When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

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The Monte Files

Monte patches from my son Adrian (2015) MonteFlag

Monte is alive and well in 2015. Thanks for the patches and flag Adrian!

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In 2011 we had our first grandson, and every year I’ll make him a book. The first one was a Monte book, “Colours for Cameron”, quilted unbleached cotton over heavy cardboard, buttons, colored fibers, bound with fabric and velcro handle. Kinda big, and kinda one-of-a-kind!

Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson

Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson

Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson

Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson

Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, first book for my grandson Colours For Cameron, last page has squeaker inside, taken out of a dollar store dog toy

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Monte’s history:

Monte snow sculpture, Winter 1989 Ottawa, Canada

Monte snow sculpture, Winter 1989

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The original Monte was created in 1971 Who is Monte (“Mon-tee”) and what are the Monte Files?
Borne in a grade six science class, Monte made an appearance everywhere on my friends’ notebooks, on everything I owned, even painted him on the back window of a friend’s car in the late ’70’s, Drawing behind Monte's backwhich I have no photo of unfortunately. Monte has managed to come back to life every few years since then in some form or another.
The cartoon head is originally blue and drawn along with different hand gestures, but the basic shape can morph into any figure simply by changing the eyes, shape of the head, adding ears or a nose or a suitable body.

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Monte as the Joker on an extra large deck of playing cards, designed and handpainted for my neice and nephew, 1980 The Monte Files were listed on my very first website (2003) with the invitation for you, whoever and wherever you are, despite your age or artistic capabilities, to send in your version of Monte or a character inspired by him, and add it to the collection. Well, The Joker's sceptreThe Monte Files are back, and the invitation stands.
Your character can be created using any sort of media. Scan any version of Monte here and re-invent him, trace him or print out pages from the Monte Coloring Book at the bottom of this page, write a quip or add hand gestures. There are no rules except have fun with it; Monte’s up for anything! One of my neices shredded him to bits then reassembled him into a beautiful mosaic. Children, adults, artists or not, send a jpeg image of your Monte interpretation to nikki_coulombe@hotmail.com, and I’ll post it here.

Guest Art: Camille's Monte, Shredded colored paper, 2009

My neice Camille scanned and printed Monte, shredded then glued the image back together as a paper mosaic, 2009. Awesome Job Camille!

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Baby's bib, 1987

Monte Bib for my nephew, Jake, 1986

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The basic Monte face can change entirely but still be used as a starting point for ideas toward a new character

The basic Monte face can change entirely but still be used as a starting point for ideas toward finding a new character.

5 ft. tall Leslie Park Elementary School prop for Christmas play, 1988

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Mr. Not Stale, Knoxdale Elementary School's annual Bake Sale mascot, named in a contest by a Gr. 2 student

Mr. Not Stale, Knoxdale Elementary School’s annual Bake Sale mascot (Ottawa 1990),

Named in a contest by a very clever Grade 2 student, she won one of the two 12″ stuffed characters I sewed and awarded to the top two winners.

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Monte Descending A Staircase, 2005, ode to Marcel Duchamp

Monte Descending A Staircase, 2005, ode to Marcel Duchamp

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Momarch Butterfly, 1999 model home wall mural in baby nursery, inspired the Mommy Nature series

“Mom”arch Butterfly, 1999 model home wall mural in baby nursery, inspired the Mommy Nature series

Sunny, mural detail

Sunny, 1999 mural detail

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Momarch Butterfly, Mommy Nature series, 11 x 14 Acrylics on canvas 2004. Prints and Cards available, see link above.

Momarch Butterfly and Beeing a Mom

The Mommy Nature series, 11 x 14 Acrylics on canvas 2004

Prints and Cards available, see link above.

Beeing a Mom, Mommy Nature series, 11 x 14 Acrylics on canvas 2004. Prints and Cards available, see link above.

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Digitized play with Paint Shop Pro mozaic effects

Paint Shop Pro computer effects

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Paint Shop Pro effects

Is That You, Monte? Paint Shop Pro effects

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Monte Sock Puppet, Pencil on paper, Adrian Coulombe 2005

Sock Puppet by Adrian Coulombe, Pencil on paper 2005

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Digital drawing by Jim Drury

Digital drawing by Jim Drury, 2005

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Digital drawing by Jim Drury

Digital drawing by Jim Drury, 2005

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Digital drawing by Jim Drury

Digital effects by Jim Drury, 2005

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Girls' car, driving from Alaska to New YorkMonte travels to New York city (before I get to!)

When we were in California during Fall 2008 we met some ladies at a rest stop who were driving to New York City from Alaska in a beat up old car.

Friends, and people they met along the way signed their car. Monte now travels!

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____________________________Cookie Monte, 2007 traditional Sugar Cookie recipe, stamp made from polymer clay___________________

Cookie Monte, traditional Sugar Cookie recipe, stamp made from polymer clay

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Cookie Monte, stamp made from polymer clay

Cookie stamp made from polymer clay.

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Cookie Monte, traditional Sugar Cookie recipe, stamp made from polymer clay

Cookie Monte, stamp made from polymer clay, 2007. Traditional Sugar Cookie recipe.

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Monte Cycles, 2007

Monte Cycles, 2006

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Monte Cycles bike decal

Monte Cycles bike decal

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On the cover of Colorado Cyclist

On the cover of Colorado Cyclist

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Monte Is My Homey, digital 2006

Monte Is My Homey, digital 2006

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Monte Pac - Monte is my Homey

Monte Pac – Monte is my Homey

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Monte Studios - YouTube logo

Monte Studios You Tube logo 2004 (The opinions expressed by the You-Tuber are not necessarily those of Monte or his Artist!)

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Computerized industrial embroidery machine program by Adam Coulombe, 2008

Computerized industrial embroidery machine program by Adam Coulombe, 2008

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Adrian's Computerized industrial embroidery machine, testing colored threads and fine tuning with Monte program, 2009

Testing colored threads and fine tuning Adrian’s new computerized industrial embroidery machine programmed with a Monte design, 2009

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Monte Hat by Adrian Coulombe, industrial embroidery, Jan. 28, 2009!

Monte Hat by Adrian Coulombe, industrial embroidery, Jan. 28, 2009

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Monte Balloon, Paint Shop Pro effects

Monte Balloon, Paint Shop Pro effects

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By changing a few small details Monte can morph into anything 1) Look Ma, No Rules 2)

1) By changing a few small details Monte can morph into anything, and 2) you don’t have be cutesy, as in Look Ma, No Rules!”.

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Monte speaks - if you would rather write a poem or cartoon quip and send it in, that would be great tooMonte speaks – if you would rather write a cartoon quip, a poem or a story about Monte, that would be interesting too!

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Monte was spotted during April 2011 in the form of a rock, so you see he really is a master of disguise and shape-shifting!

Monte face seen in a rock

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Artist Lemon Strawberry
Birds Girl Boy

FishMontester Sunny

Kitty and Friend Puppy  Bunny

CarrotCupcake Monte Cycles

Monte Coloring Book