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An impressionist’s world my photos, my words

My wife and I went on a Viking river cruise last summer, something I would recommend highly to anyone interested in an excellent travel experience.

Our cruise began and ended in Paris, with an eight-day boat trip on the Seine River in between (we also added three days in Paris before the cruise and a train trip to London for a three-day stay in Oxford after the trip). When I reviewed the itinerary before the trip I was excited about touring the Louvre, seeing historic D-Day beaches and the American cemetery in Normandy, visiting small river towns along the Seine and seeing castles and other ancient structures.

A row of red flowers grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.

I also saw that one morning was dedicated to a visit of artist Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. I’m not much of a fan of impressionism as an art form — I’m more into realistic paintings — so I assumed that morning would rank low on my list of memories from the trip.

I was wrong. And surprised. And photos from that visit are now the subject of my featured gallery for May on my web site.

Two water lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.

As I wandered through Monet’s gardens and photographed scenes that were the subject of many of his paintings I could better understand Monet’s transition from a more traditional artist into a style referred to as French Impressionist. The scenes in the garden were pretty, but ordinary. Painting them in a realistic style would provide limited variety of subject matter. But focusing on the light, color, form and composition of a landscape rather than realistic detail inserted creativity into the scene.

A window with green shutters is surrounded by ivy near artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.

That’s when I decided I would explore converting my nice, but rather boring, photos of Monet’s garden into something that would mimic Monet’s impressionist style using relatively small and thin, but visible, brush strokes.

A pale yellow flower grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.

When we returned home from the trip I experimented with some processes in Photoshop that could convert my photographs into something resembling a digital impressionist painting. It took a few days and quite a bit of research before I came up with something that I liked.

Flowers grow behind a fence near artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.

Each impressionist image in this gallery is accompanied by the original photo to provide a comparison of styles.

A bridge crosses Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. A number of Monet's paintings included this bridge. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.

I’m still not a fan of impressionist paintings, but I now have a better appreciation of the style.

I add a new featured gallery the first of each month. The numbers in the gallery title represent the month and year it was featured. Last month’s featured gallery, with photos from zoos, has been moved to my featured gallery archives.

A window in artist Claude Monet's home provides a view of the garden in Giverny, France. This scene outside the window was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A row of red flowers grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A pale yellow flower grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A window with green shutters is surrounded by ivy near artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Flowers grow behind a fence near artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Two water lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A white lily grows beside Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Flowers bloom in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A bridge crosses Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. A number of Monet's paintings included this bridge. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Flowers grow in and beside Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A cluster of flowers grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Orange flowers grow in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A sunflower grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A deep red and white lily grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Water lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A yellow lily grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Water lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A white lily grows in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Red flowers grow in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Flowers grow in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A pink water lily grows in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A yellow lily grows in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Water lilies float in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Pink flowers grow in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Water lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Red lilies grow in the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Water lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
White lilies grow in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
Two boats float in Le Jardin d'Eau (The Water Garden) at artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
A path leads through the garden outside artist Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France. This photo was edited in an impressionistic style to mimic how Monet painted scenes from his property.
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