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!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Scratchout Tools

My scratch out tools
fit perfectly in my mustard jar
it says "real Zaanse mustard"
(from Zaandam,
a town in North of Holland)
some artists make this
their main art medium
I'm still just experimenting
with it. I'll show next week
what I'm working on.


Shaista said...

Hello Jeannette at Blog Number Two :)
Am looking forward to seeing what you achieve with scratchout tools - they look sharp and very purposeful!
I was wondering - do you ever paint from memories of Indonesia?

Gaelyn said...

I remember using tools like these when I learned scratch board. Hmm.. Have to wonder what you'll be doing? Great use for the little mustard jar.

The Artist Within Us said...

I love the mustard jar with its tools. Just think a plastic mustard container could in no way serve a repurpose as you jar.

In regards to the process of your blogs sidebar, I am delighted in seeing all the new images of your art tools. I would like to recommend an alternative to a black background from a designers point of view and select a more medium dark grey if you are set on a dark shade.

Wishing yo a grand smacking weekend,

Whitemist said...

Scratch out tools - so difficult for me to use with watercolors! Sometimes loads of water works, but alas, watercolor is not a forgiving media!

Protege said...

Love the picture; actually it is a perfect object to paint or draw.;)

jeannette stgermain said...

Indeed, they are very sharp! My memories of Indonesia are very vague, since I was 5 years old when we left there. It was at a time of riots going on, incredible inflation, a political coup, so all kinds of chaotic and unsafe things going on.
thanks for visiting and hope next week to show what I'm working on:)

jeannette stgermain said...

The longer I "know" you, the more i hear of art things you've done - you have a lot of talents Gaelyn!
Whatever object it is, it needs to have a purpose. You probably have mastered that art to the max, LOL!

jeannette stgermain said...

Having lived in more than one culture really enriches ones life and one can take the good parts of each culture!
Yup. it is like you said, I'll still be working on the appearance of this blog for some time:)

It made me smile- Aren't weekends supposed to be "grand smacking"?

jeannette stgermain said...

You are right, that would be hard with watercolor - the scratch out tools are more used with thicker layers like linoleum, wood, etc. but one can do very fine work with it.

jeannette stgermain said...

You have an artist eye! I had not even thought in that direction -to paint or draw it - it's kind of a still life isn't it?

VioletSky said...

When I lived in Holland I was in Zaandam - specifically, Koog aan de Zaan!

jeannette stgermain said...

You mean that you lived there? What a coincident!
In my teens I lived in Zeeland. And in my adult life I lived in the Hague, and near Arnhem (Lunteren and Ede)