ARTIST-A-DAY BLOG: Inside A Generous Kingdom V with artist, Lyne Lafontaine

"Painting is felt much more than it is explained." Lyne Lafontaine

How does your work interact with the theme of “A Generous Kingdom V: Art that Explores Story, Symbolism, and Beyond”?

My painting interacts through symbolism. I explore a world between reality and imaginary.

Does the idea of transformation influence your work and process? Yes, almost always.

What draws you to the medium you chose? And tell us a little about your process.

I paint in thin successive layers and I also apply glazes, sometimes on canvas (like this one) sometimes on cotton pasted on wood.

What are the strengths of the medium?  What are the challenges?

Oil painting has the particularity of being transparent and being able to work on the nuances for a long time. However, learning to paint in oils takes a long time. Planning is needed to leave space for evolution and transformation.

Who inspires you? And What do you do to get inspired?

The singularity of humans, nature, fantasy and symbolism have always been an endless fountain of inspiration for me.

If you could have coffee or tea with any artist who would you pick? Symbolists painters.

What do you hope your work achieves, in general, and/or specifically with this installation?

Communicate emotions through painting.

What recently made you smile?

A cat.

What recently made you cry?

Music and death.

If you could tell your viewers one thing, what would you tell them? Painting is felt much more than it is explained.

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