New Watercolor Cityscape: Happy Hour

Mineke Reinders Happy Hour Watercolor Cityscape

“I don’t dwell on detail. When I see a jumble, I paint just that.” – John Yardley I remembered that comment by one of my favorite painters, John Yardley, when I was painting this lively street scene in Cambridge. No need to get bogged down with all the detail of figures and bicycles, just paint […]

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


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


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


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


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, […]