Old House with Red Flag

Another week and it’ll be September – where did the summer go? Well, part of it was spent hunkered down in a heatwave (I don’t do well with sweltering temperatures), and we have been preoccupied with my daughter’s search for a place to live in Utrecht (shameless plug to my Dutch friends: if you know […]

A few more paintings inspired by Summer Art Event


A few weeks ago, I painted plein air in the villages of Balloo and Loon as a participating artist at Summer Art Event, organized by Galerie Drentsche Aa. I took reference photos of the places I painted, but I also took a few photos of places I didn’t paint then and there, but that I […]

Showing and Painting my Way through Summer

Summer Art Event - Schoolmaster's house Loon - watercolor - Mineke Reinders

Art Fair Westerbork On July 1st, I did my first art fair. It was a home game of sorts, as I was born in the municipality of Westerbork and my mother still lives there. It was an enjoyable, though very windy day. My booth was easily the most ‘Zen’ of them all, in part because […]

Coming attractions: Summer Art Fair Westerbork, Summer Art Event Balloo

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Last week I sent out a special email to my Dutch subscribers about two upcoming events: the Summer Art Fair in my hometown of Westerbork on July 1st, and the annual Summer Art Event, a plein air painting event in Balloo, the weekend after. I’ve been told that July is a slow month, but it’s […]

A few thoughts on framing watercolors

Two watercolors framed

I’ve been busy framing some watercolors for a gallery – framing them not in the traditional way with a mat and glass, but mounting the paper onto a panel, protecting it with Renaissance wax, and putting it in a float frame so it can be enjoyed without annoying reflections. I often feel that the glass […]

New painting: Along the Old Canal


On a visit to Utrecht with my daughter last week, I had some time to wander around by myself, which is one of my ultimate joys in life. While strolling around the canals, I spotted an art supply store and of course I couldn’t resist! I went in thinking I might buy a cheap sketchbook, […]

New watercolor painting: Memory Lane

Mineke Reinders - Memory Lane - watercolor 25x35 cm

The subject of this painting is literally a trip down memory lane: these houses and alleys have been torn down to make room for new dwellings in an updated environment. Not a bad thing, I’m sure, as the old houses were in bad shape. Still, I can’t help feeling a little nostalgic about this old […]

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 […]