Wednesday, July 23, 2014

May The Sun Shine Warm Upon Your Face, or Monet's Great Idea

8"x10" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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It dawned on me that one of Monet's great practical ideas was to paint familiar places, over and over again. Every thing is seen in a new light. The season, or weather may be different, as well as time of day. Over the years, our cumulative experience of being at that place enables us to see things that we didn't notice before, and our skill set has developed further as well.  This house on Valentia Island, Ireland - with it's thatched roof, has been painted many times, by many artists.  Each time I've painted it, the familiar brings comfort, yet there is always something new about it to me. And I find that's a wonderful spot to be in. So to any one who feels like "I've already painted that place"....don't be so quick to want to leave...what are you missing today?...time for another look!   

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