Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2009

To all on my mailing list, thank you all, so much, for your support. Without which I would not have had the success that I am sincerely grateful for.

This picture was taken by someone passing by, while I was set up at one of my favorite locations, in Westduinpark, The Hague.
(March 2008, I think.)

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Path in the dunes, Westduinpark, # 17/08

A colorful view of The North Sea
oil on canvas
18 x 24 cm
painted on location, Friday 19 Dec 2008


What a difference the sun shining on the landscape or seacsape makes! One of my favorite spots, I like the hieght this location offers. Giving one a majestic view of the sea and sky, while still being grounded on the earth.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Winter Seascape # 14, with descending Full Moon

A magical moment, on the North Sea
oil on canvas
20 x 40 cm
painted on location, Sat 13 Dec 2008


I got an email early last week informing me that the full moon on Friday evening(12 dec.), was going to be the biggest and brightest one of the year. On Saturday morning while most people were enjoying the comfort of their warm bed, I was freezing my toes off on the deserted beach, observing and painting my interpretation of this breath taking phenomenon. Aparrently the best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view, and believe me it was amazing. Lucikly there was hardly any wind to hender me, but man was it cold. The Sun, directly behind me, just starting its climb to the zenith, lit up the sky and sea in a most delightful display of warm colors. The sand on the beach is still covered by the shade of the dunes, thus the reason for the dark forground. One could clearly see were the light was coming thru the path leading to the beach, thus casting a rose Naples yellow hue on the shore line(just right of center).

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Beach cafe terras view, Noordwijk Aan Zee.

Easy going, evening beach scene
oil on canvas
30 x 24 cm
painted on location, 18 june 2008

Private collection, Switzerland
(This painting is not for sale)

What a pleasure it was to make this painting! Well, at least we have this to look forward to, us unfortunate souls that are habitating in the Northern European countries. Just a quick sketch of a painting, very fresh and spontaneous. One of the 15 paintings I made and sold, during the Noordwijkschildersfestival.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Path in the dunes, Westduinpark, # 16/08

View of Europort, Rotterdam from Beach Entrance/Aanslaag #10
oil on canvas
24 x 18 cm
painted on location, Friday 5 Dec 2008


A winter view of the dunes. Here I am back at a favorite location. When one takes the time to look closely, it is amazing how much color is to be experienced, in this nature resort. Of course the effect of light plays the dominate role, without which, everything becomes dule and sombre. We are so fortunate to have this still naturel resort, right at our doorstep, us that live in The Hague. Thursday I went to the Pier in Scheveningen, looking for a spot to set up. I was so uninspired. I guess in the days of Isaac Israels it must have been a lovely blend of nature and buildings. I am referring to the Kurhaus and the pier. Nowadays, in my opinion, it looks like a confused mix of cement, asphalt and glass, doesn't make it unto my canvas, I'm sorry.

ps. please excuse the "blueish" tint of the sky and water, the real painting has much warmer values of grey.