martedì 17 dicembre 2013

HAPPY CHRISTMAS - BUON NATALE


©  JANE MINTER 2013

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and CREATIVE 2014!

"made by hand"  .....a  busy week prunning our old vines and  making Christmas wreaths with the beautiful long branches of the grape vines ...... wishing  all  my blog readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year ! 

©  JANE MINTER 2013


martedì 10 dicembre 2013

mercoledì 4 dicembre 2013

greek antiquity ii


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"MUTULE" 
Greek Antiquity ii
watercolour 
FABRIANO  FINE GRAIN 
32 x 41cm

continuation of exploration  of Greek Antiquity #2  , Olympia  .. simple rhythm  and texture of a mutule .

Mutule
Rectangular block under the soffit of the cornice of the Greek Doric temple, which is studded with guttae. It is supposed to represent the piece of timber through which the wooden pegs were driven in order to hold the rafter in position, and it follows the sloping rake of the roof. In the Roman Doric order the mutule was horizontal, with sometimes a crowning fillet, so that it virtually fulfilled the purpose of the modillion in the Corinthian cornice.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_architecture


 note : sorry the quality of the image is darker than the original


mercoledì 27 novembre 2013

lunedì 25 novembre 2013

hegdehog puzzle


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"hedgehog puzzle"
small timber hedgehog puzzle by sculptor John Spielman
painted from life 
A4 watercolour sketch 

childhood memories.... a quick 10 minute sketch of a small timber hedgehog puzzle by sculptor John Spielman.

venerdì 22 novembre 2013

pink + orange - spindle berries



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"spindle tree branch" 
spindle berries i
initial watercolour sketch  
painted from life
22 x 38cm Canson Montval 


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"pink + orange" 
spindle berries iii
watercolour wash
"wet on dry"+ "weti n wet" + "cling film" texture   
A3 Canson Montval 



work in progress......initial watercolour sketch and one of a few watercolour washes I've been working on  inspired by the vivid autumnal colours of the berries of the spindle trees

mercoledì 20 novembre 2013

pre-alps - sketch


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"pre-alps"
Fabriano Artistico  
GRANA FINA - COLD PRESS
23 x 30.5 cm 
 watercolour sketch


posting a small section of a recent watercolour sketch of the pre-alps

sabato 9 novembre 2013

olive oil - olio di oliva


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"olive oil"
olio di oliva 
Fabriano Artistico  
GRANA FINA - COLD PRESS
23 x 30.5 cm 
watercolour sketch
 painted from life


martedì 5 novembre 2013

opening


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"opening"
prelimaninary study 
watercolour wash 
Cansons Fontenay
32 x 41cm 

a preliminary study working from memory and exploring washes inspired by large openings of the sliding industrial doorways of many façades on my recent trip to France .

domenica 3 novembre 2013

mercoledì 23 ottobre 2013

empty bottles


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"empty bottles "
watercolour 
Fabriano Artistico 300g/m2
23x30.5cm 
watercolour study painted from life


giovedì 17 ottobre 2013

salt cellars


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"salt cellars"
watercolour 
still life
Cansons Fontenay
32 x 41cm 

 ...watercolour study of small salt cellars painted from life ....once again the quality of the image uploaded is not very good  sorry .

lunedì 14 ottobre 2013

dove cote



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"dove cote"
SAINT LOUP  LAMAIRE - CHICHE POITOU - CHARENTES - FRANCE
watercolour demo 
Cansons Fontenay
with special thanks to Bix Nash 
for the reference photo

 A view of an enchanting dove cote in Saint Loup Lamaire from one of our many visits to beautiful local villages and towns during my workshop last week at France Painting Holiday  ......a week was far too short !


FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY
JANE MINTER'S WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP 2014
 DATES : 14/09/2014 - 20/09/2014

I'm delighted to have been invited back to Bandouille for next year as guest tutor if you'd like to join me 
for further information please contact Bix Nash at

domenica 13 ottobre 2013

old enamelled ladle


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"old enamelled ladle " 
still life 
watercolour demo painted from life 
an exercise in negative painting  
Cansons Fontenay


 ........one of the painting demos I painted last week gifted to Bix and Drew after my workshop at France Painting Holiday.... a small  enamelled ladle which is treasured item of  Bix 


FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY
JANE MINTER'S WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP 2014
 DATES : 14/09/2014 - 20/09/2014

If you would like to join me next year at Bandouille FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY I will be guest tutor week commencing 14th September 2014
for further information please contact Bix Nash at


 http://francepaintingholiday.com/ 






giovedì 10 ottobre 2013

BANDOUILLE - PAINTING AT THE MONASTERY - FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY - GUEST TUTOR JANE MINTER 2013



Bandouille - FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY  - 2013

A heartfelt thanks to Bix and Drew of  France Painting Holiday
for hosting my recent watercolour workshop in France held at their beautiful home Bandouille .  I hope the short video of photos taken during the week gives you an idea of the idllyic setting of Bandouille , trips to local villages and towns  and a glipse of  "work in progress" in the studio during the week  . A special thanks to all the wonderful  guests Melissa Giovanna and Cristina . I so enjoyed  painting with you all and Bix .

You can follow Melissa's posts on her holiday at Bandouille on her blog.http://theslipcover.blogspot.it/2013/10/monday.html



FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY
JANE MINTER'S WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP 2014
 DATES : 14/09/2014 - 20/09/2014

I am very happy to announce I have been invited back for next year as guest tutor
for further information please contact Bix Nash at
 http://francepaintingholiday.com/ 











lunedì 23 settembre 2013

Classical Order


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"classical order" 
Greek Antiquity # 1
watercolour 
Cansons Fontenay
32 x 41cm

Exploration  of Greek Antiquity ...initial watercolour wash inspired by the rhythm of the doric columns in Olympia. 

giovedì 19 settembre 2013

car keys


© JANE MINTER 2013
"car keys"
 watercolour study 
painted from life
AQUARELLE CLAIREFONTAINE 
crop of 30 X 40cm 




lunedì 16 settembre 2013

old keys


© JANE MINTER 2013
"old keys" 
 watercolour sketch
AQUARELLE CLAIREFONTAINE 
30 X 40cm 

.....initial unfinished watercolour study of an assortment of old keys painted from life .  Studies are  often just a starting point.. I'm sharing this recent study  as I really liked the effect created by "washing off"  areas of some of the old keys ..I had to stop at this point . 

mercoledì 11 settembre 2013

pink


© JANE MINTER 2013
"pink"
japanese anemone
plein air watercolour study 
painted from life
SAA SAUNDERS WATERCOLOUR JUMBO PAD 
1/4 IMP NOT




WORKSHOP IN FRANCE  

If you'd like to join me for a painting Holiday in France there are still a few places left for full details please visit :
or



martedì 3 settembre 2013

Hydra Island - Greece


© JANE MINTER 2013 
"pink+white"
 bougainvillea
Hydra - Greek Islands - Greece
Saronic Gulf Greek Islands
SMALL SECTION OF ROOF LINE VIEW FROM BAY 
watercolour plein air  sketch 
A4 CANSON MIX MEDIA watercolour - acrylic

............sharing another small plein air sketch from our recent travels in Greece.






lunedì 2 settembre 2013

Peloponesse - Mani Peninsula - Tower Houses



© JANE MINTER 2013 
"Mani Tower houses"
Mani Peninsula- Peloponesse  - Greece
view from Porto Kayio
watercolour
A4 CANSON MIX MEDIA watercolour - acrylic


......a quick plein air sketch view of  Tower houses of Mani  painted from our anchorage . Once we reached the protection of a small bay I was eager to sketch  these incredible ancient ManiTower houses .... it's very challenging  painting on deck whilst anchored your view point changes continuously .

sabato 31 agosto 2013

Olympia



© JANE MINTER 2013
"PHILIPPEION"
OLYMPIA
PELOPONESSE
GREECE 
on-site freehand pencil sketch 
moleskine pocket notebook 

......a glipse of my "visual diary" of  plein air sketches from our recent travels in Greece .

mercoledì 31 luglio 2013

sketches of "La Citta del Palladio" Vicenza


© JANE MINTER 
sketches of "La Citta del Palladio" Vicenza 1997
"PORTA CASTELLO" 
PALAZZO PORTO  BERGANZA
Andrea Palladio
Vicenza , Italy 
 rotring ArtPen  - black ink sketch 

Vicenza is known as the La Citta del Palladio "City of Palladio" when you visit  the city  it's easy to miss this beautiful façade of Palladio's unfinished Palazzo . Sharing a freehand  pen and wash sketch I made when I first moved to Italy.


 As this will be my last post for a  few weeks I  just wanted to wish my fellow bloggers and friends a very creative August .... see you all  soon. 

  

martedì 30 luglio 2013

FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY


©  FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY 
FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY 
Chiche , Duex Sevres, Poitou Charentes,France


 If you would like to join me for a painting holiday at the end of September I will be the guest tutor at the "Monastery"from 29/09/2013 to 05/10/2013
For further details contact Bix Nash via http://francepaintingholiday.com/  or e-mail info@francepaintingholiday.com for any other information that you require

LINKS:
SITE: http://francepaintingholiday.com/
FACEBOOK PAGE : France Painting Holidays Facebook Page
 BLOG :  http://www.bandouille-bix.blogspot.com 

              

                                                       







domenica 28 luglio 2013

dry dock - corrosion iii


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"corrosion iii "
dry dock iv
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2
 watercolour wash 
watercolour + gouache

 "Anti-fouling" paint .........watercolour wash inspired by  textures of corroding sailing boat's hull  




giovedì 25 luglio 2013

dry dock - waterline iii


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"waterline iii "
blue + turquoise
dry dock 
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2
initial watercolour wash

...... carrying on with "dry dock" boat hulls theme and waterlines here's a link to dry dock  waterline ii  

seashell


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"scallop shell"
sea shell
watercolour sketch 
fabriano 300g/m2 
painted from life




venerdì 19 luglio 2013

dry dock - corrosion



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"corrosion i "
dry dock iv
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2
initial watercolour wash 


©  JANE MINTER 2013
 crop of" corrosion i "
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2
 watercolour wash 


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"corrosion ii "
dry dock v
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2
initial watercolour wash 


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"granulation"
detail showing granulation
section of "corrosion ii"
watercolour wash 
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2


.........initial watercolour washes exploring  the textures of  old corroded boat hulls . 

domenica 14 luglio 2013

dry dock iii - anchor chain


©  JANE MINTER 2013

"anchor chain"
dry dock iii
56 x 76 cm
Fabriano Cold Press 300g/m2
watercolour based on a series of my reference photos 
  
Traditionally anchors and anchor chains are removed from boats and laid out on the dry dock floor ........I'm working on a series of studies and paintings exploring dry docks .

With "anchor chain"  I was inspired by  Nicholas Simmons techniques in "INNOVATIVE WATERMEDIA" DVD  by Creative Catalyst Productions

with special thanks to Nicholas Simmons      
  

domenica 7 luglio 2013

cherries


© 2013 JANE MINTER
"cherries"
orecchini ciliegia
watercolour sketch 
A5 Arches 300g/m2
painted from life ...no pencil 

sabato 6 luglio 2013

broken egg shells


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"broken egg shells"
watercolour sketch
A4 CANSON FONTENAY 300g/m2
still life painted from life

giovedì 27 giugno 2013

honey spoon


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"honey spoon"
olive wood honey dipper
watercolour sketch
A5 Arches 300g/m2

a quick sketch painted from life with no pencil 

ink sketch

©  JANE MINTER 2013
"sketch"
ink
sepia ink 
Fabriano CP 


NOTE : Finding an alternative to Google reader ....as many of you know Google reader is closing "turning off their feeds" on 1 st July 2013  . There are many alternatives to choose from  Feedly,  NewsBlur, Digg reader, The Old reader , Feed reader  to mention a few  ..... so you can  keep updated with blogs that you already follow . The most important thing is to transfer your feeds from Google reader so you don't loose your own data.
Christina Dalla Valentina has written an interesting post on an alternative service "Feedly "
http://cristinaswatercolors.blogspot.it/2013/06/feedly-unottima-alternativa-google.html#.Ucxl2_lSjW8




watercolour + ink + gouache



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"sketch"
watercolour + sepia ink + white gouache
Fabriano CP


quick landscape sketch on off cut ....posting a few sketches and studies with watercolour , ink and gouache which I painted in March

martedì 18 giugno 2013

red cherries



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"red cherries" 
"ciliegie"
painted from life watercolour study
still life
32 x 41cm 


The  taste of summer "eaten" unfinished  cherry study experimenting with  watercolour washes .......these cherries proved too tempting . 

martedì 4 giugno 2013

blues - blu



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"blues"
blu
watercolour wash 
watercolour 
24 x 41cm

.........posting a section of a  recent watercolour wash 

lunedì 3 giugno 2013

white calla - la calla ii


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"white calla"
la calla ii
watercolour study
white calla lily painted from life
CANSON FONTENAY COLD PRESS
32 x 41cm 

domenica 26 maggio 2013

lunedì 6 maggio 2013

whites


©  JANE MINTER 2013
"whites"
carnations
watercolour study 
Arches 600g/m2
 crop  of  56 x 76cm
work in progress ....painted from life



giovedì 2 maggio 2013

wild iris ii



©  JANE MINTER 2013
"wild irises ii"
Fabriano Artistico 600g/m2 
56 x 76cm
WIP section of watercolour wash ....painted from life 
work in progress


work in progress ......posting a  section from a larger  watercolour study .