Jewell discusses Monet, artist-gardener parallels with Kilgore Garden Club

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Kilgore Garden Club met February 2 in the Fireplace Room at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Hostesses were Pam Tannehill and Darlene Bingham. Valentine cupcakes, assorted cheese, crackers and fruit were served.

In the absence of President Melynda Keenon, Deborah Tanner introduced the program. Phyllis Jewell, a talented artist and speaker, gave a presentation on “The Impressionists Artist and Nature.”

In the forefront of the impressionist style of painting was Claude Monet. His love of nature progressively turned him from seashores, rivers and city scenes to the motifs of his own garden at Giverny.

The garden at Giverny consisted of formal flowerbeds, ornamental pathways and tributaries. From the tributary off the Seine he built a pond. The pond was planted with water lilies, irises, willow trees and other aquatic plants. The pond would be the Monet inspiration for some of his most famous works, especially the “Water Lilies.”

Jewell spoke on the elements that combined art and gardening. These elements are 1. Artist chooses a canvas; gardener chooses a yard or spot and resources needed. 2. Artist uses brushes, paints and subject; gardener, seeds, plants, soil. 3. Artist, spacing, focal point; gardener, placement of plants for visual effect. 4. Artist, the best light for a point of interest; gardener, best sunlight spot for the plants to flower.

Gardens, flowers, fountains, trees, brushes, are all things of nature used to capture the artist and gardener’s eye.

Jewell shared her renditions of Monet’s “Water Lilies” and some of his other works used on clay pots: “The Japanese Footbridge,” “Water Lilies” and “Water Lily Pond.”

She gave a quick demonstration, painting a pot from one of Monet’s painting. Members were given instructions and ideas for painting a beautiful clay pot.

Following the program, a brief business meeting updated members on upcoming events.

There were 15 members present.

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