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  • Shared studio space: new for 2015!
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    I am not afraid of change– or rather, I should say, I have learned to anticipate and accept change, with only a moderate level of apprehension.

    2015: I now share my art studio in Montreal, with 3 other women artists!

    2015: I now share my art studio in Montreal, with 3 other women artists!

    I have been quite spoiled, in recent years, as I have luxuriated in my glorious, light-filled, 600 square foot studio space, all by myself, in the company of my two furry canine friends, Lily and Rosie, for the past couple of years. If there were paint brushes left soaking overnight, they were mine. If there were dishes left in the sick, they were also mine. It’s been a lovely time, but like everything, this marvellous experience has run its course, and I am ready to do things a bit differently.

     

    Since the beginning of 2015, I have been sharing my studio space with three other women artists, all painters. The reason for the change, is that I am in the process of setting up my very own studio space, in the country, and having two full-time studios, all to myself, seems a bit extravagant, not to mention unnecessary.

     

    And so, the adventure begins: I moved furniture out of the way, before I left on vacation, to make room for my new studio-mates. I managed to clean it up enough, so that they would have enough room to spread out, and let their creativity flow. My new studio mates spent time in here, while I’ve been on vacation, and seeing their creativity upon my return, was a thrill!


    The (Toronto) Artist Project 2015: I’m in!
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    Here’s the scoop for next month, that I can finally let you in on: I will be participating in The Artist Project! I’ll be at corner BOOTH #123, just to the left, after you enter the show, through the main entrance (view the floor plan, here). I want to tell the world, so that I get to meet lots of visitors, from all over!!

     

    If you don’t already know it, TAP is a contemporary art fair, that runs every year in Toronto. It attracts 250 artists, of all sorts, so should be a pretty exciting time, for all of us! See below for the dates, times, and location.

    New paintings by Claire Desjardins at The Artist Project: BOOTH 123.

    New paintings by Claire Desjardins at The Artist Project: BOOTH 123.

     

    DATES
    Thursday, February 19* to Sunday, February 22, 2015.
    *See detailed schedule, below.

     

    TAP SCHEDULE
    Early Access Preview
    Thursday 5-10pm

     

    Opening Night Party
    Thursday 7-10pm

     

    Friday 11am-8pm
    Saturday 11am-8pm
    Sunday 11am-6pm

     

    LOCATION
    Better Living Centre
    Exhibition Place, Toronto
    Click here, to view on Google Maps.


    A brief retrospective: how my art has evolved
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    If anyone is following me on my Facebook fan page, they may have noticed that I am currently on vacation, and so have been posting photos of paintings that I worked on in the years past. Doing so, has made me aware of how much my style has evolved (technique, texture, process), and at the same time, it has remained consistent (my use of colour and space).

    Here are a few examples: pieces I’ve selected, to showcase the various directions I’ve gone in, over the past few years.

    My Dreams (1999), 24 by 36 inches, was one of my earlier paintings, besides when I was a kid!

    My Dreams (1999), 24 by 36 inches, was one of my earlier paintings, besides when I was a kid!


     

    Pink Wave (2004), 20 by 20 inches, was among my first abstract paintings on canvas

    Pink Wave (2004), 20 by 20 inches, was among my first abstract paintings on canvas


     

    I wasn't quite ready to do away with figurative painting, as per My Dog Pixel (2007), 40 by 60 inches. This one, however, was one of very few abstract figurative paintings that I worked on, that year.

    I wasn't quite ready to do away with figurative painting, as per My Dog Pixel (2007), 40 by 60 inches. This one, however, was one of very few abstract figurative paintings that I worked on, that year.


     

    Date Night (2011), 36 by 60 inches, exemplifies my linear series, which preoccupied me for much of 2011.

    Date Night (2011), 36 by 60 inches, exemplifies my linear series, which preoccupied me for much of 2011.


    Right from the beginning, I have been obsessed with the Abstract Expressionists, and all the wonderful work they have done. In particular, I love the bold, intentional use of paint by artists such as Robert Motherwell, and Hans Hofmann. I love Willem de Kooning’s intensity, as it contrasts with seemingly serendipitous brush strokes. I became interested in the techniques which they had used, and the effects that they produced.
    Options (2012), 60 by 48 inches.

    Options (2012), 60 by 48 inches.


     

    Sometime in 2012, I also started playing with poured paints. How to Bake A Cake (2012), 48 by 72 inches, in an example of this technique.

    Sometime in 2012, I also started playing with poured paints. How to Bake A Cake (2012), 48 by 72 inches, in an example of this technique.


     

    By 2013, my interest in the Abstract Expressionists preoccupied me once again. I wanted to paint with feeling! School of Wife (2013), 36 by 60 inches.

    By 2013, my interest in the Abstract Expressionists preoccupied me once again. I wanted to paint with feeling! School of Wife (2013), 36 by 60 inches.


     

    By 2014, I was combining many of the various techniques I had picked up along the way. Find A Way (2014), 48 by 42 inches, has many different textures, colours, and forms in it.

    By 2014, I was combining many of the various techniques I had picked up along the way. Find A Way (2014), 48 by 42 inches, has many different textures, colours, and forms in it.


     

    Fresh Beginnings (2014), 48 by 48 inches, was painted at the end of 2014. I am enjoying working with the division of space, textures, forms, and of course, colour.

    Fresh Beginnings (2014), 48 by 48 inches, was painted at the end of 2014. I am enjoying working with the division of space, textures, forms, and of course, colour.


    A new year, and a new start: painting my story
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    Posted on by Claire

    As 2014 wound up, and 2015 announced itself, I find myself in the midst of a big life change: we are moving to the country! We decided to keep a pied a terre in the city, so as not to suffer from urban withdrawal, but so far, country life is broadly appealing, and occupying most of our time: despite the winter (not my favourite season, due to the extreme cold we experience up north), there is skiing, bird watching, and hiking through beautiful trails that remind me of what Narnia would look like. It’s truly beautiful here.


     

    I’ve been setting up house, as well as creating a space for me to paint: a new studio! This means painting everything white, in my new work space. Wall painting is a slow (and for me, a painful) process. I’m excited, though, to get working again, so that’s the carrot at the end of the stick!


     

    In response to my life changes, I’ve been painting flowing, moving shapes that intertwine with one another. Here’s what I’ve come up with…

    Fresh Beginnings original painting by Claire Desjardins. 48 in. x48 in. - Acrylics on canvas.

    Fresh Beginnings original painting by Claire Desjardins. 48 in. x48 in. - Acrylics on canvas.


    It's A Go, original abstract painting by Claire Desjardins. 30 in. x 30 in.

    It's A Go, original abstract painting by Claire Desjardins. 30 in. x 30 in.


    My Heart, Your Soul original abstract painting by Claire Desjardins. 36 in. by 60 in.

    My Heart, Your Soul original abstract painting by Claire Desjardins. 36 in. by 60 in.