Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Claude Monet is my most favoured artist.   The founder of Impressionism.

Art –  not my best subject.  Thank goodness for Photoshop filters.  For this Weekly challenge I was inspired by Monet and when I think of Claude Monet I think of his wonderful garden at Giverny.  This garden was his muse and he designed it like a painting, full of wonderful colour and aesthetic beauty.  I had also commented on Laura Macky’s beautiful weeping willow photograph as it reminded me of a Monet painting, and so my theme was borne.

I have been lucky enough to visit twice and both times I have found something different to see.  The first time it was overcast and cloudy but still the crowds came.  I would give anything just to be in the garden alone for a few minutes to feel something like Claude Monet must have felt every time he visited his garden.

For three of the photographs I chose oil painting from the Filters tab in Photoshop.  Not really a painting and not really a photo – Its not something I have used before but for this challenge I thought it wouldn’t hurt to experiment a little.

What do you think?

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  1. Really beautiful photography!


  2. Lovely gallery Karen, hard to tell which are photos and which have been filtered, think I can pick 2. Just looking at these make me feel much calmer.


    • Thanks Claudette. You may be right! It is the 2nd and 3rd photo overlooking the pond, but now the boats… not so sure. Glad they evoke calmness. It was everything but when I was there trying to take photos without the hoards of people but still a lovely place.


  3. That’s one of the greatest responses to a challenge ever. It doesn’t hurt either that impressionism is my favourite style of painting. You took stunning photos, and though I’m repeating myself, I’m glad that I chanced on your blog and your photos 🙂


  4. I just recently watched the BBC mini series “The Impressionists.” It helped me appreciate Claude Monet and company. They were sneered at for making the outdoors their studio. That was a revelation to me. Having seen part of that mini series, I now know how to appreciate the beauty of your photographs, and how they pay tribute to Claude Monet. Exquisite. But I did not finish the series, so I did not know that he created such a garden.


    • Thank you Fay. I didnt see that series but will look it up. Funny to think they were frowned upon in their day and now they are our heroes in the art world. Thanks for your compliment. Much appreciated! 🙂


      • You can find the episodes on You Tube.

        I hope you enjoy. These pioneering painters are very inspirational. They believed in what they were doing, and lived the life of starving artists.


  5. Stunning collection of pictures! (And I know what you mean about wishing to be there alone. I’ve not been there, but I can imagine.)


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