Friday, 4 June 2021

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Four strong winds

Four strong winds
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - wed. May 26 2021

€ 925

Four strong winds, it's the title of a famous Canadian song written by Ian and Sylvia Tyson, probably made famous by the cover of Neil Young. I guess due to the circumstances present while I made this work I had to think of that tune. Anyway thanks to the help of my by now famous, 3M parasol it was possible to knock of this painting. Love these typical Dutch skies, which usher in the renowned Dutch Light. 


Friday, 21 May 2021

The Pond in the Dunes #1 & #4 - repainted


De Duinplas, Westduinpark DH #1 
 (opnieuw geschilderd)
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location  - 21 April 2021

€ 825

Here I have revisited a location were 2 years ago I made a series of this pond, located in our dunes here in The Hague. This was the 1st in this series. The Scottish Highlanders, the woodpecker and the swallow were added, giving more life to the scene.  If you look here below at the original painting, you will notice the changes made. 


De Duinplas, Westduinpark DH #4 
 (opnieuw geschilderd)
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location  - 21 April 2021

€ 1550

Also this painting has been reworked recently. For the 3rd time I might add. I'm pretty sure this will be the final version.  As you can see from the previous 2 versions quite a few changes have been made. Namely the addition of the cows and our the 3 feathered friends.  It has become much greener and the tree trunks have been softened in a few cases removed entirely. Have a look for yourself.

                                                      2nd version, painted March 2020

                                                     1st version, painted Feb 2019 

The Homecoming


De Tuiskomst
oil o canvas - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 11 May 2021

€ 235

Nothing like entering the safety of a harbor after you sail your vessel through a stormy Sea. Here I have tried to convey this feeling by showing the storm clearing up. Vessel is leaving the dark sea behind and entering onto the still vibrant colored Sea. 

Friday, 23 April 2021

Sailing the North Sea


Zeilen op de Noordzee,
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Sun 18 April 2021


For a sailor, when sailing, all that matters is the sea and the sky, the land doesn't concern him. Thus I dedicated this painting to only the sea and the sky. Enough going on in that sky to keep any painter busy for hours, at least. An ideal day to be sailing, plenty of wind and plenty of Sun. If you look closely you will see many variations of green on the water, the sun light determines what color the water will be, clouds of course have an influence as well.  

Winter fun, Schevening beach with airplane

 Winterpret, strand Scheveningen met vliegtuig,
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - 29 Jan 2021, reworked in atelier 17 April 2021

€ 925 

Here I am reposting a painting I made on location at the end of January.  The reason is that that Dornier Do-228-212, flown by The Netherlands Coast Guard, was added.  As I mentioned prior,  I'm not too often on this beach, mainly to avoid the large crowds, however winter season is never really that busy, thus quite manageable.  Further developing this new theme of kite surfers I had more than enough models to work from. The sky was dramatic, the wind was strong and the waves were rolling endlessly with a loud roar!  Here below a close up of the airplane. 

Longing for The Warm Summer

oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
Painted on location - 01 April 2021 (finished in atelier 14 April 2021)


It is early on a lovely sunny day, I found myself at my beloved location,  and decided to capture again as I have already on many occasions, this picturesque view of our beach in The Hague. You don't see it on the painting but it is still quite cold and together with the wind it feels still rather chilly, thus the title, longing for the warm summer.  to bring across that feeling of warmth, I placed three young ladies running to dip and refresh themselves in the cool water of The North Sea.


Saturday, 13 March 2021

Entrance to beach cafe Kaap Noord, Texel

Ingang naar strandpaviljoen Kaap Noord, 
of Paal 33, Texel 
oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location - Sunday 7 March 2021

€ 825

Finding myself last weekend on the island Texel in the North of Holland, I was inspired to make this painting. Very cold but lots of sunlight and will it took sometime but finally found this quaint scene to put on the canvas.  Something about the tonal quality of this scene actually did the trick that got my creative juices flowing. As the sky for me was pretty well overcast, the sandy colors dominate and my palette stayed limited to earthy tones. Also was lucky to have the sunlight behind me lighting up the whole foreground  and once in a while right up to the horizon line. 


Children playground at beach cafe Zuid


Kinderspeelplaats bij strandpaviljoen Zuid,
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location -  Tues. 2 March 2021

€ 235

Still winter here in The Lowlands, but was happy to make this very summery scene, thanks to the intensive sunlight we had on this day. Open only for take out as they are still preparing to open for the new season, this beach cafe is a favorite for the little ones. There ware also other play stations, however I didn't want to crowd the scene too much.

South Beach, The Hague #4 & #5


Children on the beach playing with pet dog 
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location - Sat 27 Feb 2021

€ 195 

One of the most popular places for children to be, on the beach! And of course the family pet dog loves to be their with them. The sky was clearing, however I loved the tones on the dunes and sand this overcast sky made, thus that was the theme I brought over. To give the viewer a focus point, the playful  scene was added.

Windy and sunny winter beach scene
oil on board - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Sat 27 Feb 2021

€ 475 

This painting was made right after I finished the above piece. As you see the sky opened up and light flooded in, creating a whole different scenario. You might also notice the high tide, resulting in a narrower beach. Added in the 3 seagulls that where dancing to the melody of the southwest wind. 

South Beach, The Hague #3 - 2021

 Zuiderstrand, Den Haag #3 - 2021
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 25 Feb 2021


Early morning view of this beautiful piece of Holland. Winter skies are dramatic and always a challenge to paint. As usual, with these wide panoramic views I purposefully don't paint in too many people. The few that I do add are usually far off, which helps me bring over a since of depth.  One of the reasons that I like to make these paintings is to offer to the eventual owner of these paintings a sense of space and openness. In a small country as Netherlands this can be, and usually is,  much appreciated.  

Friday, 26 February 2021

Entrance to beach #10, Westduinpark

Strandslag 10, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sat 20 Feb 2021

€ 825.

Back at a subject I was painting when I first got started with this project, and that is beach entrances, This time I'm going to be working on larger horizontal formats. Duin grass is still very dry, officially we are still in winter season even though it felt like a spring day. Enjoyed making this rather hazy atmospheric scene with characteristic subdued colors. 


Saturday, 13 February 2021

Fun on the Snow # 4


Plezier in de sneeuw # 4
oil on canvas - 50 x 60 cm 
painted on location - Thursday 11 Feb 2021

This one might as will be titled fun on the ice, but that's okay. I actually headed out to make another painting with kids tobogganing, but saw this scene and thought, this will be today's painting, and so I sit up and went to work. I like it that many of the kids just come up to me and ask the most sweet innocent questions, like, what are you painting Mr. artist?  Or they are looking and trying to find themselves on the painting.   Anyway, the light was fantastic  and I myself was in the shade, which makes it possible for me to select the proper color range. 


Fun on the Snow # 3


Plezier in de sneeuw # 3
oil on canvas - 50 x 60 cm
painted on location - Wednesday 10 Feb. 2021

Who say's Nederland is flat? Why just have a look at this series, okay they are not mountains, but we got our share of hills, you must admit. And where there is a snow covered hill you can be assured you will have a crowd of kids enjoying themselves.  Just want to point out that these works are made on location, swiftly and as skillfully as I can manage. Thus the style or application of paint shows this in an innocent and truthful manner. I choose purposefully to not give too much attention to the tree line, on the top of the hill, rather focusing on the action on  the slope. Kids falling and sliding down, but that's fun,  the laughter was loud and clear!  Of course that kind of action is not for everyone, so hey why not build a snowman!

Fun on the Snow # 2


Plezier in de sneeuw # 2
oil on canvas - 50 x 60 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 9 Feb. 2021
€ 625

Back in The Hague, the weatherman was gifting us all with freezing temperatures. You might ask, a gift what the hell is he talking about? well here in The Lowlands, believe it or not, snow is always welcome! you see we get so little of it, sometimes it takes a few years before it comes back.... Thus,  more fun in the snow for everyone, but especially for the little ones! Snowboarding, tobogganing, slipping and sliding, whatever it takes to get you down the slope! I enjoyed very much capturing the sense of movement these children were displaying.

Fun on the Snow # 1

Plezier in de sneeuw # 1
oil on canvas - 50 x 60 cm
painted on location - Sunday 7 Feb 2021
€ 625

Yes indeed fun on the snow, for many, many kids in these days here in The Lowlands! I was visiting with my partner Wilma in Gelderland, close to the German boarder. Man did we get a dumping of that fluffy white stuff. Of course I was definitely prepared to tackle the situation, as the weatherman was getting us all excited about the coming winter storm. And what a storm it was! Cold, B-r-r-r-r-rrrr. he's a picture to proof it.

Friday, 12 February 2021

Girl with red coat and her dog


Meisje met rode jas en haar hond,
oil on board - 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 ")
painted on location - Thurs 4 Feb 2021


Always fine for me to paint this view of The Hague's beach. I'm up a little high from the ground level, on the South wall of the entrance to Schevenings  harbor. Nice play of light going on here. The Sun coming and going with the movement of the clouds. Still some pretty wild wave activity shown, as we has tempestuous weather prior to this day.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Opening up of the sky.

de hemel gaat open,
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Jan 21 2021

€ 475

It is not too often that one see's a rainbow at the North Sea, but they occur regularly enough. Determined to make a painting at the beach I headed out. Fortunately the sky was clearing up and by the time i got set up I was afforded this spectacular view.  From somewhere in between Kijkduin and the Zandmotor, this painting was made. If you look closely you will see the enormous ferris wheel at the peer of Schevening 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

We are Sailing 1 & 2


"I am sailing, We are sailing  ......
oil on canvas - !8 x 24 cm
painted on location - Sat 01 Jan 2021


(Continued from the title)  ...... From the darkness, to the light." 

"I am sailing, We are sailing " ...... 
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm 
painted on location - Sat 01 Jan 2021


(Continued from the title)  ...... From the darkness, to the light." 

Strange but that song kept playing in my head whilst I was make these two quick oil sketches. For me no better way to start the year than to be doing my thing at my favorite beach. While most people were stripping off their warm clothing and taking the tradition dip in the frigidly cold clashing waves, il pittore was just a few meters away capturing the beauty of the opening sky, with the swift movement of the cloud formations.  Luckily the rain had just passed by, thus my timing was good, sit myself up and knocked off these two medium sized paintings simultaneously.  

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

€ 850

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

€ 575 

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

Private Collection

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.


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Autumn Gold finds The Hofvijver,

Herfstgoud vindt de Hofvijver (#18 in de series)
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location in several sittings - Sept/October 2020


Those two swans will be together forever, isn't that a beautiful reality, something worth thinking about. Funny how almost everything I painted in this composition comes in pairs. Just have a good look. Two big and two small open spaces and two dark clouds in the sky. Two groups of trees being reflected in the water. Two flags and two seagulls fluttering up on high in the sky. Two major areas of buildings, the Binnenhof to the left of that floating island and to the right, apartments and stores which form part of the historical center of this city. Two church towers, the one in the Binnenhof and that of the Grote Kerk, which oddly enough, both don't function as churches anymore. Oh well, I didn't intentionally do this, just noticed it a few moments ago while thinking of something to say about this painting. Obviously I took the liberty to add colors that in reality don't appear in such a scene, and for better of for worse that's the way it's going to be!

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

The Hofvijver on a warm summers morning, The Hague


De Hofvijver op een warme zomersochtend (#17 in de series),
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm (20"x 59")
painted on location on several occasions - June - Sept 2020


As you can see I have been further developing this series. It is always a pleasure to be on location at his spot. The security staff at the Museum (The Hague Historical Museum) just across the street from where I sit up usually welcomes me with a warm cup of coffee, and because I have a Museum Card, I have always access to the toilet. This is very handy for us outdoor plein air painters. The scene depicted in this painting is packed with detail, take your time and have a close look, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Schevening Beach / Boulevard Canvas Print , in 3 sizes


Schevening strand en boulevard (canvas print)
inkt op doek - 15 x 105 cm (kleine), 30 x 200 cm (medium -XL),  40 x 270 cm (grote - XXXL)

painted on location - July 2015 in 17 sessions.

€ 115 small version - edition of 50 prints
€ 375 medium version - edition of 49 prints
€ 545 large version - edition of 39 prints

This canvas print of a painting i made in the summer of 2015 is back by popular demand. This time I decided to make it available in a smaller  and an extra large size. To keep them somewhat exclusive they are available in a limited edition, signed and numbered on the back of each print.
As this format is difficult to see, especially the details, here below 3 close ups, for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, 7 September 2020

The Sun must settle

de zon moet onder gaan
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Thurs 20 Aug 2020

€ 625

 Ir's amazing what one actually sees when one takes the time to really observe! Two swimmers  enjoying the by now warm temperature of the North Sea.  The colors in the sky, the reflections on the water, and the hovering clouds. Summer is coming to an end, this shows up in my paintings by the everpresent spectacular cloud formations. Which was indeed my inspiration for creating this painting. Everything changes so fast at this time of the evening, there really is no time to waste.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Parents and their children at the beach #5

Ouders en hun kinren op het strand #5
oil on linnen - 50 x 175 cm
painted on location - Tues 11 Aug 2020


The largest of this series was made on a really hot summers day, was off to an early start, thus most of the work was done, with comfortable temperature. I had to make use of the 3M parasol which I have ready for me at the strandpavilijoen De Staat, otherwise I would have melted in the heat! There is alot going on in this work, but not too much. I left out at least 70% of the crowds sunbathing or otherwise enjoying the fresh Sea water that afternoon. It was soo hot, i also felt compelled to take a dip in the Sea on a few occasions, with my shirt and shorts on.

Monday, 17 August 2020

Alberto Valentini Expo Aug-Sept 2020 Studio Flex

I am currently having an exhibition of my work at this gallery in the Vogelwijk, in The Hague
Mezenlaan 48E, 2566 ZJ.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Parent and thier children at the beach #4

Ouders en hun kindren op het strand #4
oil on canvas - 18 x 120 cm
painted on location - Thurs 6 Aug 2020


Seeing these paintings being created I having decided to make this into a series. I will most likely make a few more before this season is over. A safe place for parents to play with or let their kids find like minded kids in which to have a fun time at the beach. No life threatening under currents to worry about, which at this beach is really a concern! Unfortuneately the Life Rescue Birgade (reddingsbrigade) has their work cut out for them in these days. Below 2 close ups.