Giverny, Monet's home in Normandy, is a wonderful place to visit. His paintings surge to life as you walk through his famous gardens and beside the Japanese bridge. The water lily pond is instantly recognizable. Monet's art is in many ways like writing. Different colors and seasons emerge through his choice in pigments, just as a story forms based
upon setting and character.
|Monet Poplar Summer 1891|
Monet's paintings in particular often look like a series of dabs and dashes, of uncertain swirls and clouds of color when viewed closely. If you step back though, they become focused, clear and every brush-stroke harmoniously unites to form a stunning painting. Writing, with all of its separate punctuation, sentences, dialogue and grammar, may seem like nothing more than fragments when viewed in isolation, as well. But, when read as a complete work, a beautiful story, one of power and purpose, springs to life- just like Monet's beloved art.
|Monet, River Landscape, Autumn 1883|
Now, since it is September, as summer's curtains are pulling taut and autumn prepares to make her début, Monet's paintings of the seasons
seem especially appropriate.
My best to you all,