The painting begins

I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with the Balleteatro Nacional in San Juan one day last week. What a great experience! To be able to see the dancers up close as opposed to from the audience made a huge difference in my perception of their process. What looks so effortless from the audience translates to quivering muscular strength when up close. The experience also gave me a better appreciation of the volume of space taken up in just a single dance move.

It’s been difficult trying to communicate to people what the process is that I will be using for this project. Most people think I want to simply paint the dancers but that’s not the case. What I’m trying to attempt doing is to capture the essence of the dance movements themselves.ImageImage I’m hoping that by posting images as I go along it will be easier to understand. If anyone has any questions, just pop me a comment and “we’ll chat”.


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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2 Responses to The painting begins

  1. Maggie Morales says:

    Hello Monica:
    I’m so happy that you have achieved your goal! Don’t forget the” Plena” with its drums and movements. Hope I could go back to painting with you at the Tree House.
    Maggie Morales

    • I promise I won’t forget the Plena! It’s in my plans for sure. I’ve already spent time at a salsa class but want to get to a plena session as well. I’ll keep you posted! Thanks for the note. I’d love to have you back up here too. Not doing much teaching these days, other than occasionally private mentoring.

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