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Done in a moment of stress and anger
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Création de la page patreon.com/artbienveillant dans le cadre d'un crowdfunding. Je me suis décidé à cette action, afin d'accélérer le développement de la thérapie "PaintingEmotions"
Tout feedback sera le bien venu

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Horse and Man
This horse riding figure appeared naturally out of the colors. A purely intuitive process. I love the position of the human figure who seems in an unstable posture.

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This is the latest painting I did. The first of a series of 4 about the color blue.
I named it Hector like the tragic hero from Troy. The figure reminds me of that story, maybe linked to the tragic events we went through lately ...

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Things go wild some days.
I painted a first picture of a more or less human figure. It somehow reminds me of Basquiat even though I didn't really try to imitate his style :
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Creativity has been my compagnon all through my youth, until suddenly I decided to make career choices that took me lightyears away from any creative activity.

Until recently.

For nine months now, I found my way back to creativity. I paint every day. Things just flow out, finding their way all by themselves to the canvas. Colors, forms, compositions, I just let them build up intuitively, not following any plan. No aim, no need to succeed.

Just pure creative energy.

It wasn’t like that right from the start. At first I tried to use my creativity with the firm decision to relax and to change my mind. I drew portraits and went to drawing classes. The skills came back rather quickly, but there was a big problem. As soon as I reconnected with those skills, I was tempted to develop them. In other words I felt the need to get better. Now there’s nothing really wrong with that, unless this urge to increase my skills became a stresser. And of course it did. I rapidly started to draw more often and for longer sessions. Looking at what others did in drawing class I found their talent more precise. And as a correlation my artwork became dull and inexpressive.
I needed a change. Here I was, doing what I had always dreamt of during all these years, and yet, what should have brought me joy, actually made me feel unhappy. Why? Because I tried to be performant. I was looking for people to say “Wow, you’re good”.
Then I remembered how mindfulness had helped me years ago to soothe my anxiety by becoming aware of just that perfectionistic thinking of me. So, I started to use this awareness training during my artwork sessions. That helped me out a little. But to make the picture complete I was missing something I have been lacking ever since my teenage years : that’s freedom.

Where can you achieve freedom more totally than in art?

Now if you look for freedom, figurative artwork is all but satisfying. Too many rules, perspectives, color theories and techniques. So where did I look at to find free art? I started out by examining the work of people like Kandinsky and Marc who liberated colors and forms, that led me quickly towards painters like Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning and Pierre Soulages. And that really boosted my creativity.
And the more I move forward the more I become “daring”. Daring isn’t the best term for what I do, because really there’s no risk. The only risk there could be were not to please other people. In other words not to be performant. And that’s exactly what I try to avoid anyhow, isn’t it?
It’s really interesting what happens when you let go off the rules and the limitations. Suddenly colors appears by enchantement. Just like that. Colors I would have never looked for. Combinations and contrasts that it would have been hard to establish and so forth. Now, does that mean it’s all an accident? I really believe it’s not, because the decisions I make, the choices I take are all dependent on my taste and my sensitivity. So actually there’s no accident involved. It’s my creativity running wild, and, my emotions, those I carry hidden deep down inside, that arise and show up. All it takes is to leave the doors wide open …
And that’s all it takes to make this creative process become a therapeutic one too. Freedom. Total liberty of mind, gesture and feelings. Absence of high performance thinking. Painting for your soul’s own private sake.
Being a doctor and a meditation instructor, I work on a new kind of art therapy based on these facts, combining awareness, acceptance training and intuitive artistic expressions.
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the last one is a little different. I studied the 15th century painting "Lucca Madonna" de Jan Van Eyck a few days ago and was really astonished with the drapery work and the colors.
So this painting is an attempt to transpose these elements in an abstract piece of artwork.
Tell me what you think of this kind of simultaneous work.

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The second painting in progress is a completely free run. No inspirational thinking.
I like the tenderness of the colors and I really don't know where I'm going. This one might be the most interesting of the three. We'll see ...
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Working simultaneously on 3 paintings

Yesterday I started 3 paintings the same time. Working intuitively they wind up very different one from another.
The first one is an abstract inspired by the work of De Kooning :

It's all about color harmony and composition. I believe that Willem De Kooning used a "technique" very close to what I try to develop. The colors and the composition are not deliberate, there's no strategy, no golden number or any of those rules. It just comes slowly 2 steps forward 1 back until little by little something indescribable, unspeakable but real happens. At one point I start to know I get somewhere. It's the beginning of an emotional relationship between the painting and myself that indicates me I'm getting closer.

Some days I have to work harder, dig deeper or go beyond too easy shreds of evidence to find what I seek. Not knowing what I seek when I start to do so makes me believe that the discoveries I make, following my intuition, are very closely linked to my inner emotional state. That is exactly what I mean when I say "I paint emotions".

When I find it, there's a sort of calm excitement. Not a victory or a success feeling, because there never is a real battle since, applying mindful elements to while painting, I don't let struggle interfere with the process. But a feeling of accomplishment and profound happiness of "work done"...
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latest paintings
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