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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Poem Titled "Solitude"

When I am alone...
My thoughts become tangible, their validity halted only
by the barriers erected in my own mind. Freedom is no longer unattainable.

When I am alone...
My childhood memories envelop me. They smell acrid
yet wonderfully familiar. I was loved.

When I am alone...
My emotions are docile. Volatility evaporates, leaving only –
Serenity. I am finally appeased. Happiness is but a breath away.

When I am alone...
My fears dissipate, halted by the quiet. The fearlessness sits on my palate like a fine delicacy. I am proud.

When I am alone

Friday, August 19, 2011

Video of Printmaking Technique of Rembrandt


A quick post to share a wonderful video on printmaking from the Philadelphia Museum of Art showing Rembrandts' technique for drypoint and etching. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Painting - Burqa

Dark, mysterious and heavy with the burden of ancestors.
Religious freedom to some – frightening to others
Some see only the lack and not the essence of what is real
What is hidden never as important as what is.
Judge me by the language of my eyes not by the clothes that I bear
Please see my eyes speak.

Oil On Canvas

I started this painting after I read that the French placed a ban on woman wearing burquas in public. I am thinking of doing a series on what makes people afraid but I wonder if it will ever be finished…


Monday, April 18, 2011

Time For New Ideas!

It's been a long time. I have been a tad busy but everything is going great. I have been accepted as a finalist for The Icon Prize . A chance to participate in this project, the republished book cover for the wonderful novel "The Unfastened Heart", is very exciting and I am truly honored. I know, I know - it sounds lame but it's true!

Also, I have just returned from a workshop at the Watts Atelier studying with Jeffrey Watts . What an experience! I will write about this in a blog by itself soon.

I feel the need to stretch my artistic wings! I have some new ideas for the next stage of my artistic journey. It involves abstracts...

Every time you knowingly hurt someone you lose a piece of yourself. I believe we are a culmination of not only our environments but also our actions. In the end, how much of us is left? The working title of my new series is titled “Fractured”. I am not sure when I will have the first painting completed or even started. I am sketching out my ideas now. I hope for productive thoughts, exciting ideas and I wish the same for you.

Best Regards, Monica

Lily - "The Icon Prize" Finalist

A huge thank you to Lane Von Herzen, author of "The Unfastened Heart" and the Icon Prize committee for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful project.


Set To Music...

Creation of still life "The Two No One Wanted"

Fine Art Paintings by Monica Vanzant

Video of Black and White Photographs

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