The weather goddess decided that we had had too much lovely summer weather, so we woke up to rain and thunderstorms. Frankly, my psyche needed the break from all of the activity the last 4 days, and I welcomed the change. However, the heavy rains stopped right after breakfast, and someone suggested it would be a great time to take photos at Monet’s Gardens. Off a few of us went!
Despite the crowds – at times it felt like cattle herding — I had a delightful 2 to 2.5hours in the misty gardens with my camera. People watching and listening was also entertaining.
My uneducated eye counted 6 different pink and white lilies; I am sure there were more. Some of the pads were ruffled and green, others were similar to pancakes and reddish.
The quantity of lilies felt like it was time to harvest them, but have you ever seen a lily survive outside of its water pond/lake? This crowd of lilies above seemed thick enough to walk upon!
Monet’s home is also available to walk through, but no photographs are allowed. I would have loved to have taken a few of his famous yellow and blue kitchen. Photos from the house are permitted. Imagine waking up to this view every morning during the entire gardening season?
Then we all met in the terrace cafe of the relatively new Impressionist’s Museum in Giverny. The rain once again cooperated.
Elegantly full, we walked into the Impressionists Museum for another visual feast! Original paintings greeted us and we all enjoyed critiquing them (yes we did!). A favorite activity of mine when viewing original paintings, is to study is the brush strokes and variety thereof. Monet often had various textures within one painting. Experiencing the actual size of an original is also special Unfortunately, no photos of this treat.
Are you exhausted yet? Did I mention the gardens around the museum or the incredible poppy field? More on that later. So I walked back to the inn and decided to paint in their garden. Artistic risk or trying something different was still on my mind, so I attempted to combine the geometric with the organic. It was also the first time I did gestural outlines of the subject. I see potential, what do you think?
I might have taken a nap, but I cannot remember. I know that the overcast day was a welcomed reprieve.
Dinner was next on the agenda, of course, so off we went to a restaurant that we thoroughly enjoyed and the server was great fun. There was an item on the menu that said something like, “…according to the mood of the chef.” Naturally, the chef came out to meet us with her big grin!
The blurred version of this scene tells an interesting story, don’t you think? (And since you are wondering… no, I did not gain any weight while in France.)
Back to the inn for sleep and wondering what could possibly top these past several days! 🙂
…to be continued.