Morning in Monet's garden is mind boggling
We follow the gardeners in at 7 am
Note Monet's maison...the shutters are closed at this hour...
There are a million pathways to explore...
Explore visually that is. We can not walk on the gravel paths that have barriers across them but just looking is enough
You flower experts would have a field day
The flowers change monthly, seasonally. Are cut back and replaced. The new head gardener, James Priest (still referred to as 'new' after two years) was gardener to the Rothschilds and Steve Jobs among other. He paints with plants in my opinion. Layering color on top of color, texture on top of texture and always changing the scale/size so your eye keeps moving, discovering new things. He has an artists eye and studies huge blowups on Monet's paintings daily as well as his original gardening books to intuitively understand how to communicate Monet's vision of the original gardens.
Some Art Colony attendees have plunged in and are painting every minute they can.
I'm still taking it in, not ready to work on site yet..
The morning light begins to change
The green houses in the back near the garden shed, once one of Monet's 4 studios
Someone is walking a cat ?!
These Silkies raise an awful racket crowing nonstop and bringing you down to earth with a thump.
The week before i painted some Silkies as a custom gift never having heard of them before.
I go back early sated with the richness of the gardens while the others stay on and paint till 8:55.