Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889

A masterwork from Claude Monet's series of over 50 haystack paintings. As well as being beautiful paintings in their own right, this series was an exploration of light effects at different times of the day.

Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889

Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889 - an interpretation by Peter Inglis.

Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889 - an interpretation by Peter Inglis.
One of my interpretations hanging at The Picture House in Crows Nest.

Monet: Japanese bridge no.2, 1899

Monet painted quite a number of paintings showing the Japanese bridge over the lily pond in his garden at Giverny. This is the second from 1899.

Monet: Japanese bridge no.2, 1899

Water Lilies (or Nymphéas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict Monet's flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet's artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.

A hand-painted interpretation of the original by Claude Monet (1840-1926).

Monet’s 1906 painting "Waterlilies No.1" sold for USD $54,000,000 at Sotheby’s in 2014.

Arranging Monet

One of the most valuable skill sets for musicians and artists is the art of arrangement.

To arrange another person's work effectively you need to understand:

  1. Language
  2. Composition
  3. Style

In this example I took a Monet waterlilies painting which is almost square in dimensions, and stretched it out over three landscape canvases.

Monet: Waterlilies, 1906, No.2
Monet: Waterlilies, 1906, No.2

Monet's Water Lilies 1906, no.2 - a tryptich by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
A tryptich is three canvases next to each other, creating one very wide scene.

Monet's Water Lilies 1906, no.2 - a tryptich by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
The first step was to tone the canvas and then sketch in the main features.

Monet's Water Lilies 1906, no.2 - a tryptich by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
The original piece had to be re-composed in order to translate the sweeping rhythms over this much wider canvas.

Monet's Water Lilies 1906, no.2 - a tryptich by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
Adding textures.

Monet's Water Lilies 1906, no.2 - a tryptich by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
A panoramic shot, although distorting the shape, gives some idea of the width of the piece.

Monet's Water Lilies 1906, no.2 - a tryptich by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
In position! Now it's time to sit back and smell the lilies.

In the field of music, for example I have taken Bach keyboard arrangements of Vivaldi Violin Concertos, and re-arranged them for myself to perform with guitar and strings, or even on solo guitar. Enjoy my arrangement of Vivaldi's 'Autumn' for guitar and strings.