I loved the painting used on ARTastic this month - "Argenteuil" by Edouard Manet.
I remember studying the artworks of Edouard Manet when still at school. He was a french artist during the mid 1800's who did not follow the art conventions of his time but rather chose to depict the everyday life of ordinary people in his paintings. Many of his paintings showed Parisian street cafe scenes or picnics on the River Seine. He was one of the founding fathers of the Impressionist movement.
I love how someone one hundred and fifty years ago had the foresight and courage to step out of the mainstream and record for future generations the lives of those around him. It shows how important it is to depict the everyday, the mundane and the ordinary.
The bonus criteria on ARTastic was to include:
1. Two People in the photo = 1pt
2. Use striped pp = 2pts
3. Include a boat somewhere on the layout = 3pts
I'm afraid I had to dip out on the two people in the photograph as mine has three but I certainly have used striped patterned paper and my layout features a gorgeous array of boats.