The Evolution of a Painting

A painting begins well before the paint meets the canvas…  it can start with an image, a trip, an impression, an idea, an emotion, a colour…

This video show that journey and how the seeds for this painting “On Becoming True” were planted during a trip to Bali.

Hope you enjoy!
On Becoming True - The evolution of a painting by Nathalie Vachon





Music from the ‘Water’ soundtrack


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Camp Imagine 2014!

I just can’t say enough about the wonderful kids this year at Camp Imagine:  generous with each other, kind, open, creative, willing, sweet, thoughtful, imaginative, fun, funny (with no lack of personality!)  It was just a dream for Ross and I!

So, what happens when you get a wonderful group of kids together and you add a dash of music, a pinch of paint, a bucket of art supplies, a hint of a story and a fairy door?

Click here to find out!


Curious to see more?  Here’s what we did to get to our final performance/exhibit:

A:  We made books (turning giant leaf bags into Camp Imagine Sketchbooks)

books 1  books 3 books


nathalie storytelling Katari photo

Katari Storytelling – Saturday March 29th

Join us for one of my favourite annual shows: Katari Japanese Storytelling @ Japan Foundation is on March 29th as part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival. (3 ~ 5 PM, admission free)

This year, I am thrilled to be joined by Japanese dancers Takako Segawa, Kengo & Ran Yamazaki along with flutist Doug Miller for the retelling of Ketut & the Thousand Herons.

Contact the Japan Foundation to reserve a seat as space is limited.
416-966-1600, 106


Burlington Theatre Cushion Concert Series!

One of my favourite events of 2013 was the November 16th show at the Burlington Theatre as part of the inaugural Cushion Concert Series.  It was an intimate concert of moms, dads, grandparents, friends and children; with everyone cozy on cushions and ready for stories, for songs and for fun… Here are some pictures from the event and a most wonderful testimonial from organizer Joanne Churchill – thanks so much for having me!

“We were just thrilled to have Nathalie’s vivacious spirit and imaginative wordplay start our very first Cushion Concert ever!  Children sat, clapped, sang and giggled through delightful stories, songs and rhymes.  Thank you Nathalie for setting the bar so high for our series.  You’ve helped ignite a passion in our youngest audience members that will be alight for years to come!”
– Joanne Churchill – Burlington Theatre



Camp Imagine 2013!

Oh what a fun time we had this year at Camp Imagine… we made our own sketchbooks, did collage, made bamboo xylophones, wrote a collective story that we performed for friends and family on Friday, we wrote songs, played instruments, had a drum circle, played boom-whackers and rhythm sticks (and games of course),we wrote a poem and painted (creating wonderful multi-layered masterpieces)

And in case you missed it, here are some pictures and the video of our final performance.  A big thank you to all the kids, parents, friends and volunteers that helped make the week such a success!  Hope to see you next time!


Ketut and the Thousand Herons Mosaic Storytelling Festival

In February, i had the wonderful opportunity to perform with Marylyn Perringer as part of the Sunday Afternoon Storytelling Series called Mosaic.  It was a lovely afternoon with a wonderfully warm audience and a chance for me to debut a new story Ketut and the Thousand Herons with the addition of music (thanks to my most talented husband Ross) and with three Japanese dancers (thanks so Kengo, Ran and Takako Segawa)

Here is the video from that performance:


Once Upon a Time – Family Day Storytelling

Join us on February 18th (Family Day) for free storytelling at Daniels Spectrum:

Monday February 18th 1pm-3pm
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Artscape Lounge

Look forward to seeing you there!
Once Upon A Time-RPNI


Pop Goes the Easel!

2012 brought with it a new venture… We got a pop up shop!!!!

Friend/fellow Beach Studio Tour Artist Helen Billett and myself were given a shop at 1803 Danforth for the month of December and we transformed the very blank space (like a blank canvas) into a colourful explosion of art!!  Here are some of my favourite pictures of our time at Pop goes the Easel (including:  a great painting and vision board workshop, holiday drop in crafts, my annual Holiday Open Studio and an afternoon of Storytelling, Music and Crafts)

Thank you Danforth East (DECA) for having us!  We hope to come back again!


Jack Layton Memorial Canvas

I recently had the great honour of painting a memorial canvas for the late Jack Layton.  I was asked to paint something around the many signatures and words of thanks on a large canvas and came up with the image of the blossoming tree… a symbol of all the seeds of compassion, hope and understanding that this great leader has planted.  Here is the article from our local paper.




Helping Keen Celebrate One Year

This weekend I helped my favourite shoe store celebrate their one year anniversary…  how lucky to have them right around the corner from our house!  Congratulations Keen Shoes… here are a few pictures from the day and some of the faces I used as a canvas to paint on (some of them were wiggly, but I forgave them because they were so cute!)