Last night on the way home from the studio I caught part of Tom Ashbrook’s interview on Monet’s garden. It was a nice bit of synchronicity, just that morning while watering the garden, I wondered what political connections Monet had in order to reroute the Seine into his backyard. The politics weren’t mentioned in the interview but Dr Paul Tucker, a wonderful speaker and expert on the French Impressionists, did refer to the dam that allowed Monet’s water garden to be born.
I’ve been to Giverny several times and admired not only the gardens but also the aesthetic with which Monet lived, surrounded with art and lovely things; he most assuredly lived a beautiful life. I attend to living a humble version of that aesthetic, without water lilies but with heavenly blue hydrangeas that echo the views of Gloucester Harbor. I love painting my garden and take infinite pleasure in the color and resonance of wind chimes playing in the early morning breeze.
What about You? How does your garden express your idea of beauty?
Melody Phaneuf is an award-winning Boston Artist, well known for her evocative still life, landscape, and portrait paintings. She has exhibited at The National Arts Club in New York City, Galerie Herouet in Paris, and with Art du Monde, in Japan. Her paintings are regularly on view at The Guild of Boston Artists in Boston, MA; Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown, PA; and North Shore Arts in Gloucester, MA.
Phaneuf lives and paints landscape in Gloucester, MA and maintains a studio at Fenway Studios in Boston, where she paints and holds workshops continuing the Boston School lineage.
Melody The Artist Home, founded with photographer and color specialist, Martha DiMeo, features Phaneuf’s original oil paintings on tumbled marble tile murals and beverage coasters, fine art prints, and handmade note cards.