Saturday, 9 March 2019

The Duin pond 4 & 5

De duinplas nabij De Savorin Lohmanpad #4
oil on canvas - 80 x 120 cm - (31 x 47 inches)
painted on location in 3 sittings -  23/24/25 Feb 2019

€ 1450

Continuing on this series, for a change, worked on a rather large format, esspecially for on location painting. This of course presented  me with a host of problems to work out! Creating depth for example. Details are much more pronounced. Hence had to return to the same location 3 times to get it looking decent. Luckily the atmospheric condition was constant, allowing me to paint it in a short time frame.

De duinplas nabij De Savorin Lohmanpad #5
oil on canvas - 40 x 40 cm
painted on location - Fri 8 March 2019

€ 450

I find this format works well for this subject. Keeping the emphasis on the elegance of the tall trees. Funny how it is that every time i make a painting of this scene, it never is the same twice!

Thursday, 21 February 2019

The duin pond 1,2 & 3

De duinplas, nabij De Savorin Lohmanpad #1
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Fri. 15 Feb. 2019

€ 545

Inspired by the composition, yes, but with the sunlight, this view becomes for me, magical! It then transforms into an array of warm tones, it's all about the colours. As subtle as they are they're still there, which for making a painting of this scenery help tremendously.

De duinplas, nabij De Savorin Lohmanpad #2
oil on canvas - 60 x 70 cm
painted on location - Sun. 17 Feb. 2019

€ 595

Here the second result of painting this romantic natural location. Of course as a painter one has the freedom to do what one fancies. Thus an exaggeration on the colour scheme, and then you get something like what I have recorded, with a much vibrant palette. Transforming this scenery in an Expressionist mode, rather than an Impressionist type painting.

De duinplas, nabij De Savorin Lohmanpad #3
oil on canvas - 40 x 40 cm
painted on location - Mon. 18 Feb. 2019


Again having fun with the colours here.  Which actually are there to be seen in the bright sunlight, only I amplify them to a much higher level. And why not? I mean this work is meant to be hanging in someones living quarters, not some scientific laboratory where precision is the order of things, so yes I could and take pleasure at making it more pleasing to look at. 

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Entrance is free

de toegang is gratis,
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 31 Jan 2019


Here I have decided to revisit a theme that has inspired me for several years now, 'paths to the Sea'. A misty damp winters day, very little wind, thus ideal circumstances to be on location. Sometimes we need a break, time to reflect, to think things over. Well where better place to go than on such a natural solitary beach, were all you are confronted is the Sea, calm and respective of your mood.  You won't be disturbed by crowds of people, only the odd dog with her owner might pass you by.  Plenty of room to move about, both physically and psychologically. All this and more, and the entrance is for free!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

The Hofvijver, The Hague Series - # 8, 9, 10 and 11

The Hofvijver Series # 8
sprookjes achtig gezicht - winter 2019
oil on linen - 20 x 115 cm
painted on location - Sun/Mon 20/21 Jan 2019

€ 745 

Developing this series further, I decided to make this panoramic view, which was inspired by a picture I saw by a local photographer, Bosz De Kler. What I found interesting is the triangular shape of the composition. Kandinsky referred to this as the "spiritual triangle", which has a subliminal effect on the viewer. The onlooker has simultaneously an entrance (far left) and an exit (far right), to and from the painting. But if one chooses you could stick around for a while, by make a left turn at the end of the street on the right, and head toward the church tower of the Krote Kerk.  The pond was almost completely covered with a thin layer of ice, as the temperature dropped to below freezing. Below a picture of me working taken by a passer by. While the sun was out it felt good, however still extremely cold!

1st day on location


The Hofvijver Series # 9
Eindelijk de magie van de winter (1st schilderij)
oil on canvas - 20 x 40 cm
painted on location - Tues. 22 Jan 2019

€ 395

As was predicted by the weather man we finally got hit by that fluffy white stuff, which is so characteristic of winter in most in the Northern Hemisphere, yes it finally snowed! And of course yours truly was on hand, first thing in the morning. Represented here are the two paintings I managed to create in the 5 hour period that I could withstand the cold. After which my toes started to feel a little numb, thus time to pack up and call it a day.

The Hofvijver Series # 10
De magie van de winter (2de schilderij)
oil on canvas - 20 x 60 cm
painted on location - Tues. 22 Jan 2019


A painters dream come true, to work in the snow. Think it has something to do with the tonal range of all the subdued colours, due to the atmospheric hazy quality. Gives the landscape a mysterious mood.

Below a shot of me working on the 2nd painting,  #10 in the series.

on location


The Hofvijver Series # 11
De magie van de winter (3de schilderij)
oil on canvas - 30 x 60 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 24 Jan 2019

€ 475

Will almost all the snow has melted, but the pond is still very much covered with a thin layer of ice, as the temperatures are still quite low. This painting was started in the mid afternoon, and finished just before the darkness set in. The warm tones in the sky are caused by the setting Sun, which was taking place behind me. That's why you have orange/yellow being reflected in the windows of the buildings.

Friday, 18 January 2019

What lies beyond.

wat ligt erachter
oil on linnen - 80 x 160 cm
painted in studio - Nov/Dec. 2018

€ 2500.

Beyond those two breakwater lighthouses at the furthermost tip of the harbour entrance at Scheveningen one really has the feeling to be at the threshold of a mysterious place, especially under these atmospheric conditions.

This almost has the feeling of being a 'dreamscape' and not a seascape.

This is a large version of a painting I made on location, December 2017.

here under a couple of close ups, as it has proven to be almost impossible for me to get a decent picture for digital purposes.

Friday, 4 January 2019

View of Scheveningen from Harbour entrance

Gezicht op Scheveningen vanaf Zuidelijk Havenhoofd
oil on linen - 18 x 120 cm
painted on location - June/July 2018 / reworked in studio Dec 2018

€ 625.

Another work which I decided to make major alterations on. Repainted in areas especially the water and sky. However this time cropping off several centimetres of canvas, was the major change. Which results in bringing you the viewer much closer to the subject at hand. Originally this was a canvas of 30 x 170 cm, as you can see in the picture below. I felt it worked better without the water on the foreground and cropped off the edges considerably. It is of great importance that I have to be content with my creations, otherwise that vibe will not be transferred to the eventual viewer and there is no way that I would be able to convince someone into purchasing it.  BTW, also took 300€ off the price!

Ode aan Scheveningen

2de binnen haven met mist
oil on linnen - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location and re-worked in studio - Dec 2018


Here you have an example of artist's free interpretation of a painted scenery, altered to his/her fancy and delight. Below you have the painting in its original form, that is to say with sunlight and much harsher distinct details. Upon hours of  reflection I decided to make the scene quieter and much calmer. Fortunately for me, I didn't have to go back on location, to do this. As the composition remains true to the original, only the surface has changed. I feel it is an improvement, but of course that's only my opinion. Do you have an opinion, feel free to share it with me, thanks.

Monday, 19 November 2018

The Hofvijer # 7, The Hague

De Hofvijver #7, DH - Met Herfste Sfeer
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location -  Wed 31 Oct, Thurs 15 Nov and Sat 17 Nov 2018   (3 sittings)


Am glad I had the opportunity to get this painting finished before all those warm colours on the autumn leafs blew away! Again a rather large format for outdoor painting, however quite manageable and thank God the sidewalk is wide at this spot, thus was not in the way of all the tourists walking by. It is an honor for me to make this painting, especially so with the fact that that Sun lite Palladio looking building on the right, nestled in between the buildings covered with shade happens to be The Mauritshuis, home of the Royal Families Art Collection.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn in Westduinpark, The Hague

Kwartelpad, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
painted on location - Tues 16 Oct 2018

€ 1450

We have been having warm soft weather lately, ideal for working on location with such an enormous size canvas.  I have been at this location in the past and well, it never seizes to amaze me. I guess it has something to do with the view that opens up to the eyes, when one is coming out of the tree covered path from the Vogelwijk, to this wide open space leading to the Quiet beach. The locals here cherish this location, and God forbid should any Municipal agent grant a building permit to a developing company that would just love to build a hotel resort at this spot....all hell would break loose, and the citizens would take to the streets to prevent such an action, and I would be one of them!

                                                                               Here you have a picture of the work in progress at the location

The Hofvijer # 6, The Hague

De Hofvijer, DH  # 6
oil on canvas - 30 x 50 cm
painted on location - Sat 13 Oct 2018


Here I present to you the latest work made on location in this series. Autumn colours have definitely sit in, making this rendition gaily colourful. The tolerance flags were lined up on the other side of the pond, which just so happen to fit in nicely with the colour scheme. This painting is available with a handsome gold leaf frame from Italy, if you so choose.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Hofvijer #4 and #5, The Hague

De Hofvijver, DH #4
oil on canvas - 55 x 45 cm
painted on location - 29 Sept. 2018


Further developing this series, I decided to walk down the street towards the Mauritshuis. In order to get in the lamp pole and fence I painted from the other side of the street.

De Hofvijver, DH. # 5
oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location - 3/5/9 Oct. 2018

€ 945

This time a rather large format for plien-air painting, I decided to capture these lovely warm tones as the leaves of the trees are entering their autumn phase. Also the Sun being lower than it usually is, this also helps to intensifies the warm colors of the buildings. Is it any wonder that this is the most photographed corner of The Hague, I mean it's bloody breathtaking, wouldn't you agree?

                                                                                      here you see me working on #4 in this series

The Hofvijver #3, The Hague

De Hofvijver, DH #3
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - 13/20/26/27 Sept 2018

€ 925

Here I have decided to use a format that I commonly use when I paint a seascape or beach scene. I believe it works with this subject as well, as it captures the vast open space quite appropriately. Below a picture of me taken while I was working in the 3rd session. In this manner you get an idea of the actual size of this painting, which as you see is not the least a small work!

Friday, 28 September 2018

The Hofvijer, The Hague

De Hofvijver, Den Haag #1
oil on canvas - 45 x 60 cm
painted on location - Monday 10 Sept 2018

€ 745 (without frame/zonderlijst)

De Hofvijer, Den Haag #2
oil on canvas - 40 x 60 cm
painted on location - Thurs 13 Sept 2018

€ 745 (zonderlijst/without frame)

Yes my Dear friends, I have decided to embark on a new theme.  Following in the footsteps of  The Haagse School (an art movement  in The Hague - 19th century)  I Have decided to depict the most famous scenery of this lovely city, the capitol of Holland.  And what better location to start, but at the very spot were this city actually started building from. The building on the left, shows a section of our Nations Government Office called the Binnenhof.  As I am making minimal references to things of the 21 century, a scene like this could actually transport you back in time. My approach is however definitely modern, laying the paint on quite thick, not at all like the masters of the Golden Age. There will be more paintings from this corner of the city coming, already the third is complete and ready for the next posting!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The (not so) Quiet Beach, in action

Het stillestrand, leeft
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 (wow that is big! / 20" x 59")
painted on location -  Thursday 30 August 2018


Yes ladies and gentlemen, with the wind rustling about, tossing and turning over just about any small object that is not properly secured, the so called Quiet beach is fully alive and well. Luxurious typical Dutch clouds racing about in the direction that the wind will have them go, cast enormous shadows on the otherwise luminous sandy beach! The Sunlight always commanding the atmospheric condition, and at the same time, filling the surface of the sea water with the colours of her choice.....just another great day to be on location. Taking this all in visually, and working my ass off to get it on a large piece of stretched linen, that becomes the challenge of the moment. something I'm willing to take on, give it my best shoot.  And for better or for worse, I expose the results to the public at large, opening myself to ridicule or praise, depends on who's doing the looking I suppose.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The Sea of Emearld Green

The Swimmers
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm
painted on location - Fri 17 August 2018
€ 425

A perfect day for sailing,
oil on canvas - 18 x 115 cm
painted on location -  Fri 17 August 2018

€ 725

 Fluffy clouds, racing by were actively casting dark blue shadows on the green sea as I found myself on location at my usual spot on Zuiderstrand, The Hague. Both painted on the same day. Was really fine to be on location that morning and afternoon. 

Monday, 23 July 2018

The Setting Sun # 1 and # 2

Zonsondergang #1  or The last swim
oil on canvas - 50 x 40 cm
painted on location - Thurs 19 July 2018

€ 825

Looks like I found a new subject matter! In the past made a few sunset paintings, but this time I decided to use a portrait format size canvas, thus vertical instead of horizontal orientation. The color display at these sunsets can be very explosive, and a feast for the eyes. Indeed a challenge as the downward movement of the Sun goes rather quickly, at this time of day.  Keeping the Haagse School tradition alive, il pittore at your service!

Zonsondergang # 2 or A warm summers night at the beach
oil on canvas - 50 x 40 cm
painted on location - Sat 21 July 2018

€ 825

Friday, 13 July 2018

Life at the quiet beach, The Hague, Holland

Het Licht  vangen tijdens het Gouden uur
oil on linen - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Thurs 12 July 2018
€ 875

How does one catch the wind or the light? Physically that is impossible, but as an image in this case an oil painting on linen, it is possible. With practice and experience I do it in this way. Not everybody's cup of tea, some like it more abstract, some like it more messy. I could only do it my way, and thank goodness, there are enough people who appreciate what I do, thus I could put bread on the table and wood in the fire, come winter!


De Supper of ingang bij DeKwartel
oil on linen - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Wed 04 July 2018


A friendly and inviting summer scene, here at the Quiet beach in The Hague. Keeping busy by beach paviljion De Kwartel, were almost two decades ago I started painting on location. Then it had much more of a bohemian atmosphere, and Ed would kindly offer me an espresso, now and then. 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Summer impressions at the beach 2

Family fun at the beach
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Wed 6 June 2018
€ 825

First light 
oil on canvas - 70 x 60 cm
painted on location - Friday 25 May 2018
€ 625

Here you have two recent paintings, were I'm putting most of the focus on what's happening at the waters edge. Of course you have the waves rolling in, and the water in either a forward or a backward motion. Depending on the wind, the waves are either gentle or a little wild, as in the above painting. I like to get on location early, avoiding the crowds, and taking advantage of the sun still rising thus casting a softer warm light.

Summer impressions at the beach 1

Children playing Wassenaarseslag
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painting on location - Wed 24 May 2018
€ 475

It's late in the afternoon, the Sun begins to make its decent. This causes the water to shimmer with light, and when looking at figures in the direction of the Sun one is only able to see the silhouettes of the figures.   

Zuiderstrand s avonds vanaf De Kwartel
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location -  Wed 30 May 2018
I can never get tired of this view, especially around this time of the day. Thank God Leo the owner of the beach cafe De Fuut, keeps refreshing every year that warm cadmium yellow paint characteristic of his cafe.  I always get a kick from painting those Strandbeesten from Theo Janssen!                                             

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Light, air and space

Licht, lucht en ruimte
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tues 15 May 2018

€ 725

Take in that sea breeze, run, jump, stretch and roll over, do it again, ...and again if you can. Sing that song that brings joy to your heart, shout it out, your happiness because feeling the warmth of the Sun together with the cool salty air breeze on your bear skin is nothing less than ecstatic....There is an abundance of fresh air to breath, space enough to do your thing, and on days like this your loud voice is no match to the waves breaking on the is life on this our quiet beach of  The Hague.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Tall Ship Minerva, Second Harbor, Scheveningen

Het driemaster gaffelschoener "de Minerva,  Tweede Haven, Scheveningen
oil on linen - 50 x 70 cm  (20 x 28 inches)
painted on location - April 26 - May 2/3  2018

€ 725  (met hout baklijst 775)

Originally built in 1935 in Brake, Germany, over the years she has been fully restored and made seaworthy. This is the second time I paint this charming three master Tall ship, a true classic.  As a plein air painter she is a lovely subject to work from. Painting her with the Volvo Ocean Race billboard in the background, was a bit of a challenge, i had to tone down those vivid colours of the advertisement, thus the Minerva gets the attention she deserves. The light was perfect, casting shadows here and there, allowing me to observe all those juicy details, like the reflections on the calm water.   

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Morning light on South Beach

Zuiderstrand met achtend lucht
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Sunday 22 April 2018
€ 675

Here you have the first summer like image of the beach I usually paint at for the new 2018 season. The catamarans are just arriving in a week it will look much busier with all them in place.  A nice day to be on location, as we are enjoying unusual warm temperatures for this time of the year. Here below you see me working on the painting.

The Red Lighthouse series # 5

De Roode Vuurtoren # 15
oil on wood panel - 15 x 21 cm
painted on location - Thurs 5 April 2018
€ 150

A view from the seaside of the street, looking back to the city. Painted late in the afternoon, thus a different play of light as compared to most of the previous works in this series. Going to eventually make a larger version of this composition, with the hope that I will keep it fresh looking, just like this little study.

De Roode Vuurtoren # 16
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Mon 16 April 2018
€ 375

This is the last of this series for now, will probably pick it up again on location, in the near future. I think I'm going to go back to a few of the paintings I've made thus far and paint in these kinds of typical Scheveningen characters and situations.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Second Harbor, Port of The Hague.

Tweede Haven, Scheveningen met mist
oil on linen - 50 x 60 cm
painted on location - Thurs/Fri 12/13 April 2018

Painted life from the south side of the harbor, I decided it was time to make this painting with all its compositional complexities, thus setting myself up for a real challenge. What the heck, I've been painting en plien air now for many years, figuring if anyone is ready to meet such a challenge it must be someone like me. Well, even with all my experience this scene drove me bunkers. The idea of starting and finishing it in one setting was certainly out of the question..... The mist did make it a little easier, as I found out on the second painting made, near the same location.

Tweede Haven, Scheveningen met mist
oil on linen - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location - Tues/Wed Thurs/Fri -17/18/19/20 April 2018


€ 1175

Yes as you see, when the lights are turned on, forms take on their true shapes, and all kinds of details get unveiled. This to a painter, can be both fun and at the same time presenting much more of a challenge. Certainly the colours sparkle more vividly, the shapes of the buildings show themselves more, in general the whole scenery becomes much more alive. This translates to getting down a hell of a lot more detail, which means more work on my part, thus it shows on the price tag.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Red Lighthouse series #4

De Roode Vuurtoren # 11
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Friday 16 March 2018
€ 225

The mist so characteristic of the Sea. Envelops everything and ushers in feelings of calm also melancholy maybe. Gives a chance for us to take rest, decrease activity, stay indoors, as one can feel the moist about to drop from the sky, in the form of rain. As quickly as possible I got this painting made and yes, the fluid drops did show up. Had to use an umbrella to protect the painting, myself I was clothed properly, and stayed dry. BTW that is the Eendracht manoeuvring on the water.

De Roode Vuurtoren # 12
oil on canvas board - 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Tues. 20 March 2018
€ 125

This little guy was made, as a study for the painting below (#13). Obviously the weather had changed when I worked on the larger piece.

De Roode Vuurtoren # 13
oil on canvas - 50 x 60 cm
painted on location - Wed. 21 March 2018
€ 475

The colour of the water is so surreal in this atmospheric condition,  almost hard to believe, unless you see it for yourself. Started with heavy clouds, by the time I finished the painting, it was a crystal clear blue sky. Not nearly as dramatic as the sky I opted for to represent in this work.

De Roode Vuurtoren # 14
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Monday 26 March 2018

Painted at the beginning of this week, here is thus far the latest work made in this series. Inspired by that fishing boat heading out, I painted in a fisherman's wife, (clothed in the traditional Schevenings'  attire), with child. I have seen this woman walking on that path 2 weeks ago, thus with that memory was this scene composed.