OIL PAINTING: The Iris Garden at Giverny, 1899
The Impressionists revolutionized painting; they were the first modern artists, who changed the way we see the world. And Monet was the unquestionable leader of this group - ambitious, hard-working, bold, focused - Monet was a damn good painter. Impressionism is a good starting point - both historically and artistically. For an artist like Monet, nothing is more liberating than to see color and form abstractly - not as 'leaf,' 'tree,' 'house' - but as Monet advised an American painter, an oblong of pink, a square of blue, a streak of yellow. It is the first step in learning to see form and color visually, abstractly, rather than in the conventional, non-visual way. From this freeing beginning, young artists can develop their own vision in new and unexpected ways. It is the beginning of an improvisational approach to painting.