This header is a pastel painting I did in 2009 is of a place in the Netherlands, my country of origin, after a photo shot by Dick Witte.

Some of the painters who have influenced me:
Mondriaan, Hopper
O"Keefe, Weyeth
Singer Sargent
van Gogh, Rembrandt
Picasso, Escher

Since this is my second blog page, it generally takes me longer (sometimes very long) to reply to your comments, but I do read and love them!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

© "Entanglement" 18 x 24, Watercolor, St.Germain
Sold, but available in Print (see sidebar)

One of my first official sales of my paintings. 
It took me totally by surprise, because I was in Sacramento on a woman's retreat doing a workshop on art .
When I gave a little intro to the general audience about my workshop, I showed this painting to illustrate my point.  
The main speaker Ms. Wanda Walker, author of a book  (can't remember the book's name), saw it and bought it on the spot, with frame and all. 

She said, "Because I think it will help me teach." Her book was on abuse.
An official sale, because her secretary wrote out the check at her office. 

-   Inspiration:  knots in the fabric and threads  
from an old frayed shawl of my daughter. 
-  a picture where the boundaries 
of the fabric have gone haywire
-  The threads were covered with liquifilm till done with all the colors.
   - The basket(s) is a play on words of the phrase "basket case." 
- The fabric of life looks "frayed" or frazzled 
-  things may hang on by a thread.

At that time I had several clients dealing with boundary and entanglement issues.  When boundaries are blurred or continuously ignored,things start spilling out of their basket.
It is not their fault, but the "stuff" (not necessarily their stuff either) becomes too much to contain. 

It's good to get untangled, so our basket is able to contain our "stuff." 
Wow, talking about psychology shaking its hand to art, versa!


Gaelyn said...

I can see your interpretation Jeannette. But my first reaction was iceing on the cake, or cupcakes in this case.

jeannette stgermain said...

LOL! That's quite all right, Gaelyn!
It is on purpose that I presented something that would draw people in, but then I communicate my interpretation.

Diane AZ said...

Your beautiful watercolor perfectly illustrates what it can feel like when boundaries are confused. I like how you painted the dangling, twisted and frayed ribbons.

Ted Roth said...

Very interesting notes, but the picture is lovely and intriguing even without the notes. I'm glad I stopped by.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, Diana! It really is a visual picture of what I meet in the counseling room. For some reason I painted more psychological subjects in the past than now. doing this and the post of the main blog gives me renewed interest.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! Went to yours, and I really like what I saw! But the text makes it even more interesting. People have kept asking me, "How did you come to paint this?" And so I do:)

Dick said...

Yes, I see something familiar on top, I still like it a lot.
I like the painting in this post also and many others too.
Have a nice week.

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

love the painting, the words and this blog post and what they represent. i was a victim of abuse. i survived and patiently awaiting for the Lord to reveal his purpose for my life.

thanks for visiting w/me and wishing you a great week as well.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, Dick! I'm glad I have at least one fan (next to my brothers) in Holland:) :)

jeannette stgermain said...

A Free Butterfly,
Wasn't being in law-enforcement one of the purposes of your life (in my opinion that's a biggie)?
Am glad I met you through blogging - I'm "waiting" with you!(although patience is not one of my virtues LOL)