“Garden Chairs at Hôtel Baudy, Giverny, France”
During summers while we lived in Paris, Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny was a popular stop on our list for the many house guests we had. I never tired of visiting the place though I frequently opted to paint rather than tour the gardens. Nearby Hôtel Baudy had a very sleepy and pleasant outdoor café that offered up a delicious lunch in the shade usually accompanied by a nice, chilled bottle of rosé to beat the heat.
One such day after one such meal, on the way back from the loo, I spotted these two chairs behind the hotel and immediately saw a painting in the works. The linear qualities of both the garden chairs and the stems of the irises caught my attention. Shadows always interest me and there were some interesting ones created by the chairs.
I broke out my paints and painted away. It was a beautiful afternoon and I practically had the hotel’s garden to myself.
I didn’t want this to end up as a sappy, sentimental painting of two garden chairs and I think that all of the elements in the painting save it from such an undesirable fate.
Amy Roberts bought the painting. She happened to be our visiting house guest that day. And I love seeing the painting every time I visit Amy…
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- May 8, 2003 / 8:19 pm
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