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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.LOVEWhat 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,
Monique

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Recent posts

Finding My Creative Inspiration

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.

Exploring the abstract

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.  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!
Love,
Monique XX





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

Happy 4th of July

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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Through the eyes of an artist

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!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

Making your own luck

Why some people are lucky and others aren’t? There is a proverb that says: The day you decide to do, it is your lucky day. It could not be truer for me. However, sometime I get discouraged, and I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is when I have to trust God and follow His lead on what I need to do next. One thing I know for sure is that God is in control (phew, what a relief!)…But I need to do my part and remind myself of a few things:Keep a positive attitude despite the odds.Persist even when I get rejected.Look for the right people who can help me, because it’s not just how good my work is – it’s about branching out.Keep up because eventually I will be in the right place at the right time.Pray, pray and pray!God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:1 Last week I did a painting with a lot of green. Perhaps I felt inspired by St-Patrick! See my process below. Click HERE to view my new paintings. Monique XX