I spotted the chestnuts on October’s postcard beneath a tree in Wallingford last fall. I don’t think they are the edible variety, but regardless, whenever I see chestnut trees around the city I lament the lack of roasted chestnut vendors on the streets of Seattle. Though it’s not the same, I might possibly have ordered fresh chestnuts from this Oregon farm to roast in our backyard fire pit. I’m hopeful that backyard roasted chestnuts hold their own kind of charm.
The art on the back of the postcard was done by Lucie Duclos, an artist out of Port Townsend who is a self described graphic and surface pattern designer, a mixed media artist, and a teacher. Not too long ago she created two absolutely wonderful PNW coloring books-The West Coast Coloring Book and The Pacific Northwest Coloring Book, in collaboration with Melina Lamoureux. When I photographed Lucie in her Port Townsend studio a few weeks ago I couldn’t help but notice that she is as cheerful and bright as the art she creates.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR LUCIE
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I really wanted to be the flying nun. You get to fly around in your super cool hat and swoop down to help other people. It was called “La soeur volante” in French and she was my super hero. To this day, I still dream of owning a flying nun outfit. My other option was Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie. Again, very cool outfit, living in a bottle with all those fluffy pillows all around, it looked so cozy in there. And then, by the blink of an eye, you can make anything happen. I haven’t mastered that trick yet, but I am working on it…
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
I would say that I go back and forth, I love being around people but I also need a lot of time alone to regroup. I try to get the right balance between the two.
What are your top three Port Townsend area restaurants?
I love the Ajax Café in Port Hadlock, it’s casual with a great view and the food is always amazing. Hudson Point Café in Port Townsend is also a favorite. It’s right in the marina, the staff is super friendly and it’s great for breakfast or lunch. Also in Port Townsend, Alchemy Bistro has delicious food and they offer special menus on different holidays (Valentine’s day is awesome there!), and they also have a wine bar which is really fun if you just want small bites and a glass of wine.
Do you have a favorite book?
Iceland, by Lonely Planet. I love travel guides and I get so attached to them. I love reading about all the different regions and the history of a place, the little anecdotes and best places to eat. I never travel anywhere without buying a Lonely Planet travel guide, it really helps me appreciate and understand the country I am visiting.
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
I just read 25 cents et autres histoires à la pièce by Marie-Chantale Gariépy. The author (who is also my cousin) left a box at the Soucoupe Café, a neighborhood coffee house in Montreal, inviting customers to suggest titles for stories. The book is a collection of short stories inspired by this clever idea and they are fascinating and very entertaining.
Thank you so much Lucie, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
Congratulations to Alicia D. who is the winner of our October postcard and will soon be receiving this small piece of gorgeous art in her mailbox!
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