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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


6 1/2 x 9Watercolor, St.Germain
A pretty view in San Diego, in watercolor, with flowers growing behind and over the gate. As you well know from a previous post, I love iron. 
This small watercolor looks a deceptively easy, but it is not! The reason is the vantage point and a 3/4 angle of the gate. This means that lines converge at the horizon, even though one doesn't see the horizon in the painting.

I did not fill in the red color of the roof tiles, since red is an overpowering color, and would take the focus away from the gate and the blooming plant.

Everything is not yet in place at my new house , so the photo is somewhere floating around in my house.  The same kind and close up of the flowers of this tree, you see here below.

Sitting under this  tree, taking time to think, taking a break, a rest to contemplate about the old and the new, drinking in  the surroundings...Life may have its twists, turns and even its ugly sides, but life is beautiful and worth enjoying.


Reader Wil said...

The painting is really very lovely! Thank you for your visit! From France I wish you a very nice week!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! Ah, there you are! Have a great time there:)

VioletSky said...

I may have said this before but, not being an artist, I really appreciate your comments about your work and how it was created. It makes me appreciate them that much more. And helps me to look at drawings and paintings in a more informed way, which also means I now look at them more than just glance at them.

jeannette stgermain said...

You make my day! That's exactly the reason that I do not want to make my blog an exclusive artist blog! I like to pass on what others have taught me:)

Protege said...

I really love your style. I only paint with oil; water colours are very difficult I feel.
The violet colour, or almost blue, brings back memories of summer and my beautifully blooming clematis. As I write this, the wind howls through the chimney and winter is approaching here.;)

Shaista said...

Dear Jeannette, I love this painting, the sheer delicacy of it. It is absolutely the kind of world I want to climb into, ornate iron gates with green climbing things are very Secret Garden, very magical. I like the light touch of your work as always.
Don't read my latest blog post -it will make you cross :) Mum disapproves of it, as it has the words 'carcass' and 'death' in the poem!!
My hair is just fine thankyou, it has hung on, and I am going to grow it, and grow it, like a magic tree in one of your paintings :)

Gaelyn said...

I love the way the simple roof line just frames that wonderfully wild garden. The gate is right on. Another exceptional scribble/doodle.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! I have had, and still have plenty of misses with watercolor - it IS more difficult because one always sees the layers underneath - my remedy is to go v-e-r-y slow, LOL!
Feel sorry for you (that is, if you like hot weather). - this weekend the prediciton is in the 90ties weather - so much for Fall:)

jeannette stgermain said...

I could see you make a poem of this secret garden!! Am glad you are well enough to answer my comment. Even though I didn't write you, you were almost every day on my mind. I want you to get healed, dear Shaista, and do a lot of art!!:)
Great that your hair has survived it!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, Gaelyn! With paintings like this, it's always tricky - to know when to stop. Too much information is boring:)
PS That wild garden looks somewhat like my living room right now, LOL!

Dimple said...

I like the watercolor a lot. It has just enough detail in the right places.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I like it Jeannette. That plant we have here too and is called a Potato Bush as at night, especially in winter, it smell just like boiling potatoes.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks Dimple, I finished this watercolor at home. If I would have finished it plein air, it might have had less detail:)

Rosie said...

I like your watercolour very much. I like the delicate colours and the way the tendrils of the tree branches weave across the iron gate and towards the lamp on the wall. From your photos the tree looks very pretty - just the sort of tree to sit under to think and watch the world go by:)

jeannette stgermain said...

How interesting! Of course, I don't know how it's called here LOL

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Rosie. This painting style is very natural to me.
It seems the older I become, the more romantic and contemplative...sometimes:)

Gaston Studio said...

A lovely painting Jeannette, and I agree with you about omitting the red roof tiles.

BTW, love your new header!!

Beth Niquette said...

You painted the watercolor? Wow! I've tried them and cannot do anything worth looking at. What a talented person you are!

Contrary to the blog crap detective (who also dropped by my blog last week), I find your blog to be a fabulous example of the expressive heart of a very talented person. I enjoyed every word, your artwork is amazing, and your photos fill my eyes--which is the greatest compliment I can give anyone.

Have a wonderful week!

jeannette stgermain said...

If it would have been an oil painting then maybe I could have included the roof in a muted red.
Thanks Jane, I had fun trying that out!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Beth - it really takes a loooong time to get good at watercolors! I had plenty of time for that because we like to visit bookstores who have a cafe, so I end up doing a small watercolor, by looking out the window.

It sounds like the crap detective deposits his poison on every blog of certain blog lists. Hope someone will find an effective method to get to him! (maybe massive prayer? or, angels??)

Paula said...

I've just come back to blogging myself, nice to hear from you. I hope you're all settled in and enjoying your new surroundings.

jeannette stgermain said...

Hi Paula,
Didn't you do a photoblog before of Pensacola? If so, welcome back! Anyway: welcome. Pleeease, put some more info on your profile page (are you working, retired, what interests, etc.) - I am by nature curious (but not the gossiping kind, LOL)

Eleanor said...

I love wrought iron gates and your little watercolour is perfect! That tree/shrub looks suspiciously like the African potato bush, an indigeneous South African plant with well known medicinal qualities.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Eleanor,
Joan said the same about the tree/bush:) Which medicinal qualities does it have?

dutchbaby said...

This watercolor is fabulous! I love how the tendrils of the vine meander across the painting.

I'm crazy for ironworks too; it's one of the reasons why I love New Orleans so much. I did a post just on its ironworks here:

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, I'm glad you like the watercolor. I'll look it up on your blog!