By far, my favorite impressionist artist is Claude Monet. As an aspiring (if not proficient) gardener myself, his gardens at Giverny are endless inspiration. His water lilies inspired me to plant my own water lily in our background fountain. Amazingly, it is thriving. This is an acrylic and oil pastel drawing/ painting that I made of it. While Monet captures the essence of the water lilies en masse, I chose to get up close and personal with mine. After completing the drawing, I played around with the image in Photoshop 5 and used the cartoon feature to break up the image a bit.