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, March 9, 2011


Beaverdam, 12 x 18 inch, Pastel, St.Germain

Even though I had a photo, I had to make decisions about a number of things 
My decision was to play up the yellow, red and green  colors
All the other colors had to fit around them.
It still made for a serene painting, because
there was still quite a bit of white and shades of gray

Design -wise:
It may work great for a photo, but for a painting 
it's kind of tricky to have three "horizons" on top of each other, in an oval frame!
 I lowered the bottom part  so I would NOT have the beaverdam 
cutting through the middle of my paper!

About Focus of Interest:

I had to choose what would be most important for me in my painting.  
I didn't think the grey reflections would pop, 
when there are so many colors in the surrounding areas 
- unless I would paint only part of this scene. 
I lowered the bottom part, so I could have the beaverdam  
and the reflection of the trees (not seen in the scene) as the focus of interest.

original pic of Becky and Gary at woodynookcreations

Did my painting decisions change the mood of the original photo?
What are your thoughts on it?


Kerry said...

I just photographed a beaver dam this morning, and the multiple horizon lines kind of wrecked my picture. Your photo and painting are much better.

DawnTreader said...

It is a beautiful picture Jeannette. I can see why you "cropped" it, for the balance and to get the focus where you wanted it. Compared to the original photo I get a sort of "squeezed" feeling because of the grass in the painting leaning more than it does in the photo. It reminds me of what happens sometimes when using cropping tools on the computer and not being steady on the hand (a change of proportions). But I didn't think of that until I saw the original photo.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Greetings Jeannette! So nice to hear from you and thanks for the nice compliment on Cedar Key.

I've been scrolling down your blogs, and I think they are both excellent...your photos are artsy but not pretentious and your paintings are delightful filled with color and whimsy and love of life and the earth!

My mother was an artist, and a good one. She lived and painted for years in Turlock, California.

I'll be back!


Cildemer said...

Love the photo and love the painting too;o You managed to render the reflections on the water very well and the colours are gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing;o)

Happy day, Jeannette****

EG Wow said...

Your work is beautiful!

Merisi said...

It is very interesting for a photographer to see how an artist crops a picture!
I really like the composition of your photo, but the painting works well too.

MarieElizabeth said...

Great "reflections" and use of the pop of red on the side. Beautiful.

Shadow said...

you are very gifted!

Randy said...

What a beautiful drawing!

Evelyn said...

Wow, I am drawn to the grey reflections. Great execution. Your pastel piece is brighter than the photo. Makes me think that it could be a scene from an animated movie... A magical place...

Betsy Grant said...

Ooo... I love this painting of Beaverdam. Your blog is always such a pleasure to visit Jeanette.

Rekha said...

This is incredible work...something I can never attempt.

Gerry Snape said...

jeannette...I've just pressed the follow button and joined those watching your grest posts of your art. really lovely pastels and paintings. Thankyou.

jeannette said...

Glad you like it:) The photo is not mine though -it's from woodynookcreations

That's the advantage of painting (and sculpting) that one can change anything:)

Jacob and Louise Anne,
love the ones who have parents that are artists - I might as well as talk to the artist myself!

Thanks for visiting here too!Like your blogs and your view of life!

Wherever I see a comment you've given (here and on other blogs), it's always uplifting -it's a great gift!

You're very observant:) I most of the time imagine "more" than the photo says:)

Marie Elizabeth,
I'm drawn to color, so I probably would not have painted it is that red splotch had not been there:)

Thank you -it's effort and determination 99% of the time:)

Thank you! Can't remember where you live, but in the US the call a pastel a painting (in Europe and elsewhere, it probably would have been called a sketch)

It's actually the first time I've had a gray reflection in my painting -thanks, glad you like it!

Thank you, friend:) You're always encouraging!

Never say never:):) It's a result of years of practice and trying!

Thank you for the "follow" and hope to see you here often!

Carletta said...

Well rendered! Lovely work of art!

Leovi said...

Execution and wonderful cake. I love the theme and colors. Greetings.

Alexandrea said...

Oh WOW!! glad I stumbled upon THIS blog!! I love art; painting, drawing, sculpting....all of it!! I've been dying to try pastels. I bought a set just recently. Now I just need to find a class, or a book.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your cute comments about the flowers.
You're Dutch?? WAY COOL!! I live in a town that is predominantly Dutch!! Tulips, windmills, little country's like a miniature Holland. :D
Have a good day!!

jeannette said...

Thank you, friend! Sorry I'm trying to catch up, lol

Sorry, I'm late. That coming from another artist, makes me feel food:)

O my goodness!If you have drawings before, you probably can get it on your own with a book:)
Thank you ror the "follow" of both blog pages, Andrea! Your enthusiasm is contagious:)

California Girl said...

ooooo, I haven't visited here lately. Have to go see all the art I've missed. LOVE this pond scene.

jeannette said...

California Girl,
Thanks and enjoy!

emszee said...

This is a nice painting! i luv it!if only i could have one of ur paintings...i luv the hues and color..looks pristine to me..

Seow wei said...

I like your beaverdam painting, it's beautiful.