I've begun to paint in oil from my photos of the trip. I have so many, I really need to organize and edit them, but I couldn't wait to start with my favorites.
I saw this gentleman in the gardens of Monet's Giverny, near the house. He looked so elegant and relaxed; I especially love the white hat and pants. He looks like he would have fit in quite well in any of the old photos of Monet and his house guests, perhaps taking a break from painting alongside the master.
I noticed he was alone, which was unusual; most of the tourists are in groups or pairs. So I imagined that he was a lifelong Parisian, who comes to Giverny once a week to enjoy the gardens, and to revive his spirit.