Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Autumn skies, Kite surfers and The North Sea
Herfstluch en de Noordzee,
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Fri 6 Nov. 2020
Typical of the beach's here at the North Sea, very wide with ever increasing dunes, as this area was pumped up a few years ago with trillions of tons of sand. Taken from the bottom of the Sea and poured on the coastline. The river of water shown on this painting continues for approximately a mile, where if you look at the postings below, you will see the situation. Intent on painting kite surfers I headed out, but little did I know that the wind was too weak for the practice of that sport. Funny with such a sky you would think otherwise! Anyway those clouds were amazing, and that became the source of inspiration for this painting.
Catching the wind #2
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Sun 01 Nov. 2020
The 2nd work made in this series. Weather was a bit milder than on the 1st painting (below), thus the action on the water was a bit more tamed. This is an excellent area for both beginners and seasoned surfers. Plenty of space, thus no one is getting tangled up in another's kite line. This sport is very exhilarating, even just watching these guys gets ones adrenaline flowing, can imagine what it must be like to be actually doing it!
Catching the wind #1
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - 30 Oct. 2020
Was asked to make this painting for a good customer who wanted to surprise her brother with it as a birthday present. This was the first time I visited the Zandmotor to make a painting. I have painted it years ago, but then from a distance (Kijkdiun). Wow, my mind was blown away, just watching those dudes (and gals) surfing on their boards and every once in a while one of them gets airborne, just like you see the surfer who is just above the horizon line, 4th from the left. Will be making a series dedicated to kite surfers, so stay tuned.