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?