Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Working Habits

"Claude Monet"

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,



Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

How interesting. I'm familiar with some artists, but not very familiar. I love learning more abou them. Thanks!

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

Oh no... How is it possible?!?! Monet is my FAVORITE artist, darling Terri!!! I had a pleasure to visit the museum Marmottan in Paris where you can see his Impression Sunrise. Amazing... And the Nympheas!!! I was in Giverny, too, but didn't visit his house becase it was Monday and closed. Can't explain how sad I was...
One of my dreams is to visit Rouen, to see the Cathedral Monet was painting... I do love his work.
And now I know clear why I feel so close to you and your art:)

Much Love and Hugs,

P.S Your package is on the way right now and hope it will reach you soon. Thanks my friend!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

wow...i LOVE your blog! i just signed on to follow!

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Terri, I'm a Monet lover too. I've adored his paintings as long as I can remember. When I was a child my mom took an art course and I poured over every book. I learned to appreciate art with her. I also love your work and realize the dicipline it takes. You are awesome in my book! (I need a spelling book, I think) Sherry

martinealison said...

Nous sommes tous amoureux de Monet... Je connais bien sa maison à Giverny pour m'y être rendue plusieurs fois...
Merci de cet hommage.

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Terri, thank you so much for enlightening me a bit about Monet. I love his disciplined work habit! (and, I love his kitchen) No one can ever say that you do not multiply your talents!! Hope you have an inspired day!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Terri, love your post....so interesting.

I am seriously structured and have a set pattern for my work. I used to think this was terrible but now I realize how blessed I am.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Wonderful post, Terrie. It's true - it's a gift not to be taken lightly. I try & remember that each & every time I paint.

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! Am following you back.

nostalgia*gal said...

Terri Darlin! Love your posts as always! Of course looking with different (antique dealer eyes) of your Monet's I see the antique pony cart and the fab set of copper pans along with that incredible tile work. I can't help it ...big smile.

Loved reading of his routine, shudder at the take "cold bath".

Cheers,hugs and blessings to you!

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Hi Terri, really enjoyed reading this post. Very interesting about Monets routines. I actually am a painter too and studied for many years however I have been neglecting this gift for some time now. You are very right about it being a disciplined vocation, think I need to re-evaluate!
alicia :0)

~Melody @ 6 Feet Over~ said...

What a beautiful post...for so many reasons.

I have been a fan of Monet, but honestly haven't really learned much about him.

God has gifted you generously and I would love to see what you've been working on.

Following your blog now. Love it, Terri!


Elizabeth said...

Hi Terri - I love that you are sharing/educating all of us on these great painters. I remember having to complete a biographical essay in 12th grade and I chose Henri Matisse (my friend chose Monet) because I seemed to resonate more with his later pieces - the ones that were more abstract...I guess I operate more abstractly :)

As I write this, I also remember a monthly program my school offered - it was something like "Meet the Artist" and volunteers would come into the class with prints and teach us about the artist of the month. Funny how after all of these years, I can't remember my teacher's names, but I can remember this specific program from elementary school. Maybe that was the metaphoric door that opened my mind (and heart) to loving all things artistic... :)

Kelly Berkey said...

Beautiful post from a beautiful lady. You are so right. Oh how I need to spend more time with my craft. Can't wait to see your next beauty!

Flea Market Trixie said...

Terri, what a wonderful informative post about Monet. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Terri Sweetie...
Love and hugs to you darlin. I pray that you and Moma are doing well. I hope you have painted a few Monets of your own this week. Or at least started a couple and finished one?

I love Monet and the parasols are the reason. I love them. The way the wind blows in his paintings, I have seen this in your paintings to my sweet friend. You are magnificent. You too have this routine down with your painting, and I know when I don't hear from you, exactly where you are.

I have been very sick the last few days. Wednesday I finally went to the Dr. with what I thought was a cold, and Marydon was right, I have pneumonia. I am running a fever still today of 103. It has really ran me down. I am on antibiotics and prednisone, breathing treatments as my darn asthma has been adgitated by the coughing. I have a cough suppresant to help along which is really helping. I have coughed so hard I pulled a muscle in my chest that has caused spasms in my chest and running up into my neck. Quite painful.

Please have a beautiful May Day tomorrow sweetie. Show Moma some nature outside and remind her what day it is. She will remember May Day for sure. Country hugs sweetie and so much love...Sherry