|Ode to Monet|
For my last project with Creative Thursday I chose to finger paint a Monet Waterlillies painting. I had actually taken a finger painting workshop at my local Jerry's Artarama a while back with Allen Montague, a finger painting maestro. (You can find him demonstrating on YouTube). It was fun to learn a new technique on a Friday afternoon. I took lots of notes, I bought the paints and canvas but I never did anything with it after the workshop. Does this sound familiar? How many art projects are we going to get to someday! We collect art stuff and more art stuff!
Monet has truly been my painting inspiration my whole watercolor artistic life (that sounds silly doesn't it?) I love his choice of colors, his style of impressionistic painting. I have read as much about Monet as I possibly can and have truly fallen in love with his Waterlilly series of paintings. In fact, Monet truly was the leader of the impressionistic movement in France. No one else compared! When I was attending a Vision conference in New York City I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art. I saw lots of paintings and unusual photographs that I didn't understand and did not find impressive. I know that all art is interpreted to individual tastes; so I know someone appreciated the exhibits I saw, I truly did not!
I then stumbled into one room that was filled with Monet's Waterlilies. In this large room was a series of three large panels of oil paintings depicting Japanese style ponds covered in water lilies. I truly felt an overwhelming flood of emotions. I stood in awe! The three canvases were displayed on three separate walls. Monet had always specified that they be displayed on curved walls so that it would feel like water. Please believe me when I say I that I sat there for hours in peaceful meditation just feeling the presence of Monet; my favorite artist of all time. I sketched with my journal, wrote my observations of his techniques and color choices. If only I could speak to him, watch him with paintbrush in hand, meet him face to face; heck how about study with him...a girl can dream can't she???
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