Friday, 23 March 2018

For the love of the Sea

The beginning of the end of the day
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Wed 14 March 2018
€ 225

Back at my regular location on the South Beach, The Hague, for the second time this year,  I was fortunate to witness this colorful Sunset.  As this was the only thing worthy of painting I quickly set up my easel and made this small format painting, before it got to dark.

In God we trust
oil on canvas - 30 x 60 cm
painting re worked in atelier - Thurs 15 March 2018

 If you are wondering about the title, will I'm sure many a seafarer has had that thought cross his mind whilst leaving the calm waters of a safe harbour. Here is an example of when I go back to a painting I believe was not quite completed when it was originally made. In this case we are talking about December 2014. If you compare the two, which I have made possible for you in this posting, you will clearly see the changes. I also changed the title, it was called "The tempestuous winds of the North Sea".   One of the only thing that hasn't changed is the price, still the same modest amount. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Red Lighthouse Series 3

De Roode Vuurtoren #8
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location -  Fri 9 March 2018

Slowly but surely more details start to appear on the this corner of  Scheveningen. A bench to take rest, a woman have a word with her dog, a sailboat in the distance, but to name a few.  Actually  you would be surprised just how much I leave out.  If I painted every traffic post and the street lights, you would hardly get a chance to see the water and sky! Of course I refuse to paint any cars that are parked on the street, which always happens to be the case.


De Roode Vuurtoren # 9
oil on canvas - 40 x 30 cm
painted on location - Fri  9 March 2018
€ 275

The second work made from the boulevard side. I like the perspective this few offers. However I do miss having the Sea in vista. Had fun painting the effect of the wind on the dry grass of the dune.


De Roode Vuurtoren # 10
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location -  Wed 14 March 2018
€ 475

I love getting on location early! Meeting the new day with a loaded brush in hand, just like heaven. I have strived to represent here a quite moment in time, better yet, a peaceful moment. I imagine the persons living in those pretty white houses, still either in bed or getting ready to meet the day. Of course at Sea, already the fishermen have cast their nets, securing the days catch. Seagulls cleaning up the scraps that fall from the boat. It's good to be alive, in this moment at this place!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The en plein air painter and Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

De en plein air schilder
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Thurs 22 Feb 2018


I was invited to go out painting by my good friend and colleague, Dimitris. He took me to one of his favorite places in Rijswijk, Landgoed Te Werve. It was cold but the Sun was in our favour, casting a brilliant light, illuminating all the warm colors found in this park. Not a usual subject matter for me, but I couldn't help but to think of how the impressionists worked together, en plein air, thus this work was created.

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft 
oil on panel - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location - Oct 2017

€ 195

Painted one fine afternoon from the end of the Trompetstraat. An old picturesque city visited by many tourists, and a great place to paint en plein air.  This and other works made in Delft can be seen in Galerie Delft, on Vrouwjuttenland.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

The Red Lighthouse - 2

De Rode Vuurtoren # 5
oil on canvas - 20 x 20 cm
painted on location - Fri 16 Feb 2018

The smallest in this series so far.  Got on location a little earlier than the previous versions.

De Rode Vuurtoren #6
oil on canvas - 40 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 20 Feb 2018

From the boulevard side, looking up. This was made in the afternoon, obviously on a cloudy day.

De Roode Vuurtoren #7
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Wed 21 Feb 2018

Here you have the last work made in this series thus far. I strongly believe this to be the most picturesque corner of Scheveningen, as we know it today. If you look closely you will see a noticeable deference in the light/shadow play in each of the paintings.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Red Lighthouse

De Rode Vuurtoren - no. 1
oil on canvas - 60 x 30 cm
painted on location - 28 Jan - 12 Feb 2018  (4 settings)
€ 345

De Rode Vuurtoren - no. 2
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Monday 12 Feb 2018
€ 195

De Rode Vuurtoren - no. 3
oil on canvas board - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Tues 13 Feb 2018
€ 245

 De Rode Vuurtoren - no. 4
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Wed. 14 Feb 2018

I have painted this lighthouse on many occasions already, the only thing was, from a great distance! Inspired by a picture I saw on Facebook,  I decided to get up close and have a good look at this enormous structure.  It is new subject matter for me, and it feels fine to get on location and meet the challenges she presents to me. A pleasure to be working on one of the very few authentic corners left in Scheveningen.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A sunny winters day - South Beach, The Hague

Een zonnige winterdag, Zuiderstrand, DH
Oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - 28 Jan. 2018

€ 345

We have been experiencing fantastic sunny conditions these past few weeks. Mind you that comes with a price, and that means very low temperatures. Oh well as long as the wind is not too strong it is really quite nice to be on location.  This is actually the 1st plein - air painting of  2018 for me, glad it was made on my favorite place.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

even on a gloomy winters day

zelfs op een sombere winterdag
oil on canvas - 25 x 150 cm
painted on location/and in studio - Dec.2017/Jan 2018


You know I truly believe in the saying, "there is beauty all around, just a matter of seeing it". For me it is in the details that one must pay attention, in order to see that beauty. Let me explain, in regards to this art work.  Starting with the rhythmic action of the rolling waves, bathed in all the shades that an emerald green light has to offer. Or look to that warm glow through the mist, on the horizon.  Casting light on objects and buildings mysteriously coming and going, like one might recall, in an almost forgotten distant dream. Is it any wonder that while I was working on this painting on location the professional and amateur photographers alike were to be spotted, clicking away. capturing the moods of this soft and peaceful morning at Scheveningen Boulevard.   Yes all this and more can be found, even on a gloomy winters day.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Schevening Harbour in the Mist

Het stille strand, slaapt
oil on board - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location -  Wed. 20 Dec 2017
€245 (complete with a suitable handsome frame)

Zuidelijk Havenhoofd (Southern Harbour Head)
oil on canvas - 30 x 50 cm,
painted on location - Wed 20 Dec 2017

Buitenhaven Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm  (larger than the above painting)
painted on location - Fri. 22 Dec 2017
€ 545

These are the last seaside paintings made in 2017. Very much a winters atmosphere,  I rather enjoy painting in the mist. At least I don't have to deal with the wind, which can cause all sorts of problems.  For those of you who don't know these works were made in the same area, the above two, same spot, different views. 
What I like most of these type of scenarios is the mystical nature they bring forth. One could very well view these as thresholds to Infinity, not quite knowing what may lay beyond what is visible. Also worth mentioning is the meditative stillness represented in these works,  leaving one with tranquil feelings, inducing calmness.