“Day Trip to Giverny” is a drawing of a scene I photographed in Monet’s garden . I have often looked at the 2012 source photo but it looked a bit daunting to draw. However in January 2018 I decided to try.
At first I stared at my page thinking, “I have no idea how to begin”. I started at the back and over time gradually moved forward. The drawing process with brush and pencil was an enjoyable and stimulating adventure. (I use a bristle brush to transfer the pigment from oil pastel to paper. Then I work the pencils over/into the pastels. I call this method ‘dry painting’.)
Working on the drawing brought back the feeling of quiet ecstasy I experienced while taking in the sights, sounds and perfumes which Monet’s garden offered me. As I had visited the garden in late October, there were only one or two days of viewing left before the garden was closed for its winter rest. It wasn’t a riot of extravagant colour as it is in high summer – consequently there were just a few visitors besides me. Rather, it was a subtle wilderness beneath a gentle grey sky. It was – heaven.