Monday, 8 February 2016

The Lone Jogger

De eenzame lopper
oil on canvas - 30 x 50 cm
painted on location - ​ Thurs 28 Jan 2016

The place is the quiet beach, but believe me, it is not at all quiet in these days. Why just the sound of the wind blowing anything that is not fastened to the ground, will make your ears beg for peace and stillness. This work was made just in time, while Poseidon was still hanging around.  But as is clearly visible in the sky, something was brewing up, the wind playing with the clouds like they were tennis balls. Why Zeus himself must have gathered his team and decided to give those government coastline planners something to rejoice about. Aeolus, Zephyrus, Boreas, Notus and even little known Eurus have been summoned and the dunes are growing a mile a minute. You even have to climb sand piles 5 to 10 meters high at the entrances to the beach just to get on it. Oh well, you most likely don't have the time to check this out, so that's were I come in. Immortalising these unique moments on Zuiderstrand on linen, for your eyes only!

Until next week, hasta la vista   

Monday, 1 February 2016

Carnivale 2015 - Visits The Hague 2

These seven paintings and the three works from the previous posting are my complete selection of works made for this colorful and unique Carnival which we are fortunate to have right here in The Haque.

Scenes from the nightly Burlesque show
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm each (7 x 9 inches)
painted in the studio from pictures - 12 - 15 Jan. 2016
€165 each

For the 1st time in Carnivale history, artistic burlesque show for the adult crowd.  The entertainment was light, humors and very creative.  A joyful experience for the dancers and crowd alike. Thanks to some fine photography from Ray Hartman I was able to create this little series.


Scenes from Carnivale 2015 - 1/2/3/4
oil on canvas - 1. 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches) .......  €95
                             2. 30 x 50 cm (12 x 20 inches) ....... €350
                               3. 24 x 30 cm (9.5 x 12 inches) ...... SOLD
                              4. 30 x 60 cm (12 x 23.5 inches) ......€450
painted on location - 27/28/29/30 Dec 2015

Wout, the strongest man in the world. He certainly managed to convince all the kids that were amazed at his ability to lift 400 kilograms! And then there was the 1.5 million volt man, who together with his assistant put on a very eerie show, drawing full attention from the spectators who were for the most part, hoping that nothing would go wrong.  

Monday, 25 January 2016

Carnivale 2015 - Visits The Hague 1.

Old fashion Merry-go-round, Day version
oil on canvas - 30 x 80 cm
painted on location - 28 Dec 2015

Old Fashion Merry-go-round, Night Version​
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - 27 Dec 2015


Old Fashion Merry-go-round, spinning, tossing and turning
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - 29 Dec 2015

Here you have something a little different. I have been fortunate to be selected the official resident painter of this marvellous and magical vintage style, Carnival event. It takes place at Huijgenspark in The Hague, during Christmas and New Years Eve, (unfortunately not every year). I made a total of 10 works, most of which were made on the spot.  I present here the works which concentrated on the merry-go-round (draaimolen). Mainly because of the kids shouts of joy, gave the whole atmosphere really a gay merry feeling. Also the colours and lights of the object itself was a delight to put on canvas. Below you see me getting started on the Night Version.

Monday, 18 January 2016

The Sun shines on Scheveningen beach

De zon schijnt op het strand van Scheveningen,
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - vanaf de Pier - Wed 23 Dec 2015


It was just 2 days before Christmas, we were all experiencing rather mild temperatures for this time of the year. However I was happy to choose this indoor location, the Pier at Scheveningen, in order to create this much loved scenery by the average Dutch person, especially if they are born in this seaside resort city. Three main players in this composition. Foremost, naturally the Sun, with its characteristic low winter stance. Secondly the Kuhrhaus and surrounding area (1st building from the left), and thirdly, of course the Sea.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

XXXL Scheveningen Reproductions available at Home Made X- Mas Market, De Pier a.s. Zondag

Dear Friends & Customers

I have decided to make this highly successful painting available in reproduction form. Both on archival paper and on linen.  The series on paper is limited to 125 prints, they are signed and numbered, thus making them collectible. The print on linen is properly stretched and ready to hang unframed. To have a better look at the images move your mouse on the picture, you might have to double click.

                                                Printed on museum quality archival paper, 15 x 72 cm, for the friendly price, €50

                                                            also available proper framed for €250, dimensions are. 30 x 120 cm



                          Here i am enhancing in oils this high quality 25 x 170 cm reproduction on canvas,  for only  €325.

If you can't make it to the Pier this Sunday but are interested in one of these unique art works, just contact me, you are welcome for a studio visit. For customers abroad, shipping is possible at reasonable rates.

Happy Holidays,

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The gentle roar of The North Sea

de zachte ruisen van de Noordzee
oil on canvas - 30 x 60 cm
painted on location - Monday 23 Dec 2015


The gentle roar of the North Sea. A sound that even seasoned sailors respect and closely listen to, for as to navigate its water soberly. Surfers also listen to it messages, as they to are constantly in the hands of her mercy, never daring to dishonor her temperament. The wind carries her howl to far reaches, knocking over objects not stalwartly rooted. Nothing can stand in her way, as she meanders over and around all obstacles. How does one meditate on this roar? Will I've presented a solution. By immortalizing the moment, in space and time, in a visual feast of color and movement.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Road to the center, The Hague

De weg naar het centrum, Den Haag
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Wed 24 June 2015
€ 465

A painting made sometime ago, however only now posting on my blog. The work shows the popular terrace of St. Joris Cafe on the Koningsplein, the road then leads into Prins Hendrikstraat, after crossing the Waldeck Pyrmontkade.  Thousands of bicyclists use this path to reach the city center daily. It is good for the environment and a good way to stay in shape. Painted late in the afternoon, the low Sun is casting necessary shadow to create contrasts in the composition. Below....Dimitris Voyiazoglou, Leon Holmes, and me working on location.

Monday, 2 November 2015

South Beach with mist

Zuiderstrand in de mist
oil on canvas - 20 x 140 cm
painted on location - Sunday 01 Nov 2015

A busy day yesterday on the beach, as the temperature was rather high for this time of the year, and there was absolutely no wind. Luckily I was on location early enough to miss the big crowds, but by the time this painting was completed, the beachfront was a mass of people and dogs having a ball, I rather like the effect the haze had on the view being shown here, blurring out all that mass of concrete objects on the horizon (Scheveningen Peir and boulevard).

                                                                        Two details of above painting

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Race of The Classics, View off South Beach, The Hague

Race of The Classics, Gezicht vanaf Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas, 30 x 150 cm
painted on location, Friday 16 October 2015

 As if I was lead there by some unseen force, it was my destiny to be at the right place at the right time, to immortalise this very rare view, off the coast of Scheveningen, Holland.  I was not planning to be painting that morning, Actually I went to collect my parasol, at the beach, and low and behold, this happening was just getting started, they were still leaving the harbour.  I immediately ran back to my car, drove as quickly as possible to my studio, grabbed my gear and was back on location. I couldn't believe my eyes, there must have been what seemed like 30 or more of these babies, circling, manoeuvring in all directions.  Everybody on the beach was mesmerised, all making films on their mobiles. I'm pretty sure I was the only painter making a painting, and that my dear friends is what makes this work truly unique. Does anybody know someone who works for archival department, city of The Hague, am sure they would be interested!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

View of Scheveningen from Wassenaarseslag

Gezicht op Scheveningen vanaf Wassenaarseslag,
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm
painted on location - Fri 7 Aug 2015


For some reason I didn't post this work back in August. This is actually the study I did for a 80 x 200 cm commission. Characterised by high dunes and a wide beach this is one of the most natural sections of our coastline here in Holland. A stretch of beach and dunes that is frequently used by hikers and bicycle enthusiasts.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Indian Summer visits Zuiderstrand 3x

Mooi na zomers ochtend
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Mon 21 Sept 2015

The morning that this was painted it was actually quite cold, yet due to hardly any wind force, it was possible for me to set up and work.  For many it invites one to want to check out this beach, we have here in The Hague. In fact I feel I am doing the Gemeente Den Haag a great service. Surely I must be getting people excited about coming to the coast and going for a walk, or just chilling out on this stretch of Earth.

Zuiderstrand met wind en wolken
oil on canvas - 60 x 80 cm
painted on location - Mon 28 Sept. 2015
€ 725

Well, not too many days left for me to offer such breath taking scenery for the searcher of Beauty and Space. As in Holland "Space", has become a luxurious commodity, afforded to the wealthy, and in some cases, even the wealthy find it hard to come by. A small overcrowded country it is, our beloved flat land, with beautiful skies, and lovely flowers.  This country also has the capacity to breed genuine people, past and present. In fact featured in this painting is one of the present day "genuine"persons. His name is Theo Janssen, and you can clearly see him hunched over one of his so called, "strandbeesten", (literally translates to "beach beast").  His days are also numbered here on South Beach for this season, as his beach studio will be folding up and along with all the other buildings on the beach, will be closing down for the winter. 

Zuiderstrand, The Big Picture
oil on canvas - 60 x 120 cm
painted on location - Wed 30 Sept 2015
€ 825

This is the first time I made a painting from this vantage point. Before you is the stretch of beach were people like to let it all hang out, "the nude beach". In fact if you zoom in on that person laying next to the wind screen, you will see he is wearing nothing but a hat! It was not so crowded most people were hanging out at the beach cafe. The sky is what crabbed me the most, and inspired me to give my best shoot at this view. A rather windy day, as you can see by the beach surface and the clouds, and believe you me, by the end of this plein-air session I was exhausted!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

In Homage to HKZV

Hommage aan HKZV
oil on canvas - 70 x 50 cm
painted on location - Friday 11 Sept 2015

Yes folks, take a good look, because this will be probably the last time you see this cobalt blue landmark on our beloved stretch of Earth, known as Zuiderstrand. Next season it will be replaced with a lower object and from what I hear, not right up against the dunes. Over the years I've made at least 3 dozen, if not more paintings, which feature this exclusive clubhouse. It is situated next to the beach Cafe/Restaurant, De Fuut, which has a cadmium yellow light hue finish. Together they sparkle like a diamond in Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry box.  Another unique quality of this work, is that it is most likely the last hot summer look scene of Zuiderstrand I will be painting this year.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

A quiet moment, just to yourself

Een rustig moment, gewoon voor jezelf
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Thurs 10 Sept 2015
€ 625

Yes ladies and gentlemen, a serene moment. A time to take a deep breath, and thank God you find yourself in a good state of health, with the ability to see, to smell, to feel. A cool soft wind caresses your skin, the warmth of the morning Sun crowns this special moment. In front of you, the Sea, the sky, bordering on Infinity. Your mind automatically shifts to a pleasurable thought. You leave those mundane pretty well useless cares behind. You realize what is important, and you put into perspective what really matters. All this for free. All this for the taking. All this available to the searcher of harmony and peace. All this to be found right here on our beautiful coast. All this to be heard, as the sound of a gentle wave fills the heart with serenity, peace and finally, Love.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Indian Summer on the beach

Moeder en kind naar strand bij "Zuid" (Nieuwe versie)
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tues 9 Sept 2014 (re-worked in studio 3 Sept 2015)
€ 625

Almost exactly a year later I decided to re fresh this warm beach entrance scene.It is the start of a warm Indian Summers day. This Mom is treating her daughter to a day of fun at the cool waters edge, were indeed most Haagenaar folk like to go when it gets up in the mid 20's celsius. One of the hot spots for the young crowd, this beach house is simply called Zuid, which means South.

The painting here under is MUCH, MUCH bigger than the above work, just this weblog formatting does not give that appearance.

Wijds gezicht op Zuiderstrand bij ochtend licht,
oil on canvas - 70 x 140 cm (let op!)
painted on location - Wed 9 & Thurs 10 Sept. 2015

I waited patiently for almost 2 weeks for some good sunny weather to make this and 3 other paintings in the past 3 days. A scene I never get tired of painting, and now working this size, on location, really gets my inspiration juices flowing. Can't wait to exhibit this on my next art market, just to hear the reactions from the on lookers.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Golden hour finds Scheveningen

Het gouden uur vindt Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 20 x 140 cm (8" x 48")
painted on location 5x - 06 Aug - 21 Aug 2018

Finding myself getting ready for Art markets in Scheveningen I decided to make yet again a painting of this scene, however this time with the warm tones of the Golden hour. This refers to that time of day when the Sun is anxiously making its way to kiss the horizon. Fortunately for me, this time of year it takes a good hour and a half.  Lots of sport activity takes place on this beach. Featured on the bottom right is glimpse of  the world class beach volleyball stadium.

As most of you know these panoramic format paintings are difficult to represent digitally on line, thus 2 close ups for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Summertime and the living is easy

Intimate beach family scene
oil on canvas - 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches)
painted on location -  Sun 2 August 2015

Holiday season is in full swing, and people in Holland are taking full advantage of the nice weather! Here is a close up of one families situation. The kids are refreshing themselves in the water, the baby is staying fresh under the parasol, while the adults are preparing a snack and drinks! Yes, as parents, were better a place can you bring your kids to let loose and have fun. Just a warning of caution, be careful, because the Sea although life giving, can sometimes take it away.

Invitation to fun and adventure
oil on canvas - 60 x 120 cm - (24 x 47 inches)
painted on location - Sunday 9 August 2015

This scene is always an inspiration for me to set up and paint. Over the years have done it at least 2 dozen times, in all weather conditions, but in my opinion this situation works best! Hell life is tough enough. You come home from a stressful day at the office, or wherever. You take off your hat and shoes, the misses has a warm dinner sizzling in the oven. You crack open a cool beer, sit yourself down, you look up. Now would you not rather be looking at this scene and not a stormy wind blazing savage Sea. Who knows it might even entice you to fancy those curves your wife so proudly displays, for your eyes only!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Scheveningen Beach & Boulevard and Zuiderstrand on a summers night

Il Pittore's vision of Scheveningen Beach 
oil on canvas - 30 x 200 cm
painted mostly on location - Started 4th of June - ended in studio 9th of July 2015

Here I undertook the monumental task of making such an enormous XXXL canvas on location! I was situated exactly on the Noordelijk havenhoofd about 90 meters shy of the small red and white stripped lighthouse. Thus the wind was keeping me good company most of the time. In fact, it liked to pat me on the back, now and then. On one occasion all my gear hit the deck, lucky the damage was sustainable. Capturing the Sun's morning rays as they are just about to embrace the west side of the buildings and other objects portrayed, I felt this was the right moment to freeze, thus giving the onlookers something interesting to digest.

Warm glow over Zuiderstrand
oil on canvas - 20 x 60 cm
painted on location - Monday 3 August 2015

€ 325

Here I bring to you the situation at hand in these warm summer days we are being gifted with having here in The Lowlands. I found myself next to the beach cafe De Kwartel, about half way between Scheveningen and Kijkduin. This stretch of beach, being one of Hollands best kept secrets, most Dutch people don't know that The Hague has a seriously gorgeous beach front, (they think it is all happening in Scheveningen). And you know what ,Hagenaars like it just that way, thus they have the beach all to themselves! 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Finally Summer

Zomers gezicht # 2
oil on canvas - 24 x 18 cm
painted on location - Sat 27 June 2015

 Here I took the trouble to frame in this view, as if you find yourself on the spot I made this painting, your view will be overridden with impressions from every angle. Using my artistic freedom I gave the composition a little tweak, and that was to exaggerate the gradation from the cats to the shoreline of the sea.

Zomers gezicht #1
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location - Thurs 25 June 2015

A well known spot on the coast of Holland, the entrance to the Scheveningen harbours. Also a favourite location for many people who like to catch fish. Some people just like to come and stroll to the end of these piers (there is a north and a south pier), giving one the impression of being out at sea. In fact with high winds you are taking your life at risk to take that walk. Fortunately for the absent minded, the municipality has installed gates that close when it is dangers.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Clouds of the North Sea

Study of clouds over South Beach
oil on canvas - 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Thurs 28 May 2015
€ 125

Sunny yet windy conditions characterises this little canvas which gives you a rather big picture of the scenery at hand. Painted next to De Kwartel, a popular beach cafe/restaurant on this lovely stretch of beach.

Kite surfer with high winds on the North Sea
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm
painted on location - Fri 19 June 2015
€ 285

Now these guys and gals are about the only dudes that love this high windy conditions here on the North Sea coastline! Whizzing by at high speeds, these guy was getting air born every couple of minutes! Was fun for me to show him in an actual position of surfing the rough surface of the sea that afternoon.

Summer fun at the beach, South Beach, The Hague

Zomers Dagje op strand
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
Painted on location - Sun 7 June 2015
Although this was made before summer officially stared, it certainly suggests a warm moment on the tranquil beach which we are fortunate to have here in the big city of The Hague. Mornings is the right time to catch this light effect on the water, and that's exactly the time you can find me working on such a painting

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Postcards from Venezia series # 5 & 6

View from Accademia Bridge with Golden Light 
oil on canvas board - 20 x 29 cm
painted on location - 7 May 2015
€ 195

View from Accademia Bridge with Warm Light
oil on canvas board - 20 x 29 cm
painted on location - 6 May 2015
€ 175

These are the last two paintings made on my recent trip to Venezia. Twice the size of the original four paintings, posted not so long ago. I choose to render this scene in a way that it might have looked a few centuries ago, at 5 o' clock in the morning.  Thus no vaporetto halts, and no cruise ships! 

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Soft clouds vrs. Swift clouds on the Tranquil beach

Zachte ochtend lucht, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on linen - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - 21 April 2015

Gauw midag lucht, Zuiderstrand DH
oil on linen - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Wed 27 May 2015

It's a matter of taste, which will determine the choice you favour. I imagine the ladies would prefer the misty soft view of Kijkduin, and the men most likely would prefer the sharp and more active view of Scheveningen. In both cases the national flag is hanging out, thus the doors of perception are open, come in and join the feast!  I'm no expert on that subject so let's skip it. On the 2nd painting you can see Theo Jansen working on a rather large 'strandbeest'. If you go to the beach right now (Saturday 6 June) you can see it, as he is still building it up. For me this is one of the most colourful scenes one can find on the coast of The Netherlands. Primary colours next to each other, a pure joy for us visual people.  

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Beautiful moments at the Sea

Memories of a beautiful day,
oil on canvas - 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Sun 24 May 2015

A simple study of the situation at hand. A child running with her baby brothers play shovel. Families, couples, children of all ages, all enjoying the warm vibe of this exciting moment here at South Beach. The Hague.  Feeling fortunate to have been on location, and to have been gifted with the ability to be able to create this everlasting, immortal scene, on a piece of linen.

A beautiful moment on the vigorous North Sea.
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 19 May and in studio Sat 30 May 2015
€ 295

The richness of a Nation, summed up .....Yes ladies and gentlemen, it's right here before your eyes! Have a close look at what's shown. The oil is extracted out of the Earth, in this case, beneath the Sea bed. (on the horizon to the left of the sailboat). The oil is then loaded on to a tanker, which is anchored, floating on the Sea, most likely waiting for the oil price to increase on the market! Fortunes are made, the Nation prosperous. Here you see an example of that healthy economy. A favorite pass time for many, sailing the vigorous North Sea.