Monday, 15 May 2017

The pink sky at dusk

De schemerige roze hemel
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 inches)
painted on location - Thurs. 11 May 2017


Finding myself in Wijk Aan Zee, NH, for the opening of the International Art Festival, Ezels en Kwasten, instead of listening to the opening speeches, after a lousy dinner, I decided to find a motif to paint, get the ball rolling, you know what I mean.  It was the evening of a rainy overcast day. Thus I didn't have much hope in finding a subject to paint. That is until the sky started to put on this spectacular display of light and color, as the dark clouds were overtaken by the intense light of the Sun, making its downward descent at dusk.  Whilst painting, those crepuscular rays suddenly appeared, causing the horizon to light up. What to do, leave them out or add them in?  Well the choice I made is obvious, and listening to the reactions of my posting on Facebook of this work, it was the right thing to do. The last accent, was the addition of the seagulls. shown as if they are dancing to the rhythms of the beat in our hearts.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Invitation to Fun and Adventure #1 - 2017

Strandanslag #5 Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 18 April 2017
€ 585

I was inspired to make this painting, because for me this is an inviting scene for anyone who is longing to be at the beach here on the coast of Holland. I'm beginning to understand why so many German tourists are visiting Kijkduin.  I was inspired by the white color of the Beach Cafe with hints of color here and there, and the shadow being cast by the afternoon Sun. And of course the wave action was very picturesque that  day. Still rather cold, with much wind, however, if one dresses warmly, it is fine.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Baby the Wind Must Blow I & II

Gezicht op de Pier, vanaf  Zuiderstrand I
oil on mdf board -  11 x 28 cm
painted on location - May 2016
€ 125

Gezicht op de Pier, vanaf Zuiderstrand II
oil on canvas board - 10 x 29 cm
painted on location - May 2016
€ 125

The English title to these small studies in oils, is inspired from a 1965 film called, Baby the Rain Must Fall, starring Steve McQueen and Lee Remick (a great film btw). Even though these works were made sometime ago, it could very well be depicting the situation we have on hand at the beach in these days. I made these as fore studies for a larger commission painting from last year. They are ready to hang or even better,  you might want to display them on your desk or favorite shelf top.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Blind Faith and The North Sea

Blind vetrouw series #4
oil on canvas - 20 x 50 cm - (8 x 20 inches)
painted on location (Wassenaarseslag) - Tues. 4 April 2017



Blind vetrouw series  #5
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm - (12 x 16 inches)
painted on location (Wassenaarseslag) - Tues. 4 April 2017

€ 425

You can hear the whispering sounds of the gentle rolling waves, and feel the cool freshness of the soft sea breeze. You don't see it, but you trust that it is there, the mighty North Sea. It seems to be resting, after days of hard work. Moving all those tiny particles of sand, that the Dutch trust will reinforce their coastline, thus making the already high stalwart dunes even more higher.....Oh no ladies and gentlemen, the Dutch will not allow the unforgiving North Sea to invade and swallow up their flat and for a good part under sea level self made land. They learned their lesson back in the 16th Century, and will not allow that to take place, ever again!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Greetings from Scheveningen

Groeten uit Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location in 5 sittings - March 2017

€ 985

Not the first time I've painted this scenery, but indeed the 1st time from so far out on the South pier, which is in fact the entrance to the harbor here in Scheveningen. Spring is in the air, the beach cafes are back, there is an exciting buzz on the beach, all three of them, the one north of this scene, the beach depicted, and the one south, (were I paint most of the time).  Very challenging to work this format on location, especially when the windforce starts reaching numbers from 5 onwards!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Pier with morning light

ScheveningsePier met ochtend licht
oil on canvas - 30 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 14 March 2017

€ 485

I must admit this view has become much more interesting to paint since they have installed that ferris wheel (reuzenrad) on the Pier here in Scheveningen, Holland.  What I find particularly interesting about this view is the movement. You have the sea breeze brushing through the dry grass of the dunes and the slow rotation of the ferris wheel, making this view  lively.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Rolling waves #4 - At the beach with the Infamous SW wind.

Op strand met de wilde Z/W wind
oil on canvas - 40 x 30 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 09 March 2017

€ 485

After days of overcast and rain, finally the Sun broke through, thanks to that fantastic S/W wind. The Sea was changing colors as fast as the speed of light, that's what it felt like today! The Sun filtering through at times dense clouds,  but mostly shining strong and bright without cloud interference. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Me and my shadow

Me and my shadow
oil on canvas - 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Mon. 20 Feb 2017


Pole 36 however stalwart, stands a little tilted to one side. The North Sea relentlessly splashing her with the frigged salty water. This situation was the precursor to what would come two days later when we were experiencing wind forces that caused waves that would completely engulf her. Making only visible the red capping, now and then.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Scheveningen Beach in a winters fairy tale

Scheveningen strand en boulevard als een Sprookje
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted - Sun 12/Mon 13 Feb 2017


What's there to say, but that I am so grateful that we finally had a downfall of that fluffy white stuff here on the coast of Holland! Everybody was excitingly happy, especially the little ones. And me I was really happy that i had the opportunity to get on location, and re work a painting that I made in December 2015 of this scenery! Thus the composition was already complete when I started on this painting.  You know it's funny, how some days one could paint better than on other days! I guess it is the same with anything one does. For me this was a day were the juice was flowing, fast and powerful, and what resulted is what you see. By the comments people were making as they stopped to have a look, and there were many people, as it was a soft winters sunshiny day, I felt I had accomplished a painting which will give much pleasure to the viewer. And that my dear friends, is a gift, from The Creator to me and from my hands to you. Here below a fine picture of me working on this painting taken by Maurice Haak, from This is The Hague, Tourist Information Centre. 

                                      (If you wish to have a better look at this painting,send me an email)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

A path with a view

pad met een mooi uitzicht, Westduinpark, DH.
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location -  Thurs. 2 Feb 2017

€ 525

Just a week ago, this was the situation at this location. Even though it was cold, the Sun was shinning a warm light and many people were out and about, getting a strong dosage of vitamin D.  Due to the intense light the dunes sparkled with colours that are normally not visible with dull overcast weather.
For your viewing pleasure, a picture taken on location, just after I completed the painting.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A magic winters moment at Scheveningen

Een winters magisch moment op Schevening
oil on canvas - 20 x 140 cm
painted on location and studio -  Jan 9-11 2017

I have been waiting a long time to make this painting. To capture the unique Scheveningen Boulevard and Pier under the influence of mist. It didn't come easy as I started this work on location were i had to contend with wind and now and again light rainfall. As a matter of fact had to quickly pack up my gear and get out of the rain as, it was starting to cause havoc with the oil paint. Worked on the painting in two settings in the atelier, until this result was attained.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Misty path to the Sea

Pad naar Zee met Mist
oil on canvas - 30 x 50 cm
painted on location - Wed 28 Dec. 2016

€ 475

I was on my way to the beach to make another wave painting, when this scenario was just too difficult to resist painting. Even though I've painted this view many times, this is the first one with a mysterious atmosphere. Upon finishing the painting I felt it needed something to make it somewhat interesting..luckily there happened to pass by this man with his dog, thus that was the finishing touch. Here a picture of me just getting started on this painting.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Rolling Waves # 3, "the whispering waves"

Rolling Wave series # 3 - "de fluisterende golven",
oil on canvas - 30 x 50 cm
painted on location - Mon 19 Dec. 2016


The seagull glides by, searching for a bite to eat, or maybe just admiring her own reflection, on the somewhat still water. There is hardly any wind to talk about, i find that comforting as the temperature has dropped considerably. Luckily the Sun was shinning thus making the experience for me on location,  pleasant. This series is developing, one can already see, that the subject is in a constant state of flux, making it always interesting for me, the painter of the South Beach.