domenica 16 dicembre 2012

textures - watercolour + ink



© JANE MINTER
"watercolour + ink"
textural swatch

  ...... watercolour wash with black rotring ink added and then blue rotring ink 

sabato 15 dicembre 2012

domenica 9 dicembre 2012

CORSO DI AQUARELLO - WATERCOLOUR COURSE in ITALY


© JANE MINTER
CORSO DI AQUARELLO SETTIMANALE
con JANE MINTER
OTT - DIC 2012
Aula Civica
Comune Di Schio 
SCHIO Margè
Veneto
ITALIA 


WATERCOLOUR COURSE with JANE MINTER
OCT - DEC 2012 Civic Hall Comune di Schio SCHIO  Magrè Veneto ITALY 


Si sta concludendo un corso di una lezione settimanale di acquarello a Schio. Ho  insegnato ad un gruppo di acquerellisti meraviglioso e pieni di entusiasmo. Questa settimana è l'ultima lezione e vorrei ringraziare di cuore tutti i partecipanti e le persone che hanno collaborato all'organizzazione.  
A presto Jane .

Since october I have taught a weekly watercolour lesson to a wonderful group of Italian artists full of enthusiasm . This week is the last lesson and I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart  and everyone who collobrated in the organisation  of the course.




venerdì 7 dicembre 2012

blues



© JANE MINTER
"blue+ purple" 
watercolour wash 
wet in wet initial wash 
24 x32cm 
 cold pressed "NOT" CANSON FONTENAY


© JANE MINTER
"blue + purple" 
section of watercolour wash
cold pressed "NOT" CANSON FONTENAY



.....posting an initial "wet in wet"watercolour wash . 



lunedì 3 dicembre 2012

ivy branch ii



© JANE MINTER
"ivy branch ii"
watercolour study 
24 x 32 cm 


work in progress ...posting another study of ivy branch ! ... I often paint quite a few studies  of the same subject... I wasn't happy with the intial wash but decided to carry on working on it as an exercise to explore the subject more. .

ivy seed head sketch



© JANE MINTER
ivy seed head" 
watercolour sketch 
painted from life

........a small loose watercolour sketch of ivy seed head  in jam jar painted on offcut 

lunedì 26 novembre 2012

ivy branch



© JANE MINTER
"ivy branch"
ivy seed heads 
watercolour study
24 x 32cm  


.....posting another small watercolour study of the ivy branch with seed heads .....painted from life

domenica 25 novembre 2012

ivy seed head



© JANE MINTER
"ivy seed head"
24 x 32cm 
watercolour study
painted from life  


.....the beautiful  clusters of ivy seed heads caught my eye this week  ...i'm posting an initial study of a single ivy seed head.

sabato 24 novembre 2012

textures - watercolour + salt



© JANE MINTER
"watercolour + salt"
detail of watercolour wash 
© JANE MINTER
"watercolour + salt" 
section  of watercolour wash 


....posting another salt wash ... i used fine table salt here with  lots of water ....."washing off" some areas where i had already applied salt  and re - applying salt and pigment in other areas.





sabato 10 novembre 2012

carrube




© JANE MINTER
"carrube"
carob pods
 "ceratonia" 
32 x 41cm 
 watercolour study painted from life 


..... the dark carob pods have started falling from the trees

mercoledì 7 novembre 2012

olive branches



© JANE MINTER
"olive branch i " 
watercolour study 
32x41cm
painted from life ...no pencil


© JANE MINTER
"black olives" 
close up of "olive branch i"
watercolour  
painted from life ...no pencil



© JANE MINTER
"olive branch ii" 
watercolour study
32x41cm
painted from life ..no pencil




© JANE MINTER
"black olive" 
close up of "olive branch ii"
watercolour
 painted from life 


November marks the.time for olive harvest in Italy ....the olives are ripe and "olive picking season" has started ....posting a couple of  the watercolour studies of olive branches I painted this week  .

martedì 6 novembre 2012

glazing techniques in watercolour



"orange + blue"
watercolour wash 
based on glazing exrecise from 
"MASTERING GLAZING TECHNIQUES IN WATERCOLOUR" 
by Don Rankin 


"yellow + red + blue" 
watercolour washes
initial glazing exercises 
 from 
"MASTERING GLAZING TECHNIQUES IN WATERCOLOUR" 
by Don Rankin 

....whilst I was parpicipating with 100 washes challenge Maggie Latham recommended an excellent book  "MASTERING GLAZING TECHNIQUES IN WATERCOLOUR" by Don Rankin .


I'd  like to thank Don Rankin  for his  kind permission to post my initial glazing exercises from his book "MASTERING GLAZING TECHNIQUES IN WATERCOLOUR"
below is the link to his website.

Don Rankin's website : 




lunedì 5 novembre 2012

ART and ARCHITECTURE



video

" Façade"
MUSEUM BRANDHORST 
MUNICH GERMANY 
designed by SAURBRUCH HUTTON architects 
 photos showing  glazed ceramic rods 
photos by JANE MINTER  NOV 2012 


....sharing a few photos I took of  the dynamic and innovative  façade of Museum Brandhorst which we visited this weekend . The design of the façade is considered as a work of art in itself.






 Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto :

 the current exhibition "Revolution" shows a series of  incredible nocturnal seascape photos by photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto
http://www.museum-brandhorst.de/en/exhibition-preview/hiroshi-sugimoto.html







Artist CY Twombly :
"The meaning of the work is in the doing of it"
CY Twombly


The museum houses a large collection of CY Twombly paintings which were fascinating to see
http://www.museum-brandhorst.de/en/collection-brandhorst/cy-twombly.html






MUSEUM BRANDHORST 
photo by JANE MINTER  NOV 2012 


















lunedì 22 ottobre 2012

Blogosphere


© JANE MINTER
"secateurs"
"forbici"
32 x 41cm 
pruning sheers painted from life - 2010


I've been blogging for 3 years this month .... I'd just like to say a big thanks to all my fellow bloggers who follow my blog and take the time to leave comments .

A special word of thanks to the following bloggers for mentioning my blog in recent blog posts :

Many thanks to artist and writer  Katherine Tyrrell MAKING A MARK  for kindly mentioning  my blog on her post yesterday "WHO'S MADE A MARK THIS WEEK " . Katherine writes  a number of very informative and  interesting blogs which you can find links to on her blogspot  http://makingamark.blogspot.it/


The other week  French arist  Anne Le Maitre Blue de Prusse  who illustrates and writes the most beautiful travel logs showcased my blog . Please look at  her delightful  blog http://alm-bleudeprusse.blogspot.it/where you can find all her publications.   I love how Anne captured the Spire -Benigne on the cover of Djon carnet d'artiste . ...thankyou once again Anne  .




© Anne Le Maitre
"Dijon canet d'artiste"
Travel log



And Lastly :

I'd also like to thank artist Bix Nash who runs the watercolour challenges on www.idrawandpaint.com for mentioning my blog as a reference for the recent challenge for experimenting with textures .  Bix is currently  running an autumn watercolour challenge for this month .
Bix Nash  runs painting holidays in France you can find her facebook page France Painting Holiday otherwise  www.francepaintingholiday.com
   

domenica 14 ottobre 2012

Spaghetti



© JANE MINTER
"spaghetti"
watercolour study 
56 x76cm 
Fabriano Artistico
...box of spaghetti painted from life 

sabato 13 ottobre 2012

dry dock ii




© JANE MINTER
"red + yellow + blue" 
waterline ii
dry dock inspiration ii 
watercolour wash
32 x 41 cm 

.....so much work is involved in maintaining and painting boats .Many of the weathered boat hulls in the dry docks are similar to works of art in progress.

dry dock



© JANE MINTER
"red + blue" 
waterline i
dry dock inspiration
watercolour wash
32 x 41 cm 

....inspired by boats in  dry dock  I 've started to work on an idea for  a series of paintings based on photos I have taken whilst wallking around  a boatyard.

domenica 7 ottobre 2012

discarded




© JANE MINTER
"discarded"
 found  empty shotgun catridge - birdshot catridge 
watercolour sketch 
still life 

martedì 25 settembre 2012

orange rose hip



© JANE MINTER
"orange rose hip" 
watercolour study WIP 
32 x 41cm
painted from life with no pencil sketch

.....posting  a  quick initial wet in wet study WIP painted with a large  flat brush 2" /50 mm .


mercoledì 19 settembre 2012

lunedì 17 settembre 2012

venerdì 14 settembre 2012

SMALL WORKS CHALLENGE with Maggie Latham


 © JANE MINTER

  © JANE MINTER 
 © JANE MINTER  

 © JANE MINTER  
"Garganega"
white grapes
A6 Format
Plein air  sketches 
September Small Works challenge 
SMALL WORKS CHALLENGE  by Maggie Latham  

Start of a new challenge 
if you wish to join in with the challenge below are the links to Maggie's blog and facebook group


....posting a few of my first plein air sketches and washes from Maggie's  SMALL WORKS  September challenge .
The white grapes "Garganega" turn a beautiful golden shade when ripe ...with the sketches i tried to capture the colours  . I made an inital flat wash of raw sienna on a large sheet of paper before sub-dividing the sheet into A6 format to make 16 small plein air sketches in the vineyard. It was extremely hot so I had to work quickly with mixed results.




mercoledì 12 settembre 2012

toothbrush



© JANE MINTER
 "toothbrush"
 "spazzolino da denti"
watercolour
24cm x 32cm
....painted from life with no preliminary pencil sketch

lunedì 27 agosto 2012

Ionian islands - plein air sketches




© JANE MINTER
Ionian Islands - Greece
section of sandstone rock formation 
watercolour plein air sketch 
24 x 32 cm



© JANE MINTER
Ionian Islands- Greece
sandstone cliffs
quick watercolour plein air sketch 
24 x 32 cm



.... a couple of watercolour plein air sketches from a recent sailing trip .... we sailed from Montenegro along the Albanian coast to the Ionian Islands - Greece . The clear turquoise waters with the sandstones of the Islands are striking . I found the formation and patterns of the sandstone incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Sketching on deck is challenging as the boat is always in continuous movement !



lunedì 30 luglio 2012

textures - watercolour + gesso + tissue



© JANE MINTER
"watercolour + gesso+ tissue"
textural swatch ii
18 .5 17 cm 
maimeri acrilico Gesso  + W&N watercolours + tissue paper 

.......... another small texture swatch experimenting with watercolour on gesso collaged with tissue paper 

thankyou cynnie




"peary nice"
greeting card 
by 
Cynthia Scheizig 
galerie 46

 I wanted to thank fellow blogger Cynthia for her beautiful little pear card which arrived last week! Back in June Cynthia  posted a  "give away" Peary Nice greeting card on her blog : galerie 46 which is a wonderful way to exchange art and ideas. I hope you take time to look at Cynthia's blog . 

domenica 15 luglio 2012