Would Monet Approve?

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A couple of days ago I visited an excellent exhibition in Legion Of Honor in San Francisco: The Intimate Impressionism. And I was thinking what is the difference in our days between impressionistic style and realistic one. 
The art of Eugene Boudin for example, was quite realistic, when Auguste Renoir’s landscapes with pastoral scenes were more on impressionistic side.

I pulled a few of my works and investigated them with the new eye.

Here is somewhat impressionistic seascape:
and here is a more realistic seascape with the girl and the ocean:
Or, here is the impressionism style rose bouquet:
Vs the one in more realistic manner:
Same comparison between the portraits of pets. This cat is painted with quite realistic approach:
When this kitty brings somewhat impressionistic feeling:
My thoughts are that when I paint with fast brush strokes, looking more at the whole picture, or working outside in the plein-air situation when weather is changing rapidly, objects are moving; then, I think the artwork has more impressionism in it. Yet still realistic, the fast and fresh approach has impressionistic feel. On another hand, the details and carefully thought composition call for more realistic style. 

I hope Monet approves my thoughts 🙂

Per Oxford Dictionary,
A style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.
A literary or artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.

Point Bonita and Rodeo Beach Plein-Air Painting Day

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San Francisco Bay
I painted this artwork on plein-air (outdoors) when the weather was changing rapidly. It was foggy in the morning. But then, the wind picked-up burning the fog, lifting it, and letting the sun shine and reveal the beauty of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.

Our CWA artists and their guests had a marvelous time. Somebody painted the lighthouse, others went to Rodeo Beach, and my friends and I picked the view of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Original Artwork Golden Gate Bridge is 12″x16″ Watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed Cotton paper

The highlights of that day Plein-air at Point Bonita are in CWA Newsletter here
More plein-air paintings are in this Gallery

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point – San Francisco Plein-Air Day

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Fort Point California San Francisco
Last Saturday plain-air paint day started with a chilly breeze at Fort Point. But due to a cold weather there were not a spec of fog or mist in San Francisco; and, the Golden Gate Bridge was glowing in its full glory. 

Our CWA artists group was enjoying painting in such touristic area.

 Everyone created their masterpiece in a matter of hours:
Golden Gate Bridge paintings
Some artists were painting outside hiding behind Fort Point‘s old brick walls. My sister and I painted inside the car with open windows. Why not; I’ve learned this trick from reading biography of Georgia O’Keeffe who sometimes painted in her car going plein-air in the desert.

Golden Bridge View
Credits for beautiful photos to Maria Batkova

Original Painting Golden Gate Bridge is 16″x12″ on 140lb Arches Cold Pressed paper
More Plein-Air Paintings are HERE

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Making Art

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My CWA colleague  Robin at Blake Garden 

Me .. thinking

My niece is creating her music
My friend Vera Lysenko finishing her painting 

My son is creating a giant shoe for his Sculpture Class
Look at some people who create. Have you ever thought what is on their mind? I do, all the time. The
process of art making is exciting yet very personal thing either it is
painting, playing music, making a sculpture or baking and sawing.

Per Oxford
Dictionary, ART is the expression or application of human creative skill and
imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture,
producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power
But what is
behind that? The moment of “getting lost” in times, doubts and admiration, happiness
of the completion and an eternal question “could I do better?”..
I want to
finish this short post with one simple phrase, which probably the best solution
for Art Makers as well to the Art Lovers: 
Live To Create!


New Painting (on a top): 9″x12″ Watercolor on Paper

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul