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!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


recap, this is Jose Hernandez photo 
on his blog Jose E Hernandez World
of an African elephant
- Colorfix pastel paper

- most of the important features
- no sketch beforehand,
because form depends on value of color
- solution for other ear

- expand sky

-numerous trips to garbage 
 container to get pastel dust off 
- rounding off body
- change shadow left front leg
- blur edge of trunk right side

- forehead wider 
- more work on shadows

- adjust background

© African Elephant, 16 1/2 x 13 1/4, Pastel, St.Germain

- for a lead into the scene
- don't forget to sign 



Phivos Nicolaides said...

Beautiful pastel painting. Wish you Merry Christmas and more creations for the next year!

Sreddy Yen said...

Hey Jeannette~! Merry Christmas to you. This is a lovely work of pastel - it has so much detail! I hate working with is so messy! Enjoy your holiday :)

jeannette stgermain said...

"Thank you! Hope your Christmas has been pleasant:) Am writing this from my daughter's house where it's much colder -around 45 degrees F. instead of 60 deg,F where I live.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! Hope you are able to do all kinds of stuff during your break that you otherwise can't do!
Yeah it's true, pastels are messy, but once you have had kids, one doesn't care about it anymore! I'm better in details with pastel than in oil.
Oils can be messy too - I always get it on my clothes:)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jeannette: Wonderful photo and a neat painting.

jeannette stgermain said...

Fishing Guy,
Thank you -this one was a fun painting -and I love elephants! You probably have seen work from Jose Hernandez, since he was shown on Joan's blog?