domenica 18 dicembre 2011


" H A P P Y   C H R I S T M A S " 


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martedì 13 dicembre 2011

blogger award - special thankyou to Irina

My blogger friend Irina Ирина Рехвиашвили  awarded me with "The Verstile Blogger" a while back please have a look at both Irina's art and photography blogs  Irina painting and stuff  .... as part of the award I have to  pass the award on and highlight 15 bloggers and their blogs ..a belated thankyou Irina !
as part of the award I also have to include 7 facts about me

I pass the award  of  "The Versatile Blogger Award"  on to  the following wonderful 15 bloggers and artists :

Junkar's Cardesin's  The creative bug
Jeanette Jobson's ILLUSRATED LIFE
Neomi Gonzàlaez's  Pintar Acuarela
Fernando's blogs and
Carlo's  DIBULOS - Calos Leon Salzar
Jala's blog Jala pfaff
Sandra's Sandraws
Lucinda's Colbalt Violet
Tito's Blu Oltremare
Jamilia Alladin's Passion for Art
Javi's blog
Hilda's blog
Jean Haines Watercolour with life
Jean has started great monthly challenges ..the Christmas challenge sounds fun !

7 facts about me :

...I'm a Piscean ... I love water
..."less is more"  .... one of my favorite quotes
... one of my favorite watercolour books I've read this year is  "Painting from the Heart" by Barbara Nechis.'s been a wonderful experience this year to be invited as a parent and volunteer to both of my daughters schools  to give "art lessons in English"  - to 6/7 year olds and 12/13 year olds. of the most exciting things to happen to me this year as a result of my exhibition was to be asked to teach watercolours here in Italy .
...Wish I could go back to UK more often was a treat to see David Poxon's Watercolours at the Mall Galleries in November . "Pots" is an incredible painting .... the exhibition Discerning Eye was fascinating is a link to read more.
 I'd love to see this collective watercolour exhibition if we were in UK over Christmas .... " The Magic of Watercolour", an exhibition at Christmas , London . I've recently discovered Geoffrey Wynne's blog who is one of the  artist exhibiting's a link to Geoffrey's site , a few of his superb paintings and details of the exhibition.
...I've been enjoying  designing Christmas Cards for the last couple of weeks.

Thanks again Irina !

martedì 6 dicembre 2011


"christmas tree"
watercolour sketch
montval  canson
24 x 32 cm

"golden bread"
montval  canson
24 x 32 cm

....with Christmas in mind......a couple of quick sketches /ideas of pandoro which is a traditonal Italian sweet yeast bread  popular at Christmas time and New Year . Both sketches are from memory ....the top sketch hopefully gives the idea of a pandoro cut in the form of a "Christmas tree" with the star sections - one on top of each other dusted with icing sugar ...the bottom sketch shows a simple pandoro covered with icing sugar which is meant to resemble the snowy peaks of the Italian Alps

domenica 4 dicembre 2011

100 +

"100 +"  
watercolour washes 
fabrinano 300g/m2

recent watercolour washes / swatches carrying on from 100 washes challenge ...hooked.

venerdì 2 dicembre 2011

dog portrait - initial study

golden retriever
dog portrait 
watercolour study
32 x 41cm Fabriano 

....wanted to share one of my first attempts of  a dog portrait ....I painted this study about five years ago ,  with the initial "wet in wet" wash adding some detail "wet in dry" , at the time I took the advice of a good friend and  artist to leave it as it was at this stage and just enjoy it as it was it was left unfinished without adding darks and further details  ...the owner of nina loved  this initial study so much  I gave it as a present to her.
 I have recently been looking at old portraits and pet portraits studies and sketches as i've decided to take a "portrait course" with London Art College  ....hope to post a few of the exercises  ... busy drawing eggs at the moment ! ..the portrait course will be a difficult challenge for me.  

martedì 29 novembre 2011

Vote for your favourite Wash Paintings on 100 Wash Challenge

here's an extract from Maggie's post  :

By now you all know that our journey with 100 Washes is over, and I would like to thank all the participating artists and all our followers who have left encouraging comments throughout the year.

It has been a wonderful journey for Jane, Olivia, Theresa, Vandy, Christy, Suzanne and myself who took part in this challenge, and I know many of us are continuing our washes journey on our own blogs.........................

..........The poll will be open for voting until December 31st 2011, after which I will tally up the votes and each voters name will go into a hat and the lucky name pulled out will receive fourteen greeting cards (two winning images from each blog participant) showcasing the wash paintings with the highest number of votes.

All blog participants and followers/blog readers may vote, but only followers/readers will be entitled to win the set of greeting cards.......

Happy voting !

My best wishes to everyone and happy voting!


To Vote:

lunedì 28 novembre 2011

Watercolour Exhibition in Verona

 "Ponte Pietra"

L'Acquerello Oggi AIA
12 - 27 Novembre 2011

Sunday 27th November was the last day of AIA's collective watercolour exhibition in Verona  -  L'Acquerello Oggi AIA
It was good to have the chance to visit Verona at the weekend and see the exhibition . I especially enjoyed seeing a few blogger friends work on display ... you can see photos of the exhibition and their paintings on their links below.

Jane True Colour's
Floriana Quani AQUALUNGA

It was also the first time I've seen actual paintings of two artists work I admire Lughi Meregalli and Lughi Zucchero
Lughi Meregalli  - there are several photos of the exhibition and Lughi Meregalli demonstrating at the exhibition on his facebook page
Lughi Zucchero 's

There where many other beautiful watercolours from abstract to botanical.

mercoledì 23 novembre 2011

white sheet - watercolour course

"white sheet"
32 x 41cm
watercolour course
inspired by "step by step" of Marina Marcolin

posting  my  painting  from this week's watercolour lesson with Marina Marcolin working from a photo in a 2 hour session ..... "wet in wet"  "wet on dry" 

lunedì 21 novembre 2011

single rose bud

"single rose bud" 
watercolour study
32 x 41 cm  Canson Fontenay

a simple watercolour study of one of the last rose buds .... painted from life with no initial pencil sketch .

lunedì 14 novembre 2011

chestnuts - castanea

watercolour sketch


watercolour sketch  
painted from life  - section of painting above

martedì 8 novembre 2011

walnut tree - initial watercolour wash

"walnut tree "
 initial watercolour  wash 
Arches 300g/m

more walnuts  ....enjoying the freedom of painting  just  watercolour washes ... painting from life , no pencil ...the colours seems even brighter with the continious  rain and grey skies ..paper is still wet so it will dry alot lighter.... "wet on dry"  "wet in wet" .   

leaf sketches - walnut leaf

" walnut leaf " 
watercolour study 

a simple quick watercolour study of a single leaf  no pencil " wet on dry"  "wet in wet " 

"walnut leaves"
watercolour sketch

another quick sketch no pencil ...initial wash .  

lunedì 7 novembre 2011

walnuts - noci


Canson  Fontenay
 32 x 41 cm 
watercolour study painted from life 

.....the walnuts are falling from our trees ....  this is one of  a few studies I painted before hulling them . 

sabato 5 novembre 2011

nespola - nesploe - medlar fruit

300g / m 2 Fabriano
watercolour study  painted from life 

300g / m 2 Fabriano
watercolour study  painted from life 


 38 X 48 cm Arches 300g/m2
inspired by Marina Macolina "step by step"  

...sharing my painting from this week's watercolour lesson with Marina Macolin.   

giovedì 3 novembre 2011

lunedì 31 ottobre 2011

watercolour wash # 100

watercolour wash # 100 
" a section of  my daughter's abacus" 
painted may 2010

Posting my last watercolour wash  # 100  ! ...from the  ONE HUNDRED WASHES CHALLENGE  .... a huge thankyou to my fellow "washers"  Maggie ,Suzanne ,Theresa, Olivia ,Vandy and Christy .... I feel as if I've only just started this challenge ...will miss all of  you.  I hope there will be a similiar challenge in the future.  

A very special thankyou to Maggie Latham who had the initial idea for this challenge ,setting  it up and bringing us together as a group on this joint challenge's been so inspiring and I have learnt so much with you all  ...wishing Maggie all the very best for her new personal challenge of 1000 Washes.

venerdì 28 ottobre 2011


I'm dishearted it's just been brought to my attention a crop of one of my paintings of poinsettas "Stella di Natale"  has been posted today  and used by a blogger the link is below's very sad to see someone posting your artwork and saying they have painted it ...I ask  why ? and  What is the point ?
Copyright is an issue .....

I used my painting of "Stella di Natale"  Poinsettas  last year for e-mail cards and  a limited number of printed  christmas cards.

here's a copy of laurie's post with my painting of poinsetta's cropped

home made books and foggy mornings,

This is a painting I did a couple of weeks ago,, I was puddling around with Christmas card ideas.This is so very Christmas predictable isn't it.
I want something much more,,, mine.

my original post : 


"stella di natale" poinsettias

12 commenti:

Kat Farmer ha detto...
this is beautiful, great wet in wet, lovely and christmassy...
Jean Haines ASWA ha detto...
STUNNING JANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jane minter ha detto...
kat thankyou so much ... happy christmas! jean THANKYOU !
Stephie Butler ha detto...
I loved this the minute you posted it in your sketchbook Jane...One of my favourites of yours, perfect in every way... Stephie
jane minter ha detto...
a big thankyou stephie
devotedmomof7 ha detto...
I love this!! I tried a poinsettia and it was not showable to! Your combination of loose and crisp edges is perfect. I really love the composition, too. It looks like you've used several types of w/c approaches, positive painting, negative painting... GREAT!!
jane minter ha detto...
cheryl thankyou ... this was one of many sketches and studies ... will look out for your poinsettias
Annaquarel.les ha detto...
That's a lovely watercolour! Wonderful! Merry Xmas!
Priti ha detto...
Wow these are beautiful, also like the maple seedheads. excellent work.
jane minter ha detto...
just got back from uk ..thankyou so much anna ..have just admired your paintings and blog thankyou priti for your lovely comment ...happy new year to you both
Jala Pfaff ha detto...
So beautiful...Okay, I'm going to stop leaving comments now because I want to say "beautiful" on every one. If I could paint in watercolor, this is how I'd like to do it.
jane minter ha detto...
jala :) that's such a lovely thing to say .. i'm very much a beginner ..i love the medium ... i'm sure you would paint beautifully in watercolour.