Sit back and relax!

It has been a stressful week! Instead of bloviating on about my experiences as a writer, I have decided to take you on a virtual tour of some of my favorite paintings. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the impressionists.

Renoir_The luncheon of the boating party

“The Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Renoir
I have always appreciated Renoir’s use of color; it was never over the top. He managed to capture details by using vibrant splashes of blues, oranges and reds. I love the pink and red flowers on the woman’s hat; they draw the eye to the soft tones in her face.



This is a painting by Alfred Sisley. I had never heard of Sisley until recently. I had the privilege of seeing his work here in Denver a few months ago. He is a painter you must appreciate up close and personal. I am not sure where this road goes, but I want to find out.


The Floor Scrappers by Gustave Caillebotte

“The Floor Scrappers” by Gustave Caillebotte
The simplicity and detail in this painting appeal to me. No flashy colors, but bold lines that lead the viewers eye to the detailing on the wall and the curved ironwork on the balcony. Brilliant!


paintings-by-georges-seurat-bathers at Asnieres

If you follow my blog, you’ve already heard about Seurat and my interest in his unique painting style. “Bathers at Asnières” is a skillful example of pointillism. His use of precisely placed colors and shapes to create a balance that appeals to me—is sheer genius!


a-corner-of-the-studio(1)by MonetLast but never least is my favorite, Monet. No, this is not just another canvas filled with water lilies. There was so much more to Monet than his beautiful landscapes. “Studio Corner” and its elaborate detail is enough to keep me entertained for hours. It is truly a masterpiece in my opinion.

I hope you have enjoyed these paintings as much as I do. As a writer there are so many things I can take away from each of these artists and their ability to capture our imagination. Remember…

“Writing is just painting with words.”–Cherie Roe Dirksen

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