Element harmony Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier

Rhythm, cycles and flow

This is the first painting, outside of Paint Nite events, that I wanted to achieve.

Two years later, I finally made it! 

Find out why it took so much time.


In 2017, not long after I overcame my fear of painting, someone I knew made an electronic music album and was looking for someone to illustrate it.

I thought I would give it a try. The worse that could happen was that I would fail, so, no big deal. He accepted. We listened to his album and I instantly got a flow of ideas. I started taking notes and then looked back at my notes of my Shiatsu massage therapy training I had taken several years back.

In the music, I heard the flow of elements and organs and it just made sense to find extra inspiration from Shiatsu, which is based on acupuncture. Shiatsu relates every organ to an element in nature for specific characteristics. I sketched my idea in a way to cover every side of the album cover. This was going to be my first painting outside of Paint Nite events. It took me over a month just to do one of the four sides of the album. I was lacking the experience for ease and speed of execution, so, we decided that we would keep it to one image for the top cover of the album. I always wanted to do the whole painting with everything I had imagined. I reorganized the objects for a single canva. It was good to get it off my mind at last!

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

Element harmony Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier

Element harmony Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier

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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 thoses 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 combinaison of her weekly psychanalysis therapy work, past hallucinations, feelings inexpressible in words but also any current experiences inciting reflections and growth. About Maryse

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