Anne Elodie Galant
Anne Elodie Galant
Hello, my name is Elodie, I am 36 years old. I was born and live on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. (Reunion is an overseas territory which is part of France, so I am French).
I have a bachelor's degree in management, communication nothing to do with painting. I have never taken a painting class in my life.
In fact since I was a little girl I started drawing.
Elementary school, middle school, high school I drew and sometimes until late at night despite school the next day. I locked myself in a bubble in which I felt good. I had sadness in my heart, I didn't understand my existence, I didn't feel comfortable around people. I was a little girl and a young girl not sure of herself, with a bad feeling and a great lack of affection ... Drawing allowed me to find that peace I was looking for. And then the passion of course.
As I became a young adult, the passion for drawing faded. I tried many times to revive it but something was off. I wanted BUT it didn't come anymore. Deep inside I was convinced that I was going to do something with my ten fingers. But what ?? I didn't know, I just knew it would be artistic. For a while I did a bit of photography, photo montages, a little nail polish, I liked it but it didn't get anywhere.
I had my daughter, and I "forced" myself to take back the pencils, the charcoals ... I was able to start doing some drawings again, I was happy to see that this artistic little boy had not completely left me.
My daughter came back to school at 3, she said to me one day: "Mom, can you buy me some paint? I like doing that too much at school, it's great "... I tell her ok, I start a little activity with her like that. Really nice little mother daughter moments. And so I started on Canson paper to give brushstrokes but with no idea behind the head. I really liked making Japanese cherry trees. One day my partner said to me: "It's not bad what you do, why wouldn't you do the same on canvas? »And me:« What? You're kidding, I don't know how to paint, I'm going to ruin the canvas ever ... "
Then one day he calls me from a store and he says, "I got you canvases of different sizes, tubes of paint of every color .. you are doing." He arrived home with the car loaded, I was just like a little girl in front of her favorite toys !! The next question was "what to paint"? So I started out making Japanese cherry trees, flowers, a bit of pouring etc. I learned to use knives, I watch a lot of videos on the net… And like that I start little by little in small abstract works, I test things, I make knife lines, reflections, I use sponges, my fingers .. I am becoming self-taught and I love what I do more and more.
However, I had not found my "mark". Flowers are cute, the abstract is cool, but what do I really want to do? I don't want to copy other people, I want to learn techniques and get into my own works where I don't have to watch a video, nor to copy the step by step that other artists share on their youtube accounts. So one day I discovered textures. It spoke to me a lot. I really liked it. Now I just know how to proceed… Between plaster and Gesso I embark on a first textured work and the …… it's the crazy love between the textures and me. I don't pretend to know everything, in fact it's the other way around. I miss him a lot to learn. I'm always afraid it won't hold up (laughs) and in the end I like the result. To be self-taught is to face a big lack of information in order to practice. I don't know much about the products and I've only been painting for 2 years.
My paintings do not have specific meanings. I play with textures, colors and I don't really have a starting point.
I can have color ideas though. Cold tones, warm tones, gilding. Often the ideas come to me after I start the colors. Sometimes I even start with a color and say to myself, no, I don't like it! I start again. I try to be careful not to waste too much, as the painting budget is often limited. And then I hate the mess.
When I decide to do a painting, it's the passion that speaks, I let my hands operate, I put myself in my bubble, always with background music. Often these are songs or Christian instrumental. Why Christian would you tell me? Because faith has a big place in my life. And at least I’m sure I’m inspired by something positive, and it sure shows in my art, I don’t know! What I want is to continue, to progress. Have I found my way, my passion, my job? Either way, that's what I really want. I created myself.
When I decide to do a painting, it's the passion that speaks, I let my hands operate, I put myself in my bubble, always with background music. Often these are songs or Christian instrumental. Why Christian would you tell me? Because faith has a big place in my life. And at least I'm sure I'm inspired by something positive, and it sure shows in my art, I don't know! What I want is to continue, to progress. Have I found my way, my passion, my job? Either way, that's what I really want. I created a small space for my workshop at home and I devote myself to my Art.
“My Art is my Heart”.