Everything is mere appearance, the pleasures of a passing hour, a midsummer night's dream. Only painting, the reflection of a reflection - but the reflection, too, of eternity - can record some of the glitter of this mirage." - Édouard Manet -
Whenever a day turns out to be not-so-good, it pays to look out my back-room window and see the picture-perfect image … The kind of image Monet might have tackled … An oasis of warmth (I live in Florida, and we do have plenty of that) and light (because we have plenty of that too … sunshine that is …) Never Mind that on the left-hand side the buildings of the water reclaiming facility peak above the trees (on the first day of spring foliage is not thick enough to hide them), and never mind we hear a train pass Lord knows how many times a day … and yet, all those negative thoughts vanish when you look at this little corner of paradise. Views, images, perceptions are all in the eye of the beholders.
Impressionism is -according to Merriam-Webster- a theory or practice in painting depicting the natural appearances of objects by means of dabs or strokes of primary unmixed colors in order to simulate actual reflected light, made famous mostly by French painters around 1870, but it is also [Sic] the depiction (as in literature) of scene, emotion, or character by details intended to achieve a vividness or effectiveness more by evoking subjective and sensory impressions than by recreating an objective reality or a style of musical composition designed to create subtle moods and impressions. ₁