Haiku for a poetic drought

a pad of paper,
a pack of pens; stooping to
buy inspiration


Stack of Wheat (Snow Effect, Overcast Day), 1890/91

winter wheat stack

i feel the dying
light locked in the ice that keeps
summer in these stacks

One of the reasons I payed the $18 to get into the Art Institute Chicaco was to see Monet’s wheat stacks. They were not as large as I remember them as a child, but still equally moving, actually probably more so. I love how Monet explores how the light interacts with the wheat stacks and woods and houses and fields in different seasons.

stacks of wheat

I have a feeling that some folk view Monet as a relative lightweight and associate him only with pretty pictures of waterlilies. However, I like him a great deal and and appreciate the way he portrays the quality of light in different settings. Also, on the whole, I believe I like the Impressionists better than the later Expressionists, with the exception of Mr. Van Gogh, who is amazing. I am not sure what category in which he falls, actually. Thoughts?

P.S. Paying the $18 for the Art Institute Chicago made me appreciate once again many of the free offerings in St. Louis, including our art museum. However, I do understand that Chicago cannot exactly do the same thing as: a) their Institute is, I believe, several notches above our own museum, and b) they certainly get a higher tourist traffic flow.

P.P.S. While you can take pictures of paintings, sculptures, etc. in the Art Institute (except of visiting exhibits) you cannot take photos of photographs. On one level, I get this as it would be perhaps easier to pass such photos off as one’s own or make to reproductions. On another level, however, I do not get it at all as I could equally well make reproductions of a painting from a photograph (albeit perhaps a rather poor reproduction). And as for passing it off as one’s own, well, the only reason I couldn’t with a painting is because many of the artists are rather more well known and I could not get away with it. At any rate, the discrepancy kind of bugged me. And working in the photography medium, it made me sad I could not document images to show others for reference and discussion, and, yes, perhaps even for a springboard for my own work, which I am sure I do with lots of other media as well. Sigh. At least the docent did not make me delete the pictures I took of a photobooth piece I am wanting to show to Tim Garrett, master of all things photobooth (yeah, that is also his site).