Coming in November 2018

Thank you, Mr. Monet

by Lonni Flowers

Gallery North is excited to have Lonni Flowers as its Featured Artist in November 2018. Her show promises to be filled with the color and creative insight inspired by her recent trip to France.


My first trip to Europe occurred before I was old enough to appreciate the value of the opportunity. I  was accepted into a concert choir to tour 10 Europe for 6 weeks: 10 countries, 42 performances, traveling on planes, boats, trains, buses, gondolas, taxis…everything but horseback! My parents gave me a roll of film and $10 spending cash for each country…and off I went.

Everywhere we toured there were wonderful places to see…and a few impediments to seeing them; scaffolds around beautiful domed cathedrals, remodeling and reconstruction abounded. We saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace through the dirty windows of the bus; ditto for the empty tulip fields of the Netherlands (they were beautiful 6 weeks ago, according to the guide), and the exterior of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna covered up with painting scaffolds, and we actually turned around in the parking lot of the Louvre in Paris (that big building there is an art museum!).

We did, however, get to sing in fabulous castles, Westminster Abbey, Cologne Cathedral, the Pope’s summer Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, and many gorgeous architectural wonders. And we stayed in some amazingly unknown hotels…the one in Rome remains one of the lesser-known ruins…hint, the community bathroom is down at the end of the hall, turn left and go down 3 flights of stairs, turn right past the broom closet and you will see a faint light above the door…be prepared to wait your turn!


Lonni Flower (right) With Her Daughter 

In May 2018, my daughter arranged my second trip to Paris. She flew in from Mozambique where she was working and I met her at Charles De Gaulle airport. We spent a week in a lovely neighborhood in the heart of Paris in a typical French 5th-floor walk-up apartment…small, but with a view of the Eiffel Tower from our windows. We shopped for groceries at the local farmer’s market, the fromagerie, several Patisseries, and had our morning coffee at Starbuck’s watching our neighbors run off in the fashionable couture to work. We spent days in the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Musee De L’Orangerie, painted together in Jardin de Toullerie, rode the train to Versailles, wandered through Notre Dame, took a scenic boat ride on the River Seine, and saw many of the fabulous works of art and architecture that a trip to Paris offers! It was everything an artist could hope for. Halfway through our week, I wanted to move permanently.

 

 

“Standing in front of Monet’s Cathedral Rouen paintings, tears overcame me.”

Lonni Flowers in L’Orangerie

Standing in front of Monet’s Cathedral Rouen paintings, tears overcame me. OF course, that was nothing compared to standing in a huge room in L’Orangerie surrounded by 4 6’ by 30’ paintings of the Monet waterlilies! The originals are breathtaking. So much more beautiful than photos in an art history book! It suddenly occurred to me that my art has always been influenced by the palette of Monet…the blues and lavenders, the lemony yellows, magentas. His love of light is crucial; his colors are rich and precise…not that I can ever achieve that perfection, but I am ready to paint again in my original style of Abstract Impressionism. I’m working on it! And so, I came home to our beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Northwest inspired to paint, paint, paint!

Lonni Painting Outside the Musee De L’Orange

The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

— Wikipedia