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 check out Kees’ blog, which is full of the wisdom gained from his years of experience. Most of his articles are available in both Dutch and English (and I’m happy to say I translated the majority of them).

As I said last week, I felt the need to shift gears a little, so I’m interrupting the Closer to Home series for a few small watercolors with a winter theme. I always want to paint snow in a heat wave… I also wanted to get away from the degree of realism and tight rendering that I felt myself slipping into. Unless you’re firmly dedicated to either realism or abstraction, there’s always a tension between the two, and you have to find the place on the continuum that suits your artistic temperament.

I’m not ashamed to say that a lot of my attempts at abstract realism went straight into the trash. You really have to push through your inhibitions and be willing to fail if you want your work to grow and change. In any case, here are a few of the ones I’m happy with.

Winter World Mineke Reinders Watercolor 080820
Winter World Watercolor, 13×18 cm
Hush Mineke Reinders Watercolor 120820-2
Hush Watercolor 13 x 18 cm

I’d love to hear your opinion – leave a comment below or send me a quick email if you’re reading this in your inbox.

Till next week,
Mineke

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