Everything is better with a cat…

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A home without a cat — and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat — may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title? — Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) On the summer solstice, a little ray of light entered our home in the form of a cat. We decided to call her […]

IWS Holland Watercolor Exhibition

Mineke Reinders - La Serenissima-watercolor-mat

The first part of this post is in Dutch for the benefit of my friends in the Netherlands. Please scroll down for the English version. Aquarel Expositie Het Weefhuis, Zaandijk Na lange tijd hebben we het groene licht gekregen voor een expositie van werk van de leden van International Watercolor Society Holland. Het Weefhuis, Lagedijk […]

Who’s Afraid of Phthalo Blue?

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Until now, that is. For the first painting in my new series, Gardens, I wanted a strong, bright green that only a mix of phthalo blue and cadmium yellow light could produce. It proved quite satisfactory – and the rest is history. I’ve not only overcome my fear of phthalo, but I’ve developed quite a […]

Lodewijk Napoleon


The Lodewijk Napoleon is a café in downtown Assen, not far from where I live, where I’ve enjoyed many cups of coffee and the occasional beer. The inside is just as lovely as the outside. The café is named after Louis Napoleon – the younger brother of the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte – who was king […]

On and Off (line)

Ankara Blues Mineke Reinders Watercolor

First of all, I want to thank everyone who sent me feedback on my last post. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts. Since the start of the pandemic and the lockdown in the Spring, I’ve been concentrating my efforts primarily on my online presence, since that was the only […]

Out of my comfort zone

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Two things collided this week to propel me out of my comfort zone. One was the continuing heat wave, which made me long for winter. The other was a post on Facebook by contemporary Dutch watercolorist Kees van Aalst, who is a master of abstract realism. If you’re an artist, and especially a watercolorist, go […]