the feeling of drawing with them.
Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mountains II

I keep using this link although my project has evolved into something more like "draw as much as I can whatever I want to" :) Today, another one of the series Mountains, this one less controversial than the previous one ;) It took me long to finish, with several days with just the time to add few details. But the last days I made good progress. Now, colour?

Monday, April 16, 2018


These days I am putting my everyday drawing project a bit on a second term. And you know, I don't mind much... I guess I am lucky I can afford the luxury to choose.

This one is called Mountains. You may think they came out a bit strange: one of my sons told me "wow, so cool! they are tombstones!" My daughter told me "oh how beautiful, are they mushrooms?" And yes they are not the mountains we're used to in the Jura, but they are mountains nevertheless... ;)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Moonless Night 
Noche sin Luna

Lately it is hard for me to find the time and the concentration to draw besides purely work-related drawing, so it takes me longer to finish an illustration. Even one as simple as the one below! I guess I could sketch instead, but well, sketching is not what my body is asking right now ;)

Moonless Night, Noche sin Luna. Black markers and watercolors.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Birds, finished

... and changed! 

This one has evolved a lot during the creation process! And being entirely done with fine markers, there's really no break point between drawing and colouring, so it is, in some ways, trickier to control where the drawing goes, because you play with colour and textures balances all at once.

With this illustration I've gone a bit back to my origins. When I was a teenager and only painted with eyeball pens and fine markers. But back then, I used less colours too!

Friday, March 30, 2018


I took a couple of days off but I am back to drawing since some days too. Just a bit now and then when I can. And then, this one in progress is taking me long! 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Underwater, with a day of delay

Yesterday it wasn't colouring day after all. But today we managed!
Let's see what tomorrow brings.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Between yesterday and today, trying to please my kids demands drawing an underwater scene. Tomorrow is colouring day... for everyone at home! ;)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

A little landscape... for many days

Lately is not a drawing per day but a part of an illustration per day! Illustrations take longer than a sketch, and well, I have other distractions too :D But the main goal of my project, which was to not let these other "distractions" prevent me from drawing for more than few days, is well being accomplished!

So this is a little landscape, that I started Friday night with a few plants, continued on Saturday with trees and houses, and finished today with clouds and mountains. I don't know if I will have time for colour today or tomorrow, so, here it is for now!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Too many people!

All packed, way too many people!! :D I don't like too much being in crowds. Sometimes I'd think I'd like to go somewhere, a concert for example, then I think of the crowd and the idea doesn't seem that appealing anymore. Even this freakish but funny crowd would be a bit too much for me! 

The Other Fauna in colour and done. And now, seeing it finished, at least one of my sons wants to colour it :) 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The other fauna

These days I feel lazy about in situ sketches, and I enjoy the abstraction of drawing by just letting my hand go. This is the other fauna, quite packed indeed. Because aren't we too many anyways?
Tomorrow I'll go for colour, but I haven't yet decided how...

As a side and curious note, my kids do not want to colour this one! The strange people makes them feel a bit anxious I think!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Frozen World

Winter is so beautiful, isn't it? And Spring, and Summer, and Autumn... My children always ask me what is my favorite number, my favorite colour, my favorite food, my favorite season... and I really don't have a favorite. I love them all. But this one goes to Winter, before Spring comes.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

In progress

Another work in progress, that I started today and will finish tomorrow. And you know I am very proud and touched to explain that my two little ones are eager to colour every one of these drawings. They have spent the weekend colouring their own versions, hours and hours... And today, they've been keeping an eye on my progress so that tomorrow we will, each of us, colour our copy :)

And now this looks very much like a winter landscape... And it was what I was thinking about when drawing it. But we'll see tomorrow, as colour can take you to unexpected places :)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Working setup

Today's drawing goes to my brother Martin. Even if he prefers illustrations and not sketches. But this is my poster working setup, thanks to him, because he offered me the wacom tablet I use so much for poster work. Thank you ♥

Friday, March 9, 2018


This one goes for the last three days. Yesterday I couldn't finish painting, it was so late and I couldn't concentrate on what I was doing. Today I could finish. And I am happy with the result, that's what it counts, to draw and be happy about it, doesn't it?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fantastic Worlds

Yesterday I just let my hand take me to where it wanted. 
I couldn't finish it, so I finished it today, a drawing for two days. I guess it is not cheating, isn't it?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sleeping dog

My wonderful dog Ludo sleeping after a day full of mountain and snow. I love him so so much.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Today for dinner we've had my husband's world famous pasta soup. We all love it. Thin spaghetti cooked in vegetable broth, with melted mozzarella cheese. We eat it in a bowl using chopsticks, then drink the hot broth. Kids love it, and they always have the vegetables quite happy, also because they anticipate the soup is coming soon after!
And, nothing better than a hot soup after a day of ski :)

Day 61, a day later

Yesterday again it was another crazy day, linking one thing after the other with no pause to stop. The day finished with a pizza dinner and a sketch at midnight!
So, since technically I was going to post anyways with a day of delay, I figured I'd sleep before... ;)

Thursday, March 1, 2018


After three years or four of quite mild winters with not so much snow, this year we feel so lucky. First of March and we wake up with snow everywhere!
And you may wonder about yesterday's drawing, well, I did it but I didn't share it, because it was so late and I was still on my ski underwear and my to do list was way too long for the late hour. So, today, I've got double.

Yesterday I don't know at what time in the night...

And this evening at home

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Manu's cookies

Today my brother has arrived for a several days visit, and he's brought homemade cookies with him. So good, with pine nuts, almonds and others. After a bit there were only one and a half left, and it has been hard to draw them and leave them there for the children!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Discussing electricity

During dinner today we've been discussing a bit about electricity, how a short-circuit happens and things like this and the conversation has quickly shifted to a fun comparison between the technology available when my husband and I were kids, when my dad was a kid, and now. And just a bit after the light has gone off. Everything black. Everyone excited (not only the kids! :D) Sadly it has only been 10 minutes but it has been so much fun. And then I've realised how differently we react to this now as well: at home we were all with frontal lamps, or with the lamp on the cellphone. When I was a kid we lighted candles, and when my dad was a kid, there was no such thing as electrical light going off!

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Finally today I've been well enough to go for a run in the forest, and I am so happy about it! Ludo running around, his bell jingling, our feet crunching over the frozen soil because of the low temperatures these days. And I even got a couple of oak leaves that my husband has taken for me to draw :)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ludo's bell

I am still with ear pain, more intermittently, less intense, but still non negligible. But you know, after two days without moving from home, the two previous ones just going out for a normal walk with my dog... I couldn't stand it anymore. So today I've been out twice to walk Ludo. And how good it feels. I want more!

Then I was thinking, what do I draw today that is related to this feeling? and then I realise nothing makes more sense than Ludo's bell: the bell we attach to its harness when we go out with him in the mountain or in the forest. I am eager to hear its sound again.