Tag: Claude Monet

The Lily Pond

The Lily Pond

The lily pond.

I was, in a way, inspired by Monet.  But, No…..

Monet never created nor painted quite like this. Showing the dark and the shadowed side of nature.

His lilies, lily ponds, his fields, his canvases were more Dreamscapes. Filled with the sunnier, brighter side of day.


It is admittedly, the approach I too generally follow.


That’s not the path this subject wanted to follow.

It  spoke of a different message altogether.

I sighed, and went along with it.


Artists really are   “co creators”   for the subjects themselves,   reveal how they want to be portrayed.


digital photography Luminar, canon rebel 600d, meditational writing, zen poem, lily pond photograph, communicating through art media, debiriley.com
Lily Pond




Silence splatters down

like rain


tear stains of scarlet

upon the quiet


little lily pads

now stained


remaining silent

they listen



and waiting





silence’s echoes

are washed away




lily pond in deep purple, nature photography, cool palette blue green and lavender, debiriley.com
Deep Pure Purple and Blue






Morning Kiss, for Monet

Morning Kiss, for Monet

Monet Morning Kiss, roses, debiriley.com
Morning Kiss, for Monet



Morning kiss,

sun’s golden warm light

upon the widening,

wakening rose petals


I imagine myself sitting beneath the rose trellises of Monet’s Giverny as these colours splash onto the paper before me.








Creative Processes of “Morning Kiss, for Monet”




  • Morning Kiss, for Monet is a fresh light, summery Impressionist acrylic painting created using a palette knife.
  • It is also a reinvented, resolved version of the original painting done a couple months ago that just was not quite ‘there’ yet.
  • Painted onto a (gloss medium)i.e.  sealed, drawing paper, the surface provided a lovely smooth slick surface for the knife to glide easily across.
  • Colours used were structure (or heavy)  naples yellow, white, permanent rose, crimson, mauve. To mix peaches, creams, salmon pinks, crimsons – of the Pierre de Ronsard rose.
  • The Fluid acrylic colour I used was permanent crimson;  to drip on at the very last.
  • The original work had some hard edges I wasn’t pleased with, some unexplained empty areas and the format did not suit the work for the Monet like impression I wanted.


Time to Resolve the Painting, Morning Kiss for Monet

  1. I CUT the painting into a long thin vertical design;  selecting this format over square, oval, etc by using my matts to assess the compositions beforehand for the best possible design.  Cutting, was a risk. There was no going back once it was cut. Roll the dice and breathe.
  2. Next I adhered the cut image to a long thin canvas that has 2 inch wide sides.
  3. Letting  it dry thoroughly.
  4. I then painted the sides white, followed by a soft salmon.
  5. Next I liberally applied Golden extra heavy gel matte  to the sides. It dries almost clear… wax-like, misty.  Like encaustic.
  6. This disguises any roughly cut edges that may have occurred when cutting the image out.  Great camouflage technique.  A big sigh of relief.  Time consuming, but effective.


It is finished.

Resolved. Renewed and reinvented.   I’m rather pleased with my resolved version ….  Morning Kiss, for Monet!

Monet Rose Garden, acrylic palette knife, debiriley.com
Morning Kiss – in DETAIL

Looking at the Morning Kiss, for Monet  – the Detail image, you can see the gorgeous textures, the silky smoothness of colours ‘not quite’  merging that the palette knife is so perfect for.



Historical Notes of Interest – Ronsard and Roses

Pierre de Ronsard 1524 – 1585,  was a French poet who wrote the exquisite poem, “Ode a Cassandre”   with its mention of the lovely rose.

In fact, there is a lovely climbing rose that is named after  Pierre de Ronsard; a very romantic and old fashioned rose with a soft creaminess and delightful fragrance.

Bred in France,  its also been known as the Eden rose, introduced around 1985.  A very  prolific bloomer,  the more its cut back the better it blooms.

Gorgeous  salmon pinks,   peaches and soft cream  outer petals,  combined with deep crimson centres are the trademark colours of this lovely rose.



These techniques I’ve used,  (palette knife, sealing the drawing paper, using extra heavy gel matte, mounting a cropped image onto canvas)  are great to have at my disposal for when I need to do just a little bit of “renovating.”

Reinventing a painting is a brilliant  way to start off a Friday morning.

Imagining I’m in Monet’s rose gardens painting away is even better!




Monet On a Monday

Monet On a Monday

“Every Day,  I discover more and more beautiful things.”   What a wonderful way to start the work week with this Claude Monet quote.

Monet impressionist landscapes, debirilley.com
Monet Park-Monceau-2

Monet loved his gardens, his flowers, colour and life; infusing his Impressionist paintings with his zest and passion for everyone to share in. A lovely legacy to aspire to!


Monet’s Park Monceau 2 and  The Undergrowth in The Forest, both were chosen to feature today for their continuity, their similar nature to the photograph I’d take “Waiting On A Friend.”


These outdoor themes create a perfect, uplifting feeling in which to start the week off with.  Especially if we’re going to be working inside, in an office, all week long.

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Waiting On A Friend


Monet Impressionist Landcapes

Monet was superbly adept at creating beautiful Impressionist landscapes that conveyed the feeling and mood, the impression of the scene.


The paintings were always filled with stunning colour and light. Not just colours.

His tonal value range was impeccable.  Luminous.   There was clarity of tone in every painting.  Full of rich deep darks, mid tones and those fabulous, critical,  spacious lights.


There is nothing photographic, photorealist, …… “just like the picture” …. about his work!

He made the viewer   feel the spirit of the place…   A wonderful thing for an artist to develop. How to create in the viewers,  that sense and emotion of being there themselves.


Technical skill is one thing.

But one must also relearn –  to paint, from the heart and soul as well.

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Monet The Undergrowth in the Forest St. Germain

I will enjoy my Monday with Monet;

and discover something beautiful today.


Claude Monet, “its simply necessary to love.”

Claude Monet, “its simply necessary to love.”

“People discuss my art and pretend to understand

as if it were necessary to understand,

when it is simply necessary to love.”    Claude Monet


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Lines of Light Play photograph debiriley.com

A marvelous and inspiring quote from Claude Monet, that had me reflecting one afternoon as I was sitting by the water.

As the sun played upon the surface, 1000’s of entangled lines of light shimmered and I loved their beauty.

It dawned on me. The image had no rhyme or reason. It had no traditional form or shape.

It is not something to be “understood,”  – simply loved or not.