Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Imagine that!

At The Cross, Acrylic on Canvas, 12"X12" (Available at York and Friends Gallery, Nashville)

Every time I start an abstract painting, I never know how it's going to end. It's always a surprise. I experiment with shape, line, color, value, division of space, texture. I ask myself, What if I try this or that?”… See below the stages of this paintings. 

Last week, a really close friend of mine passed away. I had the chance to talk to her and shared my faith before she left this world. Just like my painting, we never know how and when our lives are going to end.  Easter season is a good time to remember God’s greatest gift to us. Let’s remember why His son, Jesus, gave His life to save us. Death on the cross was not the end. Indeed…this is the greatest gift of all, He gave us ETERNAL LIFE! Imagine that! I take comfort in hope that I will see my dear friend again.

The Bible says: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…
1 Peter 1:3-4

From my heart to yours, I wish you all a Happy Easter.

Monique XXX

Sunday, February 12, 2017

All you need is...

Bundle of Joy, oil on canvas, 12x12
February is usually cold and gray. I’m anxious to witness the renewal of spring. If I can’t see flowers in my garden, I surely can paint some to cheer me up. See below to view my step-by-step process. 

One thing that I enjoy in February is Valentine’s Day!  It’s a time to remember what is important.
What does your love mean if it isn’t demonstrated?
Show it, Express it, Give it…it’s Free!

The Bible says: “LOVE always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 
1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends.

With love,


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This is how my palette looks when I finished my work.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Finding My Creative Inspiration

Wish Pearl #1, acrylic on Canvas, 12"X12"
I'm excited for what the new year will bring. I've been planning it all out and setting my creative goals.

However, as I was planning my new year, I had this negative little voice in my head that kept nagging “What if…?” I found myself “stuck” creatively; I felt that the well had dried up. (It’s a very scary feeling when your work depends on creativity.)  I had to change my mind! I started meditating while listening to soundscapes music every morning for about 30 minutes. My therapy worked! This process invigorated me. 

How Do You Deal with Creative Blocks? What solutions have worked for you?

See below steps of my new creative inspiration, the Wish Pearl collection.

On this note, I wish that 2017 brings you growth in your journey, joy, and prosperity.

Love y’all,

Monique XXX

PS: Someone asked me about my meditation. Click HERE to get the complete answer.

Wish Pearl #1, Wish Pearl #2, Wish Pearl #3, acrylic on Canvas, 12"X12" each.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Exploring the abstract

Pomme et Cannelle, oil on canvas, 20"X20"
I have come to the conclusion that when I paint outdoors, what I want to paint is not about what I’m seeing. What I see is far too complicated and I have no desire to duplicate it on my canvas. I am training my brain to see more in abstraction. Thinking that way gives me more freedom and a fresh breath of pure joy. All I want is to capture a feeling, the soul of the scene, or at least, my own interpretation of it. 
Working on an abstract of the scene, I keep painting within the design. I have to be careful to not over work it.
Here is the photo of what I was seeing versus the final painting.
Thanksgiving is always a special time to reflect back on the past year, to remember and embrace those who enrich our lives. I'm so blessed to have art in my life, to get me connected with the beauty of nature, and with great artist friends, to have wonderful students, and to all people who have interest in my art. I'm also thankful for my loving husband and his support.

I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and joy!


Monique XX

Monday, October 10, 2016

Take charge of your success

My biggest obstacle in being successful in my art carrer is when I doubt myself. I know it’s a waste of time and I have to constantly fight that one. 

I have to let go of what I can’t control. I can’t control the weather, the economy, the violence in the world, etc. My faith in God helps me to let go of what I can’t control, it brings me peace, and free the creative process in me.

The Bible says “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

I have to focus on what is in my control. I stay connected using the tools available to me: take workshops, go to an artists retreat, use social media, email, blogs. Show up at the easel. Meditate, exercise, pray. I do whatever I need to have my creative juice flowing and keep working at my art.

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working’—Pablo Picasso 

Keep working at it my friends, just keep working!

With Love,

Monique XX
Step 1. I do a quick wash that resembles to my charcoal sketch. I have to be careful to not copy the reality of what I see but make an interpretation of what I feel. 
Peppermint, oil on panel, 9"X12"

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July, oil on panel, 12"X12"
When I went plein air painting last week at Evergreen nursery, I had in mind something red, white and blue. I guess because the 4th of July was coming up and I wanted to paint something ‘happy’ for the event…and for this blog!
My creative mind is at work long before starting the actual artwork. It’s been said that creativity breeds happiness. To me, art and happiness are inevitably intertwined. When I create a piece of art, it takes me outside of my personal struggles and it forces me to be in the present moment, refocus my attention to positive sensations of exploration, and challenges. 
"Painting is like the cornerstone in a great arch. It takes the pressure of the day 
and holds all things together." Deborah Strander

On this note, I’m Wishing you all a Happy 4th of July,

Monique XX

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Through the eyes of an artist

Demo at the French Broad River, Asheville. Note that I had a right eye injury so I only could see with my left eye.
To me, an artist is a person who can see the world in different ways. When I create a piece of art, I look deep into my soul, and try to translate that gut feeling I have about my subject onto the canvas. Allowing my intuition to turn on, letting go of preconceived ideas and not being afraid of the weirdness, are parts of my creative process. I want to convey a new reality that is uniquely my own. By doing that, it frees me to create my vision without pressure. There’s no need to make it perfect, or make it look like this or that. Freedom of expression!
Photos: Sue Dolamore
French Broad River, oil on panel, 12"X16"
Talking about freedom, I want to take a moment to remember our veterans who have died in service to protect our freedom this memorial day. 

Love y’all and wishing you a happy memorial day.

PS: Many thanks to Sue Dolamore who took these great pictures while I was doing the demo.

Monique XX

Imagine that!

At The Cross, Acrylic on Canvas, 12"X12" (Available at York and Friends Gallery, Nashville) Every time I start an abstrac...