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!

Monday, November 30, 2009


 My painting

- my try-out on paper  (not finished) 
Sorry for the bad pic:(

with a layer of india ink over it 

- tools to scratch out the upper layer of india ink 
- white claybord covered by india ink 
is another possibility  - photo, p. 56*

photo p.57

- the scratching out technique
combined with acrylic 
or other painting mediums
to read text, click to enlarge image

* last two pics were taken from Charles Ewing, The New Scratchboard. 2001. New York: Watson -Guptill Publ.


The Artist Within Us said...

It has not only been years, but decades since I last did scratchboard, or even hand colored them afterwards.

I see you are experimenting with blog colours; just remember it took 5 months for me to settle on a permanent background to either of my blogs and that only happened this weekend.

Best wishes,

Gaelyn said...

I like it. I did scratchboard in high school, but never with colors.

jeannette stgermain said...

I tried it after I saw some very fine scratchwork from artists. Don't know if I'll continue - it's a lot of work to achieve some nice results!

Wow, I'll visit soon to see your permanent background:)

jeannette stgermain said...

As I said to Egmont (above you comment) - can't tell yet, whether I'll continue or not - I'm also going to try it on white claybord.
Never a dull moment with art! LOL

So, what are you planning to do this winter, artwise?

Four Seasons in a Life said...

If you enjoy using pen and ink, then scratchboard is just an extension of it. On the other hand, if not, well I can understand the frustration. Besides, careful planning works best for scratchboard and not spur of the moment.

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jeannette stgermain said...

I miss my pencil sketch on the black surface as my safety blanket!
so true - I am not known for patience:)

I do like the sandy background color of your blog - but you were talking about a second blog - am I overlooking it?