Some like to paint in the sound of lively music, while others prefer a soft music or a radio show. There are even some who paint when watching television. Each has his own way and that’s just fine. As for me, I prefer to paint in silence.

Here I speak of silence as the absence of music, but according to my perception, silence is far from being silent. I hear the sounds around my studio, birds singing and the cars in the street. I also hear the dehumidifier and air purifier. There are also the sounds that I generate when I scrape paint from the wooden panel with a painting knife or by spraying water on my paper.

"Entendre le présent" (Listen to the Present) Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel. 11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm) May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

“Entendre le présent” (Listen to the Present)
Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel.
11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm)
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

There is also the annoying voice I hear in my head, always ready to criticize my work. Hopefully, it does not affect me as much as before.  And then there are the voices of intuition, physical sensations and emotions that are less noticeable for me if I do not paint in silence.

I could paint to run away from these sounds, voices and sensations, but on the contrary, over the years I realize the growing importance all those messages and sensations conveyed by my senses in my creative process. That’s why it is the subject behind my latest cold wax and oil paintings including the one I present to you today.

Here are some photos taken at different stages of the creation of the painting “Entendre le présent” (Hear the Present) and close-ups to show you the details.

1. The wood panels after many layers of gesso, two of acrylic paint, plus two of cold wax and oil paint. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

1. The wood panels after many layers of gesso, two of acrylic paint, plus two of cold wax and oil paint.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

2. I added a piece of synthetic fabric and covered it with cold wax and oil paint. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande

2. I added a piece of synthetic fabric and covered it with cold wax and oil paint.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande

3. More fabric and paint were added. Then, the fabric was removed, leaving nice lines. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

3. More fabric and paint were added. Then, the fabric was removed, leaving nice lines.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

4. Highlights were added. Sorry, but the colors of the picture are wrong. They should be greener. Look at the following photo to see the right colors. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

4. Highlights were added.
Sorry, but the colors of the picture are wrong. They should be greener. Look at the following photo to see the right colors.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

« Entendre le présent » (Listen to the Present)

Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel. Size :11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm)

"Entendre le présent" (Listen to the Present) Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel. 11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm) May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

“Entendre le présent” (Listen to the Present)
Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel.
11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm)
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-ups from the previous painting

Close-up from the painting: "Entendre le présent" (Listen to the Present) Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the painting: “Entendre le présent” (Listen to the Present)
Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the painting: "Entendre le présent" (Listen to the Present) Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the painting: “Entendre le présent” (Listen to the Present)
Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the painting: "Entendre le présent" (Listen to the Present) Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel. May 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the painting: “Entendre le présent” (Listen to the Present)
Cold wax, oil paint and acrylic on wood panel.
May 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

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