sky holding deep dreams, rampant
with riotous light
Another Monet-inspired grid. Happy June!
A few years ago I did a Sketchbook Project of haiku and grids based on Monet’s water lilies paintings. So when I saw the dVerse prompt for work based on impressionism, I decided to revisit my obsession with Monet’s work. The Magnetic Oracle was helpful in getting me started, and then I did one on my own.
I think I will be staying with this for a little while again too.
water lilies: bridge
of regeneration, earth caught
between water and air
I did a Sketchbook Project a few years back with grids inspired by Monet and a series of haiku that all started with the phrase “water lilies”. Reading about haiku, I enjoyed the exercises where the master and his students all took the same opening line and did their own improvisations. Monet, too, took the same landscape in his garden and thought about it in many different ways.
I’ve been working on reimagining some of my attempts; this one answers Jane Dougherty’s weekly challenge: bridges.
“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
Yesterday I went to the Museum of Modern Art to see the Matisse Cut-Out show–no photos allowed, but it was so crowded it would have been nearly impossible anyway–and then I wandered into the Monet room afterwards. The room in the old Modern was better, I remember an airiness about it, and I think it was larger. But the water lilies…as always, amazing.
The autumn one reminded me of one of the Monet/haiku pages from my Sketchbook Project. I also came home and did a rather busy collage, inspired by the feeling of Monet’s painting. “Interesting”, but not sure what I think about it.
The full wall blue water lilies is so large I couldn’t fit it all into one photo…
I took lots of photos in the museum, and I own books with reproductions of lots of the Matisse cut-outs in the exhibit, so I’ll be revisiting what I saw yesterday in the coming weeks.
You can find my original Water Liles post here: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/water-lilies/
And the entire book is finally digitized on the Sketchbook Project website: https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/15731
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.