Hello All Seasons Bloggers



Loved looking and reading all of your summery and wintery posts!
Thank you so much everyone, for linking up even though you are having holidays, vacation and you’re traveling, moving, or have guests!


Wished I could go every two years to Holland, but since we have moved and I have painted 3 huge paintings, it has crashed our budget. Was not prepared for that, but I  do not regret having this  journey in painting.  I rather be passionate and “poor” than well-to-do and not doing anything significant. Fortunately, I live in a time of the digital camera, that can hold a huge amount of photos.



It was the first warm day of the year (not this year), at the end of May that I saw Kinderdijk with all the windmills for the first time ever, with a dutch Blogger (Wil Francois Wouters). These are not all the windmills there! They have a total of .. at Kinderdijk. Another time I’ll share the inside.
This is a site of UNESCO World Heritage. Wikipedia says the 19  windmills were built around 1740 (would not surprise me if it was earlier!)




Because about half of the Netherlands was won out of the North Sea, harbors are still busy, and boats are not only used for relaxation, but also to earn a living. This is in Muiden the province of Utrecht, in the town that belongs to the castle “Het Muiderslot.”




This was after my last workshop in Holland – in Heerhugowaard, a town not well known to tourists, but oozed with art endeavors on the main square.  Am standing outside to take a few shots of the inside.



Oil, 24 x 30, Put Up Your Sails, © StGermain
That weekend I painted this for the people,
since I felt that they had all the tools and creativity,
but had not put up their sails, so to speak

(the significance is that one can have the most fantastic boat, and all the gadget tools, but if one does not take the initiative to put up the sails, it’s just a nice decoration – not what a boat was made for!)

In this workshop weekend I was able to pant in the bold and heavy lined style/approach  that is really “me.” Some times  I change styles if I think  an audience , can otherwise not understand what I paint. Some artists do not agree with that standpoint, but since it’s not my purpose for my name to be in a history book, I can do whatever I want:)
Artists  see my approach as a mix of impressionism (van Gogh – broken light waves) and cubism (Picasso’s round and abstract shapes) .





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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Enjoy your good memories of Holland 🙂

  2. Debbie Smyth says:

    A lovely post Jesh. Those windmills are wonderful, and I loved your Put Up Your Sails oil – beautiful, and a great message

  3. Jackie says:

    Thank goodness for digital we can take as many photos as we like. I so wish we had had digital when we were younger and especially when I started travelling. Film was so expensive!
    I love your sails painting! How I would to be able to do that.
    Be yourself!

  4. kenschneider says:

    You are very creative. I admire that you are being true to yourself.Loved the windmills and reflections too!

  5. The blue reminded me of Chagall, Jesh. I like the bold colors and strokes.

  6. Angie says:

    Jesh – those windmills are so picturesque – would love to see that in person one day!!! I love your Put up Your Sails painting, and its significance. It is frustrating to me when you can see people not maximizing their potential!!! Enjoy your week ahead and thanks for hosting!

    P.S. I saw your email about people in their 70s – I hope I did not offend anyone! LOL

  7. Jeanna says:

    I just love Put Up Your Sails, I love the sentiment, colors, contrasts, textures. You are so talented. Will try to chat more but my mind is mush right now.

  8. I have visited Marken, Volendam and the windmills in the Netherlands… stunning view!
    Your painting is very meaningful… thanks for sharing.

  9. jesh stg says:

    Thank you -(how may I call you, by the way?) excited I found out about your love for art! So, the comment about my art, I cherish!

  10. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Debbie – doing (painting) these kinds of things make me excited -there is a purpose in painting/art and it’s much more than the aesthetic!

  11. Great post! Very interesting. I need to get over there someday. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but who knows?

  12. I love art and music. I am less interested in sports. Thank you for hosting All Seasons. BTW: my name is Luisella.

  13. jesh stg says:

    dear Luisella, have much in common with you – also, no sports, lol

  14. Those windmills are just beautiful … and your words made me think of Reader Wil in the Netherlands…. i haven’t seen her blogging for a good long time and hope she is ok. Your paintings are always so creative and beautiful; thanks so much for sharing — and for hosting.

  15. betty - NZ says:

    That’s always been a place I wanted to go, so thanks for giving me a glimpse! Your painting is wonderful.

  16. Have a good day, Jesh! 😉

  17. I’ve seen the windmills in the first photo when we visited on our tour. Breathtaking. 🙂

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