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The Studio Chronicles by Luisa

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Operation "back into the world"

Hello Reader, Where were we? Oh yes: The Year of Drawing So far, so good! So much learning. Taking the plunge into old drawing books, theory, essays, and beautiful new books. Wrangling pencils, graphite, and charcoal. Discovering that it's not about style but about form. Going from long,...
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11 days ago • 1 min read
Girl sitting

The Year of The Drawing Practice

Hello Reader, Have you ever wondered what you call a person who draws? Usually a draughts-person or simply an artist. But lately, I've been itching to find a more specific term that might fit better. I've shuffled from illustration to drawing to painting and back again. Constantly feeling that...
26 days ago • 2 min read
Sketchbook with landscapes in wax pastels

Neocolors, Notion and Museum Visits

Hello Reader, It's mid-November, and we have snow! I thought I'd drop you a line and tell you about a few things I'm working on. But first, a museum visit. We went to see the Diane Arbus, Basquiat and Shary Boyle's exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal.​ Shary Boyle struck me....
3 months ago • 2 min read
Luisa in her studio

Dance Writing or Dance Drawing?

Hello Reader, I'm back in your inbox with some more questions. It's basically all I do. 😊​ Why do we forget that everything… everything begins with movement? The smaller the movement, the less the expression. I am guilty of being static for too long. I can sit at my table for hours immersed in...
4 months ago • 3 min read

Oil Pastel Freedom is Available!

Oil Pastel Freedom is now available! Needless to say, all the emotions that my mind and body can produce are having a party. It’s taken a while to produce. At first, I made the rookie mistake of wanting to include all the things but realized that it would overwhelm everybody, including...
5 months ago • 1 min read

Am I sure? - August Edition

Hello Reader, We are back to a human-scale town. Waking up and looking out the window to see greenery instead of walls of windows was an immediate sensory relief.​ We spent three months in NYC, and it was rewarding and challenging. On the one hand, we had our fill of art and culture, but on the...
6 months ago • 3 min read
Destop easel with open sketchbook

Two years of tiny gatherings

Hello Reader, You know, I started a Patreon page in 2020, around August. I’d been hesitant and stopped myself several times thinking about my limitations: my lack of confidence, my voice, my lack of filming skills. One day, as it happens with me, I signed up, announced it to the world and filmed...
8 months ago • 2 min read

Is May the Month Where Everything Shifts?

Hello Reader, You know, when I’m home I see the same four houses through my window. I know my neighbours habits, their voices, their damn power-tools, I see the same trees and my yard. When we left on Sunday, no leaves had sprung, our grass was still yellow. Montreal was sunny but still empty of...
9 months ago • 3 min read

Studido Chronicles - Grounding Oneself

Hello Reader, It’s been a while, hasn’t it? With the state of the world, it feels like years, but it’s only been a couple of months. If you have joined The Studio Chronicles lately, welcome. I’m so glad you’re here. You can read some of the older newsletters in the archive.​ You probably joined...
11 months ago • 3 min read

A Month of Watercolour + Workshop

Hello Reader, I recently published my yearly selfie on IG. It was an excuse to commit. Usually, when you show your face and say you’ll do something, you tend to do it, or you’ll be embarrassed. I’ve been feeling scattered and aimless. That was January for many people. Around the world, we are...
12 months ago • 3 min read