Has a painting ever changed your life?
This painting is one that you need to experience in person. It's enormous. It's almost impossibly large. Applying each brush stroke was a physical act. And up close it's messy. It's confusing. It doesn't really make sense. But then if you step across the room and take another look you're suddenly transported to a space. You can see wisteria vines and sense the space around them. It's calming and transformative. At least it was for me!
At 18 I had no idea how that affect could be achieved. I chalked it up to Monet's personal genius and gained an interest in studying art history so I could better understand a variety of genius artists.
I had no idea what was planted in me when I first laid eyes on that painting. I yearned to be able to create in that way. I am finally devoting my time to creating spaces with my paintings and I've never been happier.
Go look at some art. See what it stirs in you!