Chronicling creativity: my personal guide to documenting my artistic process

Art studio of abstract painter, Claire Desjardins.

In the world of art, each brushstroke tells a story, each color evokes an emotion, and every canvas holds a piece of the artist's soul. As an abstract artist, my creations are not just paintings; they are conversations with the viewer. Documenting these conversations is as crucial as creating them. Today, I want to share with you, much like I would with a dear friend, how I capture the essence of my artworks.

Camera set up to photograph the art of abstract painter, Claire Desjardins.

The mini commercial: a glimpse into creation

When it comes to showcasing my art, I think of it as creating a mini commercial. But it's more than just an advertisement; it's a window into the heart of my work. I ensure that each piece is captured in high-resolution images under good lighting. This not only brings out the true vibrancy of the colors I so carefully blend but also shows the texture and depth that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Time lapse: the story of creation

There's something mesmerizing about watching a painting come to life. That's why I love including time-lapse videos of my work. These videos aren't just visually appealing; they're a narrative of the journey each artwork undergoes. From a blank canvas to a world of colors, it's a tale of transformation that I believe adds an extra layer of connection between the art and the viewer.

Abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, painting details on her canvas, in her art studio.

The devil is in the details

I've always believed that the magic of art lies in the details. So, when documenting my work, I make sure to capture these intricate details. Close-up shots reveal the strokes, the subtle shifts in hue, and the way light dances across the surface. It’s these details that often resonate most with those who find a connection to my work.

Staying true: a personal touch

In every aspect of my work, I strive to stay true to myself. This authenticity is not just in the creation of the art but also in how I present it. I treat each piece as a part of me, sharing it with the world not as a commodity, but as a piece of my journey as an artist.

Painting by abstract artist, Claire Desjardins.

The power of a name

In the captions of my photos, I always include the name and dimensions of the paintings. I prefer short titles - they are not just easy to remember but often leave a lasting impression. The name of a piece is like an introduction; it sets the stage for the story the viewer is about to experience.

Thank you card and Certificate of Authenticity by abstract artist, Claire Desjardins.

Certificate of authenticity: a promise of originality

Each of my artworks comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). This isn’t just a document; it's a testament to the originality and the care that has gone into the creation of the piece. It's a promise from me to you, assuring the uniqueness of each artwork.

"With Grace", abstract painting by artist Claire Desjardins.

Transparency and storytelling

Being transparent in the art world is about letting people in, not just into the art but into the process, the thoughts, and the emotions that go into creating each piece. I aim to tell a story through my art, a narrative that might resonate, inspire, or provoke thought. It’s about building a connection that goes beyond the visual.

In documenting my artwork, I'm not just preserving a moment in time; I'm inviting viewers into my world. It’s a world where colors converse and emotions are tangible. Each piece has its own story, a personal narrative waiting to be shared. In sharing these stories, I hope to connect with others in a meaningful way, offering a moment of reflection in our often hectic lives.

Abstract painting, Bird of Paradise, by artist Claire Desjardins, in an art collector's home.


So, the next time you come across a piece of my art, whether in a cozy corner of a home or in a bustling commercial space, take a moment. Look beyond the colors and the canvas. Think about the journey it's been on, from a simple idea in my mind to the intricate details you see before you. Contemplate the story it's telling you, and maybe, just maybe, it will speak to something within you.

Art is more than a visual experience; it's a conversation. And I am grateful for each opportunity to share these conversations with the world. Thank you for being a part of this journey.

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