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Tuesday, July 05, 2011


For Sky Watch
For Weekend Reflections

This is a thumbnail of the photo of Weaver of Grass
who gave me permission  to use  this photo that was
for some time as a header on her blog. I was mesmerized!
It reminded me of the time that as a young girl
I rode my bike
every day to school, the store, my friends...
in wind, in rain, in sunshine, beneath the clouds.
So I loved when there were tall trees beside the road.

In the beginning the tree trunks were just a few little sticks
But you can see with the reflection of the 3rd trunk on the right
I already made a mistake!

The colors of this painting were a cinch. 
Unexpectedly much more time was spent on keeping my ducks
(tree trunk, and tree crowns) in a row. 
For Sky Watch I'll have to say, painters call these "skyholes."

 Treeweaver, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 Pastel, St Germain

Weaving at dizzying speed
when I bike by
 trunks and crowns
waving with smiles
of contentment
What is the hurry
slow down your flurry
enjoy the shadowy leaves
after all we're in it for 
the fun of beating the sun
at its game and double up
in the reflections of the flow of water

On second look
I enjoyed every leaf, branch, trunk
I waved and smiled
for after all
next summer
the dizzying arrangement
of colors and mood will make me wonder
if I'm on the wrong road

© St Germain

My patience paid off - and just had to post my painting
(the signature on the left is not on the painting itself)



Dimple said...

Your finished work is beautiful! It's fun to see the process, also, and the mistake!

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze said...

Nice picture! If you like, join us on *PicStory* with all self-made stuff! LG Tina

Stephanie V said...

Good eye. That's exactly what the trees look like when you're whizzing by on a bike.

Rebecca said...

nicw work. I didn't see any mistake, so I guess that is why I am not an artist!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! Awesome job. I so admire painters. :-)

ewok1993 said...

you are so talented. what a beautiful piece you have done.

Kim, USA said...

Wow these painting is very beautiful so loving it!

How‘s your Independence day celebration?

Karen said...

Ohhhh...that's splendid! Beautiful work!

Rudee said...

It's an absolutely beautiful painting!

Betsy Grant said...

This is lovely, and so is the poem!

Nora said...

Very nicely done painting, Jeannette. It's interesting to see the process. I didn't realize so many colors were involved. Thanks for showing us.

Clytie said...

Oh Jeannette ... this is one of my favorite posts. I love seeing the process of creation from photo to finished! It gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes. The finished piece is so alive - and so beautiful!

jeannette said...

Thank you, blogfriends seem to like the process -even my mistakes:)

Thank you for the invite!

Thank you -you must like biking:)

If I would point it out to you with my finger, you would see it right away, Rebecca:)

Thank you, blood sweat and tears mainly, dear friend:)

Practice makes eventually perfect, but thanks!

Hope your 4th of July was great, as was mine;) Thanks about the painting!

Thank you, friend. Glad you like it!

To keep ourselves happy, we have to keep doing what we do best, you in knitting, I in painting:)

Thank you, the poem is an expression in words that I saw from the beginning in Weaver's photo.

Thank you! Do you work a similar way, Irene? Or differently?

Your words ecpress so much feeling and compassion Clytie. Have you ever thought of pastoring or being a missionary, or something like that?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Absolutely beautiful Jeannette - and such a clever title. The poem beneath it goes so well - I can just imagine you on the cycle path by the side of the canal. Thank you for interpreting it in such a lovely way.

Dianne said...

your painting is wonderful!
I love how you captured the real photo

chubskulit said...


Watery Wednesday at my page, ave a nice day!

Nora said...

I'm not nearly as observant as you are. I make everything up in my head. Everything is fantasy. I don't know if I could draw from real life. I thinks it's a challenge that you're more than capable of.

Shirley @ The Gardening LIfe said...

You are incredibly talented! Thank you for sharing today!

Heather said...

Just popped over from the Weaver of Grass to see your painting. It is a beautiful subject and you have really done it justice. I envy you your talent.

jeannette said...

Thank you, Weaver! In my childhood (in Holland) my bike got me places, and I loved roads with trees, because they were a barrier for the wind:)

Thank you, friend! It helped that the photo has a perfect design for a painting!

Thanks so much and have a great rest of the week:)

Wow, I had no idea -hope you make more use of your imagination -THAT is a talent!

Maybe I've spent an incredible amount of time in practicing:):) Thanks for visiting!

Thank you, and for visiting as well. Happy you like the painting! I love trees and never can paint too many!

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Beautiful finished painting - I love the way you interpreted the photo and seeing your work in progress. The poem that went with it enhanced the painting even more. great artistry
Johnina :^A

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post and paintings. Happy skywatching and have a wonderful weekend!

Sivinden said...

Fascinating! It can't be the easiest photo to paint, but you did it SO well - even the reflections in the water look natural.

Arija said...

Your painting is so evocative of the Loire canal.

jabblog said...

What a splendid easel!
I love your interpretation of the photograph - very peaceful and inviting.

Beth Niquette said...

This is just beautiful. I found you via Weekend Reflections.

I would like to feature your blog and artwork on next week's FATuesday Artist Spotlight.

Your artwork is magical.

jeannette said...

Thank you, Friend! For me the process has most meaning! But I understand that for the viewers the end result is what they like to see.

Thank you Friend! Hope your weekend is enjoyable as well:)

Thank you -it was fun and energizing to do it:)

Thank you so much, Friend!

I know I'm a spoiled girl with this easel:)
And this pastel is a piece of the UK (if you want to look up Weaver of Grass blog, she's on my blog roll(list) on the right side - just click on "show all" if you don't see hers)

Thank you so much! Heard from your sis on my other blog that you are a writer! I would be honored to be featured!

Beth Niquette said...

OOoh, THAT is who's talking! Our Mom is also a writer--she has a blog--so far I don't except for what I write about the pictures and artwork I put up.

Mumsie's blog addy is I know she'd love to hear from you, too. (grin) She does really good by email. I actually manage her blog for her.

Keep writing--I haven't done much of that for awhile--am just getting back into it myself.

((hugs)) Thank you for your kind comments!

James said...

You did an amazing job! The painting really good. At first I thought the water was a photo and sone how you painted the trees around it.

NitWit1 said...

Love the painting, especially the water. But loved how the various photos, etc preceding the painting reminded your of younger days and pursuits.

Lillie said...

Fabulous, loved how you have captured the reflections on the water.