• Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Meta

  • Recent Posts

  • North Carolina, here I come (new art gallery)!
    Permalink

    Posted on by Claire

    I’m delighted to let you in on a little exciting news of mine: I’ve signed with a new gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina! Sozo Gallery will be featuring my artwork, starting in September! I will be headed down there, to attend my opening. It’s an exciting time for me: I can’t quite believe it’s true, and I have to pinch myself, to be sure I’m not dreaming! Join me, at the opening reception, on Saturday, September 20th, between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 pm… I’d love to meet you!

    With Only Trepidation - abstract painting by Claire Desjardins, at Sozo Gallery in North Carolina.

    With Only Trepidation - abstract painting by Claire Desjardins, at Sozo Gallery in North Carolina.

     

    GALLERY ADDRESS:
    Sozo Gallery,
    Hearst Tower,
    214 North Tryon Street,
    Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
    Click here to view map!
    Tel: 704-578-8457


    Painting a big, fat, abstract diptych
    Permalink

    Posted on by Claire

    Painting a very large painting is a different process from painting a smaller one. You move differently, you handle your materials differently, and you really have to think out what you are going to do a bit differently, too.
     

    I was recently commissioned to paint a diptych that would be 66 inches tall, and 132 inches wide. In other words: 5 and a half feet tall, by 11 feet wide. Oh, what a wonderful freedom! There is nothing like making that first mark on a very large, white space. It’s an incredibly satisfying feeling!
     

    Here are photos of my painting’s progression, below.
     

    The artist is dwarfed by her canvas.

    The artist is dwarfed by her canvas.


     

    Some blocking out of colours is applied.

    Some blocking out of colours is applied.


     

    Inky blue: one of my favourite colour staples.

    Inky blue: one of my favourite colour staples.


     

    Getting a little braver: I apply more colour, in layers.

    Getting a little braver: I apply more colour, in layers.


     

    Something is happening: I like how this bit of red pops out.

    Something is happening: I like how this bit of red pops out.


     

    The final piece: hard to photograph because it was so large, so I took it out into the hallway.

    The final piece: hard to photograph because it was so large, so I took it out into the hallway.


     

    I titled my painting, “Her Name is Paramitas“.


    Workshop: here are the photos!
    Permalink

    Posted on by Claire

    I’m a bit slow in getting things posted on my blog, these days, but, I haven’t stopped thinking about the June 21st workshop that I gave, at the new Anthropologie store, on the south shore of Montreal. We painted masterpieces on canvas tote bags.
     

    I lead a workshop at Anthropologie, to celebrate their new store opening. The workshop was full up, and (I think) everyone had a fun time! Here are the pics…
     

    The group got right into painting their tote bags.

    The group got right into painting their tote bags.


     

    Paint palettes: every colour!

    Paint palettes: every colour!


     

    Attending artists were all ages.

    Attending artists were all ages.


     

    And they kept on painting...

    And they kept on painting...


     

    Some of the completed masterpieces hang to dry, on the wall.

    Some of the completed masterpieces hang to dry, on the wall.


     


    Paint your own tote bag at Anthro’s new store opening!
    Permalink

    Posted on by Claire

    It is now the day before summer, and us northerners can feel it, in our bones: the harsh winter has reluctantly released its cruel grip on its survivors, allowing us to move about more freely, and enjoy the breezes that gently caress the backs of our necks.

    I’m getting ready to lead a workshop at one of the Anthropologie store openings, tomorrow: the new store in the Montreal area, on the south shore (in the Dix30 shopping center). We will be painting tote bags for a couple of hours, in the morning, and it’s free to anyone who wishes to join in. You can click here, if you’d like to know more.

    Celebrate the Anthropologie store opening in Brossard: come and paint a tote bag at my workshop!

    Celebrate the Anthropologie store opening in Brossard: come and paint a tote bag at my workshop!