Quebec-based artist Denis Chiasson, a self-professed perfectionist, first makes a sketch of his subject, transfers it to the canvas, then fills in the space inside the black lines. “When I paint, it’s like colouring a drawing,” Chiasson says. “Everything must be perfect and well-balanced. The lines are very important.” The inspiration for Musical-Melancholy was an exploration of his own painting process, which is neither sad nor cerebral, but intensely contemplative. “Sometimes writers write about writing, sometimes I paint about painting,” he says.