03 February, 2010

Observe and reflect

Monet said: “It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” “When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you own naïve impression of the scene before you.”

I'm tired tonight. But I'm going to do this as a painting exercise. Reading something like this is just what I needed tonight. Have you thought of how you can 're-see' what you're doing creatively? Break it down and build it back up. There may be a better way to do it.


  1. My gosh, that's beautiful . . . the image and the advice. It can even be applied to life, in general.

  2. Such great words from Monet ... as I was reading them I felt myself slow down and breathe ... some days I have to remind myself to do that - breathe!
    Anna, I also wanted to thank you for your lovely comment yesterday. I'm so glad you stop by my little blog every now and then ... and I hope you enjoy your mag subscription. I need to get one of those - I still buy it at the supermarket ... xx


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