Letting go - with watercolor

We all have various activities that make us feel totally free. You might be aware thatI love to run and swim. Although these two are very important in my life, painting is probably the best way for me to let go and de-stress.  

When I feel anxious or lost I tend to work on paper. I guess it is because it is very easy. I grab a piece of paper, watercolor and a brush. That's it. 

If you feel like trying it too here are two simple steps to de-stress with watercolor. 

1. Have watercolor, a cup, paper and a brush handy. So that every time you need to de-stress or when you feel like painting you have these items close. 

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2. Explore, look around you... are there textures, flowers or items that you want to look at and represent in your own way on paper? A color in particular, lines, or shapes you want to paint or draw. Let your mind go. Explore, try, make mistakes...it is totally okay. Paint what feels good. 

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I hope this is helpful for someone. Watercolor has made me calmer in busy days and I find it amazing as a meditative tool. 

xxxxx

Lysa

 

 

 

New art studio

We moved a few weeks ago in a new loft. We are very happy with this new space. I decided to reorganize and rethink my working space. I am very happy with the result. 

Here are a few photos of the new space. :) 

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I am also very happy to invite you to my next pop up at West Elm Montréal on june 16 from 1pm to 5pm :) Click on the image below for more information. 

Movement

Movement - Studio visit with Lululemon


Je vois beaucoup de similitude entre la course et le peinture. Je cours pour trois raisons principales. Connecter et avec la nature, jouir d'un sentiment de liberté et pour l'amour du mouvement. Ces motivations sont aussi les principales raisons pour lesquelles je peins.

J'ai eu cette discussion avec les gens extraordinaires de Lululemon montréal. Ils ont fait une visite de notre studio afin de me poser quelques questions et prendre des photos. :)

photos par Julien Grimard

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Running and painting seem to be very different. For some reason I see many similarities. I run for three main reasons. To connect and experience nature, to enjoy a sense of freedom and for the love of movement. These motivations are also the main reasons why I paint. 
Most of my work is thought and traced in my head while running. 

I had this discussion with amazing people from Lululemon and they came in our studio to ask more questions and take a few photos. :) 

All these amazing photos are by Julien Grimard 

 

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News and upcoming events

Good morning :)

Here are a few news and upcoming events. 

I am so excited, two paintings I did for Lauren of living by lo were showcased in the may issue of style at home !  Style at home article

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I am also super happy and trilled to annonce the lauch of the collaboration I am making with Joannie Houle. 

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I also wanted to show you ''Centaurée des montagnes'' and ''Elle reste dans le mouvement'' - in 24x36 inches

I am so excited and happy with this new art print size !

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Discovering Haiku - Japanese art and Poetry

I started to be interested in Japanese art a few years ago as I was exploring Japanese architecture. Learning more about the Japanese aesthetic concepts and refined artistry was like discovering a new world. 

I wanted to share with you Haiku. It is the best-known Japanese poetic form. It is the strictest and purest of poetic forms, it contains in its seventeen sound characters a reference to a season as well as a distinct pause or interruption. These seasonal allusions emphasize the essence of Haiku; nature and its ephemeral beauty. 

I fell in love with Haiku because of it's complete dedication to seasons. I tend to be very interested in seasons and how they guide my work, moods, choice of colors and themes. 


J'ai commencé à m'intéresser à l'art japonais il y a quelques années en explorant l'architecture japonaise. Je voulais partager avec vous l'Haiku. C'est la forme poétique japonaise la plus connue. C'est la plus stricte et la plus pure des formes poétiques, elle contient dans ses dix-sept caractères sonores une référence à une saison ainsi qu'une pause ou une interruption distincte. 


Ces allusions saisonnières soulignent l'essence d'Haiku; la nature et sa beauté éphémère. Je suis tombé amoureux d'Haiku en raison de son dévouement complet aux saisons. J'ai tendance à être très intéressé par les saisons et la façon dont elles guident mon travail, mes humeurs, le choix des couleurs et des thèmes.


A few Haiku poems

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As on the plum comes

blossom after blossom, so 

comes the warmth of sprint 

- Ransetsu (1653-1708)

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Eyes, back and forth

nose, up and down - 

the flowers of spring ! 

- Onitsura (1660-1738)

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The peony flower scattered

And accumulated

A few of the petals

- Yosa Buson(1716-1784)

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The spring sea rising

and falling, rising

and falling all day. 

- Yosa Buson(1716-1784)

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If you are interested in learning more about Haiku I recommend the following book ; 

 

Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur Haiku, je vous recommande le livre suivant; 

Haiku - Japanese art and poetry by Judith Patt, Michiko Warkentyne, Barry Till