Claude Monet, The Pond at Montgeron
If still waters can restore the soul, certainly lingering with this Monet masterpiece can bring a similar balm. The challenge to linger with a Monet painting for 60 seconds has come to its final day. I hope it has at least given you a chance to slow down a bit and remember how much life has to offer when you’re not rushing past it.
“Every day bring a choice: To practice stress or to practice peace.” – Joan Borysenko
Claude Monet, Poppies
Got a minute for a Monet? The challenge this week is to spend 60 seconds lingering with a Monet masterpiece. The goal? Reclaiming the pause in the era of high speed in an effort to reclaim the pastoral in the era of the viral.
Claude Monet, Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat
There’s nowhere to scroll here, just a challenge to spent 60 seconds with this painting by Monet… Got a minute?
Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise
In an effort to promote lingering in our scrolling world, here is the latest masterpiece for your Monet Minute. If you can spare 60 seconds to linger with this artwork, please do so.
Claude Monet, St. Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk
When you take the time to look at a work of art, do you really take the time?
Last week I was feeling tired and a bit stressed so I looked up “Monet paintings” on Google images. I’m sure you do that when you’re tired and stressed, too, right? Anyway, I intended to post a few of Claude Monet’s paintings here as a kind of stress-reliever for myself and you, faithful blog reader. But then I got to thinking (that happens to me once in awhile), “Why post a bunch of his paintings in one go? Doesn’t that just feed the inevitable scroll of contemporary online perusal? How about one painting per day for a week?! And then… then… (my brain needed to warm up some more at this point)…. then… I challenge the people who come to this blog to spend some time with that painting?”
I know – Brilliance, right? I am often amazed at my own insight.
So what I’d like to do is challenge you do linger with this painting. And, if you so choose, to linger with a Monet painting per day for the remainder of this week. Artwork takes on a whole different force of impact when allowed to work on the viewer for awhile. Some think you should sit in front of a painting for a half hour at least! However, this is not the painting but a photo of the painting and, really, I can imagine asking that kind of time commitment from you. But maybe you could take a minute? A full 60 seconds? That is going to feel like an eternity in this day and age of Tweets and Bits and Two-Bite Brownies. But you can do it. I believe in you.
So for this Monday I ask for a literal minute of your time. Let’s call it the Monet Minute for the day. I’ve posted the same image below now for you to give that first 60 seconds a try.
Have a less stressful and more peaceful Monday. Have a Happy Monet Minute…