He wanted to be known as a watercolorist, yet his career as a painter could have taken a different turn if the acrylic medium had appeared earlier ... Since his career as a creative gave him the freedom to explore the world of painting, he was able to experiment with several techniques and tools. From the basics of watercolor he learned at the school of fine arts, to ink drawings of early career, to ready to shoot graphic montages, to gouache and crayons in front page designs, he kept abreast of the constant evolution of creative tools. He chose to excel in watercolor but, throughout his career he always loved the aesthetic pleasure of gracefully flowing lines. The intended use of silkscreen printing was a major factor in deciding on the graphic look of the opus.

Simplify, stylize, eliminate superfluous details, concentrate on pure lines are better attained using ink, gouache and acrylics. Of course, with enougn dilution these media can acheive results similar to watercolor but cannot equate its transparency or fluidity. Therefore in a break with expectations, Ladouceur prefered a clear and clean design, inspired by his homage to Saint-Francis of Assisi, to address this project.

In his images for Émile Nelligan's *La romance du vin* poem, Ladouceur freed his hand and let lines flow in graceful forms, inspired by former works and outlined radiant colors within the elegant curves of his illustrations.

A Parallel Journey