One of the recent weekends was full of wonderful moments of happenstance. The weekend started with visiting an exhibition called Monet: The Early Years at one of the museums in San Francisco. Earlier in the month, I had mentioned it to my husband. Knowing how much I adore the Impressionist painters, he got us tickets for the event. A couple of weeks ago we were there on Saturday morning, bright and early, although not quite bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Towing of a Boat at Honfleur by Claude Monet
A Cart on the Snowy Road at Honfleur by Claude Monet
Green Wave by Claude Monet
A Hut at Sainte-Adresse by Claude Monet
We explored his early work through approximately sixty paintings. Exquisite play of colours, light and shadow, brush strokes and dynamics are an integral part of every painting. Although he lived in abject poverty, Monet was so passionate about this work that he continued on with his personal style of painting.
Water Lilies by Claude Monet
The museum also has two small paintings by Van Gogh. As I walked into the Gallery that had the Van Gogh pieces on display, there was this painting by Monet right across from where I was standing. As we walked around the room, we found a few more paintings by Monet and Renoir. A lovely surprise find before leaving the museum.
My violin bow had been at the luthier to be rehaired. They are about an hour away from our house, and also an hour away from San Francisco. The bow was ready so we decided to stop by to pick it up on our way back. We found a small coffee shop where we recharged before heading home via a beautiful road. Inspired by the all the artwork of the morning and atmosphere of the violin shop, I have a new musical pattern brewing.
On the way back, the conversation digressed toward the gardens of Versailles. We haven’t been to France yet, but we have seen a couple of beautiful stately home gardens in England. It was therefore not hard to imagine the scale and beauty of the gardens of Versailles. Our home is not a very large one, but I do like to take inspiration from large enterprises and scale them down to suit my need. The thought of doing the same with our garden stayed with me.
Next day, when my husband went to the shop, I went along to browse the plants area. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but then I spotted this white rose. All resolve melted away and I came home with 29 plants!
Can’t say no to irises. I got these and my friend Mary sent me some more. I am a lucky girl.
Also, a few foxgloves.
The following Friday, after work, I sat down with the garden measurements to create a layout for the plants. Influenced by the larger gardens of the stately homes, I am designing a garden with a few different focal points. Our garden may not be huge, but it is certainly big enough for that. I created a circular focal point with the white rose in the centre. It is a working plan, so it will continue to grow as I get inspired by the greatness of others.
I am going to take a break for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully a few more moments of happenstance will find me.