Montreal-based artist Callen Schaub knows exactly how emotionally exhausting winter can be, especially with lockdowns in effect across the country. After reflecting on his mental wellness, Callen has set out to help others through the medium of his work. Every Friday at 5pm EST, Callen goes live on Instagram and TikTok with his new Colour Therapy Collections initiative.
These live CTC sessions are a social media experience wherein Schaub curates a pallet of colours and paints with them. Callen’s goal for each session is to evoke emotions and engage with his audience to start a conversation about how different colours impact our lives. Every session will serve as a vehicle to explore the emotional significance of different colour combinations while spotlighting alternative ways of improving mental health.
During his time in lockdown, Callen thought about everything that made him happy and realized he could spread that happiness to others through painting. From his own experiences and his previous exploration of chromo-therapy, Callen learned just how impactful colours can be on a person’s mood. It was from that realization that Colour Therapy Collections was born.
The live painting sessions use incredibly vivid colors to provoke and explore the full spectrum of emotions. After each session, Schaub uses his comment section to elaborate on the palette of colors chosen and further advocate for the de-stigmatization of mental health. Callen believes that “just because you cannot see it doesn’t mean it is not there” and through the rollout of the Colour Therapy Collection, hopes to make a positive (and colourful) impact on the issue of mental health.