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Art Is So Subjective

Art is so subjective. Everyone says it! However, when it comes time to show our work online, our portfolio to art galleries or submit our paintings to a jury, it is difficult for us to remain indifferent and have no expectations as to how our work will be received by others. We invoke luck, we hope, we hold our breath and too often we are disappointed. What makes one artwork selected, and the other not? Why that one is positively seen by the members of a jury and the…

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Next Event: Exposition des artistes de Lorraine et invités

You are cordially invited to the 2019 edition of the “Exposition des artistes de Lorraine et invites” that will take place from May 16 to June 2, 2019, at la Maison Garth. It is an annual exhibition gathering artworks created by artists living in the city of Lorraine, Quebec and surroundings. I will participate to this event for the third year in a row.

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Next Art Exhibition: L’Annuelle des Arts 2019

I am pleased to announce that I shall participate in the next collective art exhibition of the ALPAP. This exhibition is an annual event featuring artworks created by ALPAP members, a local group of artists of which I have been a member since 2013. The exhibition will take place in Laval (Quebec) from May 11 to June 2, 2019…

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The Most Common Mistake in Painting and Three Tips to Remember

Have you ever seen paintings that are full of color, but that, in spite of everything, seem bland and do not catch the eye? Have you ever found yourself in front of a painting that looks like a tapestry and has no element that stands out more than another? Or, have you ever seen one of those overwhelming paintings including too much visual elements? If it could speak, it would not be a clear speech, but rather the chaotic shout of a crowd…

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This Demon Called Plastic

You’ve certainly seen in the media these images showing mountains of plastics in dumps or in the ocean, as well as those animals strangled by plastic bags or bottles. The images are disturbing and although we are becoming more aware of the situation and we are doing small daily actions to reduce our ecological footprint, I am wondering about the impact of creative hobbies and an artistic practice on ecology.

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What if your multiple passions give form to a cohesive whole?

Have you ever heard of Steve Jobs’s speech to students at Stanford University in California in June 2005? He tells three short stories. He concluded the first by one saying this: … you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down…

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Future, Present Moment and Wishes for 2019

I do not know if it happens to you too, but there are lessons in my creative life that I need to learn again and again. For several months, I have been going through a transition period in my artistic journey. I feel the need to orient my works in a direction other than the one taken during the first part of 2018 for my last solo exhibition, but nearly 6 months later, I’m still not sure of the way to follow, or how to express it…

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Top 15 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018

At the end of each year, I take a look at the website’s statistics to know which blog posts have been most popular. It gives me an idea of what interests you and made you discover the website. What I found is that what brought the majority of you here is old blog posts. Most of them two years old or even older and many are about experiments I did in my visual art journal. This is completely different from what I’m doing now, but somewhere it still looks relevent…

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What is a monotype and photos of my first trials

What is a monotype? Briefly, a monotype is unique print usually produced by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The image is then transferred to a sheet of paper by pressing both together. The result is a one of a kind print that cannot be duplicated, contrary to other printing methods such as linocuts or woodcuts, which allow printing several copies of the same work…

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Experiments With Collage

Today, I present you photos of four collages made at the end of the summer from hand-painted paper and I also take the opportunity to talk about the plus and cons of this technique to see more clearly if I want to continue or not in that direction. My solo show is ended and I’m now experiencing a period of research, slowly transitioning toward something else. I take time to try new techniques and work differently to get out of my comfort zone and develop…

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7 Ways to Use Reality as A starting Point for Abstract Paintings

Are you one of those people who do realistic paintings, but who would like to do abstracts or at least add a touch of abstraction to their figurative paintings without knowing how to do it? You are not alone! Many people share with me that wishes either in person, through the blog or social networks. That’s why I present you today 7 ways to easily make it.

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Next Art Exhibition : L’Annuelle des Arts (2018)

In addition to the solo exhibition I mentioned to you two weeks ago, I will participate in the annual exhibition of artworks created by members of the Association Lavalloise Pour les Arts Plastiques. (ALPAP): l’Annuelle des Arts (2018). Since the majority of my recent work will be exhibited at my solo show which also takes place in September, I chose to present an experimental artwork which I did recently I like very much. This is a collage created from…

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