[Surfnetkids: 03 Nov 2010] Claude Monet

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#1. November 3, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

This week I am meeting in a secret location (ha! ha!) with a mastermind group that I’ve been in for more than eleven years. Today the topic of Dropbox came up, and we all agreed on what a great, free tool it is.

Dropbox is a simple-to-use file synchronization utility that uses the “cloud” storage to sync files across multiple computers, whether they are Mac, Linux or Windows based. In fact, not only can you access your private or shared files from any computer where you’ve installed the Dropbox utility, you can also access them via a browser from any computer at all.

Some handy uses of Dropbox include password synchronization with password tools such as Roboform, 1Password or KeePass. Or as storage for portable apps, instead of putting them on a thumb drive.

Let me know if you find this tool helpful, by posting a comment here:

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Claude Monet

by Barbara J. Feldman

Claude Monet Printable (** for premium members only)

Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a French painter who inadvertently named Impressionism, when a title was quickly needed for one of his paintings in an 1874 exhibition. Monet named it simply “Impression” but the show’s curator, Eduoard Renoir added the explanatory “Sunrise” to the painting’s title. Throughout his long and prolific career, Monet was known for his nature landscapes, and paintings of Paris and the Normandy coast.

Art in the Picture: Claude Monet
“Monet was born in Paris, France. His family moved to Le Havre in Normandy when he was five. His father wanted him to go into the family grocery store business, but Claude Oscar Monet wanted to paint.” Visit for a short biography, a page of Monet quotes (“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”) and a gallery of thirty-five paintings. More impressionists (and an introduction to impressionism) are just a click away. “Impressionism was an art movement of the 19th century, which began as a private association of Paris-based artists who exhibited publicly in 1874.”

The Clark: The Unknown Monet
In 2007, The Clark Art Institute, of Williamstown, MA, hosted an exhibit that contradicted many assumptions about the way Monet painted. Long thought of as an “anti-draftsman” painter, Unknown Monet uncovered the importance of drawing in the development of his paintings. In this virtual exhibit, you can learn more about Monet’s painting process and view an interactive gallery of his sketchbooks. “In public, Monet presented himself as an artist who painted spontaneously from nature. This exhibition tells a less familiar story, revealing his use of small sketches to define subjects for pictures and the role of line in his painting practice.”

Claude Monet: Life and Art
Best clicks here are an English translation of an autobiographical memoir (published in a Paris newspaper on November 26, 1900), a look at the Japanese woodblock engravings that Monet collected and displayed in his home, and a discussion of the effects Monet’s cataracts had on the colors of his paintings. “Avoiding black was so deeply anchored in Monet’s manner that when he died, his friend Georges Clemenceau would not stand the black sheet covering the coffin. He exclaimed: “No! No black for Monet!” and replaced it by a flowered material.”

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#6. Quote of the Week

“Its on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” ~~ Claude Monet ~~ (November 14, 1840 December 5, 1926) French impressionist painter. Click here for more determination quotes.

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