Thursday, 22 December 2011

A Christmas scene in The Hague


Kerst etelage bij Sint Joris Cafe, Den Haag
ink,charcol,pastel on brown paper
30 x 23 cm
made on location - 02 Jan 2009

195 euro

Made sometime ago, this image seems quite appropriate to send out at this time of year. Some of you may recall that I have made several works from this cafe/restauraunt, over the years. And can you blame me, really? A perfectly balanced design was created on the windows with the Christmas decorations which harmonized with the exterior menu board of this picturesque culinary establishment. It attrachted my attention, as I was cycling along one cold winters day. Having my drawing gear with me, I gave it a go, and this was the result.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Park with A View, #2, Westduinpark, The Hague


Gezicht op de NoordZee, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas, 50 x 150 cm
Tues 13 Dec 2011
SOLD

A rather large format to be working in the open air, alla Plein-air as the French would say. But with the help of a 3 meter parasol, layed on the ground, in the direction of the wind, it is possible! The same view as the previous posting, however set myself up a little closer to that path leading to the beach entrance. Actually it was very cloudy behind me, but now and again the sunlight would break through, and that is what interested me, thus that's what I paintied. Those two feathered friends seemed to be enjoying the wind, as they and others just kept hovering back and forth, across my view span.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A Park with A View, #1, The North Sea


Gezicht op de NoordZee, Westduinpark, Den Haag
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Monday 5 Dec 2011
SOLD

I was thinking of calling this work, 'Homage to the Trees and Rose Bushes, Westduin Park, The Hague'. You see my friends, as I was making this painting, just about 60 meters over my left shoulder, trees were being cut down! And not only that, DEAR READERS, all those lovely warm hues on this canvas, Wild Rose bushes, well, they also gotta go! Hey, what can I say that Joni Mitchelll hasn't already said more than 25 yrs ago,....YOU TAKE PARADISE AND YOU PUT UP A PARKING LOT! Not too worry, it won't be that bad, Thank God! Just they,..... concerned, educated, elected, Aldermans from The Hague, want only wild grass growing in these dunes! The way they were meant to be, I suppose? In these days of Finacial Crisis, I find it rather disturbing. Economical Cutbacks everywhere, workers pensions being curbed, less funds available for education and health,....but spending more than 3 million euros to cut down trees seems OK. Go figure that out!
Back to the painting. Had it not been for my trustworthy 3 meter parasol, which I use as a wind breaker, it would have been impossible to work on location! It was a feast for the eyes, but my bones were chilled!