Golden Memories for the holidays

Flagler Memorial Church in St. Augustine, Florida

My painting “Golden Memories. “

Recognized as one of the 20 most beautiful churches in America, Flagler Memorial Church lives up to its reputation. Located in St. Augustine, Florida the church was built by Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler. It was constructed in 1889 in honor of Flagler’s daughter who died in childbirth. The Tiffany-style stained glass adorns this magnificent edifice. 

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Monet Art Trip

The Port of Honfleur, France.

The Port of Honfleur, France.

The name Monet conjures up images of France’s country. Monet’s waterlillies are synonymous with Giverny.

Artists get a chance to look over the master’s shoulder and visit Paris, Honfleur, and Giverny with seasoned artist and traveler, Sue Ann Hum.

I went last year and it is well worth the investment. Not only did I get a one woman show as a result of the trip but it changed the way I see color and light.

The trip includes three nights in Paris and six nights in Giverny. In Paris, we toured four museums and were wined and dined by our host, Sue Ann. In Giverny, artists journeyed to the Gardens and painted.

When also visited the wonderful coastal town of Honfleur in the province of Normandy.

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My rendition of Monet's Water lilies.

My rendition of Monet’s Water Lilies.

I went to a Curator’s Conversation at the Norton Museum of Art located in West Palm Beach. It was part of the “Art After Dark” series held on Thursdays from 5-9 pm.

I thought I had enough of Monet having recently visited Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, Musée Marmottan Monet and Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. Musée Marmottan Monet holds the world’s largest collections of Monet. Musée de l’Orangerie is home to Monet’s paintings “Water Lilies.” The vestibule was designed by Monet.

It was with much hesitation that I headed to the talk “Claude Monet’s Gardens and Cityscapes” led by Glenn Tomlinson. When I arrived at the theater where the talks were held, I was told I needed a ticket for entry. I was also told that there were no more tickets. I breathed a sigh of relief.

However, the staff walked around the room and found three empty seats. I was the third person in line. As the talk began, I shed my skepticism due to the Curator’s enthusiasm and insight. He talked about Monet’s self-imposed exile in London and the European wars that he lived through. His talk gave me a deeper appreciation of the artist’s tenacity.

In his younger years, Monet fled the Prussian Franco war. Yet as he neared the end of his life, Monet painted serene water lilies in Giverny with enemy troops inside his beloved France.


The Church of Giverny, France

The pastel I began of The Church of Giverny, France.

Yesterday, I got certified as a Street Artist by the City of Miami Beach. I had to bring samples of my work and start a painting for the Fine Arts Board. This is just the beginning of a process. There is also a lottery to decide what premium spaces artists will be allotted. Participating in the lottery is optional.

Here we go again. Artists in South Florida are a highly competitive lot to put it mildly. Just one more thing to foster the crab mentality artists suffer from. Can’t we all just get along? I guess that’s the peacemaker in me…