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A Story in Miniatures

A miniature in progress. A short film made by Gus Wickerhoff. For more miniatures see 100 paintings or my art site For more information just send me an email.

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White Boy

The miniatures from the project WHITE BOY, are inspired by my 90,000 word novel which is set in Ireland, and tells the story of two teenagers, one living in 1803 and one in 1977. With their lives intertwined with each other’s but also with the raging political conflict of the 1970’s they try to make sense of what is happening around them. Even though Florian Brackfar and Ellis Sabel could never have met, they have come to know each other’s thoughts and feelings intimately.

© Anita Salemink 2014. 100 Days: 100 paintings, No.1  Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

© Anita Salemink 2014. 100 Days: 100 paintings, No.1 Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

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The Sea Cow with its Young

I was commissioned to make this miniature for a retiring sailing instructor. His boat is a traditional Dutch flat-bottomed sailing boat and in my miniature I have depicted it towing the pupil’s small sailing boats after a long day’s sailing trip.

The Sea Cow with its young

© Anita Salemink 2015, Zeekoe, Watercolour 12.5 x 12.5 cm, 3 February 2015

© Anita Salemink 2015, Zeekoe met haar jongen, Watercolour 12.5 x 12.5 cm, 3 February 2015

Would you like something particular painted in a miniature too, then just send me an email and we can discuss the details.

Framed miniature: 65 – 100 euros excluding postage and packing

Boxed miniature: 45 – 75 euros excluding postage and packing

COMMISSIONS ALSO POSSIBLE

Do you want to purchase one of my miniatures as a gift for someone dear, as a birthday present, an anniversary gift, a baby’s birth or for any other reason; I now do commissions too. I have been getting these questions for a while, and my project is nearing its end so yes please do let me know what it is you would like me to paint. All your ideas are very welcome.

The Northern Lights for a young man’s 19th birthday

© Anita Salemink 2015, Aurora Borealis (framed) Watercolour 12.5 x 12.5 cm, 25 january 2015

© Anita Salemink 2015, Aurora Borealis (framed) Watercolour 12.5 x 12.5 cm, 25 january 2015

Tree of Life for a baby’s birth

© Anita Salemink 2015. Tree of Life: Watercolour and gold leaf, 2 january 2015

© Anita Salemink 2015. Tree of Life: Watercolour and gold leaf, 12.5 x 12.5 cm, 2 january 2015

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Hamlet’s Most Famous Character

Ophelia’s suicide: why has a fictional character inspired so many artists for hundreds of years?

© Anita Salemink 2014. 100 Days: 100 paintings, No.39  Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

© Anita Salemink 2014. 100 Days: 100 paintings, No.39 Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

Ophelia has been portrayed in numerous paintings throughout the centuries as the beautiful young maiden with the white skin who drowns herself: she floats on the surface of a river amongst flowers and leaves, only staying adrift for a short while, just until her clothes have weighed her down, and ultimately drown her. ‘Her clothes spread wide, And mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up; which time she chanted snatches of old tunes […] Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay To muddy death, (Hamlet, Scene IV, line 175-183). In the famous painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais from 1851-52, we see the maiden floating in a stream holding a garland of flowers, William Shakespeare describes her as holding a garland of ‘crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,’ (Hamlet, scene IV line 170) which symbolize her innocence, youth, virginity, pain and sexuality. 

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