"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Goethe

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Petersburg

I'm ready to submit a painting of St. Petersburg to The Virtual Paintout.  It is a site with a very inventive way to challenge painters.  It gives you a map of somewhere in the world where you must find a Google street view and then paint it.  This month, it is St. Petersburg.  I am amazed at what the painters on there come up with.  I tried to find something that would identify the place of the painting, and I found St. Trinity Cathedral from across the river.  I had fun "walking" around looking for a painting because while I was in Vilseck, St. Petersburg was written on a list on a sticky note tacked inside my kitchen cabinet of places I wanted to see while I was in Germany.  I didn't make it there, but now that I've painted it, I've decided the wish list is not abandoned, it is just on hold.

The water was an experiment.  When I finished it, I thought, "That water is boring."  The next morning when I woke up, I thought--"Think Gauguin!"  Then, without any regard for ruining the painting, I put the patches of color you see here.  I decided I liked it much better.

The bridge in this painting reminds me of a green balcony and a green bridge in a couple of paintings I like.
The Balcony by Manet
Bridge at Giverny by Monet


  1. Hello Jeneen:) I don't think the water looks boring at all! The light blue coming thrue was a good choise. Like the water and the rest of the painting. Your bridge is great! Good job!

  2. Thanks, Renate. I didn't publish the painting with the boring water, but you made me realize that that was not clear in my post, so I added a clarifying sentence. Thanks, again.