Group Show: The Gift

The group show I participate in at Galerie des Beaux-Arts des Amériques will be opening this Saturday.

“The Gift” being the common theme, each artist had to create a unique piece from this idea on a 20 x 20 inches wood panel. I see light as immense gift from life, that can appear mundane and sought to express this by showing how it shines through the natural elements in summer. As we are currently going through the darkest months of the year, it’s good to be reminded of this simple joy.

I did several watercolors in order to make a selection, and presented the one above, shown in my last post, to the gallery. I am very pleased because it was accepted by the jury.

Opening this Saturday, please come and discover what 26 artists have achieved with the idea of The Gift. Just in time for the Hollidays, this is a great opportunity to reflect on your own idea of giving.


November 7 – December 21,  2019
Galerie Beaux-Arts des Amériques, 3944 Saint-Denis, Montréal, H2W 2M2
Reception Saturday November 9, 2019 – 1 – 4 pm

Louise Jalbert, “August Surprise”, 2019, Watercolor on paper, 20 x 20 inches

August Surprise

Coming soon in November, is a group show I will take part in at Galerie des Beaux-Arts des Amériques, in Montreal.

There is a theme for this show, it is called The Gift. Each of the participating artist may interpret this idea as they want, on an identical 20 x 20 inches wood panel.

I have chosen to represent Light, which to me is one the greatest gifts of life.

Without sunlight, there would be no life on this earth. In winter, the scarcity of light dulls our days, while in summer, it’s abundance makes us feel alive and vibrant. Sunlight is at the very source of my artwork: it gives me the simple yet fundamental pleasure of seeing. I see the variations of color because of the changing light, and I marvel at the intricate ways it plays into forms. It is light that reveals depth and space, and at certain times of the day, just like that, it can bestow an ethereal quality to this material world.

There will be one watercolor on exhibit at the show, but in my process, I always do several. Here is one of them.

Louise Jalbert, August Surprise, 2019, Watercolor on paper, 20 x 20 inches

The End of the Road

I recently took a trip with a friend all the way up to the end of road #138, on the northern coast of Québec. It’s 765 miles of driving along the Saint-Lawrence river, wide open spaces of woods, countless intrepid rivers, pristine air and mosquitoes.

The immensity of this wilderness takes you beyond words: silence stills your mind and space takes hold of your heart. This was a perfect place to gain some perspective, and I came back with a decision: do less and do it better.

One of the things I want to do better is my art. This means I must retreat to the studio for now, and so won’t be writing as regularly. This blog will keep you informed of upcoming events, such as a group show I am proud to take part in this fall, at Galerie des Beaux-Arts des Amériques. You can also find me on Instagram.

This has been an enriching and exciting experience, and I hope it brought you joy along the way.
Stay tuned for upcoming events.

“La Romaine River, Minganie”, 2019, photo Louise Jalbert
“On the rocks at Grande Bergeronnes, Manicouagan”, photo Guilda Dionne 2019

Falling Peonies

This is the last drawing of peonies, done while they bloomed in such magnificence as to fall under their own weight. Don’t you find there is such seduction in the way these voluptuous creatures offer themselves in total abandon?

Abandon and sensuality are beckoning us now. This is the time to breathe in the sun, absorb the yellowed sky and warm air, to rest and share good times with loved ones. Have a wonderful time. I will be back with new inspiration in mid- August.

Louise Jalbert, “Falling Peonies “, 2019, Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches


Every spring, the apple trees in front of my home bloom in lavish pink. During two weeks, the fragrance and color of the flowers attracts honeybees that come buzzing into them, carrying pollen to fertilize the flowers. Once fertilized, the flower ovaries become fruits.
Then the flowers fall to the ground, spreading a regal carpet of soft petals, and it feels as if some lavish wedding has been going on. And it has.

At this time of the year, after the long months of winter, nature is surging forth in a great effort, as sudden and dramatic as birth itself. There is so much to see, it is hard to keep up. And having a garden, there is also much to do.

I used to stress out, torn between work in the studio and the garden. As if one would take me from the other: rather, one feeds the other. Hands in dirt or in paint, nipping a branch or mixing a color, it is the same the creative process.

Nowadays, the garden is calling for my attention and gratefully, I run to it. Fresh air, sun, foliage dancing in the wind, birdsongs : this is pure happiness after too much time in the stillness of the studio. Painting has been slow lately, and I need time to work at it patiently.

So I follow life’s abundance where it happens and trust another germination is going on, that will bloom in it’s own time.

Louise Jalbert, “Appletree flowers”, and ” In the Garden” 2019, Photography.

The Linden Tree in Early April

I look at trees a lot. Those that live near my home, particularly close to a window, become familiar very dear with time. They seem unchanging but they do change a little bit every day, just like us.

For almost ten years, I gazed at this linden tree outside my studio window. In summer, his flowers would perfume the garden and in winter, his large branches laden with snow were majestic.

Here it is in a sketch, done one April day at the very beginning of spring.

Louise Jalbert, Linden Tree in Early Spring, gouache on paper, 2004, 12 x 8.5 inches

Back to Painting

Now that the inventory process is more of a routine, I am back to painting with a good focus.

The time away from the studio allowed me to integrate some of the experiments I had done earlier with acrylics: it feels more natural now and my hands know what to do better. The process of assessing my previous work is beneficial in many ways, refreshing my mind and giving me a broader perspective.

Currently, my aim is to paint not as a statement but as a practice: proceed from where I am now, with what I have understood so far and simply go with what comes at this time. I would like to see where that takes me. And with this intention, here is a start.

Louise Jalbert, “Yellow in October”, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 inches