Five minute painting: forgetting about time

Art techniques & tutorials, Daily painting, Painting demo

Dear readers,

Lately, I did a five minute painting. I love this process. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and it teaches me a lot about letting go, getting out of my own way, not thinking too much and just letting the painting unfold.

Halfway I had to laugh out loud, about the craziness of this process. I see myself painting like a madwoman – in the meantime making all kinds of mistakes. 

For instance: I wanted to add some transparant Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold – but by accident, I grabbed the brush with black paint on it. But: with some white added, it became an interesting sort of greenish color (which I painted over, because it wasn’t so beautiful after all).

I painted for five minutes, and after that I wanted to give myself a second five minutes. Alas, I forget to set the timer, so I believe this second part is about 6,5 minutes long.

It’s a big difference between the first part and the second part, and I think the most important difference is that I covered a lot. By taking away a lot of the ‘noise’ the painting comes together.

Of course I could have taken this painting further, but for now, for this experiment, it’s enough for me.

This is the result of the first five minutes.

And this came out of it seven minutes later:

I created a small video about it. I’m sorry for the noise of the hairdryer. Normally I would have edited it out, but to get a feeling for the five-minute process I didn’t cut it away. Watch the video here:

Have a wonderful, creative day!




  1. Shauna

    Hi Somone, i’ve just come across your video on five minute paintings after seeing a picture of your work on Pinterest. I immediately responded to both your paintings and loved your video. I’ve always felt the pull of working intuitively and gesturally and trying to push out of the more representational world. Your video is inspirational and helpful at the same time. Thank you so much.

    • Simone Nijboer

      Hi Shauna, thank you so much for your response! I really appreciate that! I’m so glad the video helped. I feel the same inspiration by art that’s made intuitively and gesturally. It speaks to my heart… Thanks again for stopping by!

  2. Diane Michell

    I love watching you create your lovely pieces Simone. I already took your online course, had so much fun and learned a lot. Can’t wait for your next course.

    • Simone Nijboer

      Oh Diane, what a wonderful thing to hear! You know – as a course creator, you sit behind your desk and your working table – but you don’t know how the person on the other side of the line experiences it, if she likes it or not!

      So wonderful to hear, and it gives me extra courage to keep working on the next course (yes, it’s coming ;-)!

  3. Dotty Seiter

    Simone, you lure me away from whatever else I am doing whenever I see a new video in my inbox! Your experiments and explorations wake me up to possibility.

    Love your stories above about the craziness of the process and the ‘mistakes.’

    • Simone Nijboer

      Ha, now I’m reading this comment just after it’s published, isn’t it? Yes, indeed: the ‘mistakes’ that I make are part of the fun (even though at that moment I thought something else ;-))


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