Visiting countries and seeing how other artists lived and worked is my best inspiration. A recent trip to France had me haunting Monet’s home and garden in Giverny, and popping into some of his favourite sketching destinations.
When I got home I was so full of Monet I decided to do a ‘Monet’ of my own via Robyn G’s One Photo Four Ways Challenge. However, I had a devil of a time picking a ‘Monet’ photo for the challenge!
Of course the waterlilies in Monet’s garden pond were my first choice – the water even looks impressionistic.
A Monet painting of waterlilies in his garden pond.
The souvenir shop in Monet’s Garden has a large print of his painting of the waterlilies in the pond.
But then I couldn’t resist the boats floating picturesquely under a stand of bamboo….
Monet’s studio was crammed with his paintings including several of these boats. One was called a ‘Study in Green’ which could aptly title my potential boat painting as well.
Then again, there’s the sheer exuberance of colours in the flowers of his garden, situated just outside his windows where Monet could sit and gaze at its glory.
A symphony of pinks and purples with poppies, alliums, roses, purple bells and foxglove dominating the June garden, all of which would make a great ‘Monet’ painting…
But alas, the only photo I took of a Monet painting of his garden must have been painted mid-summer, when the sunflowers were out, in a completely different colour palette. (Note to self: Go back in August!) Of course there’s also the interior spaces of his home, designed to let his beloved light in…
A painting of a woman seated in the sitting room of Monet’s home in Giverny. A dozen tourists milling around the room don’t give quite the same feel as having Madam Monet pose for you though…
What to choose, what to choose? Ultimately the winner was Étretat, Monet’s favourite beach resort, primarily because I was able to find a painting of Monet’s that almost matched my photo.
On my travel blog I just posted about the Cathedral of Rouen, and titled it a ‘Study in Grey’. In the process of creating the post I did a quick Google search to find the correct name and discovered that Monet had painted this cathedral many times. Monet’s paintings are anything but grey.