It takes a lifetime to learn how to paint. However certain ideas keep showing up on a regular basis. My only guide is to use no guide – the everyday clutter and chaos provide me much subject matter to paint without having to rely on a prescribed layout or formula. The basic idea for a painting requires that it be explored in depth and that idea painted as a result of that exploration. Miyamoto Musashi, the Japanese philosopher and swordsman, recommends that one adopt the “attitude no-attitude” in his Book of Five Rings (1645), that is, perform your task without any pre-conceived plan or attitude, staying open and in the moment, ready to improvise. One must of course put in the work to master the art form, but I find this idea very valuable and pertinent. The state of mind of a painter as he paints is reflected on the canvas. I believe that my own search for harmony in my life is reflected in my work.When we really look at the world, we can very often be agreeably surprised. We just have to look and appreciate the moment. Painting allows me to express and share these moments with the tools that I have.
Self-taught; Oil and Acrylic painting with Susan Feindel, Ottawa School of Art, 1993
Theory of Colours with Lucia de Marinis, Ottawa School of Art, 1994
Plein air painting workshops with John Alexander Day, 1998 – 2004
Springmaid Watermedia Workshops, SC, with Carla O’Connor – Composition Structures, 2007
Regular participation in art symposiums in Ottawa (Art in the Park / the New Art Festival), Québec (Route de la Nouvelle France, Boischatel; Rêves d’automne, Baie-Saint-Paul), and NB (Rendez-Vous des Artistes) since 2006
Publications and Awards
Peoples Choice and 3 rd place, National Painting Contest ‘Rêves d’automne 2015’, Baie-Saint-Paul, with the painting “Illumination”.
Awarded 4 th place in the international acrylic painting contest frm “The Artist’s Magazine”, October 2012
Cover of the book « le Commerce International », Chenelière, ed., 2009
Article in the book « How to Paint People and Figures », International Artist, ed., 2004
Article « L’impressionisme de Paul Saindon » by Claude Bouchard, « Le Droit », 2004
L’institut des Arts Figuratifs (IAF) – since April 2011
Vernissages and other events
June 2018 Guest Artist, Symposium de peinture de Baie-Comeau
October 2016 Vernissage, “Nues”, Espace33 Gallery, Gatineau, Qc
Oct 2016 – Jan 2017 Vernissage, Mississipi Mills Public Art Galleries
October 2016 Guest Artist at the Vallée-Jonction Art Symposium
December 2014 Vernissage From Plein Air to Studio, Espace33 Gallery, Gatineau, Qc
November 2014 Featured Artist for November 17 in « Fine Art Views », an internet publication. Article by Carrie Turner
Spring 2014 A series of 11 workshops on « Introduction to Painting », given at various Ottawa Public Library Branches
October 2011 Vernissage Recent Works, Espace33 Gallery, Gatineau, Qc.
October 2010 Jury member, Ottawa Art Expo, 29 Oct.
May 2010 Guest Artist at the Symposium de la Route de la Nouvelle France, Boischatel, Qc
March 2010 Vernissage, La Petite Fanfare Gallery, Old Chelsea, Qc
December 2009 Vernissage New Works , Artguise Gallery, Ottawa, Dec 2009 – Jan 2010
October 2009 Group Show ‘Friends of the Farm’, Ottawa, On
February 2009 Vernissage Transitions, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa, 6 Feb – 6 March
November 2008 The painting Marché et immeubles was chosen as cover illustration of the book Commerce International , Chenelière ed
April 2008 Article by Jim Donnelly in Weekly Journal of Ottawa, 11 April 2008.
October 2007 Vernissage Paul Saindon, Époque Gallery, Aylmer, QC
June 2007 Group Show Spring, Rothwell-Hauck Gallery, Ottawa
July 2006 Group Show Ottawa , Rothwell-Hauck Gallery, Ottawa
April 2005 Vernissage, Époque Gallery, Aylmer, Qc
February 2005 Place à la musique, Group Show, Galerie du Parc, Old Chelsea, QC
December 2004 Group Show, Rothwell Galery, Ottawa
June 2004 Vernissage “Plein Air Ottawa” with John A. Day, Galerie du Parc, Old Chelsea, Qc
May 2003 Vernissage, Époque Gallery, Aylmer, Qc
October 2001 Vernissage, Époque Gallery, Aylmer, Qc
Art Galleries :
Espace 33 (formerly Époque) 33 rue Principale, Gatineau, Qc http://www.espace33.ca