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

Steps Mineke Reinders Watercolor 080820-2

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 […]

Closer to Home

Closer to Home: Forest Path - Mineke-Reinders-Watercolor-210720

I’ve started a new series: Closer to Home, inspired by the many walks I took with my daughter during the lockdown this Spring. While mostly confined to home, we were allowed to go out for essentials and to get exercise and fresh air. This limitation turned out to be a great opportunity to get to […]

Working in Series

Ankara 30 Mineke Reinders Watercolor 2020

Pick a theme Back in April when we were under lockdown, I started a series of small paintings based on a visit to Izmir, Turkey. I wanted to challenge myself to paint more often without getting bogged down with the search for subject matter each and every time. Picking a theme narrowed that down to […]

Exhibition update

Winter Sunlight Mineke Reinders Watercolor

I’ve been slowed down a bit by a family illness, but a new work update is coming soon. Meanwhile, I’m happy to let you know that an exhibit I’m part of at Museum Jan Heestershuis that was scheduled to open in March, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic, has finally opened. There […]