Impressions of Joy from Diane Monet

Monet's Colors

Diane Monet is always searching for beauty. As the Scriptures encourage: "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." (Philippians 4:8 NIV)


She revels in colors and chooses settings abounding in vivid shades. Then she adds her own touch. She can turn a simple shadow into a kaleidoscope, a body of water into a montage, a sky into an eternal field of cotton, a tulip into a bright semaphore. Whether her brushstrokes are fine or free, color reigns majestic.


Her subjects must first resonate deeply within her, so that she wants to share their joy and their peace with her audience. Whether landscapes, gardens or villages, each has invited her to enjoy God's simple blessings here on earth. And each offered its own colors - usually with an array of overtones seen only with a talented eye - to be enjoyed and shared.


Her paintings consume an inordinate amount of her time. Impressionists have a reputation for painting quickly and ignoring details. Miss Monet's impressionism requires painstaking attention. As a result, her work is proudly beautiful, and she will never be known as a "prolific" artist.


But regardless of the setting, the colors never fail to move her audience and warm their hearts. Red poppies and yellow sunflowers. Lavender fields and pink pathways. Apricot and mauve architecture. And always those cotton-speckled, purplish-blue skies.

Hommage a ma Belle France