Saturday, 24 December 2016

Festive Greetings

Snow meadows around Great Bowden, this years oil painting produced for Christmas cards. No sign of snow so far this year; good job I did my research a number of years ago!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham


November quickly came and went, but I did managed to see the Wilhemina Barnes Graham exhibition at the Penlee House gallery and museum, Penzance. A fantastic exhibition. I love Wilhemina Barns - Graham’s work. It was great to see work from all her periods of development. I particulary favour 1980’s decade when she produced her fine line drawings. She had an amazing skill to see the patterns created by the energies of the sea; she then reduced these to simple lines. Some years earlier I had an opportunity to see the line drawings in Leeds University gallery.

In Cornwall I saw, ‘Variations on a Theme, splintered Ice no 1,’  which was a development from the Grindelwald Gacial drawings. You can read more about  Wilhemina’s work on  From the website today I discovered a 1949 painting from the Davie Bowie collection  had sold for £62,500!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Two day workshop with Jane French

Day one

A coloured ground in acrylic paint was applied to the board. Once the ground had dried the face was  lightly drawn in pencil. Oil paint, Titanium white, Burnt umber and Prussian blue was used to create the monochrome portrait.

Day two

The same process was followed as before, however a full colour palette of: Titanium white, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium yellow, Cadmium red, Alizarin crimson, Prussian blue, Burnt umber, and Magenta was used. Before applying the paint, six middle tones were prepared. Darks and highlights were left to the final stages of the painting.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Art Windows

Thank you to Jeacocks and Lavender Blue for displaying my art in their shop windows for the month of September.

Both works displayed this year were painted plein air and 'alla prima'.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Board preparing time!

My favourite painting surface - 6mm MDF board

Economical, easy to prepare and store. My local wood merchants are very obliging and will cut perfectly MDF to any size. Sometimes they have off cuts available which they will cut to size for a donation to charity. I paint on:

  • 6mm MDF.
  • First sealed with Golden GAC -100, to protect the painting from discolouration.
  • Coated with 3 layers of gesso, each layer lightly sanded with fine sand paper. 
I allow 24 hours drying time between each layer. Newly prepared boards should be stored vertically rather than flat, as they have a tendency to stick to each other. Perhaps I should be a bit more meagre with my materials?

Monday, 15 August 2016


Mintasius paints - Jane Palmer paints

Mintasius is to distinguish me from all those other 'Jane Palmer's' out there. My painting signature is my initials J.E.M.P. The full name might be a bit egotistical, and dominate the painting!

At school I was only ever good at Art and Biology. Like a good working class girl I took the advice of my elders and betters and qualified as a science teacher. Art however has always remained my passion.

The aim of this blog is threefold, one to help me focus on painting, two to share my knowledge, and finally three, the bonus to sell my work.

All work is copyright and unique to me. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by it.

Blue landscape, oil on board, 457 x 457mm including the frame. Ready for exhibition in October.