poetry and prose about place

‘within easy reach’ – a painting for the front cover

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As the release date for my book of poetry ‘within easy reach’ draws near, I have been doing some painting.


I began my project ‘growing and gathering’ and the poems for my book ‘within easy reach’ after my husband and I discovered blackberries on our new property at the lake. For this reason, blackberries seem a fitting subject for a cover painting.


I think blackberries are fun to paint:

  • a basic berry-shape of Payne’s Grey
  • a highlighting of each seed in the drupe with Payne’s Grey mixed with Titanium White
  • a spot of white to highlight berries on one side of the drupe
  • a background of blues and purples to simulate the shadow in the thicket
  • leaves and a stem


This is my ‘practice painting’, in acrylics, 5″ by 10″.




I’ll be showing you the final cover painting soon – 10″ by 10″, a perfect shape for the cover of my book.


On a windy, wintery day, it is hard to be patient, waiting for blackberry season!!


Copyright  Jane Tims  2016


Written by jane tims

March 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. It’s exciting that the book will be out soon. I don’t do much painting, but your description of how to do blackberries makes me want to give it a try.

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    March 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    • It can be expensive to get started with acrylics, but taking a course with materials supplied is a good way to start. Jane

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      jane tims

      March 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

  2. – but those juicy ones never are…

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    Maureen Sudlow

    March 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  3. I can hardly wait for your book to launch, and for blackberry season, too. Thanks for sharing your hard work and talent in so many ways. You are an inspiration.

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    Carol Steel

    March 14, 2016 at 8:06 am

    • Hi Carol. It’s getting close now (both book and spring). Working with the publisher has been a lot of fun and a learning experience. They are so good to work with! Jane


      jane tims

      March 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

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