Claude Monet: Translator of Beauty
“I love how Claude Monet, a French impressionist who brought us an entirely new way of seeing reality, literally turned his back on the Louvre to put his focus on nature. During the early years in Paris, while other painters would go to the Louvre to imitate the paintings of the greats who had found their way into this gallery, Monet would go to the window an begin to paint what he saw outside. Monet’s internal narrative was deeply rooted in the wonder and beauty of nature. He brought with his perceptions an astonishing use of color and movement.
Monet was mesmerized by the beauty around him. His work is the expression of a man drowning in a universe of overwhelming beauty. He saw the beautiful everywhere. He once wrote in his journal, ‘Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It is enough to drive one mad.’”
–Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul
Do you discover beauty every day? How do you choose to love?
The Language of Flowers
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”-Luther Burbank
Amaryllis: pride, splendid beauty, determination
Camellia: admiration, gratitude, perfection
Gladiolius: strength of character, moral integrity, love at first sight
Iris: faith, hope, wisdom, courage
Larkspur/Delphinium: beautiful spirit, open heart, big-hearted
Peony: happy marriage, good fortune, compassion
Pink Rose: love and compassion, gratitude, perfect happiness
Sweetpea: delicate or blissful pleasure
*Inspired by livehappy –Kris Wetherbee
I was recently inspired by the art of Claude Monet and how you can be fully present and inhabit every moment to discover beauty. Below is a pinterest board dedicated to artisan Claude Monet events.