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Poppies in Monet's Garden

9 1/2 x 12 - SOLD
These pink and purple paper-thin poppies had turned their fragile faces to the sun when I first saw them that June evening in Monet's Garden. I was on a week long painting workshop in Giverny, France, the home of the famous Impressionist Claude Monet. Each day at six o'clock we were given the incredible opportunity to paint in this breathtaking garden filled with a plethora of these delicate beauties, along with a profusion of day lilies, marigolds, wisterias, climbing clematis and roses.

I was especially struck by the magnificence of the poppies, realizing that their beauty rested not only in the uniquely shaped flower head, but also in the numerous plump seedpods that balanced atop long slender stems. A breeze was gently blowing that evening and the masses of flowers and pods responded with beautifully choreographed ballet-like movements, synchronized to perfection. They were truly going with the flow! One can't help but to feel the importance of moments like this, of the need to take everything in and absorb the beautiful gift that has been given. This is truly what living in the precious present is all about!

Original Watercolor (Matted Size 14 x 18)