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“Like other artists I want to feel the en­ergy that arises from putting the paint­ing to­gether, the lay­out, the colours, the forms and es­pe­cially the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of light. It is im­por­tant to sur­ren­der your­self to what is hap­pen­ing on the can­vas and bring it to life,” says Claudette. For Claudette Castonguay en­ergy hap­pens be­tween each colour – the need to har­mo­nize these el­e­ments as the sub­ject slowly takes form. What in­ter­ests her about other artists is not nec­es­sar­ily the tech­nique they use, but the at­ti­tude that they adopt in their cre­ative process – the way they aban­don them­selves to what is emerg­ing from the can­vas.

A Life of Soli­tude, Cre­ativ­ity and Joy

The soli­tary state im­posed by paint­ing in the her joy. She likes the play­ing side of cre­ation. It is an ad­ven­ture com­ing in by slight de­grees on the white can­vas. Claudette is al­ways sur­prised or as­ton­ished by cer­tain magic mo­ments. When her work­ing day is over, Claudette likes to read a good book and to en­ter the

uni­verse of the thinker. She prefers an es­say dis­cussing wis­dom, phi­los­o­phy or spir­i­tu­al­ity. Over the last cou­ple of years, some evenings she also spends time writ­ing tales or short sto­ries which she gives to friends and fam­ily at Christ­mas. Claudette Castonguay al­ways needs to be creat­ing some­thing. With so many awards, shows and hon­ours too nu­mer­ous to list it is ob­vi­ous that not only I am glad of her cre­ativ­ity. The world awaits her de­light­ful paint­ings. The colour­ful and joy­ful work of Claudette Castonguay can be found at these gal­leries:

White Rock Gallery White Rock, BC www.white­rock­ 604.538.4452

Ga­lerie d’art Au P’tit Bon­heur La Mal­baie, QC www.aup­tit­bon­ 418.665.2060

Pre­vi­ous Page: Au petit matin sur la plage, acrylic on can­vas, 24” x 36” above left, The Colours of the Beau­ti­ful Sea­son, acrylic on can­vas, 30” x 40”

above right, Au jardin, acrylic on can­vas, 16” x 20”

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