Once more I am doing a painting class this semester with Michael Winters. He always pushes the boundaries and I do art that I would never usually consider. We have been looking at the work of Claude Monet, such a famous Impressionist painter. Colour and light were so important in his paintings. I visited his garden at Giverny near Paris, several years ago and this first painting in acrylic was inspired by a photo I took there. It is 100 x 70cm in size.
This second painting was done as a diptych - on two canvases put together (140 x 70cm). The inspiration was from various photos I have taken over several years in the National Botanic Gardens. This is one of my favourite spots - the rock garden and pond. Sand was put on the canvas with PVA and then painted with gesso giving a more textured appearance which works well for the rocks.