Sunday, 29 March 2020

Pond in the dunes, The Hague

De duinplas, Westduinpark en Stillestrand,
Oil on canvas - 80 x 120 cm  (31" x 47" )
painted on location - Sat.21 March 2020


The winter is almost at an end, one can feel the warmth thanks to a welcomed Sunny day. City dwellers love taking advantage of this situation and are to be seen walking through the many walkpaths found in these dunes.Last year I started a series at this very location. For the first time in 2020 I have decided to further develop this series with this fresh new painting. Actually what I have done here is rework a painting I made last year in Feb.  Here below a picture of what it looked like originally.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Pier and Ligthouse, Schevening

Gezicht op Schevening, met Pier en Vuurtoren
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location - Mon 9 March 2020

€ 235

I have been looking at this view of Schevening for many years now, but this is the first time I actually paint it. And am glad I did so,  while still the lighthouse is in full view. The people from The Hague know what I am talking about, for you others, that low building in front of the red tower will be demolished soon, and up will be going a luxury apartment building, which will then make this view no more!

Thursday, 5 March 2020

The Hofvijver, The Hague # 14

Een mooie winters dag bij de Hofvijver, Den Haag
oil on canvas - 40 80 cm
painted on location - Wed. 4 March 2020

€ 625

Here I am yet again further developing this Hofvijver series. If you want to know what inspired this view, just take a look at that sky! However, not only those lovely clouds floating about, but the light fall was very captivating for me. I have exaggerated the colors a little in order to give it a fresh happy look, which happens to be one of the reasons I paint, to bring some happiness into peoples lives.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Pier, Schevening #1-2020

Pier, Schevening #1-2020
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 6 Feb 2020

€ 725

I took full advantage of the nice weather we experienced here in The Lowlands last week, thus went to visit the North Beach and decided to make this painting with the theme the Pier, renowned landmark of the coast in Holland. As the weather is still rather chilly not too many people to be seen, however always pet owners taking their beloved dog for a stroll on the beach. Got out on location early enough to catch the Sun highlighting aeras of the buildings and other objects in this sceen. I will be visiting this strech of beach on many more occasions this year, thus the title shows this.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Westduinpark and beach entrance # 7, The Hague

pad met uitzicht, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location - Wed. 5 Feb. 2020

€ 285

When the Sun shines magic in tthe dunes takes place. The dark shadows in contrast with the lightened areas creates all sorts of forms and shapes, a feast for the eyes really. And yeah we outdoor painters love this scenario. It felt fine for me to be on a location where approx. 12 years ago I started working on my ongoing, Wet Paintings from The Lowlands project. I would like to express a special thank you to all the persons that have been following me in these years.

A winters day, at Zuiderstrand
oil on canvas - 20 x 60 cm
painted on location - Wed 5 Feb. 2020

€ 285

Since it was such a nice sunshiney day, I decided to head down to the beach from the spot where I made the above painting (and that was somewhere approx. just under the 1st cloud hovering over the dunes on the left side). Thank God there wasn't much wind  thus this work was possible to make. It took years but finally the dunes are starting to get covered with vegetation once again. It was decided about 5 years ago by the city counsel to take away all vegetation that was not natural to this habitat, much to many peoples disappointment mind you. There are five persons on this painting, three just under the post with the orange object, and the other two off in the distance on top of one of the highest points in the dunes.

The Hofvijver, The Hague #13

De Hofvijver, DH #13
oil on panel - 22 x 75 cm
painted on location - Tues. 28 Jan 2020

€ 385

Here I am back at this fantastic location, which never ceases to inspire me. We are in the thick of the winter here in The Lowlands, as it shows on the trees. However no matter what season, the scenery is always charming to paint for me. Also a favorite place for tourists to snap pictures.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Running dog, Schevening beach

Lopende hond, strand Schevening
oil on board - 25 x 35 cm (approx. 10 x 14")
painted on location - 12 Dec 2019

€ 345

Freedom and space, dogs love it, and that is what they get when their bosses are kind enough to take them out for a stroll at this or any other beach for that matter. Winter has set in, so even though the sun is shining, temperature can be very low. So dress for the occasion and shake a leg, your dog will love you for it! 

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The Lifting of the fog, Westduinpark, The Hague

Kwartelpad, Westduinpark in de mist
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
painted on location - thurs. 5 Dec 2019

€ 975.

This must be the 8th or 9th time i make a painting from this location. And after a long wait, I finally got a chance to paint this scene with mist. Characteristic of coastal environments, the mist is a commen occurence.  However to paint it can be difficult, as it is always either coming or going. I found a solution, and it allows me to paint it with accuracy. A close up below for better viewing.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Beach Entrance with orange "Oma" bicycle

Strandslag 9, Westduinpark en Stillestrand, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 3 Dec 2019

€ 425 

If you live in The Hague, and haven't been for a walk at the beach, you might be confused as to where this beach entrance is located. What attracted me to make this painting was the shadow casted from that dune on leftside. With that orange bicycle secured on wooden railing, it's a dead giveaway as to the country of this seascape.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Whispering waves fom the Quiet Beach

Zachte golven van de Stillestrand,
oil on board - 23 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tues 26 Nov 2019

€ 575

Back to my favourite painting location. On a day like this, not many people, but enough to have some decent interaction with. The beach cafes are all gone, now it's 100% nature on this stretch of sand and salty water. The colors of the water here are always fasinating, sometimes almost unbelievable, But all the locals know this, that's why they keep coming back. 

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Streets of San Vincenzo Vecchio, and more

Vicoli di San Vincenzo Vecchio #1, Abruzzo, IT.

oil on canvasboard - 20 x 29 cm
painted on location - 12 Nov 2019
€ 245

Vicoli di San Vencinzo Vecchio #2, Abruzzo, IT.
(with two sparrows)

oil on canvasboard - 20 x 29 cm
painted on location - 14 Nov. 2019
€ 215 

Olive garden with houses, San Vincenzo Vecchio, Abuuzzo
oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - 13 Nov. 2019
€ 245


Vicoli di San Vincenzo Vecchio #3, Abruzzo, It
(Casa Valentina)

oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - 16 Nov. 2019
€ 245

Recently I went to visit with relatives in this quaint mountain village, in the Valle Roveto, Abruzzo, just a short 1hr drive from Rome. I make this trip annually to go help out with the olive picking season. Usually I take some equipment in order to keep busy with my art work. It was constantly raining in the period while visiting, as is evident in the paintings. However in between the rain showers I did get some chances to work in the field, as shown by the olive garden.  

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Schevening Beach / Boulevard Canvas Print , in 3 sizes

Schevening strand en boulevard (canvas print)

inkt op doek - 15 x 105 cm (kleine), 30 x 200 cm (medium -XL),  40 x 270 cm (grote - XXXL)
painted on location - July 2015 in 17 sessions.

€ 115 small version - edition of 50 prints
€ 375 medium version - edition of 49 prints
€ 545 large version - edition of 39 prints

This canvas print of a painting i made in the summer of 2015 is back by popular demand. This time I decided to make it available in a smaller  and an extra large size. To keep them somewhat exclusive they are available in a limited edition, signed and numbered on the back of each print.
As this format is difficult to see, especially the details, here below 3 close ups, for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Surfers paradise, South Beach, The Hague

Surfers paradijs
oil on canvas - 60 x 100 cm
painted on location - Wed 18 Sept 2019

€ 925

It's not like this all the time, but now and again, you get these beautiful skies and waves on the Sea, that make this beach truly a surfers paradise. Was a pleasure to make this painting, first time I've painted surfers on a painting.

Monday, 16 September 2019

The Hague's South beach, Evening llight

Zuiderstrand s'Avonds
oil on canvas - 30 x 60 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 12 Sept 2019

€ 585

On a very windy beach, this painting was made. Lovely warm light from a descending Sun casts an  intense light, softened up by all that sand blowing in the wind. I can never tire from painting this scenery. It is now being enhanced by the Strandbeesten by artist Theo Jansen. (those yellow strips on the sand, almost in the middle of painting)

Friday, 13 September 2019

Waves and windsurfers.

The windsurfing lesson
oil on canvas - 30 x 30 cm
painted on location - Aug 19 2019

€ 225

Het woest golf  - (the wild wave)
oil on canvas - 30 x 30 cm
painted on location - Sept 6 2019

€ 295

The summer is definitely over, hopefully we might get a spree of Indian Summer, later this month, but those warm sunny summer lazy days at the beach are behind us. Anyway as you can see still interesting subject matter to paint, thus am still getting out there. I rather enjoyed making that close up of the wild wave,  thickly painted, with very clear brushstrokes, a sort of homage to the great master Vincent. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Path in the dunes, Westduinpark, The Hague

Pad in de duinen, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 60 x 70 cm
painted on location -  Wed 28 Aug 2019


Upon request this painting was created, thus a commission piece. Serene and peaceful,  is the sensations I tried to bring across, hopefully it reads this way for you as well.

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Hofvijver, # 12 and # 5 (re-painted)

De Hofvijver Series #12
oil on canvas - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 27 Aug 2019

€ 275

I have returned to a subject which was started last year in the Fall. In my opinion one of The Hague's most picturesque corners. Here I made a quick oil sketch, characterized by loose brush strokes, nothing is really perfect, however it pulls together well, making it easy to visually digest.

De Hofvijver Series #5 (op nieuw geschildert)
oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location - Thurs 29 Aug 2019

€ 975

This work was originally painted in the Fall of 2018. The shadows were much deeper, giving it greater contrast. I decided to lighten up the whole scenery thus a re-visit with the sunnier light situation.  And a major change was the removal of a lamp pole, on the right side of the painting, have a look for yourself here below.

Family outing with beloved pet

Familie uitje met gelieved hond
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
oil on canvas - painted on location and in studio -  July/Aug 2019


After an early dinner the family takes the dog out for a stroll on the beach.  For the dog, this is a real treat. Has all the room in the world to run about, they could socialise with other dogs, as this is neutral territory. And after all, it's good for the owners as well, a little physical exercises never did anyone harm. 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

HKZV 2 times

HKZV clubhouse, Den Haag
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location - Sat 17 Aug 2019

Just a little painting, but what a big view! The high winds recently have been blowing sand more and more to the edge of Westduinpark, creating this situation which I find absolutely fantastic to paint. the slopes gently roll down and eventually flatten out and join the waters crust of the North Sea. As is evident in the painting below.

Erg winderig Zuiderstand op een zomersdag
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Mon 19 Aug 2019


Without my 3 meter parasol laying on its side protecting me and my gear from the wind this painting would not have been possible to create. A small sacrifice for me, but oh look at those cloud formations, what a joy yet at the same time a challenge to get down with paint on a canvas. A lot is going on in this scene, s worth taking your time to have a closer look.

The Hofvijver, The Hague, #3 - Repainted

De Hofvijver, DH #3
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - 25 July & 8 Aug 2019


On the hottest day of the year, I was on location re-working this painting which I had originally made in the Fall of 2018, (see picture below).  I was quite concerned with the darkness of the shadowed area of the buildings, thus decided it needed to be lightened up, so that's exactly what has happened. If you notice closely I have also created greater depth in the painting, by making the distant buildings hazier and les foilage on the trees both center and on the right side. Also had fun painting in the seagulls and the two white swans in front of the floating island.


DeStaat with Merry-go-round on the beach

Strandpaviljoen DeStaat met draaiemoleon
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location - 27/28 July 2019
Private collection, The Hague (original painting)

On the occasion of the 10 years anniversary of this establishment a weekend festival was organised by the owner and staff. I was invited to show my paintings at a small market on the terras, and decided to make this painting of such a unique situation!  This painting was literally sold shortly after completion, thus decided to make the image available as a print on canvas.

Strandpaviljoen DeStaat met draaiemolen,  Canvas print 
ink on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
series van 35 reproductions available
€ 235

Here you see me working on this painting.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Mom's and kid's having FUN, at the beach

Moeders met kindern op strand #1, oil on canvasboard - 25 x 30 cm, painted 26 July 2019, € 165

Moeder met kind op strand #2,  oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm,  painted 26 July 2019, € 125

     Moeder met kind op strand #3,  oil on canvasboard - 24 x 60 cm,  painted 26 July 2019,  € 235

On a very hot sunny day I decided to make this fun series of paintings at the beach. Usually am working very large scale and bringing the big picture of the beach with the figures occupying not so much space. Here the figures are central, thus the focal point.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

South Beach of The Hague is Hot

Zuiderstrand, DH op een warme zomersdag
oil on linen - 40 x 175 cm
painted on location - 23 July 2019

€ 1250.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, rarely does the temperature go above 32 Celsius here in The Lowlands. So when it does, then you can be assured that the beaches will be full. For me the best time to enjoy our spacious beaches are early in the morning. When the Sun is  warming things up, and still tolerable. Hey, but that's only my modest opinion. Certainly for painting this view, mornings are the best. Details for your viewing pleasure, as this is an XXL format, that will bring the Sunshine in the your living space, even on the darkest of a winters days.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

A summer's day with nice clouds

Mooie volken op een zomers dag,
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
painted on location - Thurs 18 July 2019


An early morning view of what will turn out to be a busy day here at the beach in The Hague. Made to order, exactly what the customer wanted.
1. Not too many people.
2. the big picture of Zuiderstrand, thus the birds eye view. (it amazes me, how i manage to do this, I swear my feet are on the ground, when I painted this, yet it looks like it was made from higher up, a mystery!)
3.a lot of  typical Dutch clouds in a clear blue sky,  (this giving the impression of movement to the painting, which ultimately makes it interesting.)

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

A Day at the beach

Dagje uit op strand
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 25 June 2019

The heat is on! Summer temperatures are with us for good now. Probably the best way to deal with this situation is to pass a few hours of the day as close as possible to the fresh, cool and most importantly clean North Sea. And yeah folks, this is The Hague's greatest kept secret, we have our own stretch of beach which is not Scheveningen. Much quieter and not so crowded, which the average Hagenaar likes very much. Just like the people shown in this painting.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The windsurfer

De windsurfer,
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location - Sat 22 June 2019

Sail Schevening is in full swing, on this little painting you see the Minerva sailing out of the harbor entrance and one of the galleons out at Sea. However have a good look and you will notice a faint white strip just in front of the wave breaker , that is the surfboard and sail of the windsurfer! Nice formations of cumulus clouds castings huge shadows on the beach and water, makes for a dramatic composition. 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

A terras with a view

Een terras met uitzicht
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Tues. 18 June 2019

€ 675

Really, one of the most colourful stretches of beach here in Holland. With that yellow juxtaposing to the blue. the green dunes and red trim on the beach club de Fuute, man those are the primary colours! Then add the elements like wind and light, and you have this delightful scenery. Now one might ask, "How does one catch the wind or the light?".... Physically that would be impossible, but as an image in this case an oil painting on linen, it is possible. With practise, patience and experience, I do it in this way. Not every ones cup of tea, as some like it more abstract, or some like it more messy. I could only do it my way, and thank goodness, there are enough people who appreciate the way I do do it.  Thus, as the Dutch saying goes, I could put bread on the table and wood in the fire.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

A fantastic day for sailing.

zeilwedstrijden zijn aan de gang,  
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sun 09 June 2019


A fantastic day for sailing! Just enough wind, not too much, thus the beach goers also had a wonderful day. There was really nice wave action going on, so I decided to start the foreground of the canvas with just that. Of course what you see is just a glimpse of a much larger picture of all the competitions taking place

Fun and adventure at the Beach

Plezier en avontuur op het strand
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location - Sat 01 June 2019


Hey hey, finally that summer feeling is in the air. Temperatures have climbed up to a comfortable warmth,  thus allowing parents to let their kids play and have a splash by the waters edge. Finding myself at the beach, looking for subject matter to paint, well, it didn't take long to make a decision.