- Tu sais, l'épanouissement au sein de la nature est une chose qu'on enseigne très tôt aux enfants. En Norvège, on estime que c'est un besoin vital. On appelle ça Friluftsliv.
- Fri-lufts-live… La vie en plein air?
- C'est ça! On tente par ce biais de faire passer un certain nombre d'idées… Comme la vigilance énergétique lors de séjours en huttes, par exemple. Il ne s'agit pas de camps de survie ou de trucs de scouts, hein. Juste de belles vacances en pleine nature. Beaucoup de familles font ça. Et ça permet d'éprouver avec quelle indifférence est accueilli chaque jour le confort de la vie moderne. De montrer à quel point on gaspille plein de trucs.
—  “Et il foula la terre avec légèreté”, Mathilde Ramadier et Laurent Bonneau, Futuropolis, 2017, p. 146

【Monet’s flower painting】
Oscar-Claude Monet (/moʊˈneɪ/; French: [klod mɔnɛ]; 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.[1][2] The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.
Monet’s ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.

Good news for those of you who have asked to see videos of my painting process (or might be interested): I’ve started up a Youtube channel

These are snippets from a longer video I’ve posted. It’s a little over 18 minutes long and is the perfect thing to fall asleep to, because it’s just the sound of the ocean, some painting, and no blabbering on from me (just written commentary for those who want to know a little more).

It would make me very happy if you visited my channel and (only if you wish to) Liked and Subscribed. At the very least, thanks for the love you’ve shown me here on Tumblr. :)


24 November 2014:  Sunset, Heckfield, Hampshire.  Went to this beautiful place to paint a sunset and wasn’t disappointed.   A low mist descended, which made everything feel so romantic.  The downside was that it got really cold - so I was pleased to get back to my car and turn the heater on full!   I altered the tree a bit when I got back to the studio - making it more impressionistic to fit in with the rest of the painting.


I’ve been attending the Plein Air Convention in San Diego this week. I created a fun little video of a sunset color study painting. Shows my process when I go out to paint on location. From the thumbnail composition sketch, to the colors I use, to playing around with colors for a good atmospheric effect.