Friday, July 13, 2012

Sleepwalking with Claude

Here's my latest piece. I don't have a title for it yet. I was attempting something more abstract than my usual landscapes. It does employ a horizon line to vaguely reference a place but beyond that, I wanted abstract - color, line and texture. I wasn't trying to convey any place in particular. So much for my detour into the abstract. In the middle of my design work, suddently I saw it. Another Monet emerged. I've done several Monet inspire pieces. Enough. But without even trying, with no thought of Giverny whatsoever, there it is. Yes, it is a more abstract treatment and I like how it turned out but it amazes me that I did this. It's like I'm sleepwalking with Claude.

a detour away
takes me right back . . .
going in circles


Martha Dennis said...

I love the flow of colors in this one, Elena! I think it looks very Monet-ish. It's so easy to imagine that I'm seeing his pond in it, and those waterlilies too.

Elena said...

Thanks so much, Martha. I think you see the Monet in it because I suggested it. I had an interesting experiment on my facebook pages. Because I hadn't titled it yet, I asked what friends and fans saw in it. Wow! I got some really interesting responses. Some saw a pond, too, but others saw the High Plains, a jungle, tropical South Seas, even tourmaline. I was really amazed! Now that those suggestions have been made, I can really see what they mean. It's so interesting. Now I want to find a title that's ambiguous so viewrs can interpret it the way they want. I wrote about it on my website's journal page 'and so it goes...' at I am taking suggestions!


Martha Dennis said...

Well, Elena, now that you mention it, you probably did influence what I saw in your piece. Trying to ignore Giverny then.

The green still looks like a pond to me, but then what's the red? Sunrise/set over the algaed pond? But then I thought of this:

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row"
(John McCrae, 1915)

While the white marks in your green rows are more like leaves than crosses, it would sort of work.

Rather takes the joy out of the piece though.

Guila Greer said...

I see lily pads on the pond! just lovely.

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful, Elena! I appreciate its simplicity.