Prodigal Artist Returns!

I am as good at keeping up my blog as I am dieting. I have every good intention to do so but…. I’ll eat a cookie instead. Never give up is my motto, however, so here I am once again, posting my thoughts in case someone out there actually cares. I promise not to tell you what I had for breakfast!

What I WILL tell you is that one of my paintings has been included in a new E-Book titled “A Walk in to Abstracts-How do they do that?” published by Sue St. John, a wonderful artist in her own right. This is her 4th volume on the subject, in which she gathers together abstract painters and has them share their thoughts and knowledge on the actual process of their paintings. You can purchase the book for download to your computer at I’m posting an image of the painting Sue used for my page.

I myself am fascinated to read how people approach the art of abstract painting. I learned a lot and truly enjoyed seeing all the different approaches to the work. One thing becomes immediately clear, I think, and that’s that abstract painting is NOT just emoting on canvas. It’s as thought out as any other genre…sometimes more so…. and is as reliant on the basic elements of painting as any other technique. This is an important lesson to learn. For more about my own work, please visit my website at


About monicalinvillefineart

I have been a working studio artist for over 30 years now. Self-taught, painting has been as much a part of my life as breathing. I learned by doing. Over 20 of those years have been spent on a little mountain in the Caribbean where my primary studio is located. I recently opened a second studio in Saratoga Springs, New York. I made the decision years ago that the best way to get people interested in coming to see my paintings was to simply be the best painter I could possibly be. Easel time. I put in a LOT of easel time. The gods have been good as I have been fortunate that in spite of my isolation from the art markets of the world, people still seek me out and find me. My work is now in collections around the world and students come to my mountain in search of instruction. My life has been good. I offer my world up to you as a refuge. I believe that is the purpose of my art.... it is a sanctuary for my soul while creating it and I would like it to be a sanctuary for yours while viewing it. I want to dance with you. I want to be part of your thoughts. I want to be part of your memory. Be delighted, please. Delight soothes the soul.
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