Painting Giverny

by Ariane ~ January 15, 2012

painting-givernyIt is many painters’ dream to be able to stay in Monet’s garden to paint.
If your medium is watercolor, pencils, ink… no problem. Just sit down on a bench (preferably) and paint. But if you use acrylic, for instance, and need an easel therefore, you must ask for allowance. Please get in touch with Fondation Monet. If there aren’t too many requests for the day you wish, you will be granted the privilege of staying in the gardens after closing time. This is the best way to feel just like Monet, almost alone on the grounds. Same vibrations, same inspiration. Have a great time!

8 Responses to “Painting Giverny”

  1. Anna Says:

    Hello. I was wondering if it was still possible to see the gardens next weekend even though Monet’s home and such doesn’t open until the 1st of April. This is one of my few chances to see the gardens and was wondering if I should put in the effort of getting to Giverny and it all being closed. Thank you

  2. Ariane Says:

    Hello Anna, to be honest I must say it is rather disapointing to visit Giverny while Monet’s place is closed. You can have a glimpse over the fence, but the winter garden doesn’t compare with the beauty of the garden when it is full of flowers. It is frustrating to come in winter. There is so much to do and see in France! I wish you a very nice stay, and hope you will make it to Giverny one day when it is open, to see this gorgeous garden.

  3. Betty Bowen Says:

    Ariane, I found your blog while searching for information about how to sketch in the gardens. I will be contacting the Foundation for my visit this summer when I will be wandering around France painting for a couple of weeks. Thank you for the information and these beautiful photos of the gardens in winter. Regards, Betty

  4. Ariane Says:

    Betty, I wish you a lot of fun painting in Monet’s gardens! I hope you will show us your work.

  5. Alice Maltby Says:

    Dear Ariane,
    I have never replied to a blog before but I just wanted to say I love your blog on Monet’s garden. I am recovering from a knee operation and I really cheered up reading that it is possible to paint in the garden after hours with permission. I have visited the garden twice but always with a group. I hope to come on my own or with just one friend.
    Please keep up your good work. I envy you being in Giverny all the time.
    Best wishes

  6. Ariane Says:

    Alice, thank you so much for your kind comment and encouragement! It is very sunny right now in Giverny, Spring is coming. Hope to see you here this year, painting among the flowers!

  7. Cynthia Says:

    Hello, I have gotten permission to paint at Giverny this fall (two of us after hours) however, we do not paint with acrylics only wwatercolors. So do I still need permission and all of the extra costs? Many thanks. We’ll be in Paris the last week in sept. and the first two weeks in Oct.

  8. Ariane Says:

    It is up to you…

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