My Date with Claude

Art Institute signI met my old friend, Claude Monet yesterday at our usual place, gallery 243 at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Claude always hangs out there and from time to time I drop in for a visit.  Usually when I am desperate for beauty and Chicago reeks of grey.

We first met up sometime in my 20’s and have dated off and on over the years.  Like the old friend who always has time for you, getting together fills me up.   Claude also has a way of stirring up my creativity when I’m down to the dregs of inspiration.  Seeing him is always worth the trip, especially on free admission days J

Some of his prints decorate my home but nothing is quite like seeing his authentic work.  My favorite pieces depict houses and gardens in extraordinary light.  High values on my scale.

One day I realized he died the same year my mom was born, 1926, but for three months they shared the same sky. Somehow that delights me so much.

Art Institute

Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) would call my excursion, The Artist Date.  I call it Feeding my Spirit. The title isn’t as important as the event.

Possibilities to fill up abound for all of us but requires a choice to act and a cost of time and sometimes cash exacted.  Like lacing up the shoes to work out, I never regret it.

I would love to hear how you feed your spirit, do tell!

Once I gather ideas, I will return to this in a few weeks.

See you Monday. Hope for the best!


2 Responses to “My Date with Claude”

  1. 1 Debra Davis February 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Love, love LOVE the Monet gallery. It was my first field trip, in French class, from a suburban high school to which I had just arrived, a transfer student from California, lonely and tired of Chicago’s grey skies. The impressionist paintings still fill my soul with light and joy. I have now become a French teacher and am hoping to bring my students to this gallery some day.

  2. 2 Letitia Suk February 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I love your comment about “light and joy.”

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