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 23, 2010

PORTNER'S SHED -First watercolor 20 YEARS AGO

my bare beginnings of the small oil...
of a fun-filled weekend in Big Bear Lake at 9000 feet: 
a girl from a flat land in the mountains.
Get the whole story and pics of the painting on my main blog on Wednesday

A comeback to art after 20 years.
First time in water color
A new rendition in oil (because I could not find my original after our move)
Decision which kind of  background to focus on:
bare or more natural

©  11 x 14 Oil, Portner's Shed, St. Germain

-the shed is on a slight incline
-what was so effortless in watercolor (the snow covered branches)
was the most challenging for me in oil!
See the double doors are slightly opened?
- had to tweak the sun rays on the doors several times:)

-Almost finished
sorry for the color distortion!
In reality the white is more white
and the yellow in the tree 
on the left is a brighter yellow


Betsy Grant said...

What a great comeback. It looks like you never left!

jeannette stgermain said...

thank you, Betsy!
While reading your post on creative flow, I thought it's interesting we artists need different states of mind to get the creative dork done.

When I started learning the skills in watercolor, it was pure tenaciousness what kept me going (because my hands couldn't do yet what my eyes saw).

knittingdragonflies said...

I love this, I can't paint or draw, this is beautiful. Makes me want to get my coat on and hike on over

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, Vicky, can knit and spin!!
Ready to brave the cold of 9000 feet?

Diane AZ said...

I love the simplicity of the original, but am intrigued by the negative spaces in the new version. Maybe the original will turn up sometime.

bARE-eYED sUN said...

stopped by to say hello . . .

hello. :-)

we enjoyed both versions, but are we being rude when we say that we
LOVE the watercolor?
not intentionally.
we prefer watercolor in general.

having said that, the advances in your work ARE notable. good job!

we'd like to use the oil as a desktop for awhile, is this okay?

as we read your post and comment about going from flatlands to highlands, we were transported to our recent visit to Galena, Illinois - the only hills for miles around. yes, disconcerting. :-0

thank you for sharing your work.



jeannette stgermain said...

Sorry, I added to the text to not mislead my readers :) -the first one is the beginning in oil. At the time I did the watercolor, I had no idea I would ever go back to painting, so I didn't make a pic of it -very regrettably now!
Glad you see the progress made!

Bare-eyed Sun,
Sorry for the disappointment not being on higher elevations:(
Don't mind at all, I like Honest! But, it you read the comment to Diane, it is the beginnings of my oil...
I'm honored that you want to use this painting on your desktop -so go ahead!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Because you are like the art, please have a look here STAR!

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm so glad you alerted me to your post -thanks! I had a great time viewing it!

dutchbaby said...

Very nice - especially the snow on the branches. Thanks for pointing out the barn doors being ajar.

Anonymous said...

so pretty.. lots of memories for me just looking at this painting.

Regarding my Hapa Sock Monkey.
It is made of two pair of socks, cut of various shapes and sewn together.. NO knitting pattern was involved.. It was great fun..
hugs, Darlene

jeannette stgermain said...

Sorry I haven't been on here for a few days because of an art event. Thank you, friend! On my main blog you can see the pics for this painting - although the painting is my own interpretation of it;).

Dancing Mango,
Yes, the shed has similar memories for me! Oh, thank you for the explanation -I remember now that one of the blogs a while ago the whole process of making the sock monkey was posted -how forgetful I am:) Was it your blog? A hug from Miss Forgetful:)

A Lady's Life said...

I always loved a cabin in the mountains surrounded by trees covered in snow.
There is nothing like it to enjoy. :)
Nice picture.

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, I see green with envy of people who own a cabin in the mountains (on second thought, then I would have to take care of it...may be not!)
Glad you like the painting!

Lynette said...

What beautifully rich paintings, I love both the oil and the watercolor Jeannette! You can really feel and taste the cold frosty atmosphere in these!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Lynette -you're not doing badly yourself in painting frosty scenes!! I love them!
Sorry to disappoint you -I couldn't find my watercolor that I painted of this spot, so I painted an oil instead (20 y. later). The first pic is just the beginning of the painting.