I have spent part of the day today looking at art - impressionist art - Monet's art. Needless to say, I've had a great day.
Seeing particular pieces of art seems to, literally, feed my soul. I have a physical, as well as emotional, reaction to some artwork. It's as if my inner being is soaking up the experience.
Monet and Renoir almost always have that effect on me - not always, but almost. Other artists can impact me that way as well. Today a Chagall painting really struck a cord with me, even though he is not one of my favorite artists.
I'm sharing this close up I took today of a study Monet did for his final waterlilies paintings. I couldn't use flash, so it's not the best photo, but it does show the texture in the paint, which is one of the things I love in this work.
This is one of the reasons seeing a photo or print of a painting is not at all like seeing it in person - you miss all those details.