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
€ 625

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
€ 585

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.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Clouds, the Sea, the Dunes and Seagulls

de wolken, de zee, de duinen en meeuwen 1
oil on wood - 10 x 15 cm
painted on location - Tues 19 May 2015
€ 125

de wolken, de zee, de duinen en meeuwen 2
oil on mdf - 10 x 18 cm
painted on location - Tues 19 May 2015
€ 145

de wolken, de zee, de duinen en meeuwen 3
oil on mdf - 12 x 18 cm
painted on location - Tues 19 May 2015
€ 145

On location last week, a beautiful sunny yet very windy day. Had to position myself on the balcony of the Life guards building. otherwise impossible to make these small paintings. You can see sand on the surfaces,  the wind generously shared with me. The seagulls just having a fun allowing the wind to ruffle through their feathers. The clouds also casting shadows as they swiftly were blown away.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Postcards from Venezia Series, 1,2,3,& 4

Golden light on Cannaregio Canal
oil on wood - 10 x 15 cm
painted on location - Wed 6 May 2015

View of La Salute, morning glory
oil on wood - 10 x 15 cm
painted on location - Thurs 7 May 2015

View of La Salute, soft light
oil on wood - 10 x 15 cm
pained on location - Thurs 7 May 2015

Fondamenta Vener dai Leoni
oil on wood - 10 x 15 cm
painted on location - Wed 6 May 2015

Dear frtiends, I was on a short trip to Venezia recently. To work and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.  Made a total of six paintings. For those of you who have been there, you know about the charm and uniqueness this floating city has to offer. I believe I will make a habit of going there more often, as a painter is never short of inspiration and subject to paint.
ps...with the purchase of 2 or more reductions in price.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A beautiful day for sailing (and flying!)

Een mooie dag voor het varen (en vleigen)
oil on canvas - 35 x 75 cm
painted on location - Wed 13 May 2015

I found myself on the beach with a windy yet sunny sky to deal with. The parasol came in handy, as it protected me from the continually blasting wind.  I showed this work to a fellow painter and he made the following observation: "This is a wonderful marine picture for a seasoned seafarer. I could see it in an elegant frame, hanging just above his collection of pipes."   I thought that was an honourable remark, showing respect to the hard work it takes, to get something done, just right.     

Monday, 11 May 2015

Morning light on South Beach, DH

Ochtend licht op Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm (dus zeker niet klein)
painted on location - Thurs/Fri 30-04/01-05 - 2015
€ 675

Dear Friends and Customers, yet another view of this scene, which for me has become what for Paul Cezanne, Mount Saint Victoire represented. He of course is known for his many paintings of that mountain near Aix-en-Provence.  Like him,  I have this view just a few streets from my studio. And like him I am continually inspired to make paintings at this location, as the atmospheric conditions are never the same twice. However what makes us different is that he was more concerned about the form the mountain represented, and I am more concerned about the light affect on the scene. Should you like to have a better look at this work, just email me.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Homage to the Sea

Hulde aan de zee
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tues. 28 April 2015

As witnessed in this painting, the Sea is never the same, forever changing it's look.  The governing factor, the atmospheric conditions. In this case, the clouds racing by rather hastily casting those dark shadows as the Sun's light dominated the entire celestial body. The wind, also a major player in this scene, stirring things up on the surface of the Sea . The colouration was too irresistible not to paint, thus this work was created.

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
€ 585

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

 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

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.

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.

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. 25 Feb. 2015 -  Repainted on location - Tues. 12 May 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!

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!