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Monday, January 26, 2009


My Blog post "REMEDY FOR THE COLD" actually belongs here, but it ended up underneath this post - sorry, don't know how to change this!
As a side note, I am referring to the magazine where I got the instructions from to knit the FINGERLESS MITTS, but you may find them in any knitting, or even crocheting magazine right now.


WHICH FLOWER IS YOUR FAVORITE? You would be amazed which flower men choose as their favorite!
Flowers have personality! I didn't know this till I began painting this collection, just because I had one odd size of canvas for a year in my storage. 24 x 24 inch- what do I do with it? I looked at my coffee table and a rose was just at the point of wilting. Hmmm, never painted a flower in oil. If it doesn't turn out, I can always paint over it, I thought.

But all the while through the process of "Latebloomer" (the pale pink rose), I was arguing with myself that I was not a flower painter, and that I didn't want to go in history as copying Georgia O'Keefe, whom I greatly admire.

My arguments didn't seem to help, because when I looked at the painting, I thought, I have never seen an artist who paints flowers in an unusual form, in this style. One of the petals that had curled under, almost looked like an ear. To my amazement, this painting was done in 2 days.

I had no awareness that from my neighbors, strangers, even on the job site of my hubby, and a lunch store flowers would come(all during that time, without any prompting from me), and that I would feel compelled to paint the flower. This stint would last till I had painted about 15 flowers.
The last one of this period (the branch with orchids, given to me by the lunch store on Mothers Day) I called Daybreak, for I felt painting them had launched me into a New Day.

The branch with fuchsia colored orchids(Daybreak) and the 3 Calle lillies are 24x36 inch;
By the way, by the third flower I threw my questions and arguments away and started enjoying painting these flowers immensely!


Reader Wil said...

It's a very beautiful slide. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.

jeannette stgermain said...

I must thank you too, and you beat me to thanking you :). Already for a few weeks I had been trying to put a slide on my blog, because of these paintings, and I was never successful, until I went to your blog and saw yours. So it tried it out again, and it worked! So, thank you-it made my day!!

Cedar said...

I am a fan of the sunflower.

GutsyWriter said...

You've worked hard on this collection. Beautiful paintings. Some evoke more emotion than others.
The stargazer has amazing colors.

jeannette stgermain said...

Cedar, some friends gave me a mixed bouguet with 3 fiery sunflowers (not the huge yellow ones) like these in it - gorgeous!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you - I have wondered after your comment about evoking emotion, if viewing the flowers in this way, may change that person's opinion about their favorite.

BryM said...

Honestly, there aren't many flowers that I do NOT like! I think they are a huge mood lifter...if that makes any sense?

jeannette stgermain said...

O yes it makes perfect sense to me, because I think that we are innately wired to love beauty. But this is beauty without make-up or blitzy dresses, or fanfare - they are the "real" celebrities (I live an hour from Hollywood)!

jeannette stgermain said...

P.S. to BryM - by the way, thanks for following my blog!

Scriptor Senex said...

The blur iris is my favourite but I may not be representative of men in general! I have a whole collection of Irises in the garden and it's the only flower I can recall painting.
(Thanks for visitng my Words blog)
Kind Regards,

jeannette stgermain said...

Scriptor Senex, the bluish colors (French ultramarine) of this iris are actually my favorite colors to paint with (other things than flowers)-and they often think it's a man who painted :).
Are the irises in your garden all purple, or do you also have yellow ones?
thanks for following! jeannette

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

hey, I think I found you, you visited me yesterday, yes? I love your pictures! Wowie! Let me look around here. I shall add you to my blogroll indeed... :)

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, that was me, Gary -thanks for adding me. Glad you like my blog -i'm not such a prolific writer as you are though - I do well if i get a blog out once a week (otherwise I can't paint :)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for your visit.Have a great weekend!

Rose Haven said...

Hi Jeannette...

My name is Jeanette, too (spelled with 1 "n"). There is another JEANNETTE at Sincerely Yours!

Your flower paintings, especially the roses and the iris...are fantastic.


jeannette stgermain said...

To Rosehaven,
Wow, I know what you mean - I seldomly meet people with the same name as I. I'll go back to your blog soon, you have so many things going on there! cheers for all the good you do!

jeannette stgermain said...

Gary, I hope I gave you a response to your comment - I probably did it on your blog - have another splendid artsy day!

Michelle said...

I love the Iris, the Sunflowers and the Lillies.

Beautiful contrasts.

I find painting flowers to be a lovely distraction dont you.

jeannette stgermain said...

thank you Michelle - left a comment on one of your paintings. the iris is my own favorite, but I haven't told anyone on the blog yet, because I wanted everyone to feel free to put in their own favorite (haha, still psychological -can't resist it).

VioletSky said...

I love your slide show - never knowing which flower will show up next! And seeing so many flowers is wonderful at this time of year! The sunflower is my favourite painted flower. I have a collection of sunflower prints and fabrics around my place and I have them in pots on my balcony in the summer. But the iris is my favourite flower and your rendering of it is beautiful.

jeannette stgermain said...

Glad the sunflower and iris are your favorite -for both paintings I had to solve several what you call "painting problems" -but it was worth it and would do it all over again! Thanks for visiting!