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Award-Winning Colorful Art Radiates Happiness

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Art Talk about Colorful Art with Canadian Award-Winning Abstract Painter, Claire Desjardins

Abstract, vivid, and colorful art that really radiates joy, happiness, and really good vibes. On this week’s Art Talk, we have the pleasure of sharing our short interview with Canadian Award-Winning abstract Painter, Claire Desjardins. Her work reminds us of sunshine and happy summer days. And we especially love how flowers are part of this gorgeous colorful art in an abstract way. It’s in these details that we fell in love with Claire’s work.

Claire was one of 6 artists selected by Microsoft to design skins for the launch of the Microsoft Surface. In 2019, she launched her own apparel brand–which features collections for women inspired by her colorful art. She’s also collaborated with the U.S. retail chain, Anthropologie. Claire’s apparel collections are currently being sold in about 500 boutiques all across North America.

colorful art on acrylic canvas by Claire Desjardins
Made Up My Mind, 2020

Acrylics on canvas
48 x 48 x 1.5 in
122 x 122 x 5 cm

Taking to heart all that has come to pass, and all that the future may or may not hold for us, I have made up my mind to live each day in its own right, and not to concern myself with the things I cannot control. I choose love and joy.

Musa Creativa (MC): Tell us about you, and your work. 

Claire: My name is Claire Desjardins, and I’m a full-time artist. Mostly, I paint color-filled abstract paintings with dynamic brush strokes. I also dabble in steel sculpture and textile arts.

colorful abstract art with pink, red, and blue by Claire Desjardins
Hotel Paradise, 2020

Acrylics on canvas
30 x 60 x 1.5 in
76 x 152 x 5 cm

The best hotel is home. I’ve been spending my time here, and the longer I’m here, the more I love it.

MC: Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind your colorful art pieces.

Claire: My first love is color, and I am inspired by the day-to-day. I live in the country, surrounded by nature. In the summer months, my other pleasure is gardening. I have a series of unruly flower gardens that I tend to, in a most informal way. The colors of my perennials and the wildflowers are second to none.

abstract art with colorful dots and circles pattern by Claire Desjardins
Tell Me When, 2020

Acrylics on canvas
60 x 48 x 1.5 in
152 x 122 x 5 cm

Will you know to say hello and goodbye? Please and thank you? Or when you’d like to leave or return? Maybe then we can be better friends.

MC: As for your creation process, how long does it usually take you to finish one of these colorful art pieces? 

Claire: Paintings can take anywhere from one hour to a couple of years, start to finish. Sometimes I think I’ve finished a painting, but really, when I stare at it long enough, I realize that it’s not complete. There’s a lot of looking involved in this process. And this can actually be the most time-consuming part of my creative process.

colorful abstract art of circles by Claire Desjardins
The Space in Between 42, 2020

Acrylics on paper
14 x 11 x .1 in
36 x 28 x 0 cm

There is a place where the penumbra disappears, and the light gets in. It’s the place where colours are most vivid as shadows creep into the cracks.

This piece is acrylics on paper. It is on 300-pound, 100% cotton rag, acid-free watercolour paper. The painting is mounted and matted with a 20″ by 16″ mat, which we pop into a cellophane sleeve. It’s signed with a graphite pencil, and has been sealed with a layer of satin varnish. The painting can be shipped with or without the mat, in a box (the watercolour paper is too thick and rigid to be rolled up into a tube).

MC: Your art pieces speak of vivid color–which captured us at first sight! Is this something that sets your art apart?

Claire: I use a combination of bold colors in my artworks, and I would have to say that this is my signature. I have a number of different painting styles that I like to play around with, but the one common thread is my use of color.

beautiful abstract of vivid and bold colors
Candy Store, 2020

Acrylics on canvas
14 x 14 x 1.5 in

Candies, like brilliant colored jewels, glisten in glass canisters atop a counter. They beckon, sweetness enticing.

MC: What does being an artist mean to you?  

Claire: I live and breathe art. It is a creative life that knows no bounds. I often find myself trying new materials and I never tire of finding different ways of approaching an issue–whether it be beautifying the municipality that I live in, making more functional sculptures (ex: ones that prevent vehicles from driving over protruding rocks in the road), or simply adding color and life to a living space. It’s all art! And it’s all an enjoyable challenge for me.

I live and breathe art. It is a creative life that knows no bounds.

Claire Desjardins, Award-winning Abstract Painter
abstract streaks of blue, pink, and orange
The Den Dweller, 2020

Acrylics on canvas
10 x 8 x 1.5 in
25 x 20 x 5 cm

Safe and comfortable in the cocoon I call home, I feel content and safe from the outside world.

MC: Up until now, what has influenced your art?

Claire: I originally was most influenced by mid-century abstract expressionists. I still love mid-century, as I enjoy the feeling of nostalgia that goes with it. But now, I have broadened my horizons and I love the works of many other artists, too–both contemporary and past. Artists like Yayoi Kusama, the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Jacquie Comrie, Eliézar Martínez, Cat Huss, and Sonal Nathwani. As well as Kano Nakamura, Pooja Pittie, Ted Collier, Simone Saunders, Rose Pearlman, and so many more.

abstract art by Claire Desjardins
Waiting for Planes, 2020

Acrylics on canvas
30 x 24 x 1.5 in
76 x 61 x 5 cm

Airports are quiet, and exploration activities now take place near the home. Even in this seemingly smaller universe, there is so much to be discovered still!

Connect with Abstract Painter Claire Desjardins in the following links

Website: https://www.clairedesjardins.com | Shop Apparel: https://www.wearableartstore.com | #clairedesjardins | Wikipedia: wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Desjardins


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