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!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


© Bend in the Road, oil, St Germain

One of those experiments of every artist
- to copy one's favorite artists
- my own signature style is still in there:
ultramarine blue!
-prefer the wildness in van Gogh's sense of form
over the ultra-precison of Seurat, 
which result in a somewhat 
stifled impression.
-the dots are addicting, but I have 
to find my own way of expression!


Cezar and Léia said...

Like impressionism a lot!Also I liked this sensation of wind in all!
Beautiful perspective!:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Leia
(sorry, my keyboard does not have the accent for your name). Yes, Impressionism is very popular in the USA (probably more than in Europe?)
Hope you come back in a few days to read about the background of this painting!

Somehow in Eur. I know many more that like abstract art, or are interested in it.

The Muse said...

i very much like the branches...the way the color seems to be in strands...

thank you most sincerely for taking time to wish me well, as i have been not quite up to par :)

jeannette stgermain said...

You have seen accurately, in some of my other paintings, the strands become more of a stripe!
Hope you'll get better soon, but please take your time for recuperation:)

bARE-eYED sUN said...

thank you,
your post here (and in your other blog, amount to a mini Art class.

very nice.


Diane AZ said...

I could tell right away that you did this in the style of Van Gogh, my favorite artist. The road is beautiful and alive. The friendly dots invited me into the picture. I don't see Seurat in these dots, nor Van Gogh, they must be you. :)

Kerri said...

I don't know much about art - but I know that this is LOVELY!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, hope someone will gain from the things I'm processing while I paint.

jeannette stgermain said...

Glad you like it, Diane! You have the advantage of knowing me before you saw this painting:)

jeannette stgermain said...

you may not know about art history, but looking at your blog you definitely the eye of an artist!

Teresa said...

Love "Bend in the Road"! I'm currently flirting with Impressionism.... it's harder than it looks!

The Muse said...

I stopped by a few moments of leisure and lucidity has allowed (lol)...
I do hope this Sunday brings you joy:)

jeannette stgermain said...

You must have a ton of energy, even when you are recuperating. Hope you take you rest, friend (smile)-
actually this Sunday does bring me joy, because a very artistic friend is coming to visit me today:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Sorry I went out of sequence!
I wonder if one art period just "gels" easier with us than another in applying them - having to do with our own individual disposition? (hope I said what I really intended to say:) )

neetzy said...

I love ultramarine as well. I also love the post-impressionists into the fauvist period. Such bold strokes and colors!

My recent painting look more "impressionist" but not by intention. I've been using mostly palette knives.

I would post but I have to dig through three feet of snow.

jeannette stgermain said...

Like the fauvists as well, but when I start that way I become timid and tone down all the colors! Ugh, all the battles of our mind we have to fight!
You don't only do landscapes, do you? (because you spoke about digging through snow) Or, maybe there's a scene from one of your window you can paint?

Betsy Grant said...

I was just discussing with a child recently how art is so much more than what meets the eye - ie a tree is not just green and brown, etc. Your painting truly exemplifies all the color that goes into a painting to make it a work of art. I also appreciated the comment you made about becoming timid and toning down your colors. I would love to see what comes out when you don't let the mind interfere. Your work is already beautiful, so just think!...

Marmsk said...

I am returning a visit in response to your visit to mine. I like what I see very much.

Ces said...

Jeannette, thank you for stopping by my blog. I am very pleased to meet you. What an interesting life you have. I like the explanations you give for your art and the different displays of palettes. Don't be a stranger.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you -you have a delightful blog -haven't figured out yet from which nationality you are originally! I am Dutch and I know that (at elas in the past) many Dutch retired in Spain for the winter, and in the summer they would go back to Holl. to visit their relativs:)

I certainly will visit your blog more, to see your unusual art! Telling about the process of my paintings is kind of a niche I found here on this blog site.

jeannette stgermain said...

Sorry I went out of order with my replies! Thank you for the encouragement, Betsy! You seem to have a teaching gift:)

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello, it's me again:)
Always a wonderful sensation inside my heart to see your ART!For me today it's a fabulous start for my day here...
Have a nice day there!

jeannette stgermain said...

Hello Leia, I was just thinking that I needed to post something again:) It makes me happy that you like to look at my art! Come back as many times as you want...

dragonwithin said...

Oh, yes, Van Gogh's edge has always been that captivating freedom of expression seen through the movement of the forms and colors he used in his painting. The stipling technique of Seurat, although engrossing, is a bit too structured to allow absolute freedom in the technical ways an artist can express his idea through images.

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, the movement seen in his paintings may have been a reflection on his inner self -If you read some things about his life, he was not exactly a middle of the road kind of person -everything he did was with a lot of passion. Thanks for visiting!

Terresa said...

To answer your question/comment on my blog:
I write very late at night while my 4 kids are asleep. I also write at red lights, while in the car wash, and in line at the grocery store.

PS: I found you through a blog roll, but now I forget which one.

I love literature and art related blogs of thought & substance; I'm happy to stumble upon yours.

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, you make use of any waking minute (I hate to stand in line -maybe I can start knitting there LOL)
Thanks for the compliment, Terresa!

dutchbaby said...

I love this so much. I'm with you when it comes to Van Gogh vs. Seurat. I think you definitely did find your own style. Beautiful movement and depth in this painting. I'd like to climb this hill and see what's on the other side.

Rick said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I enjoyed looking at your work as well. This one strike me as particularly interesting.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you -I know that you won't have any problems to express having an individual style, having Dutch roots yourself!

You're welcome! And thank you for visiting! Van Gogg's style is so well received that it is almost a temptation to continue in that style,
but I think it will in the end be miserable for myself if I don't follow my own path:)

California Girl said...

I very much like this. The Impressionists were always my favorites, dating back to high school. I was an art major but switched to English Lit in college. I did not like getting graded for art. It never made sense. Ah well, perhaps some day I'll go back to it.

Doowmée said...

Ton pastel des Pays Bas est tout simplement superbe :) je ne vais pas tout visiter ce soir, mais j'aime ta façon de traiter la couleur !
Bonne Nuit

jeannette said...

Thank you for your visit! Do you mean the pastel of the forest in Holland (the big header on top of the page), or do you mean this one that is in the style of Vincent van Gogh? The last one is an oil panting:)
I forgot most of my French, but yes, bonne nuit.