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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.

Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions….it’s all about decisions. While still recuperating from my illness, I managed to finish the second painting for this project. I posted an image of the underpainting in my last update but then got stuck. What you see in … Continue reading

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Second painting underway

Well, I’ve started work on the second painting of this project. This one is also based on the time I spent with the Balleteatro Nacional in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Among the many things that fascinated me were the shoes, … Continue reading

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It’s never easy. Ever.

I have been painting my whole life, which is a lot of years. I consider myself to be an accomplished artist. But even after all this time at the easel, it never gets easier! I start off with an idea … Continue reading

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Mistakes are good

Mistakes are good. I once had a teacher tell me that there was no such thing as mistakes, only changes in plans. Believing this has served me well. The problem with mistakes is that, aside from the horror we feel … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Underway

The plan is to use this blog as my official “Heartbeat” website where people can come to see the progress I’m making on my project. I plan on uploading images, video (if I can figure it all out) and text … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Fundraiser – c’est fini! Now the work begins.

Never thought I’d be saying these words, but my project “Heartbeat” with USA Projects has been fully funded! Who woulda thought??? With a week left until my April 29th deadline, I can still accept donations that will be added to … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Fundraiser ~ Almost there!

When I first got involved with this fundraising project with USAProjects, I honestly thought I didn’t have a chance of raising the amount I had budgeted to get the job done. But I figured “what the hell. I have nothing … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Fundraiser IV

The image I’m posting today is another example of a painting inspired by dance. In this case it was 3 female dancers caught “in flight” that inspired the underpainting for this piece I call “Nature Rising”. Once the underpainting has … Continue reading

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