The first time we said it aloud together, I think we knew, but we let it linger in the air for a while, Clementine Monet.
Clementine means merciful and gentle, and so far, it’s true. Monet, of course, is after my favorite artist, the French Impressionist Claude Monet. Impressionism is a celebration of color and light, a way of seeing and translating the world through a different lens. At this point, it would be easy for me to go into a lengthy discourse of how that is not unlike the way we live and create, today, I won’t.
And then one day, I read the following excerpt.
Van Gogh once wrote, “ If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you can not paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
You can replace the word paint with any dream we might pursue. There will always be conflicting voices within us—those that whisper about the great dreams waiting to be realized and those that scream that we lack the talent or capacity to achieve them. Part of the that process is deciding which voices will inform us. I love how Claude Monet, a French impressionist who brought us an entirely new way of seeing reality, literally turned his back on the Louvre to put his focus on nature. During his early years in Paris, while other paintings of the great who had found their way into this gallery, Money would go to the window and being to paint what we saw outside. Monet’s internal narrative was deeply rooted in the wonder and beauty of nature. He brought with his perceptions an astonishing use of color and movement.
Monet was mesmerized by the beauty around him. His work is the expression of a man drowning in a universe of overwhelming beauty. He saw the beautiful everywhere. He once wrote in his journal, “Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It is enough to drive one mad.”
While van Gogh’s narrative was a journey of inner turmoil, Monet became a translator of beauty.
- The Artisan Soul, Erwin McManus
There was no question. That was her name.
Clementine Monet, may you be a translator of beauty, no matter your passion or interests. Make the world more beautiful. Fill it with hope, truth, and light. Reflect the light that shatters darkness, the hope that eases pain of this broken world, and the truth that will always remain. Paint the world with color. Or words. Or thought. Or action. And certainly with love. Whatever medium you discover, tell your story. See the beautiful everywhere.