Friday, 30 March 2012

Wassenaarseslag/ Hazy spring day

Strand met mist aan Zee
oil on canvas
40 x 50cm
painted on location - Thurs 22 March 2012
donated for charity fund raiser

A little off my beat and track, but always a pleasure to paint at this location. Not yet fully operative, this beach house cafe has set op some windbreakers to accomodate the sunbathers. In the distance you can vaguely see the hotels on the boulevard at Noordwijk Aan Zee. BTW - those are not black pirate flags you see on those masts, but rather the colors and symbol of one of Hollands finest brews, Hertog Jan. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sailing in the Spring Mist

View from South Beach, Den Haag
oil on wood panel
10 x 15cm
painted on location - Sun 25 March 2012


Spring is in the air, and one can literally see it in this little oil study made the other day. I had just finished a larger canvas, and was inspired by the mystical look of the sailboats in the distance. Due to the mild heat wave we are experiencing here in The Lowlands, and the welcomed burst of sunlight, views of the sea are rather hazy but yet pleasurable to render on the canvas.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

South Beach, The Hague, #2-2012

Childern with a white dog
oil on canvas
40 x 50cm - 16" x 20"
painted on location - Tues 20 March 2012

Weather is emproving by the hour, here in Holland. Life on the beach, is picking up. Activity gives me subject matter to paint. However, always like to bring you the big picture, lots of sky, and plenty of space to drift your imagination into.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Market Scene, Grote Markt , Nijmgen

Kerkboog naar Sint Stevenskerk
oil on wood panel
12 x 24 cm - (5" x 9")
painted on location - Mon 19 March 2012  SOLD 

If those silly pilots in WWII, didn't bomb the hell out of Nijmegen, (by mistake), I'm sure it would have been right up there with Amsterdam, as far as aesthetic beauty is concerned! And I'm almost positive the Romans had something to do with that lovely layout of this city, set on a hillside, overlooking one of Holland's busiest rivers. I will be painting every now and then in this delightful city, as my sweetheart lives in the area.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

In love at Kijkduin, Holland

Op pad naar de zee , Kijkduin
oil on canvas, 50 x 150 cm
painted on location and in studio - Dec 2011 - March 2012

Here you have the final version of this commission piece. Was quiet the challenge working on it thru the winter and yet giving it this spring like atmosphere. They don't call us painters masters of illusions for nothing! This painting will be hanging in the home of that couple walking on the path. The play of light really helped in defining the space, and both the shoreline and the boulevard on the right lead the viewers eye to a distant location somewhere beyond the concrete jungle of Scheveningen.

Monday, 12 March 2012

The Yellow Bridge

Yellow bridge, Valkenburg, Holland
oil on wooden panel
10 x 15cm
painted on location - Sun 11 March 2012

 Donated  (€ 100)

A most picturesque village in Limburg located just minutes away from Maastricht. For those of you who are familiar with the geography of Limburg, you know why that bridge is yellow. For the rest of us, including me, found out that that colored stone has been mined out of the ground in and around the village of Valkenburg since the a very long time ago.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Girl smsing in Cafe De Overkant

Aan het smsen, Cafe De Overkant, Den Haag
pastel/choarcol on rough surface pastel paper
24 x 30 cm - 10" x 12"
made on location - Fri 2 March 2012


Have been invited to exhibit art works at this location, thus I took it upon myself to make a series of 15 sketches/drawings of interior scenes of same location. I will not post all 15 works but just to announce the exhibiton here you have a look at one of them.

Address : Stationweg 32, aan het Huygenspark, near Station HS, vanaf 14 Maart.

How many people do you see in this scene? If you said 4, then you are correct!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Winter Seascape #2- 2012

Sailing the North Sea
oil on canvas
40 x 50cm - (16"x20")
painted on location - Sun 4 March 2012

painted over - no longer exists

This work is characterized by simplicity, space, and air, three qualities we can all use a little more of, don't you agree? Especially for us urban dwellers, here in The Lowlands. The mist has just lifted, the Sun is trying hard to spread its nuturing light on this part of the planet, however the thick wall of clouds is keeping it at bay! The fresh breeze helps these sialors manouver their vessels in the direction of the harbour, they have just taken part in a fun regata.