Joie de Vivre !
Born in Quebec in 1949, Claudette Castonguay years. A self-taught painter, she has regularly exhibited her paintings across Canada since 1979. In 1984, she retired from teaching to devote her time exclusively to her professional painting career. Claudette is known for paintings that depict the individuality of the characters with spontaneity, sensitivity and humour. An afternoon cocktail party, music and flowers, market of Quebecois style and elegance on canvas. The world of Claudette Castonguay continues to delight her collectors as her paintings capture a world of colour and joy. The bright colours of each season are represented in her playful beach winter. It is a world of happiness, joy and magic.
The Magic of Creation
When Claudette begins a new painting, she loves to give time and space to improvisation. With each new canvas, Claudette chooses her colours and starts to draw. She then harmonizes light with her chosen colours and shapes and
the subject takes form. This approach keeps her paintings fresh and light and conveys the happiness she feels while creating. "I am fascinated by the play activity of creation and I like to think that the canvas will bring as much joy to the person who will choose it as I am experiencing when I paint it,” says Claudette. "I am diligent in my studio. When I stand before the easel, there is only this present moment that exists. These instants are precious and sometimes magical. What more could I ask for?"
In Life as on Canvas
There is little question that Claudette Castonguay’s work captivates us with amazing colour and vibrancy. Born into a family of six children, Castonguay flourished as a and then later to painting. Although she feels that this did not distinguish her from the other children, she was unique in that she took such a strong liking to this activity. For many years Claudette and her partner Jacques have lived together and created a very cheerful, joyful and simple life, one that she is extremely grateful for. Today the enjoyment she takes in producing her art is apparent and has in fact become her vocation. “Art must be created with your heart and then it creates joy in the eyes of others,” says Claudette.
Art and Harmony
Painting for Claudette Castonguay is very therapeutic. This is the time of the great journey, where she is really in the present moment. “I feel
extremely alive and well. Creating gives me a really intense pleasure and I like to let a large number of ideas wash over my imagination.” Castonguay usually works six hours a day in her studio. “I am very disciplined,” she says. “I particularly like painting and listening to the music of Bach, Mozart and sacred music.” She likes Orthodox and Slavonic songs, never growing tired of them. They work with her to help express her work on the canvas – a work of joy, harmony, simplicity and peacefulness. “I also believe in naivety, something that is so often overlooked but what we truly need in our life,” she says. Sometimes she improvises and is always surprised at what starts to emerge. She strives to keep her work fresh and always with a new perception to push her to create paintings even more full of life. While choosing colours and forms that are aligned in an instinctive way everything starts to emerge in the place it should be for this piece, this moment of time.
Energy and Creation
Each time she begins a new painting she starts Claudette wants to bring harmony to the canvas and she tries to create with forms and colours something that will bring energy to the everyday life of the person who will choose this work of art in the end. “I always hope that the painting will become a source of happiness and joy for the client,” says Claudette.
Previous Page, The Wonderful New Spring, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30” This Page, At the End of a Beautiful Day, acrylic on canvas, 12” x 24” right, Florence, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 24”
Previous Page: top left, Le Village De Felix, acrylic, 12” x 24” bottom left, Mediterranee, acrylic, 12” x 36” right, Les Poules du Village, acrylic, 12” x 24” This Page: left, Market in July, acrylic, 24” x 30”
This Page: left, Tout pour la musique, acrylic, 18” x 24” Previous Page: left top, Sunday on the Beach, acrylic, 18” x 24” left bottom, July on the Beach, acrylic, 12” x 24” right, Ce midi au Marche de Fleurs, acrylic, 30” x 30”