Break of words Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier

Entering reality is messy

I had no clue what I would be creating for my first painting of year 2019. I set for myself the objective of making one painting per month. Now was the time to start. 

Still, I didn't want to add pressure. I wanted to have fun with the experience and not overplan the project to end up doing nothing. I never expected this to happen though!


I started 2019 with the project of doing one painting per month. Here is the month of January.

My first painting, I didn't know what I would be doing, I decided to choose a few colors and just enjoy playing with them on the canvas. I added movement with the contrasting color red and got inspired to add a mouth.

I then realized it was illustrating the pain and liberation experienced through the release of words held hostage in the mind for too long. It was the repetition of these same words that set the path for eventually other words I didn't know dwelled in me. The liberation from these unresolved issues brings unprecedented growth unimaginable before. It can get messy in therapy but it is an obligatory pathway to refinement and realness.

Let me know what this painting evokes for you in the comments!

(Version 1) Break of words Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 01-2019

(Version 1) Break of words Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 01-2019

Maryse Gauthier

Maryse started painting in February 2017 at a Paint Nite event to overcome her fear of painting. After going to two other Paint Nite events and free of her fear of painting, she decided to start doing here own painting projects. She knew that she could now express visually all those images that filled her mind and create freely. She is mostly inspired to create surrealist paintings and is always working to improve her skills. A majority of her creations stem from a combination of her weekly psychoanalysis therapy work, past hallucinations, feelings inexpressible in words but also any current experiences inciting reflections and growth. About Maryse

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