In a previous post I chose to pay homage to Georgia O'Keefe, one of my all-time favorite artists. Today I'd like to include another of my favorites..Claude Monet.
This is absolutely my favorite piece by Mr. Monet. Primarily due to his use of a child-subject. Generally his most easily recognized works are those of his Gardens in Giverny. But on closer examination of his portfolio, his figurative pieces set themselves apart as well.
Don't ya just love his brushstroke..and his use of color? And he loved to use parasols. I went through my umbrella phase too (and still use them when they fit) all because I saw how perfect Mr. Monet brought them to canvas.
But more than just about any other aspect of Mr. Monet's creative life, it was his "Working Habits," that probably influenced me more than anything else. He had a set routine as an artist which seldom varied in all the years that he painted.
He rose at four-thirty every morning. Opening a nearby window, he'd study the sky. Following this, he'd head off to take a "Cold Bath," followed by a "Hearty Breakfast." It would usually be around 5:30 a.m. when he's set off to Paint. Returning at around 11:00 a.m. so he could have lunch.
"Monet's Actual Kitchen At Giverny"
He expected his Lunch no later than 11:30 a.m. on the dot (or there would be Hell To Pay) which would be followed by Coffee and Home-Made Plum Brandy.
After a short rest, he'd return to Painting. The Bell for Dinner would ring at 7 p.m., and by 9:30 p.m. he was faithfully under the blankets.
Any variation in this Rigid Routine was extremely unwelcomed.
I simply wanted to let all of you out there who may have ever had an Interest In Painting, to know that it's truly a disciplined vocation. Not to be Taken Lightly..Time at the Easel is to be Cherished. Honored and Understood.
On the days that I'm away and not posting, please understand that I'm trying my best to be a good steward of the gift God has so generously blessed me with. I'll always return...and who knows...with me I might even bring work that might even be worth looking at.
Thanks to anyone who so graciously dropped by today!
I leave you with wishes of Blessings, Love and Tuesday Sunshine,