I was reading an article about Avant-Garde, ( In French, means the “vanguard” or the “advance guard” — mainly the people and ideas that are ahead of their time), which are works of art that are experimental, radical, or unorthodox concerning art, culture, or society. The title of the article was Impressionism-Goodbye Art Academy, and I loved it. That title motivated me to continue on reading, and I am so glad I did because Impressionism is my passion and is the style that I can work with – primarily when I am working with pastels.
Before I read this article, I have to confess that for a long time my central focus when studying Impressionism was on the master Oscar-Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) who was a founder of French Impressionist painting.
Monet’s work inspired me to self-study his techniques. I love to spend time observing and admiring his artwork. The reason why I love Monet and why he is so special to me is because he was the most challenging, innovative, creative,e and consistent Impressionist.
Monet was the founder of the movement’s Philosophy of Expressing One’s Perceptions Before Nature. One’s perceptions before nature, for me is the essence or Monet’s movement, not under the control or in the power of another person’s perceptions of his artwork. Monet challenged art curators and art critics. We owe him the freedom of working outdoors, observing the open air and it’s movement that you can see in his work.
The image on this page is my first masterpiece, a pastel painting made it back in 1980 when I was taking classes at Medellin’s Academy of Bellas Artes with the maestro Antonio Herrera.  The painting is a self-portrait,  the background of my image shows the freedom of movement of air, the background is not a static background, I applied light and shadows and worked with free flowing strokes.  In this painting, I  have a melancholic look  I will add to this page one of my pictures from 1980, Just to add a personal touch. I am usually doing sketches of my self – for me, it is the best practice for sketching facial expressions.
My second masterpiece, which is another pastel is almost finished. I am confident to say that I am being consistent with the Philosophy of Expressing One’s Perceptions Before Nature.
I asked my husband to record me while I am working on my painting. I can’t wait to finish it so that I can share it.

Here is my photo:


This is for you, Monet, I love you.