Art & Culture

Collaborating with Brava Triathlon & Painting a bike frame

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I had the chance to collaborate with Brava Triathlon on a collection of clothing for endurance athletes. For this collaboration with Brava, I wanted to create something that would reflect my love for movement and nature. Swimming, cycling and running allow me to feel a sense of freedom and to connect with my environment. The artwork I created is full of movement and light, inspired by water and by flora. I feel like the result reflects the joy and vivacity of this sport. I hope it will make you explore more and excel in your movements.

Photos : gophobservation

Photos : gophobservation

To celebrate our collaboration we organized a launch and decided to raise money at the same time for Fast & Female. Argon gave us a bike frame to paint in order to showcase and raise money for the foundation. I have to say it was not easy. At first when the two founders of Brava came in my studio with the frame I looked at it for a few days having no idea what to paint on it. I finally was inspired by the frame itself. I decided to just play with movement and colors around it. It was a whole new experience for me as I usually paint on canvas or paper.

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Photos : gophobservation & Sergio Castano

Photos : gophobservation & Sergio Castano


Here are a few photos of the clothing collection :)

You can click on the link below to see all of the products with Brava

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Photo : gophobservation

Photo : gophobservation



“Blue” current exhibition at Espace 33

A few photos of my current exhibition “Blue” at Espace 33 in Gatineau.

Feel free to contact espace 33 for more informaiton.

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In circles / 30X60 INCHES (SOLD)  Check availability with Espace 33 :  (819) 682-6186

In circles / 30X60 INCHES (SOLD)

Check availability with Espace 33 : (819) 682-6186

By the sea - 36x36 inches - Contact Espace 33 for more information  (819) 682-6186

By the sea - 36x36 inches - Contact Espace 33 for more information (819) 682-6186

Together / 30X60 INCHES (SOLD)  Check availability with Espace 33 :  (819) 682-6186

Together / 30X60 INCHES (SOLD)

Check availability with Espace 33 : (819) 682-6186

18x36 INCHES  Check availability :  (819) 682-6186

18x36 INCHES

Check availability : (819) 682-6186

Until the end / 36X48 INCHES (SOLD)  Check availability with Espace 33 :  (819) 682-6186

Until the end / 36X48 INCHES (SOLD)

Check availability with Espace 33 : (819) 682-6186

Upcoming workshops

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Having a creative outlet is essential for me. Painting calms my anxieties. It is therapeutic.
As I started to give workshops, I realized that a lot of people have the same needs. Our lives are pretty stressful and a little escape to concentrate on color, movement & lines is truly powerful. Its such an honor for me to see people dive into watercolor or other mediums and get totally lost (in a good way). Painting is this place you can go every time you need to escape a little. ✨🎨

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Here is a little video of the mixed media workshop.

Created by Jayvideo.ca

List of upcoming workshops

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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)

Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson

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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

 


Beautiful decay - Study

I am very proud and happy to present you a new series of paintings. I was interested in flowers at the end of their life. I find that their own personality arrives at this stage. They become all singular, their colours are transformed and all have different shades in their petals. Every petal also moves in a different position making it even more fascinating.

 Here are some images that explore this concept that I find very interesting.


Je suis très fière et heureuse de vous présenter une nouvelle série de toiles.

Je me suis intéressée aux fleurs en fin de vie. Lorsqu'elles se transforment tranquillement avant de se décomposer. Je trouve que leur caractère propre se cristallise à cette étape là. Elles sont toutes singulières, leurs couleurs se transforment et se dégradent. Chaque pétale est différente. Je trouve cela fascinant. Elles tombent et se transforment de façon complètement différente. Ce qui apporte un mouvement singulier et captivant. 

Voici quelques images qui explorent ce concept que je trouve très intéressant. 

Photo : Frida Edlund

Photo : Frida Edlund

Thomas Frei

Thomas Frei

Photo : Billy Kid

Photo : Billy Kid

Photo : Irving Penn

Photo : Irving Penn

Here are the paintings exploring this concept of beautiful decay.

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Rachel Ruysch - Women in art history

Rachel Ruysch

Women in art history

As many of you know women in art history were ignored and unrepresented for centuries. As I was reading a few months ago an article on the work of Rachel Ruysch I fell madly in love with her still life paintings. 

Her asymmetrical compositions with drooping flowers and wild stems created paintings that seemed to possess a great energy about them. They inspired me to try new compositions with darker backgrounds. 

Flowers on a stone slab

Flowers on a stone slab

Flowers on a tree trunk

Flowers on a tree trunk

Flower Still Life depicts a lush variety of different flowers, from popular common European blooms to rare overseas species. Ruysch combines a complex and intricate arrangement of poppies, snapdragons, roses, carnations, hollyhocks, marigolds, morning glories and a single red and white flamed tulip. Flowers lavishly spill out of the vase, filling the entire picture space. Some are in full bloom, others droop and wilt, as leaves and curving stems entwine throughout. While many of her contemporary flower painters used more symmetrical and formal compositions, Ruysch was known for these lively and informal looking arrangements. The flowers are asymmetrically arranged, leading the eye diagonally from the lower left drooping marigold to the upper right red poppy. Our eye is first attracted to the lightest flowers in the center, then to the brightly colored surrounding flowers, and finally out to the small darker flowers at the edges of the bouquet. Complementary colors create harmony, as warm yellows and rose balance cool blues and greens. Light alternates with shadow, enlivening the flowers as they stand out dramatically against the darker background.
— Khan Academy

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Even if the paintings are darker, I feel like they are light and still glowing. I love this exploration and will keep seeking further.