After an exciting introduction to the Impressionists, the girls were anxious to paint again! See Part I here.

I had planned for our next activity to be after lunch. They wanted to go paint the hydrangeas that they missed the previous day. The flowers were mostly in the shade in the morning but not for long.

Off they went!

Megan even set up the table, chairs, and supplies while Katie got dressed.

Please notice the paints are arranged in a color wheel of sorts. (We just used the paints we had, so we might be missing a few colors in our wheel.)

I think they really enjoyed painting the hydrangeas. I think they were pleased with their art. Just look at those smiles!

Both artists decided to display their artwork “on the line”.

You may have noticed the Salon has changed. We realized rather quickly that we would run out of room over by the china hutch. The girls agreed that the china took away from the art. I had a clothes line that I cut and pinned to the wall above the fireplace. Don’t you love the little ladybug clothes pins? Nana and Bud brought those back for the girls from one of their many trips abroad.

Hydrangeas-by Megan Bayer

Hydrangea at Morning-by Katie Bayer

Now, on to our new lesson-Claude Monet.

Monet was fascinated with the outdoors. He enjoyed studying the clouds and reflections on water. He was fascinated with the effect light had on a subject. Monet also enjoyed painting pictures of his wife, Camille, and his children.

Monet was also a bit of a “diva”. He was known for throwing temper tantrums when things weren’t going his way. The weather was often a big frustration for Monet.

After continually being rejected and ridiculed at the Paris Salon, Monet, along with 30 or so other rebel artists, decided to create their own exhibit. It was a flop. Some of the rebels, who had stuck a bit more to the traditional style, sold a few paintings. The world just wasn’t ready for something different. The Impressionists continued with their exhibition for several years. Eventually, they were successful.

Monet finally had some money. He had been a “starving artist” for many, many years. Now, he could have that home in the country! Better yet, he had room for his other passion, gardening.

Many of Monet’s paintings feature garden scenes. Matter-of-fact, he famously painted water lilies for 20 years!!!

Our activity for the day was Painting the Shimmering Sky.

We used acrylics on our first activities. This activity called for crayons and watercolors!

After drawing a horizon line, the girls used a white crayon to draw clouds in the sky. Then they added bits of lavender, gray, and yellow crayon for the different colors that might be in the clouds.

Katie was not too sure about this next part. She even asked if she HAD to do it. The next step was to paint the sky with the watercolor paint. The crayon markings acted as a resist against the paint. I told her it was up to her how she did her artwork. She started out painting around the clouds she had worked so hard to color. After glancing at Megan’s sky she decided to go for it!

This was her response….

I think she thought she had ruined it!

Katie did like seeing the paint brush refracted in the water.


  1. The bending of a wave, such as a light or sound wave, as it passes from one medium to another medium of different density. The change in the angle of propagation depends on the difference between the index of refraction of the original medium and the medium entered by the wave, as well as on the frequency of the wave. Compare reflection. See also lens, wave.
  2. The apparent change in position of a celestial body caused by the bending of light as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.

As you can see, grass was added.

While that dried, they painted a single image on a separate sheet of paper. They let that dry, cut it out, glued it on the first sheet and painted the shadow. The girls studied some of Monet’s shadows. They were not black! They were just darker shades of green or purple or brown or whatever was in the background.

Lone Tree-by Megan Bayer

House in the Country-by Katie Bayer

Working with the watercolors was very different than working with the acrylics. Neither of the girls was particularly pleased with her painting. They both decided to “sky” their art.

Maybe they just wanted to be sure there was something that got put in the skyed area.

I thought they did GREAT!

Note: Megan later decided she liked her painting, and moved her watercolor to the lower line. Katie’s watercolor remains skyed.