Blog: Spray-Paint Impressions

MARILYN DOWN UNDER 

 

What a trip to hear that my new single, “Marilyn,” is getting airplay in Sydney, Australia!

Like many, I’ve been sticking close to home for a while now, rarely travelling any farther than a bike can take me, yet, lately, I feel like I’m on the move thanks to the international release of my cover of “Marilyn.” The thoughtful lyrics of poet/singer-songwriter Bob Jensen, wrapped in the beautiful musical performances of multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer Réjean Arseneault, have given wings to my voice, allowing me to visit far-away lands, at least in my imagination... 

Huge thanks to radio host Ray Hood for spinning "Marilyn" again this Friday, October 22, 2021. 

Here’s where you can join Ray this Friday, from 9 to 11pm (Sydney time), for this week's edition of Music Inside Out on Northside Radio 99.3FM: Northside Radio 99.3 FM

P.S. There are many great ways to travel. Some of my personal favourites involve singing and listening to music, which help my spirit soar even when I’ve got both feet firmly planted on the ground. Stay tuned for “The Traveller’s Song” on my forthcoming EP. 

About Kimberly Bourgeois

About Bob Jensen 

About Ray Hood

Strawberry Storm 

 

9 x 12 on watercolour paper: watercolour paint, coloured pencils, oil pastels, pencil.

©2020 Kimberly Bourgeois; all rights reserved.

 

My impulse, as an artist, when faced with fear, grief, or any of life’s “uglies,” is to dive into the discomfort headfirst. Only after I’ve spent some time digging in the dirt am I ready to start alchemizing garbage into gold. Whenever I’m tempted to skip the first part, petitioning beauty before bopping with the beast, something about the work rings false.  

I made this painting on the eve of the Strawberry Moon, back in early June, when Montreal was cracking out of lockdown, streaked with uncertainty. My mood that day was as erratic and cutting as the zigzags that fired onto the page. Closing my eyes, I let inner vision take my hand and lead me in a stormy jig. (This eyes-closed technique is one I enjoyed exploring years ago while taking expressive art classes at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal.) Having been given permission to dance, my frustration surprised me with a curtsy and then swung around to open a window—and my eyes.  That’s when buttery yellows, hints of mint, and cotton-candy pink crept in like playful pals, calling me home.  

While the end product is quite concise (I wasn't tempted to crowd it with details), something about this piece feels honest to me. I’ve framed it and hung it on my wall as a reminder. Whether I’m splashing around with colour, or writing a song, poem, or article, this painting prompts: “Don’t skip the first part. Work from the inside out. Those first lines, even when fitful, are the lightning in your bones. Let your skeleton sing!”

The Curves of Colour 

 

Painting my way through the pandemic.

I return to abstraction when the mind needs a rest, when the day offers no reasonable reassurances. Releasing the reins, I follow the curves of colour, letting tones take the lead. It’s a relief to be taken somewhere, beyond the lasso of fear.

 

 

9 x12 on watercolour paper: watercolour paint, coloured pencils, oil pastels, pencil.

©2020 Kimberly Bourgeois; all rights reserved.