Tomorrow will be the end of my first week in Giverny so I decided to share the work that I've done so far. I've never felt so artistically satisfied in my life and I'm proud of the work that I'm doing. I've also been having a lot of realizations and it's given me a lot of confidence as an artist.
I've settled into a nice routine of getting up at 6:30, eating breakfast, entering the gardens at 7 to paint for 2 hours; I break for lunch to rest and do some sketching and maybe a watercolor in the afternoon. In the evening, after dinner, I paint again since the sun sets around 9:30/10.
Painting has been great, but I've also been drawing a lot. My sketchbook is acting like a visual journal for what I see around me. In the future, I know that I will really treasure these sketches and the memories they depict.
My next step is to plan some larger and more ambitious works. I'll need to do some sketches and maybe a color study in preparation. And I really want to do some portraits also! My motto: Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
The weather has been really nice so I've been painting every day in the morning and the evening. This morning, I was in the clos normand and working on a painting of my favorite flowers: irises. While in the garden, a photographer named Jean Gaumy came to see what I was painting and he even took a photo of me (see below). He's visiting to take photos and I saw him last night in the water garden also.
In the afternoon, I took my first solo trip to the grocery store which is in a town called Vernon. It's not too far by bicycle and the scenery is amazing.
I'm also picking up some french and able to order fully in French at the Boulangerie. I gotta say that this residency has been absolutely amazing. Every single aspect of it is beyond belief. So grateful right now.
The bike trip to the grocery store is pretty spectacular.
I've been in a bit of slump recently so I returned to a scene which broke me out of a previous slump in September of 2022. This scene was kind to me before so I stretched a new canvas and painted it again today. My early fall 2022 version is 12" X 12" and the one I did today is 18" X 18". Since it's spring, I also got to paint the yellow forsythia which is visible behind the fence on the left side.
I like returning to paint specific scenes to see how I've grown and also to see what's changed in the scene that I'm painting. Who knows, maybe I'll do a winter version next year!
I'm a big fan of Mr. Paul Ingbretson's youtube channel and I just found out that he directly answered one of my questions in his video! I'm kind of speechless because I love his videos and to have my question addressed is amazing. Thank you Mr. Ingbretson!