New Watercolor Cityscape: Sunday Walk (Bielefeld)

Mineke Reinders Sunday Walk Watercolor Bielefeld

In Germany, people like to get together on a Sunday for Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake or pastries), either at someone’s home or at one of the bakeries that are open on Sundays for this purpose. Our favorite in Bielefeld was Knigge. Weather permitting, it’s always nice to go for a walk around the neighborhood […]

Breezy Spring Morning

Breezy Spring Morning

Here’s another scene from Bielefeld, Germany, where I lived from 2010-2012. This pleasant street was right around the corner from our temporary digs during the second year of our stay. It was a lovely neighborhood not far from the Altstadt (the historic downtown). Available through Galerie Drentsche Aa A note about materials: The sky is […]

Promise of a Summer Morning

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I’m working to get this website GDPR-compliant before May 25th, so this is going to be a short post 🙂 The watercolor above shows how even the humblest places can offer moments of beauty. An alley in one of the poorest parts of Ankara on a clear summer morning, with abundant sunshine throwing lively shadows […]

Early Morning on the Charles Bridge

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You have to get up pretty early to catch the Charles Bridge devoid of crowds, which is exactly what I did one day during our visit in 2012. When my family was living in Bielefeld, Germany, we took the opportunity to revisit Prague. We’d been there once before, in 1996, just seven years after the […]

A new painting and a new brush

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I splurged on a Jackson’s Kolinsky Tajmyr Sable # 12 from Jackson’s Art Supplies and couldn’t wait to try it out. This watercolor was done entirely with that brush, which is not the way I usually work, but I wanted to see what it could do in terms of washes, dry-brush, detail, etc. One painting isn’t enough to […]

Memories of Germany: Two New Watercolors

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Back in the early 2010’s my family spent two years in Bielefeld, Germany. For some reason, memories of that time kept coming back to me in recent weeks, and they found their way into my paintings. The first scene (above) is a typical street in Bielefeld on a bright, sunny day. Nothing spectacular, but when […]

Workshop compositie in aquarel maart 2018

Workshop Compositie in Aquarel met Mineke Reinders

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH Compositie is de grondslag van je schilderwerk. Daarmee staat of valt het als het ware. Een sterke compositie geeft je de vrijheid om je werk naar eigen smaak en voorkeur in te vullen. Dit geldt voor alle media, maar zeker voor aquarel, omdat je in aquarel maar beperkt kunt corrigeren, […]

Visitekaartjes Opening Reception

Mineke Reinders Visitekaartjes Paterswolde

If you follow me on Facebook you may have already seen my post about the opening of the exhibit “Visitekaartjes”, but since this is going out to my subscribers by RSS newsletter tomorrow, I wanted to post here as well for those who have – perhaps wisely – chosen not to live the virtual life […]

Visitekaartjes: an exhibit of miniature paintings

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For English please scroll down. Visitekaartjes is de titel van een expositie van kunstwerken op miniatuurformaat, die a.s. zondag van start gaat bij Galerie Paterswolde, Hoofdweg 161 in de gelijknamige plaats. Aan deze expositie nemen maar liefst 160 kunstenaars deel met ruim 800 kleine, maar fijne kunstwerkjes! Van mij zijn er een zestal werkjes in […]

A room with a view in Toruń, Poland

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From the hotel room where we stayed a few years ago, we had a view of this charming Art Nouveau building in the center of ToruĹ„, Poland. It was a bit of a challenge to draw, because I didn’t have any photos of the entire building, so I had to cobble it together from photos of […]

Painting tiny little paintings

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For an exhibit later this month entitled Visitekaartjes (Calling Cards), I’ve promised to deliver six miniature paintings. The size limit for these is 100 cm², which translates to 10×10 cm for a square or 8×12,5 cm for a rectangle (for the metric impaired, that’s roughly 4×4 or 3×5 inches). In other words, really really tiny! […]

Day 31 – Inktober 2017

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I discovered this really fun little building in Groningen yesterday, and couldn’t wait to draw it. I only had a tiny sketchbook with me, and besides it was raining, so I decided to take a few photographs and retreat to the comfort of my studio… So, without further ado, here’s my final effort for Inktober […]