How was your weekend? I had a great time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York City. 🙂 There I saw about 40 Monet paintings! I like to pop in every few months and each time I make sure to drop by the Impressionist paintings.
Today’s promo picture of Richard Armitage as Claude Monet comes to us from Mezz. Thank you, Mezz!
Here’s your base image:
Here’s your graphic of the day:
To start, I applied the Artworx filter from Xero Graphics Plugins. Then I cut out Monet and applied the filter again with stronger settings to the background.
Early in the process, I had the idea of using an ornate frame. I found this with a Google image search:
Since I had cut out Monet, it was an easy task to have him pop out of the frame. I also added a drop shadow.
There was plenty of room to fill in the siggie so I went on the hunt for another image and frame. When I found “Venice Twilight” by Claude Monet, I chose it so I could have the tip of the building stick out the top of the frame. Perhaps Mezz’s music choice, Norah Jones singing “Sunrise,” had something to do with it!
Here’s the other frame:
For the background, I used this cracked wall image:
I set this cracked wall texture to the Subtract blend mode over a pale green layer. Finally I added Claude Monet’s signature:
I set the layer with Monet’s signature to the Multiply blend mode so the white would fade into the background. Should Monet be writing on the wall? 😉
At the museum on Saturday, I was admiring “The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil” (1874) by Édouard Manet when I read the little plaque. I transcribed it below.
In the late 1860s, Édouard Manet was Claude Monet’s hero. By 1874, they had become friends and Manet came under the sway of Monet’s approach to painting quickly, out of doors. This portrait of the Monet family–Camille Monet and Jean, with Claude Monet gardening at the left–is one of Manet’s most significant essays in this new style.
In 1924, Monet recounted the circumstances of the day in his garden at Argenteuil: “Manet, enthralled by the color and the light, undertook an outdoor painting of figures under trees. During the sitting, Renoir arrived…. He asked me for palette, brush and canvas, and there he was, painting away alongside Manet. The latter was watching him out of the corner of his eye…. Then he made a face, passed discreetly near me, and whispered in my ear about Renoir: ‘He has no talent, that boy! Since you are his friend, tell him to give up painting!'”
Renoir and Manet both gave their pictures to Monet. Renoir’s painting is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
I just learned something I’d not known before: Claude Monet’s son Jean married Alice Hoschedé’s daughter, Blanche. You may recall that Claude and Alice wed after they were both widowed. Sounds complicated! 😀
If you could interview Monet, what question would you ask?