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Monday, August 24, 2009


Last year I did a post on my daily life, so I thought to do one for this year, since every day is different!
Today my brunch is pancakes, the healthy whole grain kind, with banana and chocolate chips in it.

After breakfast I might go to the deck to look at my plants. My roses are gone (they grow in the front yard of my old house), but I have potted plants now, like this intense blue and pink hydrangea, and lilies. Kept my staghorn and geranium with a lemon smell (to keep the mosquitoes away).

Today I continue on the 22 x 30 inch pastel painting I began last week
where 5 artists, poets and a musician provided a day of contemplation
for people wanting some rest and peace, or figuring out what
they need to do next in life.
It is great to finally have enough space for my pastels
without having to add an extra table!

Then I interrupt my work to see the progress on the closet
(that you saw finished in the previous post),
custom made for storage of different sizes of paintings
by my private carpenter:).
Practical things really matter! Three spaces for the 24 x 30 paintings. Then, above that (still needs to be built here),
two spaces for watercolors, drawings and pastels, and on top paintings of 36 inches and over.
The more organized I am, the more time I have to paint.

I never cease to look for another spot to paint.
I'll stand almost anywhere for the right angle!
Sorry, in my baggy work clothes, folks.
This was taken at a fishing spot of hubby.

Today dinner is something easy: baked Tortellini.
I'll give you the recipe in one of my next posts.
Before or after dinner I 'll do my exercise walk.

If some time in the day or evening is left, I like to work on
one of my projects: to sculpt mother and child
out of this soap stone.
It is a relatively soft stone compared to marble.

I had my friends from Holland bring the soap stone,
which originates from Brazil, China,
and other countries, but is hard to find in the USA
and more expensive than in Holland LOL.
After one files the stone
into the form one wants, a wax is put on to highlight
the transparency of the stone. The only dreadful thing
is that you need to have a mask on, because when filing
the stone, fine dust gets into one's nose
and can cause sinus problems or worse.

Also a look on my computer to comment my bloggie friends,
or work on my next post
The end of a fruitful day.

PS I may be later with my next post, for I won't have
access to the computer. Have a great week,
bloggie friends!


crochet lady said...

Sounds like a great day! Breakfast and dinner look good.

Look forward to seeing how your sculpture turns out.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, good food makes me be in a good mood LOL
The sculpture may take a while before it's finished:)

Whitemist said...

y mom worked in soap stone and did wonderful work, I have not tried it and not sure if I could get 3-D correct at this time.
Pancakes and tortellini? Sounds wonderful.
But your roses are finished, mine still go!

jeannette stgermain said...

Aah, you have your artistic talent from your mother!This is my first piece - I saw it at a friend's house in Hol. and had to try it! we'll see...
I'm glad I took many pics of the roses, now I have to miss them!

Gaelyn said...

What a lovely day. I really like that pastel you're working on. I'll bet it's nice to have space for supplies. And dinner sure looks good. Can I come over?

I found soapstone in SW Oregon along the Illinois River. (I know that sounds weird.) But only in small pieces. I used to harvest and sell alabaster with a partner who complained about the rock dust. I believe soapstone is like serpentine, and also like asbestos. Please be careful about that dust.

Thanks for the delightful day. Made me happy, and I've been grumpy all day.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Wow that looks like a delicious pancake !
The flower is gorgeous, the blue jumps off the page at you.
So I'll be checking back for your recipe, I don't want to miss out on that one !

Lynette said...

Thanks for sharing your day with us Jeannette. I love your pastel work and the sculpture, they are both looking wonderful. Now that closet is something I would love to have, and you have your own personal carpenter too! :)

DUTA said...

You look a million dollar in the picture where you're trying to find a new painting spot.

The soapstone looks a bit like moher and child.

jeannette stgermain said...

It made me happy that this post cheered you up today! Never too much space for art LOL. Thank you for the warning about the dust - I didn't know anything until I read info., and my sense is that is the reason why my friend in Holl. has migraines -she didn't use anything for protection.
When reading up on it, it seems that several artists use both soap stone and alabaster. How cool that you used to harvest it:)
Of course you can join for dinner!

jeannette stgermain said...

Sure glad you have more time lately...I like your visits and comments!!! (hope it's not because you lost your job or something like that).
The problem with delicious pancakes is that I can't stop eating! I don't know how it is in the UK, but in Holl. one eat pancakes at birthday parties, it's not a breakfast thing like in the US - welcome back anytime!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Lynette, you are so good in taking a special interest in people (I'm glad I'm one of them!!)
I'm glad my personal carpenter thinks up solutions for my art - really needed in my downsized house LOL

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! That pic is my reality - I go sometimes to great lengths to get a certain angle on a view to paint - not a time to wear my Chanel suit (if I had one, LOL)

Duta, I was going to put it in my post that the soap stone project was mother and child:)...and then I forgot!

Olga said...

Lovely post :) I liked the dynamics :) The blue hortensia is so beautiful!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Olga - it would be interesting to know how the course of your day is:)

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

DEFINATELY share the tortellini recipe!

jeannette stgermain said...

Okay Gary, it will be done! (because you asked:) )

Rudee said...

You seem to be incredibly productive. I'd need a lie down about half way through your day!

Thanks for visiting my site.

jeannette stgermain said...

And you are saying that? Some of my friends are nurses, so I know their work load. And all the things I read on your blog you are doing BESIDES your work!
Always wanted to spin my own yarn, but never got to it. It's such a cool idea to do it all yourself, from the sheep to the finished sweater:)
Welcome any time here!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for inviting us for breakfast and a day with you! It shows that you are settling down, which is great! Thanks for your visit t my place and for the comment! I am glad that at least one blogger knows Frans Brüggen!!

Rosie said...

Well, I've enjoyed my day with you. You were creative & busy but relaxed too, food looks good - what a lovely day:)

Merisi said...

The mother and child sculpture, what beautiful shape already! The blue of the hydrangeas is intriguing, with all those hues of pink to violet. Thank heaven I just had breakfast, otherwise I would have gobbled up the tortellini and the pancakes. ;-)

jeannette stgermain said...

Figured that my life must go on, better sooner than later. And the rest of the boxes will be unpacked at some time! Yes, I love Fans Bruggen's music (sorry, no umlaut on my keboard!)

jeannette stgermain said...

Am glad you enjoyed it. Never a boring moment:) or, in other words, never enough time. But hurrying does not help!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks for visiting! Yes, I am especially jazzed with my hydrangea - it's my favorite kind of blue (and pink -I did not put this one in Photoshop:) )
Haha, you like to eat - so do I!