Moving along smartly

Things are moving along well with my heartbeat project. I’m making good progress on the Balleteatro painting but it’s slow going. Lots of decisions to make before each step. I’m very happy to see that elements of my experience in the dance studio are coming in to play, even though they weren’t represented in the gestural drawing. I’m working with a different palette than is the norm for me and working in a much higher value key than I normally do…. at least for now. With this painting process things are always open to change. At the end of the day it’s the success of the painting that matters and not any preconceived notions.

I find that my color selections are definitely influenced by the environment I was in at the dance studio. Soft, neutral tones, rainy days, sounds… they’re all finding their way in to the painting. I’m not really sure where the selection of lavendar for the background came from. Something kept poking me and telling me to use it but I resisted. I don’t want this painting to be too “sweet”. But I gave in and used it and I’m loving the overall effect. Gotta trust the gut!balleteatro II


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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