Have you ever had the chance to stand up close to an artwork of an artist you admire? If so, did you get right up (security permitting) and look at the strokes; wonder how the colours were put down and in what order? I love the notion that the artist also stood that close to create that individual stroke, and each other one to create the whole. It is amazing to think that, in essence, you could be standing in their feet. Do that with one of the greats, like Monet! Wow!
I bought a really great book by the Founder of the School of Light & Color, Susan Sarback, titled "Capturing Radiant Light and Color, in oils and soft pastels". I can certainly say that this book has changed the way I see colour when I paint. "Full-color seeing is the vision of Impressionism" - love it!
I am also a huge lover of Monet, whose painitings were often studies of objects at different times of the day, in different weather conditions and different seasons. Monet's paintings are a colour feast for the eyes. So when a friend saw a study that I had done, based upon the full-colour - I will save that for a different post - she asked me to do a painting for her home. She loves Impressionism, beautiful greens and blues with water reflections: kinda points to Monet, don't you think?! She did initially present me with a newspaper clipping of Gustav Klimt's "Church at Cassone sul Garda", to which I kindly said
I am very proud to say that she loves it - and I am pretty happy with the results, although have already started thinking upon improvements for the next time I do something similar.
Bye for now, I'm off for a coffee.