Friday, 24 April 2015

South Beach DH, in all her Glory

Gezicht op Kijkduin Zuiderstrand met hoge wind
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Wed 15 April 2015
€ 575

Oh, oh, oh, don't those Dutch clouds love to make their presence known. And me as a painter certainly pay all my respect and homage to their gracefulness and curvaceous beauty. Always a pleasure to represent them on linen, and they compliment the beach views majestically. Am sure John Constable would have really enjoyed painting here in The Lowlands!  

Gezicht op Scheveningen met Kinderen voor DeStaat
oil on canvas - 40 x 60 cm
painted on location - Wed 15 April 2015
€ 575

After I finished the above painting, it was so nice I just made a 180 degree turn and decided this scene was worth to make another painting. I played with raising the horizon line, thus giving an even greater sense of depth. On this work you can get an idea of how the strong winds move around large masses of sand, forever changing the surface look of this stretch of beach. And kids of course they just love playing in the sand!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Path in the dunes, DH

Pad in de duinen, DH
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm
painted on location - Sat 18 April 2015

It is late in the afternoon, I went down to the beach, looking for inspiration. Nothing going on there but a wind strong enough to blow all my gear to Rotterdam. The kite surfers were having a great time, but that was the extent of it. Discouraged, I turned around and headed back to my auto. Luckily I stopped for a drink of water at the fountain just 5 meters behind the location were this painting was made. I saw the light bouncing off the sea, and thought to myself, "wouldn't it be fine if I could somehow show that on a oil painting." Well that was enough to get me started. To show light one must surround the area in darkness, thus on that premise, this work started taking shape. I'm positive Monet would have done a much better rendition of this scene. But, for better or for worse, this was the result of my modest effort. I have done this scene before, over the years, and am glad to admit it never tires me, as this is such a beautiful location, especially now with the new growth. On the horizon to the left a hint of the Atlantic Hotel, Kijkduin.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Misty on South Beach

Zeevlam bij Zuiderstrand,
oil on canvas - 40 x 60 cm
painted on location - Thurs 9 April 2015
€ 525

 The temperature is getting warmer, and when it is really warm, as we love to have it here in Holland, you can get this effect on the beach. Now, this might not be everyones favorite situation, but it does make for a rather atmospheric beach scene. Through the thick fog, which by the way, is shown in the process of lifting, one can make out a row of beach cafes to the left. On the right, four elements to spice things up, on the horizon a sail boat, next a pole to indicate a wave breaker, then a couple of children, and last, the pet dog of the children.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Blind Faith series # 1,2 & 3

Blind Vetrouw series #1,
oil on canvas - 70 x 90 cm
painted on location - Tues 7 April 2015

You know the saying, 'if they through lemons at you, make lemon juice'  That is exactly what I am doing  in this series! The weather is getting warmer, but the Sea temperature is still extremely cold, so this is what happens. You get this thick mist hanging around for hours. It does make for a rather atmospheric painting. It looks easy enough to do, but belief me, to represent depth in these scenes does take some trickery. And that is were experience comes in to do the job that needs to be done.  After working on the large painting, I attempted a smaller panoramic format, which is shown here below.

Blind Vetrouw series #2,
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tues 7 April 2015
€ 265

Tranquillity and peace, is what this and the other works from this series offers you.  Room to allow you to think things over, make that important decision, without visual obstruction. Life in a crowded country like Holland does require time out, every now and then. Fixing your eyes on one of these paintings will slow your thoughts down, allow your mind to focus and meditate!

Blind Vetrouw series #3,
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Fri 10 April 2015
€ 575

Here I found myself at my favourite stretch of beach, hoping for the Sun to break through. Same as hundreds of other Netherlanders who payed a visit to Zuiderstrand that day. Well a few hours later that did happen, but in the meantime am glad I made the decision to paint this view of paal 36, just in front of beach cafe, De Fuut. I would like to remind you of that saying I happened to come upon not long ago by Robert Henri....'Why do we love the Sea. It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.' Now, I tell you, is that not enough reason, to make that walk on the beach! I certainly am glad I got the sea almost at my door step, as am sure are thousands of other people living near the coast here in The Lowlands.

detail of #3

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Scheveningen Boulevard with morning light # 2

Scheveningen Aan Zee, met ochtend licht,
oil on mdf - 22 x 180 cm
painted on location - 8 settings from 05 March 2015 - 18 March 2015

This is the 2nd time I paint this view. Last year also in March I was working from the Southern branch of the harbour entrance (Zuidelijk Havenhoofd, Buitenhaven). This is the view from the Northern branch of the harbour entrance (Noordelijk Havenhoofd). lt can be difficult to work with such a wide panoramic format on this location, as the wind likes to surprise you from time to time. On one occasion my easel with painting fill to the ground, lucky the damage was easy to repair.  After that I was anchoring my gear with a large shopping bag full of sand. With the morning light this view is spectacular, thus I was confined to working for no more than 2 hrs at a time. Below a close up of the Pier, which is undergoing renovations at present.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"Let there be light"

"Laat er licht zijn"...,
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Thurs 19 March 2015
€ 425

Luckily I happened to be on location, (just had finished working on a larger painting). On the top left, the Sun forcing its light through the thick layers of clouds, which have no choice but to surrender to the outburst of gases and heat coming from that life bearing Celestial body.  Thus the sky, all of a sudden broke open, creating these lovely exotic shapes. A true pleasure to witness, after days of overcast clouds. I couldn't help but think of the biblical phrase, "Let there be light"!  Thus this painting was created. On the horizon, the Hotel Atlantic, in Kijkduin, to the right of it, you can barely make out the communications tower, which has been planted in the so called "Zandmotor".

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A beautiful late winters day

Een mooie late winters dag,
oil on mdf panel - 17 x 24 cm
painted ion location - Thurs 12 March 2015

€ 185

Yes a beautiful late winters day and am so grateful I had the opprtunity to be on location on the "Stille strand" in Den Haag. Still a bit chilly, but thanks to the Sun shine and little wind, it made it a pleasure. Everything was looking very ordinary, not much action yet on the beach, thus it took a few minutes for me to finally decide to paint this view. I stayed on and did another painting, as the light was getting warm and the Golden hour was just beginning. Thus I set up another canvas and made the painting here below.

Einde van een mooie winters dag
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Thurs 12 March 2014
€ 195

Saturday, 7 March 2015

3 studies - Scheveningen Inner Harbor

3 studies van Scheveningen binnen haven 
oil on mdf - 10 x 17.5 cm each
painted on location - 24 Feb 2015/2 March 2015

€ 90 each -  (pay for 2 get all 3 / 2 betalen 3 halen)

As you know already I have been busy making works at this location. For an artist to get familiar with a subject, it is necessary to make several studies, thus one gets familiar with it. Just think of Picasso and all the studies he made for some of his major works. Les Demoiselles d' Avignon, for example, there must exist well over 100 drawings and painting of studies related to that piece alone.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Symphony of color finds Scheveningen #4

Een symfonie van kleur vindt Scheveningen # 4
oil on canvas - 20 x 60 cm
painted on location - Wed/Thurs. 25/26 Feb. 2015


Again I found myself attracted to this harbour. I rather enjoy the challenge of having to simplify and leave out as much detail as possible in order to make this view visually digestible to the human eye. This then results in creating a certain mood which, of course is subjective to the viewer.  

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Sea and nothing but The Sea, #1,2 &3

Het Zee en niks anders #1,
oil on mdf - 10 x 17.5 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 17 Feb 2015
€ 135 (all 3 for €350)

Het Zee en niks anders #2
oil on mdf - 10 x 17.5 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 17 Feb 2015
€135 (all 3 for €350)

Het Zee en niks anders #3
oil on mdf - 10 x 17.5 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 17 Feb 2015
€ 135 (all 3 for €350)

Here I have decided to paint the movement of the waves on such a beautiful sunny day, only still very cold but with little wind it was manageable to be on location. The panels represent what it must look like when you are out on the Sea. even though I painted these at the waters edge, on a beach. These works are ready to hang, and they don't need a frame.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A Symphony of color finds Scheveningen # 2 & 3

Kleurrijk gezicht op de Binnen Haven
oil on canvas - 20 x 40 cm
painted on location - Mon 9 Feb 2015

A rather free interpretation of this scenery, but really this array of colour does play in this quaint harbour, that we are fortunate to have here in The Hague. You wouldn't know it, but it is a very cold winters day, and believe me, standing for hours at the easel getting this painting done does chill ones bones, no matter how well you are clothed.

Het hektrawler SCH 123,
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tues. 10 Feb 2015, (Finished in studio Thurs 12th)
€ 625

I had to work as fast as possible in order to get all those details which are characteristic of this wonderful working vessel. I will surely make more paintings from this fleet of ships. I find they add so much colour and warmth to this otherwise rather boring looking harbour. It was a pleasure to paint this scene and you can be sure you will be seeing more!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Wetlands in Gelderland

Wetland landscape, Pannerden, Gelderland
oil on canvas - 20 x 40 cm
painted on location - Sat. 31 Jan 2015
€ 285

Here you have a typical view of a area which has been given over to the migrating birds. The river Rhine runs not far from this location, this area is used to contain water that overflows from the river, which is quite common in the Spring, and this time of year.

Poort naar Rijnstragen, Pannerden, Gelderland
oil on canvas - 20 x 40 cm
painted on location - Sat. 31 Jan 2015
€ 285

First I painted an intimate scene in this area, now here you have a general view of the situation at hand. Obviously the sky is the dominate theme in this view.  Seeing the rain coming down from those heavy leaden clouds was a treat for me as a painter.....A typical winters sky here in Holland, but more especially in this  part of the country were two of Europe's greatest rivers, the Rhine and the Maas edge there way to the North Sea. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sunny Winter Seascapes

Strandingang bij "DeKwartel" met zandverstuiving,
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 27 Jan 2015

A cozy and inviting winters seascape yet you better have warm clothing, as the wind will certainly find its way to chill your warm blood. That didn't stop the couple you see at the waters edge, most likely too much in love to feel the cold. I was inspired by the light and the sand drift created by the hand of Nature at this beach entrance.

Kom op "Bandit" wij gaan lopen,
oil on canvas board - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Fri 23 Jan 2015

€ 325

But Bandit, the pet doggie of these two boys doesn't want to go for a walk on this cold winters day. She is still a puppy, and would much rather be cuddled up near the fireplace in the family living room. I couldn't agree more with Bandit, that is why I chose to stay off the open beach, were the wind factor was making it even colder! It was fine that the Sun shine made things a little warmer, and was creating this strange misty, yet soft light effect.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Memories of a warmer times, (2 comissions)

Couple with pet in front of Strandpavelijon De Kwartel
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
Painted on location and in studio - Sept 2014

private collection Den Haag

The man of this couple was given this painting as a birthday present from his beloved wife. It was important that I place them on the waterfront walking towards the beach cafe called De Kwartel. The scene is draped with a soft glow of late afternoon light, the temperature is warm and comfortable. A fine moment to reflect on, especially on these cold winter days, with shortened hours of daylight.

Family outing on the beach, Zwartepad, Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm 
Painted on location and in the studio Oct/Nov 2014

private collection Den Haag

This work was commissioned to me by the daughter of that man you see playing with his two grand children at the waters edge. The background is made up of the dominant pier,  the hotels and other buildings making up the boulevard of Schevenigen. It is difficult to see all the details with accuracy as this format is not suitable for web logging, but believe you me, when standing in front of the  original painting the details are as sharp and clear as the blue of the sky.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Peace rests, on a winters day

Vrederust op een wintersdag
oil on canvas - 30 x 80 cm
painted on location -  Tues 6 Jan 2015 - (finished in studio Mon 12 Jan 2015)

First plein-air painting of 2015. Bringing you an image were your eye can transmit to your brain, tranquillity and peace. It doesn't attract world attention, no smeary politicians going to gather and pretend they care. Just a crazy artist out in the open, freezing his fingers and toes in order to bring you this moment of purity. Hey, I'm not complaining, but really, what a disgusting world we live in. That artists who make cartoons as a living have to be killed, just so the rulers of the world can again take away Our civil rights!   Why don't they just have enough courage to admit what they are doing, once and for all. At least this way, we the people of this marvellous planet can organise and take action. No they have to kill innocent people, children and families on aeroplanes, defenceless women and elderly people. Put the blame on terrorists. Make laws to control terrorism, only thing is I am not a terrorist, most likely you are not a terrorist, but you and I have to be subject to those laws, that control, and control, and control even more our Rights, more and more...makes me sick. ...Oh well, I only hope I can in my little way, bring some beauty into your life, please forgive me for dumping some emotion, and if you want to sign off my mailing list, I understand. Here below you see me creating this painting.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

A young girl and her beloved pet

Een jong meije en haar geliefde hond
                                                                        oil on mdf - 14.5 x 25 cm
                                                                   painted on location - 31 Dec. 2014
                                                                                         € 225

Luckily it was a beautiful, sunny and dry morning on the last day of the year.  I had time on my hand, thus decided to assemble my gear, put on some warm clothing and head out of the studio to the very spot on the beach were I made several dozens of seascapes in 2014. As the weather was favourable, the beach was busy with people and their canine friends.  After developing the composition, and colour scheme, I paid attention to the wave action. The painting needed more details, so I added a few seagulls in flight. They did little to make this a complete art work. Something else was needed. Stepping back and observing what was actually happening before my eyes, I finally decided to compose this situation, a young girl and her beloved pet. Content with what developed, I quickly scratched in my signature and packed up, as by then the cold wind had found its way to my bones!    

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

I'm dreaming of A White Christmas

Kerstsfeer in Den Haag,
oil on canvas - 50 x 40 cm
painted on location -  Dec 2010, re worked in studio 22 Dec 2014

€ 625 (elegant white baklijst included)

It was on a postcard perfect winters afternoon, characterised by sounds of  children' s laughter and screams of joy. The crackling of  pure white snow, was to be heard,... yeah, as the young and old  alike moved slowly along, replacing the usual disturbing noise of automobile traffic.  Mothers pulling on sleighs, adults carefully manoeuvring their bicycles on this square, which has been dedicated to one of Hollands most beloved Queens.  Konigin Emma. That my dear readers was what inspired and moved me to find myself on location at the Regentesseplein in The Hague. I have since re-worked the scene on three occasions, finally choosing to remove  the tree featured to the left of the odalisque (as shown below) and replaced it with a not so dominate slanted street sign. It is amazing how this alone has opened up the view.  Also more figures have been added, and the details have been emphasised somewhat. I took the freedom of using my imagination to render this delightful moment in the tradition of  the much loved 19th century Dutch classical painter, Anton Pieck.

original work dec 2010

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The tempestuous winds of the north sea, a cometh

de stormachtige winden van de noordzee, komt
oil on canvas - 30 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 9 Dec 2014
€ 475

This was the beginning of what we are presently experiencing here on the coast of The Lowlands. Wind gusts are well over Force 8. Even when one is prepared for these hard gales,  in a ship weighting tons of steel, stretching the length of 2 or 3 city blocks, be ready for the wrath of God! The Sea is both creative and destructive.  Just as it ushers Life in to this world, depending on it's mood,  it can usher Life out of this world. This scene depicts the arrival of the storm. Today it would be utterly impossible for me to sit up at the same location, with a canvas this size.  

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A Symphony of Color finds Scheveningen # 1

Een symfonie van kleur vindt Scheveningen # 1
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - 25 - 11 - 2014 t/m  02 - 12 - 2014

When the Dutch landscape is seen through Italian eyes, this is a probable outcome. Seen through my eyes, this is the outcome!  I was reluctant to undertake this project, as that harbour is just a blazing with detail. However once into it, allowing for the brush to do what it does, and for the palette, a generous amount of freedom of expression, I rather enjoyed what was developing. For some i might have gone too far with the details, but ultimately it is my signature that goes on the painting. Thus a balance of what is actually visible, combined with fantasy, makes this view, in my opinion, visually digestible,

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Autumn Colors in the dunes # 5

Herftklueren in de duinen #5
oil on canvas - 27 x 35 cm
painted on location - Tues. 25 Nov 2014

I was on my way back to the studio from a painstaking painting session in the overcrowded Scheveningen Inner Harbor. It was mid-afternoon,  only about one and a half hours left of daylight. Enough time for me to knock off this small canvas. As to not waste time, I went to a familiar spot, The path I usually take to make all those seascapes. With winter being just around the corner, vegetation is drying up now, however still nice autumn gold colors to be found, especially when the Sunlight bursts through the clouds.

Monday, 24 November 2014

A warm summers moment, at the beach

Een warme zomers moment op het strand,
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
reworked in my studio - Nov 2014

 A cosy little story being told in this quaint scene of beach life. It is late in the afternoon, on a perfect summers day.  Warm hues reflecting on the water, the tide is coming in and  Jaap's castle is about to be washed away.  He looks on with discontent, the pet Jackie also feeling sympathy for what is about to take place.  Meanwhile happy Koosje with her new pink bathing suit runs gaily into the cool salty waters, all excited to get  Mommies attention.  This is just one of thousands of happy events taking place on Hollands coastline, during a cordial lazy summers afternoon. Brought to you especially on time for that unique gift on paakjes avond.  Here in Holland, on the evening of  Dec 5th,  it is a tradition for Saint Nicholaas to pass by every homestead with his black Piets (assistants) with potato sacks full of gifts and rhymes, for children, big and small, assuring for a  merry family get together. Here below you see the original painting I made, on location, back in July 2014. It would be interesting for me to know what you think of the changes made.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sailing the windy North Sea

Zeilen op de winderige noordzee,
oil on canvas - 70 x 50 cm
repainted in studio - Tues 11 Nov 2014

The intent I had was to re work a painting that I was not quite satisfied with, and the fact that it didn't sell was most likely due to the fact that most on lookers were also not satisfied with. Anyway felt it needed something, started off by increasing the wave action, at the shore line, as you can see in the original version, (shown below). Soon I began to notice that the more water I painted, the further I was departing from the shoreline. I liked what was building up and I decided to go with it. Thus this scene was created. It gives one the perspective of viewing the sailboats and that yellow buoy from way out on the Sea. I feel this painting works a lot better, thus have decided to make it available for the art connoisseur, or just you the average art lover.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Small Seascape & Autumn Colors in the dunes 3 & 4

Paal 36, Zuiderstrand, het Stillestrand
oil on canvas - 20 x 20 cm
painted on location - Tues 28 Oct 2014

Back on the beach for the first time in weeks, as I was very sick with a severe cold. Thus I decided to tackle only a small format painting and was inspired by this simple yet atmospherical subject. Of course I gave myself some freedom with the colour scheme, but really it was not far from the truth. 


Herfstkleuren in de duinen #4
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Sun 2 Nov 2014

This canvas was made in the same afternoon as the one below! You can see how dramatically the whole scenery changes when the atmosphere shifts from sunny to overcast, in just a matter of minutes. I kind of like the idea of sitting up on the same location and painting what lies before me. A pleasure one experiences from plein-air painting


Herfstkleuren in de duinen #3
oil on canvas - 30 x 80 cm
painted on location - Fri 31 Oct & Sun 2 Nov 2014
This work was made in two sessions, due to the fact that I started it rather late in the afternoon, thus  the bright lighting was vanishing at a rate that was impossible to keep up with. Not a problem, a couple days later the sun was shining in all its glory. Sit up early enough in the afternoon, and the work was finished.  

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Autumn Colors in the dunes, # 1 & 2

Herfstkleuren in de duinen #1
oil on canvas board - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
€ 345

It is my self imposed duty or responsibility, as it were, to get out in this area, and seize the moment of beauty.  Mostly I'm on the beach, painting the sky and water and the life on the beach.  But at this time of year the colours of the flora in the dunes are shouting out to be noticed and admired. I couldn't help but here Natures cry of joy as the Sun shined its warmth and life energy on all those leaves, surrounding this path to the Quiet beach, here in The Hague.


Herfstkleuren in de duinen #2
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
€ 345

As we have to take it as it comes, the Sun is what I am referring to.  I rushed over to this location, not far from were I was sit up on the above painting, and payed homage to this array of these juicy colours. I like to add about these two works a quote from a great painter.  "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."  (Edgar Degas)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Painting Refreshed

Naar 't huis bij strandpaviljoen DeStaat (repainted),
oil on mdf - 26 x 122 cm
Repainted in studio - 14 Oct 2014
€ 625

As you can clearly see, when you look at the original painting made on location back in early June 2014 (shown below), the fresh version is much more alive, with a play of light which reflects the atmospheric conditions. I don't usually re work paintings, but I am certain that in this case it was required. Interesting are the persons featured on the beach, especially the two boys on the left, kicking the soccer ball

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Quiet Beach is Alive #2 - Repainted

Het Stille strand Leeft #2 - Overgeschildert
oil on MDF - 40 x 122 cm
painted on location - Thurs 4 Sept 2014

On the horizon to the left a glimpse of De Eendtracht, most likely out on a business outing. It's getting late Mothers busy rounding up their children, in order to head on home for supper. A man walking his Labrador at the waters edge. Yes folks, the Quiet beach is alive and well. And what makes it so?  No doubt, the people,.... The Hagenaars, especially the Vogelwijk dwellers, the kite surfers, the Beach cafe owners and staff,  all the children's laughter.....the occasional German tourist, the Expats, who have discovered the real treasure this city has to offer! And all those who love to feel the cool breeze the North Sea offers on a hot muggy summers day.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Summer Fun On The Beach - # 5,6,7

Moeder en kind naar strand bij "Zuid"
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tues 9 Sept 2014
€ 625

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 young crowd, this beach house is simply called Zuid, which means South.

Moeder en kindern op strand
oil on canvas - 30 x 24 cm
painted on location - Thur 9 Sept 2014
€ 245

The sailboat featured got unusually close to the shore, making it a must for me to paint into the composition. In fact made a little story from the characters featured in the foreground and the vessel.

Strand gezicht van Zuiderstrand, 's ochtends
oil on canvas - 30 x 80 cm
painted on location -  Fri 12 Sept 2014

Sure am glad that there are enough local folk that are as much in love with this beach scenery as I am, as every time I make one of these paintings, it usually sells before the paint is dry! If you compare this with the same scene of previous postings you will see that in fact, one can never experience the same situation twice, there is always a different play of light happening, which in turn effects the whole scene. Featured in this work is the world renowned artist/inventor Theo Janssen, You can see him and an assistant working on one of his StrandBeest, (beach monster).