patisserie part 2 • beignets!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More succulent treats from Bernard & Myriam’s patisserie in Molleges. Vanilla custard-filled beignets in the shape of peaches with a dusting of super fine vanilla sugar to mimic peach fuzz. They are as delicious as they appear! And the cherry-topped Provençal custards (similar to crème caramel) are swoon-worthy.

…and another watercolor interpretation.

at the patisserie • ice cream cakes!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending the day working in Bernard & Myriam Nouguier’s amazing patisserie & boulangerie in Molleges, S. France. What a treat! A husband and wife team extraordinaire, Bernard is the baker upstairs and Myriam greets customers and tends the cash register downstairs. Everything is made from scratch right there in their tiny patisserie-bakery. Pictured here is a tray of freshly made strawberry & lemon ice cream cakes. The day was devoted almost entirely to ice cream cake & bombe glacée making. Heaven. I hope to share more patisserie photos soon!

And I couldn’t resist the temptation to paint a few super rough watercolors. The bold colors & textures of those cakes are just too tantalizing.

summertime sketchbook

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s that time of year again….gearing up for my annual trek to S. France. Above are some snapshots of sketchbook pages from years past. I’m looking forward to escaping fog-enshrouded Berkeley for the sunshine of southern France. Stay tuned, I’ll be sending watercolor dispatches from abroad.

A bien tot!

garden of love

Friday, June 3, 2011

It’s been a busy few months here in the studio and wedding season is in full spring splendor. I’ve been eager to share this latest project–Arezou & Evan’s wedding invitation suite. The timing of their mailing is perfect, what with the release of the new garden of love postage stamp which adorns their pool-blue envelopes.

Inspired by the scenic rolling hills and vineyards of the Napa Valley, I wanted to capture the essence of that in a simple pen and ink illustration which decorates the top of their wedding invitation. The gorgeous calligraphy and monogram is the work of Nancy Hopkins. The ensemble is bundled with turquoise blue twine & a matte silver wax seal for the finishing touch.

Shown above, the invitation, insert card & RSVP. Their “in lieu of gifts” request (insert card) is a thoughtful alternative–asking guests to consider instead a donation to the ASPCA. The ink palette is rich turquoise blue, pool blue and olive green.

I’m looking forward to designing their reception stationery…especially the yummy menu which will feature the bounty of locally and sustainably grown vegetables, fruits, meats & charcuterie and baked goods. All of this beautifully and mouth-wateringly prepared by Elaine Bell Fine Catering. I’ll be sharing the finished menu and other delectable paper goods with you here in August, so do check back!

My dear friend & colleague, Dee Merz, is the wedding planner extraordinaire who gathers the creative team together in happy harmony. I especially enjoy working with her because she intuitively knows when to give guidance and when to let go and see what blossoms. Coordinating a stunning event is a delicate dance and Dee knows the steps.

A close up of the main header illustration and some tools of the trade: my favorite Pelikan drawing ink in rich, velvety black and my trusty dip pen from Austria that I’ve had for ages and love so.

Stamps! So fun decorating an envelope with vivid stamps. They tell a story.