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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Please scroll all the way down for Midweek Blues, Watery Wednesday and Weekend Reflections -thank you!

Sure am glad not to have to lug heavy cameras, lenses, tripods and what have you to get my "pic" or scene, but am still lugging around a lot of stuff. 
In the coming weeks I'll show you some of the daily life decisions I take every time I paint. Most of them have to do with that I paint most of the time somewhere else than at home.

My pastel tote: 10 1/2 (long) 14 1/2 (wide) x 9 inch deep
A Flambeau product - 1/800/232-3474)

My most organized toolbox is my pastel tote. Love it: a LOT goes in there. Five bins for pastels.
Room in the side pockets for pastel pencils, a graphite and eraser and sharpener for my pencils AND a bigger battery operated one for my pastels.

 you see, it really all goes in there!

On the other side: baby wipes (why? pastel can really stick to your hands and get under the nails)  or my water bottle. It not only opens at the top, but there are zippers to open from top to bottom on the front side.Flat front and back pockets I use for more pastels and pencils. (Of course, one can use this tote for other things than pastels)

The shoulder strap that belongs to this one is kind of unhandy for me to walk with, so I use the handle. In my other hand the pastel paper, and am ready to  go!
My Midweek Blues contribution, hosted by Rebecca at

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

 Lucky for me I did not have " to go" for this one! When I saw this Beaver dam on Becky's ( blog, I was so taken with it, that I asked her permission to make a painting of her pic. That was somewhere in Oct. 2010. Last week I finally got around to finish it. Sorry, when I tried out the link it did not work, but it does come up when you type the URL in manually:)

Thinking about this week's Watery Wednesday and Weekend Reflections, oh joy, my pastel  painting really fits in what 2sweetnsaxy at http://  (no. 128) and James at are asking for..

* P.S. Since I just posted Late Bloomer on Art Notes, I'll post this one next week on there with its Notes


J Bar said...

Great work.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

ewok1993 said...

that's a dreamyb painting.

Stephanie V said...

What a great idea to recreate a photo in your own way. There are some wonderful scenes in the world that you may never see.
Those of us who haven't ever seen the photo get to appreciate the scene through your eyes. And with your link, we may make a new blog friend. Nice!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow. What a beautiful painting. For a moment I thought it was a photo. I had to click to view the larger image to see which it was.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

You make so lovely paintings!

Lesley said...

beaver dams are amazing feats of determination!

dogsmom said...

I am impressed both with your talent and with your organization. And I should add your capacity to carry!

jeannette said...

J Bar,
Thank you, Friend!

The photo looks also very dreamy:)

Since I have my blog, I have seen such awesome scenes that I did away with my previous rule to only paint the scenes that I saw with my own eyes.
There's just not enough time to make a world trip:)

Thanks -my pastels have that realistic effect. When you look on my 2nd blog page Art Notes, you'll see the different styles I do.

Thanks so much! Bytheway, I love your name:)

It was actually the beaverdam that I couldn't stop looking at it:)

It's funny, the more organized I am, the more "room" my mind has to create. I should add something very important: usually hubby carries half of my stuff, lol!

EG Wow said...

Well your work is worth it! You are so talented!

Becky and Gary said...

Jeanette, This is just awesome, and a perfect likeness! I LOVE it, and I will do a post on it come Spring time and surely use it. Of course I'll give you the credit. Very well done. You wouldn't recogonise that area now. There is a large ice jam on the creek, and the beaverdam no where in sight.
Thanks so much for posting this. It's beautiful and oh how I wish it were that time of year again. Becky

Carletta said...

A lovely scene captured beautifully! I love the colors in this!

Rossel said...

that's a beautiful painting. thanks for sharing. i love sketching landscapes too.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your painting is lovely and your organization awesome!

GrammyMouseTails said...

lovely! colors are tranquil. I also like your header of hubbys pic at Balboa park. I was there once during a visit to my son & dil, but there is so much to see, and much missed.

Greyscale Territory said...

A handy little bag for carrying all your needs on your painting adventures! A happy bright blue! And adore the lovely colours in your paintings!

Luna Miranda said...

it's a beautiful painting. i need a bag just like this one!:p

Watery Wednesday
Midweek Blues

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm delighted by your ideas!
Hey I love the header picture, congrats to your husband.

Rosie said...

Looks like a good sturdy and useful bag for carrying all your things around in. Your pazinting of the photograph is wonderful! Love the reflections:)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I love to dabble in paints too. [some of my artwork is linked on my sidebar] Your work is amazing!!!

INCOMING!! -ocean wave action Plus a dolphin

Do stop by, if you have time, to visit - hope your day is terrific.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hi, nice post. Thanks for visiting me and your nice comment. I am German and from Ansbach.

Cecilia Artista said...


NitWit1 said...

I had an aunt who did pastels and let me try one which I still have.

Your resource bag seems would be as heavy as cameras but pastels are not quite as heavy and you can pack more of them, I bet.

Rebecca said...

Wow, that is a lot to tote, as much as a camera nut like me would tote!

DawnTreader said...

What a beautiful painting Jeannette.

Becky and Gary said...

Hi, it's me again. If you could send me your email address, I'll send you a pictue of what that area looks like now.
Hope you are having a great day.

Midwest to Midlands said...

Hobbies do come with their baggage, but it is something we are willing to do for a passion. What do you do with your finished paintings do you sell them in a gallery?
By the way, I have been pampering my hubby:)

Jim said...

I love your 'Beaver Dam' pastel.
What will you do with it? It would look so good in a hallway or a study. :)

Reader Wil said...

The Beaverdam is very good! I love it! The colours are superb and the composition is brilliant.
Thanks for sharing.

jeannette said...

Because your pics are superb, your view on it is significant to me:)

Becky and Gary,
Glad you love it! And what you said about the change in this scene, may exactly be the post you're looking for (just a suggestion - whatever is good for your blog, go for it!)
Yes, we're all looking forward to warmer weather:)

Thank you, Friend!

Thank you for visiting, and I'll go to your blog soon!

Thank you for your visit - when I organize i feel more inspired:)

Thanks for your visit. Balboa Park is a place to go back many times without being bored!

You make my day with your adoration of the colors!

Luna Miranda,
It's very practical for any kind of hobby or little items to organize!

Thank you! -I'll pass it on to hubby -I haven't convinced him yet in seeing how fabulous his pics are (great example of a stubborn Dutchman!- living in Luxembourg you may have heard of them by now:)

Thinking about the landscapes you post, I hope to make it one time to your neck of the woods:)

Art is a great way to relax, de-stress, and to be happy isn't it? Will look soon!

Oh, how I miss the German (breakfast) brotchen sometimes, and the Kartofflen Salat, and the Bratwurst, not to mention Kaffee Klatsch!!! Remind me again where Ansbach is... (near which big city?)

Andrea said...

Hi Jeannette, i just followed you comment somewhere where you said you lived in Indonesia. Maybe you might want to see my posts about Yogya and Sola when we visited Borobudur last month. I loved the colorful becak and doors in Solo. You have a very beautiful painting, and i am awed at your work. But may i ask who is St. Germain in the label?

Cildemer said...

Coucou Jeanette!
Love your Beaver dam pastel! You've done a great job!
Thanks for sharing;o)
And your pastel tote seems very functionnal to carry your things and go to paint outside! Hope it isn't too heavy tough!

Have a happy week, ma belle***

jabblog said...

I love your painting of the beaver dam. How lovely to be able to paint so very well what you see.
It is often said that left-handed people are artistic as well as good at sport.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Jeannette,

Oh, my. You work is exquisite. I really enjoy your whole blog. I am your newest follower and am putting you on my sidebar under the "Art, Crafts..." category so I will remember to check back often.

Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my seagull photos.

Take care,


Francisca said...

Your Beaver Dam pastel is lovely, Jeanette. And how well you organize your tools in that bag.

[You asked me if I had any travel plans some weeks ago, and I just found out I'm leaving for EU next week for a long project! Don't know how much blogging I'll get to do, but I am certainly bringing my camera!]

jeannette said...

You live in such a beautiful area -hope to get to go there sometime ( (no. 54 of my bucketlist,lol)

Hope you get to do more pastels:):)
The tote looks heavy because I took the pics from the side, but it about as heavy as my backpack, or the camera without the tripod or special lenses.

Like I said to Nitwit, about as heavy as the camera w/o extras!

Thank so much, Friend!

Becky and Gary,
Thank you again for sending the email! It's crazy, I don't recognize it!

So true - don't know any hobby without the "baggage" -luckily, it's happy baggage!
A gallery charges 40% of the price (I think that's too much) and I don't have the patience to commit to a coop where the artists share in being responsible for selling (I am not good in retail businees), so I sell my painting on my website, but I'm planning making a new one where I can be in charge of doing the changes (so it won't cost me for each change in putting up paintings - don't know if Etsy Shop would work for me, since the prices on the ones I've seen are too low for most paintings...decisions, decisions:)

I so agree! Let me know if you are interested in purchasing it, or getting a fine art print of it - smooth paper or canvas) and I'll email you

Reader Wil,
Thank you Wil! With a pic so lively, it is easy to do any painting of it:)

Thank you for your visit -I'll go and look:) St.Germain is my artist name.

Andrea said...

Hello St Germain, i'm here again. I just asked that because St Germain is close to my heart, esp during meditation. Are you familiar with the violet flame? BTW, you asked for the dates i posted my Indonesia post. We were there on 21-27 Jan, 2011; so i posted 3 posts in early February. Thanks for dropping at my blogsite too.

jeannette said...

Thank you, dear Friend! Yes, I'm happy with my pastel tote - actually it's about the same weight as a backpack:) Have a great weekend!

Thank you! It's practice, practice..!
You guessed it, I'm left handed, but I'm lacking the hand-eye coordination needed for sports:) Enjoy your weekend:)

Thank you! I already emailed you back -enjoyed your weekend:)

Guess it depends on where you are in EU to get internet connection, but...hope you'll come back with a lot of pics! Have a great trip!

Looking forward to the story about St.Germain...enjoy your weekend:)

jane said...

my god you are talented...

Linnea said...

That's really cool! It must be so rewarding to be able to produce a lovely piece of art like that! Thanks for visiting my WW post. Have fun!

Clytie said...

I love your tote ... am addicted to them myself! I love to bring whatever project I'm working on with me when I am waiting in the car (am only driver for 7 adults, so I spend a lot of time waiting in the car). I usually grab a shopping basket and put my various containers in. But this would be perfect. I must keep my eyes open for one!

As for your pastel ... I love your work, and this one is no exception. In fact, I think it is one of my favorites!

Love and Peace, my friend!

Clytie said...

Oh, I almost forgot ... you asked what size my gazing ball is. It's quite small, just a bit larger than my fist. (Shhhh, actually I'm not really sure it's an actual 'gazing ball' ... but that's what I use it for!)

Meri said...

Lovely interpretation for Weekend Reflections. Your blogs are interesting.

Martha Z said...

I do wish I had your skill as an artist, I'll just have to accept my limitations and stick to my camera.

Inger-M said...

That's a very practical bag! And your painting is beautiful!

Dani said...

Awesome painting. and I love your bag.

Thanks for the visit on my blog. GZ has many parks as well and you need more than a week to enjoy them fully.

Happy weekend.

Dani said...

Awesome painting. Love you bag.

GZ has many parks as well and you need more than a week to enjoy them fully.

Happy weekend.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice!!!
Patrick Tillett, Extremely Overdue

Woody said...

That's an incredible painting!!

James said...

That is really beautiful! Great job!

jeannette said...

Looking at your blog, me thinks you have some too:)

After hard work, yes, it is satisfying to see the results: Welcome here any time!

Clytie 2x,
Happy you like the painting! Thought I got this tote at Joanne's World...Oh boy, had no idea you have hardly time to yourself!
Oh-uh, where one should NOT go on first impressions:):)

Thanks so much! And also for visiting:)

Remembering your pic of the frozen Bridalveil's fall, you have plenty of talent yourself, friend:):)

Thank you! Since I have a smaller house now, organization has become more urgent:)

Thank you twice! Never enough time to see all the beautiful things when on vacation! (most important on that trip was to see the sights with our son).

JM said...

I believe this is the first time I see a Beaver dam on a painting. Lovely!

arabesque said...

hi Jeannette, looking at your inspiring painting, i wish i could take sometime off from the oh-so busy world and paint or draw something to ease off my tension. ^0^
thnx for sharing this, it's vraiment wonderful! ^-^

jeannette said...

Thank you! Am glad you like it, Friend!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thank you for the compliment!

Like to be know for that! (for being the first one to paint a certain painting:) )

Life and you are worth it to make room for the things you LIKE to do! Hope you do:):)