My affair with the Impressionists started in the 1980's. I had always loved the softness of Monet's

paintings, his way of using broken colors, the blues, pinks and yellows, pastel colors which created somewhat of a dream scape for me within his gardens. Later on I was mesmerized by the way he continued to paint even though his eyesight was failing that his paintings now looked somewhat abstract and more bold.

I had seen copies of his Water Lillie's and when I resumed painting decided to try my hand at something similar. My first impressionistic painting was born and I of course called it Water Lillie's.


My first real study was Monet's The Artist Garden it was an on line art forum project and the other members and I were to do a Monet painting. It wasn't until I started painting The Artist Garden that I realized impressionism was not easy.   There actually was an art to painting like this. My respect for this master deepened and my love affair with the impressionists grew.


I found that Monet's Japanese Bridge at Giverny c. 1900  was very interesting and instead of copying it as is, I would either add to it or do something to make it more my own.

Click here > See The Step by Step presentation of how Monet's Bridge was painted




During the painting of Monet's Bridge there was a statewide project going on in my state. It was called The Palette Project and I entered two pieces,  one of which was a jazz abstract (which can be seen in Abstract & Contemporary/Oil ) and the other a take off of the painting I had just finished, only without the bridge. These palettes were to be auctioned off at the end of the project and I am happy to say that both of mine were sold.




Images have been cropped, please click on images to see the full version

 The works of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh hold the original copyright.

These paintings are my study of their work and are  reproductions only.