Monday, December 31, 2012



Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Inspired by RED

A few weeks ago I received a phone call with the question "You do have some pieces in red, don't you?" I looked around my work space... while pretty much being covered in red paint as I just had finished my piece with the Dachshund. 

Long story short, after some pictures back and forth, and pieces in other shows, I decided to create a new piece - inspired by Red - for this exposition and 2 days ago I finished a cat close-up on 36" x 36" (90 x 90 cm). And today I took it over to the Gallery together with other pieces in red.

This Saturday the openings reception will take place at Mano Fine Art Project Space in the heart of Bird Road Art District in Miami.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Art Basel @ The Station

I wanted it to keep it quiet this year with Basel... Just going 3 days to as many venues, shows and what not as possible. Just be the viewer and participating, and then a friend called and said.. We are going to do a POP-UP at The Station... are you in??? (pop-up is a one night show and I love

and I said yes.... (of course) immediately I felt the Basel-fever take over: re-worked 3 smaller (12" x 12") pieces for this show... let everybody know... tomorrow I will check out the venue... is there anything I forgot... yup... Art Basel Fever (and it feels good)...

"Found it !"

"Pretty, pretty flower"

"Zip it !"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DOGS.... Seven

22" x 16"
Acrylics and (orange) Marker
on 140 Lb Water Colour Paper

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DOGS.... Six

24" x 24"
Acrylics and (Blue and Red) Marker on Canvas

I was once the proud owner of a dachshund and she used to look up to me like this.. 
How can anyone resist???

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A painting in good company...

It makes me happy to see the new owner of one my pieces being happy with it. What makes me more happy if they send me a picture of that piece hanging on their wall... and adding their beloved pet to the picture:...PRICELESS!

Here is Luna with the painting "Pensive"

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dogs.... Five

"Wanna Play?"

24" x 24"
Acrylics and (orange) Marker on Canvas

A pug in Delft Blue colours... can I be more Dutch?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Face 2

 Face 2
24" x 24"
Acrylics and Marker on canvas

The second face in the series "FACES.

And here together with "FACE 1" and the smaller "Head Strong".

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dogs.... Four

Meet Gilda a cute little "rescue" mix who belongs to a friend of mine.

I painted her on 18" x 24" water color paper (140 Lb)
with Acrylics and (pink and green) Marker.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Vote for Monique Lassooij

My partner, The Hitman, made a beautiful picture of me while I was painting.

And I am using this picture to represent me and my work at "Art takes Miami".

If you like my work, please give me your vote and click here on my name: Monique Lassooij

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dogs... Three

18" x 24"
Acrylics and (blue & Red) Marker on 140 Lb Water Color Paper

I just had to paint this puppy.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dogs... Two

This is the second in the series of dog portraits:
30" x 40"
Acrylics and Marker on Canvas
A wonderful dog to paint. I was surprised how soft the "Naked" skin actually is.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Dogs... One

This is the first one in the series of portraits of dogs
24" x 18"
Acrylics and (blue and orange) marker 

on 140 Lb water color paper
 A chihuahua mix and latin lover. 
He is a real heart thief with a gentle character.

Update: NOW in private collection.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Call for photos as material to paint

Face 1 (24" x 24" acrylics, ink on canvas)

I am working on a series of paintings of faces from the past. I am always looking on the internet for interesting faces to paint but sometimes I am not sure if I can use them or who to ask for permission.
I do not want to have any problem with copy rights once I have finished painting and I publish it on Facebook or on my blog or in a gallery.

Therefore I am asking everybody who sees this to help me. I am looking for photos of children / young people (not babies) from the past - from all over the world. Your grandmother / father, uncles, aunts, your parents when they were children. Not the usual smile for the camera kind of picture... but the cranky one, the pensive ones the ones with attitude.

Here are 2 examples of what Iam looking for but not limited to (these are pictures taken by Vivian Maier in New York - great pictures but copy righted)

It doesn't matter if it is in color or in black/white, nor the race or if the face is part of a group picture, or if the child is not a close-up (but not too far away either otherwise the close-up is too blurry). 
I am not looking for actual photos but scans / jpeg of photos so you can safely send it to my email without the risk of losing a picture. By sending your picture (jpeg) you will give me permission to use the material for my art project without the expection of any reward.

If I will use your picture I will contact you for more information and if you want I will send you a print (on photopaper) of the painting.

Please send your photo / picture / jpeg to

Thank you!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A splash of back ground

I have been working hard at this painting.

After working for some time in blue I realized that the painting needed a splash of colour... literally a splash! So I prepped my painting, took it outside and....

Started splashing....

and some more....

Until I was satisfied with the result.

and after removing the cover from the painting....

This was the result.

But is it finished?   Noo and updates will follow...

Monday, July 2, 2012


Be careful with fireworks and pugs that grill....

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Working on the LoF Mural

I am working at a mural in the stairway at the LoF Center.

The Life of Freedom (LoF) Center offers support and restorative programs for female survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Tonight is the "Ribbon Cutting" opening of the Center and I finished the first wall 4' x 8' (and the center of the whole mural once completed) in 2 days last weekend.

Saturday June 23 - after priming the wall - I started at noon by sketching the face and started to paint...

...and just kept going... no stencils, no projector nor tape... hand painting the whole face.

Until I was finished at the end of Sunday June 24....

Ready for tonights' opening reception...

... and then to continue with the rest of the mural.......

Monday, January 2, 2012