During his early employement years, drawing was a supplementary source of income for Ladouceur. Although he had great freedom in the style and execution of his illustrations, each client had expectations that imposed major constraints. Being an innovative artist, Ladouceur was constantly on the lookout for new techniques and always felt a certain satisfaction and pride at the conclusion of every commission.

Now that these external imperatives no longer existed, each new watercolor he started felt like a window opening on inspiration. He looked for the signature time wrote on older homes and familiar objects, for the texture it carved on weathered wood, for the patina it polished on worn furniture. This was the feeling he tried to capture as his work matured. His coeval watercolors seemed to radiate a serene sense of nostalgia.

Choosing his own themes