Time to start painting again.
In Monet's later work, the subject matter practically disappears. Last time I had not painted in a while, I took a 30x30cm canvas panel and tried to recreate the colors from one of Monet's 1922 series, "The house from the garden":
I wouldn't call this a copy because I didn't follow the brushwork very carefully but it was a great loosening-up exercise. When I'm not painting every day, I need something like this to get back into it more efficiently.
Afterwards I worked on a small canvas I had started when the Virtual Paintout was in Croatia. It's a far-cry from a Monet but I think what I accomplished was better than what it might have been without the start-up exercise.
oil on canvas
This time I was planning to select another Monet when I saw sunflowers on sale at the supermarket. The temptation was too great; I went out and bought a bunch. Then, once you have cut flowers in the house, the clock starts ticking and there's no time to dabble in late Monet.
oil on canvas panel
It took me a long time to get this to work because I started out too fast. I've been sketching recently and so I think I was looking for immediate results and failed to spend enough time planning the design. But a bouquet of sunflowers is so uplifting and motivating that you don't give up too quickly. In fact they are still in perfect condition so I'm off to try again from another angle.