Have you ever experienced the amplification of your senses when travelling abroad? The sky does not have the same color and you constantly look to the sky to admire the dance of clouds. You pay attention to the music of the local language, to the birdsongs, the sound of the waves and the rumours of the everyday life of the inhabitants of this foreign city. Local food is an adventure for your palate and you are more sensitive to the textures of the stone, the sand or the moss on the rocks, the wind blowing or falling drizzle.

Désir d'évasion (Desire to Escape) Oil paint and cold wax on polyester film. Size : 9X12 in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). January 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande

Désir d’évasion (Desire to Escape)
Oil paint, gold pigment and cold wax on polyester film.
Size : 9X12 in (22,9 x 30,5 cm).
January 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande

For me, painting is like travelling abroad. We may have consulted travel guides, seen documentaries on this destination, to be prepared as much as we can be, there is a whole world between imagining what it may feel to be there and to fully and really live that experience with all our senses.

Even if you read about painting, watch videos on the topic and buy paint tubes and brushes, there is a huge difference between thinking about painting without making it and to paint. It’s one of those things that you cannot really understand if you do not directly experience it.

Close-up from the painting : Désir d'évasion (Desire to Escape) Oil paint and cold wax on polyester film. January 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande

Close-up from the painting :
Désir d’évasion (Desire to Escape)
Oil paint, gold pigment and cold wax on polyester film.
January 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande

Close-up from the painting : Désir d'évasion (Desire to Escape) Oil paint and cold wax on polyester film. January 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande

Close-up from the painting :
Désir d’évasion (Desire to Escape)
Oil paint and cold wax on polyester film.
January 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande

Close-up from the painting : Désir d'évasion (Desire to Escape) Oil paint and cold wax on polyester film. January 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande

Close-up from the painting :
Désir d’évasion (Desire to Escape)
Oil paint, gold pigment and cold wax on polyester film.
January 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande

Travelling is not the only thing that has the ability to awaken our senses. Painting may do the same if we give ourselves permission to open up to all aspects of the experience.

What I particularly like about painting is not only its impact on our physical senses, but also that on our emotions and our inner life.

“Painting reaches the whole being; it is one of the most beautiful and the greatest journey.”

Regarding the Painting

The painting illustrating this article is part of a series I have been working on since December 2017. It is made up of imaginary landscapes and carries the desire to escape from the everyday life through dreaming of travelling to foreign destinations. I will tell you more about this series and my next solo show later this summer.

Thanks for your visit and see you soon,

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