I’m a bit obsessed with Monet’s water lilies. I spent many pages gluing paper to try to get an interpretation in collage that captured the colors and feeling of some of the paintings. I finally hit on the grid, which became the basis of my first Sketchbook Project “Art I Like”.
My latest Sketchbook Project circles back to Monet. It’s a poetry-themed one, and I thought to do haiku, and of course, to illustrate it. I have been reading a lot of traditional Japanese haiku, and one thing a master would sometimes do is to throw out a first line (like “moon on the water” for instance), then do variations with his students. I enjoying seeing the subtle changes they made.
Traditional haiku uses nature as its focus. So: “Water Lilies”: haiku variations with grid-based collages inspired by Monet. This will eventually be digitized in total on the website (https://www.sketchbookproject.com/), but it isn’t there yet. In the meantime, just search Kerfe on the site and you can see my other completed projects.
Nina and I saw a wonderful show of many Monet water lily paintings a few years ago. Nothing replaces the actual experience of standing in front of the work itself. If you ever get a chance to see one: go, go, go.