I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers - Claude Monet

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers… said Claude Monet, and I perhaps owe becoming a photographer to flowers. In that regard, I owe a debt to flowers for opening up a creative place in my soul and heart. I truly don’t know if I could even put into words what flowers have given me, but a few words that do come to mind are: joy, life, passion, happiness, strength, compassion.

Oscar-Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was born the second son to second-generation Parisian parents. He originally went by the name of Oscar, but later in his career went by Claude Monet. Monet’s father had a family business in ship chandling and groceries and had wished for Oscar-Claude to continue in the business, but he wanted to become an artist, which his mother supported, being an artist herself (a singer). Monet took lessons and was taught ‘en plain air’ which is painting outdoors (which I know can have its challenges). He was founder of the Impressionism art movement in which his art focused on painting, over and over again, the same scene in different light and in each season.

Claude Monet is, hands down, my favorite artist, though there are many artists I do love. His works have moved me in ways I cannot even describe. I have had the opportunity to view his work in person in many galleries, but the most amazing of all was the L’Orangerie in Paris with the floor to ceiling paintings of his water lilies. There is truly a sense of genius to create such a wonder, and to experience it was divine. The one place I have on my bucket list to visit is Giverny to experience the place he once painted, and to bring my camera to shoot my own version of his view.

Share with me below: What have flowers given to you?

Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory. Photographed in My Cutting Garden.

Floating Petals

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