Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Garden at Giverny

The Garden at Giverny
9 x 12
Acrylic and Pastel
Pastel Paper

Ok, well, not what I had intended...
Found a photo my mom took at Monet's actual garden.
My parents went there on a trip to France a few years ago.
How awesome to find those photos now!

The idea was to render a likeness of the photo in pastel.
I started. Got frustrated.
Ready to scrape it...
Didn't want to start all over again,
waste the pastel paper
or time I had already put in it.

So I sprayed what I had done.
Now I really didn't like it,
but thought it had a decent fundamental base
for an underpainting.
I don't even know if you can or should do it.
But I did anyway.
I painted over the drawing.

I'm sorry Mr. Monet...
He would be shaking his head, I'm sure.

We can only get better when we keep practicing!
As the master himself said:

"It's on the strength of observation and reflection
that one finds a way.
So we must dig and delve unceasingly."
-Claude Monet-

Disaster or not...
it's all part of the process.
Monet painted in his garden in the same spot sometimes
4-6 times...
No master go there overnight...
they had amazing work ethic.

One day,
I hope,
it will all come together!

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