Noemie Live Podcast FIN
[00:00:00] Marijanel: Welcome to the Bold Artist Podcast. I am so excited. Today is a first on many levels for Bold School.
This is the Bold Artist Podcast.
[00:00:12] Charla: You have answers and you're expressing them in your art. Your art is important and it needs to be seen.
[00:00:20] Marijanel: Welcome, and let's get started with today's episode.
Today is a first that I am in studio with Noemie L Cote, our first ever Bold Artist Podcast where we've been in the flesh. As you all know, all of you fans of followers who, who follow the show, you know that most of our interviews are done virtually, but today we're in studio. And not only that, but Noemi has flown across the country of Canada to join Bold School in launching something really special that we're gonna tell you about in just a minute. So welcome to the show, Noemi.
[00:00:58] Noemie: Thank you so much. I'm so happy to be here.
[00:01:00] Marijanel: You have been a delight to spend the week with. You've been in Kelowna with Charla and I and Bold School and a film crew, and we have been filming a great big surprise for Bold School. Shall we reveal it to the audience?
[00:01:12] Noemie: Yes, we should.
[00:01:14] Marijanel: So we are launching here at Bold School, a new medium, a new subject matter, and a brand new technique through the expertise of Noemie L Cote and it is Bold Color Landscape in oil.
[00:01:27] Noemie: Yes.
[00:01:27] Marijanel: You can see some of her work displayed right here behind us. And not only that, but she's gonna take you step by step through painting several classes.
We've, we're not just one class, not just one bootcamp class through Bold School, but we've got several classes where Noemi's gonna reveal every step of the way to help our students become not only better painters, but develop the eye for landscape. Tell us more. Tell us everything that your class is gonna bring in Bold School.
[00:01:53] Noemie: Oh, fantastic. So Bold School, obviously it's bold colors, all the bold schoolers, as you call them, learn a lot about color theories, the techniques, how to paint with both colors, portraits, but bringing landscape is a different element, right? Um, so now I teach how to be very creative in the way you see a reference photo.
So you take photos, a landscape, everybody has beautiful photos of landscape. You have good memories of where you've gone from vacation in the cottage view, et cetera. But if you look at a reference, how do you create these colors, right? It's different.
[00:02:31] Marijanel: It's amazing.
[00:02:31] Noemi: So slowly teach how to see a reference and push your imagination.
So that's number one. Just being able to push your colors and the way you feel about nature and bringing it through colors on a painting. But that's just one aspect, right? This is a new medium. We're learning to paint with oil in a different technique. Yes. And this style is called Open Impressionist.
It's a style that I follow and I've learned from Erin Hanson. She's a fantastic, phenomenal artist out of the States, and this is a style that she created and I, I follow, right? The technique and the style, it's my technique's slightly different, but overall, , the brush strokes, the use of color, um, the Ella Prima which is not layering.
So a lot of times with acrylics, we paint over and over to create the color. So you're kind of correcting as you're painting. You really have to think, what are my colors? Mix them to what you want it to look like at the end, and then you place it.
[00:03:38] Marijanel: So there's really, with Ella Prima, there's really no redos. In a sense, you are making the decision as you go very intentionally placing that paint on the canvas, which I've gotten the privilege of watching you do over the last few days cuz I've been helping to direct your Bold School classes. And I've been so blown away. Not only by you as a person, Noemie, but your confidence delivering that paint onto the canvas. Intentionally deciding where you're placing the brushstroke, how that stroke is gonna go, the, the value, the color. And so many times they looked at Charla during the shoots and we both knew this girl is gonna change artist's lives. This girl's gonna change Bold School. There's a little bit of a backstory that I wanna share with everybody.
Noemie has been, uh, an artist that, well, first she was on the podcast exactly a year ago. And she was brought to my attention from a mutual friend who said, Hey, do you know the art of Noemi L Cote and Charla and I looked her up and said, Hey, let's have her on the podcast. So you all got to know Noemie a year ago.
And at that time, she wasn't on our radar to be a Bold School instructor. But over the course of the year, we began to see the talent and also know that Bold School has been asking for landscape. This is, this is a co, these are classes that are coming to you because everybody wants to paint landscape and has been asking for it and wanting it.
And so we decided to take the shift into landscape and launch this new medium and subject matter and bring Noemie on board. And that conversation started a year ago.
[00:05:18] Noemie: Uhhuh.
[00:05:18] Marijanel: I, I said to Charla earlier today, what's really interesting about it is everyone's gonna see the excitement right now.
They're gonna see us on the podcast, the launch of the class, but they're not gonna realize that this dream took a long time to unfold and dreams take a while.
[00:05:35] Noemie: It does.
[00:05:35] Marijanel: They're not just instant. You gotta really get the dream and, and the ideas and nurture it. And you are an artist I think, who knows that from experience.
[00:05:43] Noemie: Absolutely.
[00:05:44] Marijanel: And so can you tell me a little bit about that, A bit of your journey that might have led you just here to this exciting week in Kelowna. It looks exciting, but there's a lot of behind the scenes to it. So tell us about it.
[00:05:55] Noemie: Well, any artist's journey. You don't usually become a pop star or the most famous artist like that.
There's a journey of you're growing your talent, you're trying things, and it's really about consistency. Without the long story of my journey, it's really a consistency. Believing that I can do it and continue and have beautiful career as an artist, always being yourself around people, which is kind and loving and helpful.
You meet people and there's referrals, just like the, we receive the connection. Those are beautiful things that happen. And what I wanted to say. Should I talk about my flight?
[00:06:33] Marijanel: Okay. That would be a good behind the scenes to cut to right now would be the flight. So your flight went well, but there was other complications.
[00:06:40] Noemie: Of course. They lost my suitcase with all my stuff.
[00:06:43] Marijanel: Not a big surprise. Not a big surprise, surprise. But you rolled with that quite, with a lot of flexibility and a great attitude.
[00:06:51] Noemie: Yes. You just gotta flow with it, find a solution. You can only have control of what you have control and not try not to worry about what you don't have control.
But I was very smart. On my carry on, I had all my art supplies that I knew I needed. That was more important than clothes.
[00:07:06] Marijanel: Yeah.
[00:07:06] Noemie: And I did have couple outfits, which was helpful.
[00:07:09] Marijanel: Yeah.
[00:07:09] Noemie: But suitcase did arrive a little later, which is all good. But...
[00:07:13] Marijanel: We were so thankful that you had the foresight to put all your art supplies in the carryon.
We had kind of planned it that way ahead of time because luggage and lost luggage is such an issue these days. But, um, one of the things that you mentioned when you got off the flight is that they were asking for volunteers to check the, their carry-ons underneath. And you were like, no, no way.
[00:07:32] Noemie: No way, unless you make me
[00:07:34] Marijanel: So you, you clung to that carry on and which allowed us to actually be able to film the classes.
[00:07:41] Noemie: Yeah.
[00:07:41] Marijanel: Without, you know, purchasing all brand new supplies, . And so what has your experience been like filming the Bold School classes?
[00:07:47] Noemie: It's been so fantastic. Honestly. The crew is amazing. You know, everyone behind here?
[00:07:52] Marijanel: Yes.
[00:07:52] Noemie: Um, Charla, you, I mean, Just phenomenal. I didn't know what to expect cause I haven't experienced this before. It's been top notch, professional and like easygoing, like I'm working with you. How fantastic is that? You guys are so calm, happy, positive, just happy people. And it's just been pretty smooth.
[00:08:12] Marijanel: It feels the same. We have just loved having you and what you're bringing to the school, but I feel like the best is yet to come because we've done filming, and now of course there's gonna be a lot of post-production. But as soon as you be able to bring your classes in and meet our students and meet everyone who is going to learn and grow from your skills, and what you're willing to offer and share, the best is yet to come. So that's really exciting.
[00:08:42] Noemie: Very exciting.
[00:08:43] Marijanel: When we were standing in the hotel lobby, you had just received your suitcase.
[00:08:47] Noemie: Yes.
[00:08:48] Marijanel: We were standing there saying, good goodnight for that night before we come back to the film studio the next morning.
And you started to open up a little bit about your own journey and you said that the way that you've really related to your journey as an artist has been dark to light.
[00:09:05] Noemie: Ah, yes.
[00:09:06] Marijanel: And Charla and I walked outta the lobby and we were like, wow. We have like tingles. That just spoke to us on a deeper level.
I was wondering if you could just share a little bit about that, what that means of having an experience as an artist from dark to light.
[00:09:22] Noemie: I think it's, it's, it's what I think, I know it's the whole journey as in my life. It's not just the artist's part, but the dark moments, the hard moments throughout my life.
A lot happened in my childhood, a lot of change where I lived, some depression, et cetera. A lot of dark long moments through my life. Somehow I was able to continue and I have always had joy, happiness, although they were hard and more in the shadow in those moments, but I've finally been able to walk through it, surpass it, and I just have so much happiness, so much positivity with life overall, and I just wanna bring that out through my art.
[00:10:06] Marijanel: Did you feel that art helped you make those steps from the darkness into the light? And what
[00:10:11] Noemie: Absolutely.
[00:10:11] Marijanel: What was that about the art that, that helped that part of the journey?
[00:10:16] Noemie: Let me think. It's, I think some hard times were the beginning of high school, through high school. I, I did create art before that and I always gravitated towards, I was more of a alone person, so art helped me through that in different art forms. And I went to, finally went to Fine Arts high school where I just exploded.
Art really was my thing. It just, I flowered, to have different medium ceramics, photography, painting, etching, a whole bunch of things. And I just really, my personality bloomed. I. Myself, I didn't have to shy. I was always uncomfortable with myself. I always felt less than others, not worthy enough to shine.
So it's a really a worthy thing, feeling worthy enough. And I finally found art as a way to express myself where I fit, where I was good. And had so much fun to play with different mediums. So that's, yeah, art was really, uh, a way to get me out of the dark.
[00:11:20] Marijanel: And it's also a really literal picture because as I've gotten to watch you paint all week, you really use the light in your paintings.
You really use the light to speak your message. I think that that's gonna be a real treasure that the students find inside of your classes, that as they take the classes, they're not only gonna be gaining skill, but there's this little part of Noemie that you're, you're encouraging them and you're slipping in these little moments. Building confidence.
[00:11:48] Noemie: Yeah.
[00:11:48] Marijanel: I remember one line you said, I think it was during a take yesterday where you said that it's okay to be wrong. You put a stroke down and maybe it wasn't where you wanted it, but rather than being down on yourself, you just said, it's okay to be wrong. It's okay to make a mistake.
[00:12:05] Noemie: Happens all the time.
[00:12:05] Marijanel: And Charla and I talk about that a lot on the podcast, on the Bold Artist Podcast, we talk about learning from our mistakes, letting them make a difference, the growth that it takes, not only as a human, but as an artist to be able to step out and be vulnerable and make mistakes. And you're demonstrating that.
[00:12:22] Noemie: Yeah.
[00:12:22] Marijanel: And look how far you've come.
[00:12:24] Noemie: Yeah.
[00:12:24] Marijanel: You've come so far and now you're here on the other side of Canada. You have a family on the other side of Canada and they've led you.
[00:12:32] Noemie: They're very supportive. They're very supportive. I know my daughter's the, the one missing me the most.
[00:12:38] Marijanel: Aww.
[00:12:38] Noemie: We'll snuggle when I get home.
[00:12:40] Marijanel: We'll she'll see this and thank you for sharing your mom with us.
[00:12:43] Noemie: I have a good group of of family and friends. Honestly, they're this amazing, the support that I have cuz it's not the easiest journey. Um, but they're all, they all see my passion, they all believe in me and they're all supporting me. Just it's, I can't say everybody has that, right?
[00:13:01] Marijanel: Yes.
[00:13:01] Noemie: So I'm lucky that I do have that. Very lucky that I do. You were saying in my classes I mentioned positive things and it's okay to have an error. I also mentioned it's important, be kind to yourself. Because when you're learning something new, especially when you're following an instructor, you're not mixing the same color. It's not exact, it's stressful. It can be stressful and you're like, oh, I'm doing it wrong. Oh no, it's going too fast. Don't worry about it, it's just go through the flow, try to enjoy the journey. You're learning something totally different. So it's like, it's hard cause it's different. And why? And then maybe a new medium, like just be nice, say nice things, positive, you know, towards yourself and your mind and just be kind and just enjoy it as much as you can.
Cuz it's about the journey. It's not just the final painting. Right?
[00:13:49] Marijanel: Right.
[00:13:49] Noemie: Cause it brings something to you when you create. Either meditative or just makes you happy, it just nourishes something in you. So, yeah.
[00:13:58] Marijanel: Yeah, I definitely noticed it when you said those encouraging remarks, and I loved every second of it.
I just thought, oh, the students are gonna get so much out of this. Not only in skill, but in the wholeheartedness of being an artist. Let's circle back around a minute to the skill though.
[00:14:13] Noemie: Okay.
[00:14:13] Marijanel: Your open Impressionism , the style that you follow. and do in your own artwork.
[00:14:19] Noemie: Yeah.
[00:14:20] Marijanel: Tell me about this technique that's letting a little bit of a background color show through. It's something that our students at Bold School aren't entirely familiar within the school itself, like, you will be the first to present this kind of technique. We are used to layering. We're used to acrylics.
[00:14:39] Noemie: Yes.
[00:14:39] Marijanel: And so you're introducing oils and this technique of showing the background through.
[00:14:44] Noemie: Yeah. Having fun with that.
[00:14:45] Marijanel: So tell me a little bit about that. What is that all about?
[00:14:47] Noemie: Okay. Well, typically I think in Bold School you're encouraged to cover the canvas to ground it with the color. So it's a similar idea, but it's with an aura color that is most, there's different colors. I tend to use magenta, which is kind of a hot pink or orange something.
Sometimes a Viridian hue. It's kind of bluish green. I rub it on. I rub it off. Okay? And that just grounds the canvas with a pop of color that you want. When you mix your final paints, you mix them with oils and then you apply them. So part of this technique is you apply. And you leave a little space between the next brushstrokes, leave a little space.
So you want to leave little specks of the under color to come through. And it gives a little bit of like a back lit color as if there's a little light behind the canvas. Little pop of hot pink, a little pop of shiny blue, and that just gives a nice color everywhere that you have .
[00:15:51] Marijanel: And brings cohesiveness to the piece.
[00:15:52] Noemie: Cohesive. Yes. As it can add to the mood. Let's say you have a cool winter scene, well bring some pinks, it adds a little bit of color without saying, Hey, there's pink. You can, it's there, but it's not screaming. It's subtle, but it adds a little something to it.
[00:16:06] Marijanel: Yes. I really enjoyed seeing that part of your process, and I know that everyone in the school and any of you who are curious about Bold School, make sure to get on our newsletter list.
Make sure to go to boldschool.com and find out what we're all about. There's new newsletters every week and you can even get inside the school and check it out. There are so many classes. We've got portraits and now landscape, which is so exciting. Thank you, Noemie L Cote.
[00:16:31] Noemie: Very welcome. Thank you.
[00:16:32] Marijanel: For being here and for being willing to hop on board with Bold School.
[00:16:36] Noemie: Of course.
[00:16:37] Marijanel: And teaches all of your secrets.
And I know that it's just gonna blow the lid off of Bold School and the student's mind. They're just gonna open up and have this whole new avenue to pursue in your artwork. So thanks so much for being here. Until next time, keep creating.