Tuesday, November 10, 2015

And Even More Five-Minute Paintings

Another session of Five-Minute-Paintings produced the following.  Many of you wanted to know what happens next with the paintings.  Good question.  I want to continue each painting, see where it goes, but try not to loose the fresh, spontaneous quality.  So here is the plan:  I will post these paintings again after I've worked on them more.  I don't know if all of them will make it to anything resembling "completion" - in fact I am absolutely sure that not all of them will.  But I'll work on each one and see what happens.









I did these with a 3.5" brush - from the paint department of a hardware store - and interior latex paint for the BIG colors.  Red, green, magenta, and quinacridone gold are all "real" paint from Golden.  I'd bought twelve different intense colors of a good quality interior latex paint, in quarts, eggshell finish, to see what it would be like to use in paintings.  It definitely makes me feel freer, less precious about the material.  It has a nice consistency - like fluid acrylics - but it does have to be stirred before every painting session.

Anyone trying this themselves, please let me know how it worked for you.  If you have a blog or web site where you can post it, include the url in your comment. 


  1. Dear Jane,

    Thanks again for your inspiration! Thanks to your blog I jumped from 5-minute-painting on copy paper to bigger paper from 20/20 cm.
    I just loved doing it.

    The last few weeks I have been working on things that more or less looked the same. I didn't feel bad about it, because I have learned another thing from you, that working in series can be very helpful! (That helped me to not feel guilty or boring when I painted over and over with the same shapes, lines and colours).

    But today the 5-minute painting was a breath of fresh air!

    I hadn't seen yellow on my paper for ages! And it was fun to have really bright colors again.

    A question.
    Did you use a good quality of paper? I used a really thin kind of paper, which is not a very good idea I think - it makes it harder to work further on with something. And it is also a pity when something turns out well that the quality of the paper is so bad.

    I didn't use the wall-paint yet. It seems that good quality wall paint is more or less the same price as the study-quality acrylic paint. But maybe I have to check that out better.

    Thanks again, and I'm looking forward to the development of your paintings!

    Simone Gwenda

    p.s.: the url of my paintings today is: http://gwendawaterink.weebly.com/blog/11-november-2015

  2. Love this idea of using latex paints, Jane. What size are these paintings? Are they bigger than you usual?

  3. I frequently buy the sample sizes of latex paint to add to my color selection. I don't have any posted at the moment

  4. Thanks Jane, you have inspired me to work bigger (and quicker) so I will give it a go and post them on my blog. Question: wonder if you could tint a base interior latex paint with some "real" paint? I will test it out and see. Thanks again for a great video. It is fun to see the paintings in the stages as they progress.

    1. Let me know how it works for you. I don't see any reason why you couldn't do that, but I'm not a chemist.

  5. Hi Jane, my lovely little collection of papers arrived today, so many possibilities. Thank you, Penny from Back Valley South Australia

  6. This selection of 5-minute paintings is by far my favourite! It definitey has potential and a wow-factor!!! I'd be very interested to see what you make out of each. If possible, could you publish the 2 versions (then / now) so that we can see where you ended at the end of the 5 minutes and where you stopped after working on them? I know it's problably a lot to ask, but then again, as I said, only if it's possible; it would be very interesting to see the evolution.

  7. hi Jane, I always love reading your blog. I:m wondering if you've played with Chalk Paint at all? I recently saw some paintings and I loved the matte, chalky white-tinted colors. Pretty pricey paint though. Just curious. and I'm off to try some five min paintings! xo Deborah P from Maine

  8. I am wondering why you gesso end the paper before you started. I don't think you have done that before.


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