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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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The Project

© 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

The miniatures from the project THE 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. Their lives are intertwined with the political conflict that festers a country stifled for so very long. Even though Florian Brackfar and Ellis Sabel could never have met, they have come to know each other’s thought and feelings intimately.

This is a project based on art and literature, the words of the novel and the colours of the paintings, it’s a journey of life, a Bildungsroman in which Florian and Ellis are the protagonists and they invite you on their journey: one day in Florians life and five months in Ellis’s.

The miniatures are now for sale, framed in a wooden frame or packaged in a beautiful designed box. Along with each framed miniature you will receive a raw signed copy of the manuscript.

Framed miniature and book: 100 euros excluding postage and packing

Boxed miniature: 75 euros excluding postage and packing

For the complete overview of this project and more information about what inspired me to write the novel, please visit my site: www.anitasalemink.nl/100paintings

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100 Days | 100 Paintings No. 5

Friday, 31 October 2014

The entry for today. Chapter one, scene three…

‘… her eyes meeting mine…’

© Anita Salemink 2014. 100 Days: 100 paintings, No.5. Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

© Anita Salemink 2014. 100 Days: 100 paintings, No.5. Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

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100 Days | 100 Paintings

© Anita Salemink 2014. The Children of Firbreac II, Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

© Anita Salemink 2014. The Children of Firbreac II, Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

I’ve been making these little miniature paintings inspired by my writing for the past week because working on larger formats is still just too painful for me at the moment; I’ve broken my shoulder a while ago.

Well anyway, my doctor says that I have another couple of months to go before everything is back to normal, so I’ve made a plan. Until I can make larger drawings, I’ve decided to focus on the book I’ve just finished writing, and in order to promote it I will be making one miniature painting a day inspired by each scene in the book. Continue reading

The Children of Firbreac (part two)

Firbreac stared into the sky, and felt their heads touching, his and hers, as they lay on their backs near the river. The warmth of a thick layer of moss embraced him from behind; his feet cooled by the waters of the silently flowing river. He blinked watching the sun’s rays flit through the leaves above them, first with his left eye then his right, watching the rhythm as it coincided with his heart’s fluttering. The children played beside them, giggling like little birds, when he asked her, as if they understood what it was being asked, the reason for his heart’s flutter. As he waited for her answer his cheeks turned red, seconds seemed like minutes, he started to anticipate a possible no. Then she whispered, “Yes” just loud enough for him to be able to hear her, ‘Yes, I will be your wife.’

© Anita Salemink 2014. The Children of Firbreac I, Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5

© Anita Salemink 2014. The Children of Firbreac I, Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

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