Tuesday 30 January 2024

Something different for a change

Wachten op haar baasje , bij De Smidse, ZL
oil on wood panel - 22 x 30 cm
painted on location -  Sat 20 Jan 2024
SOLD


Luckily for me I happened to be at this location on the, up till now the only days that we have had snow in Holland. Have been visiting this quaint hotel on a number of occasions in the past several years, however this was the first time with all that fluffy white stuff on the ground. A favorite hotel by many people, especially dog owners, as their beloved pets are allowed to stay in the hotel as well. 
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ouderwetse boerderij, Doetichem, NL
oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - 27 Dec 2023

€ 375


Koeien in de stal, op de ouderwetse boerderij
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - 18 Dec 2023

€ 375

These paintings are both made at the same location, with some further work on them in the studio. In Holland who doesn't like a painting with cows as the subject? Answer, nobody. They are cow crazy in this country, I'm not kidding you.  Anyway was fun to join my plein air painter friend Rene, who lives just a stones throw away from this old fashion farm., I loved it, and am looking forward to returning.


 

A warm summer memory, on South Beach


 een warme zomerherinnering op Zuiderstrand , DH
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - 6 Aug 2022 / reworked in studio Jan 2024

€ 1250

Although I prefer to work on location in front of the subject matter, occasionally I alter paintings made aux plein air in the studio. It's fun to do, because one has to use stretch ones imagination, and often invent things that may or may have not been at the original location. I have also published the 1st version of this painting at the bottom of the text, thus one can in comparing the two, for better or for worse, see the changes made. Naturally, one hopes for the better!   





Wednesday 24 January 2024

Beach Entrance in the winter & a windy Sea

 

Strandslag #10 s'winters
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - 06 Jan 2024

€ 375

First seascape painting of the beach for 2024! I was inspired by the untidy natural entrance to the beach. Normally it is clean of the sand, thus cars and trucks could drive down the concrete plates to the beach  to delivery goods and such.  We have been having stormy weather lately, so you can see for yourself that the sand gets blown around and starts to form dunes in a matter of days. Of course the seagulls love to be tossed around by the wind, thus had to include them blowing about.



A windy seascape
oil on canvas - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location - 16 Sept 2023

€ 250

Made this near the end of the summer last year, for some reason forgot to publish it on my blog. Anyway a quick warm up small format painting, as later on that afternoon I tackled a large format 50 x 120 cm painting. A simple composition, sky and water, with the details showing some variation in movement, of the clouds for example. A large three mast sailboat on the horizon, indicates high wind conditions, perfect for sailing.



Thursday 5 October 2023

Beach entrance #11, South Beach, The Hague


Strandslag 11, bij Zuid
oil on canvas - 60 x 80 cm
painted on location - 26 Sept 2023
SOLD

A theme I have worked on many times over the years. And why not, who doesn't find this view of the North Sea, inviting and welcoming? Keeping the composition simple and not too crowded, a nice sky, partially open, very little wind, perfect lighting, just makes one want to stop and enjoy the view if nothing else.


Beach paviljoen De Staat #1 & #2

 
Strandpaviljoen De Staat, na zomer #2,
oil on canvas - 50 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sat 16 Sept 2023
€1075.


Strandpaviljoen De Staat, na zomer #1,
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location -  9 Sept 2023
Private collection, The Hague

My favorite beach cafe by far, have been making most of my seascapes in the vicinity of this location. I can keep my 3m parasol stored at this cafe, thus saving me the inconvenience of taking it back and forth. The first version was a commission that I made with pleasure, in fact liked it so much I decided to make another one shortly there after thus #2 came about. As you can see there are a lot of similarities, however composition differs upon close observation.

The sitting Sun over the quite beach

 

Zonondergang over de stillestrand,
oil on canvas - 50 x 100cm
painted on location - 28 Aug 2023
SOLD

Ir's amazing what one actually sees when one takes the time to really observe 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 painting by the ever present 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, and working from memory is necessary.


Tuesday 12 September 2023

South Beach, the quite beach, the nicest beach 5 times




Zuiderstrand op een mooie nazomersdag
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location -  31 Aug 2023
SOLD

Zuiderstrand op een mooie nazomersdag avond #1
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location -  23 Aug 2023
SOLD

Zuiderstrand op een mooie zomersdag in de ochtend
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location -  17  Aug 2023
SOLD

Zuiderstrand op een mooie zomersdag in de avond
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location -  17  Aug 2023
SOLD 

Zuiderstrand op een mooie nazomersdag avond #2
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location -  7 Sept 2023
€ 1250.


Have embarked on a series of works from this beach scenery. Always fun to do, especially when there are so many people coming by to have a look and strike up a conversation. Most painters don't like that but I rather welcome it, as one never knows  i might be talking with a potential customer. 




Monday 11 September 2023

The Sea, #1,2,3 and 4

de zee eindelijk vrijheid en ruimte, #4
The perfect day for sailing waves
oil on linen - 20 x 140 cm
painted on location - 24 Sept. 2023
€ 975

de zee eindelijk vrijheid en ruimte, #3
The Roaring Wave
oil on linen - 20 x 140 cm
painted on location - 8 August 2023
SOLD

de zee eindelijk vrijheid en ruimte, #2
The Whispering wave
oil on linen - 20 x 140 cm
painted on location - 6 May 2023
€ 975

de zee eindelijk vrijheid en ruimte, #1
The rolling wave
oil on canvas - 20 x 140 cm
painted on location - 26 April 2023
€ 975

I decided to embark on this subject and format once again, after several years of not working on this subject/format. Characterized by a high horizon line, and the waves breaking at the foreground. I will be making  paintings of this view, of course all of them will be different, as that is also a quality of the Sea, never the same view twice. Could be simular, but never the exact view twice! 
 
 

Wednesday 2 August 2023

Kites, surfers and clouds at South Beach, DH

Kites, bathers and clouds at South Beach, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - 22 July 2023

Available




Kites, surfers and clouds at South Beach, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location -  25 July 2023 

Available


These paintings were made in the same week, thus decided to post them together. Lovely clouds worthy of painting, thus that is probably the reason I was out there! I always like to include a bit of beach life on these scenes, not too much mind you, as it gives the viewer an indication of the season.  

South Beach looking towards Scheveningen

 
South Beach looking towards Scheveningen
 oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - 11 July 2023

SOLD

Made this painting under very windy conditions, thus you can well imagine I was located on a spot protected by strong winds. The white caps on the water and those cloud formations show you what I am talking about.

Monday 31 July 2023

Summer fun at South Beach


 Zomerplezier Zuiderstrand, DH 
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm 
painted on location - 7 July 2023

SOLD


The warmth of the Sun is already feeling fine on the bare skin of the beach goers on this fine summer morning. Still early in the day, the crowds have yet to arrive, these people can enjoy the space to do their thing, weather it be kicking a ball around or taking a dip in the fresh cool water of the North Sea.

Friday 28 July 2023

South Beach, after the storm.


 Zuiderstrand, na de storm
oil on canvas - 60 x 80 cm
painted on location - July 1 2023

SOLD
private collection Rome, Italy

I'm usually known for my panoramic format seascapes, but as you can see, to my delight,  this format works quite well. Choosing to place the horizon line high up on the canvas the beach becomes dominant in the composition. I like the effects the waves of the recent storm has on this wide beach, sculpting the sands in various shapes and forms, creating all sorts of unexpected heights.  


Monday 24 July 2023

Views and street scenery, Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Sicily

 

              

 Two views of  Datillo, oil on canvas board - 15 x 10 cm painted on location - May 2023 € 275 each

Datillo a huge rock vector island not far off the eastern coast of Panarea, with its many hues of yellow and green as a result of its sulfuric content, again no doubt due to volcanic origin. It's amazing how the protruding rocks are formed, due to wind and water erosion. I view these as natural sculptures created by the hand of God. Lovely to paint, especially when the afternoon sunlight is reflecting off the jagged rock edges.


 

                     































Vetta Panarea,  oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm, painted on location - May 2023 - € 595

This ascending path, no more than 5 or 6 meters wide is one of the main roads on the island. That's what makes this place special, no automobile traffic whatsoever! Off course there are scooters, 3 wheel motorized carts, and also electric golf carts used mainly as taxi services,  whizzing by, however most transportation is done on foot. I was inspired by the geometric shapes of the buildings and  the play of light was an addition bonus.   

 


View of Basiluzzo 1, oil on canvas board, 10 x15 cm, € 215


View of Basiluzzo 2, oil on canvas board, 10 x 15 cm, € 215

View of Stromboli with stormy clouds,  oil on canvas board, 10 x 15 cm, € 215


Here you have a spectacular view of the island Stromboli, (an active volcano which, believe it or not, is even populated with a few thousand inhabitants),  and two views of the rock island Basiluzzo. Lovely early spring cloudy skies, makes for interesting subject matter to paint, of which I took full advantage of.

Thursday 29 June 2023

Panarea and its Islands; Dattilo, Lisca Bianca and Basiluzzo

 


View of Lisca Bianca from the church San Pietro
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location - 15 May 2023
€ 650


View of Lisca Bianca and Dattilo from terras at Hotel Cincotta
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location - 14 May 2023
€ 650


View of Lisca Bianca and Dattilo from a cliff above Calcara
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location -  19 May 2023
€ 650


On a recent working holiday I found myself visiting dear friends on a quaint and beautiful Island off the N/E coast of Sicily.  Panarea (ME) is one of  seven islands which forms The Aeolian Islands Archipelago. This tiny island has spectacular views of the many groups of surrounding islands and rocks that protrude out of the Sea, all of which have volcanic origins.   




View of Lisca Bianca,  Dattilo, Basiluzzo and Stromboli 
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location -  14 May 2023
€ 650

Here you have a Sea level view, as this is from near the port of  Panarea. Featured is a typical fisherman's boat with its vibrant colors  Also noteworthy is the view of Stromboli on the far left, with its ever present cloud(s) hanging over the peak. This because it is an active volcano, spouting its fiery ashes and rocks and trembling the whole island, about every 24 minutes of the day, non stop all the time. As the winds had been strong due to local stormy weather, the wave action is wonderful to paint.





View of Lisca Bianca and  Dattilo during high winds 
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location -  14 May 2023
€ 650

I had to take cover as during the making of this painting water was pouring from the sky off and on the whole time. The coloration of the Sea is wild with Earthy tones during these storms and that makes for interesting subject matter. 




Thursday 15 June 2023

Entrance to beach, by beach pavilion Zuid

Ingang naar strand bij strandpaviljoen Zuid
oil on canvas - 40 x 60 cm
painted on location - 4 May 2023

SOLD

On location nice and early on this one. Personally I much prefer these quite views at the beach. There's a certain meditative quality that I manage to capture as a result. The Dutch flag is hanging at half mask in order to honor the dead who gave their life's for our Freedom.


 

Sunday 7 May 2023

Beach Entrance #11, WestduinPark, The Hague

Strandslag 11, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sat. 15 April and Wed. 19 April 2023

SOLD

Decided to produce a body of work showing the entrances to the beach and beach pavilions of The Hague. Here you see a glimpse of  Zuid, with its two white flags and the Dutch flag. I like how the path splits in two, one leading to te beach and the other up through the dunes heading towards Schevening. The days are getting warmer, and although you don't see much activity, belief me, it was pretty busy. 

 

A path with a view

Pad met een mooie uitzicht
oil on linen - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Fri 14 April 2023

Available

It was such a fine Spring day, with beautiful clouds, typical of the Dutch skies this time of year. The color of the Sea was gorgeous and the dark blue shadows from the clouds made a great contrast to the earth toned turquoise colors of the Sea. Felt this scene needed a focal point so in the studio I painted in this Retriever with her boss communicating to her.


 

Tuesday 11 April 2023

Free at last

Eindelijk vrij
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Fri 17 March 2023

SOLD

"Free at last!" So is this Golden retriever probably saying to himself! After having the leash around his neck, not being able to wonder at will, finally from this point on he will be not restrained to move about, as long as he stay out of troubles way, and that one would assume, is the owners responsibility. A perfect location to let your pet dog blow off his or her energy. I'm so happy with this painting that I've decided to make a series of works with only dog at the beach.

Tuesday 1 November 2022

Autumn Splendor finds The Hofvijver, The Hague #1 & #2


Autumn Splendor finds The Hofvijver #1
oil on canvas - 40 120 cm
painted on location -  Sun 16 Oct., Mon 21 Oct. and Tues 22 Oct. 2022

SOLD

Probably the most picturesque corner of this city, especially now with the added explosion of colors due to the foliage of the trees. I have painted this view once before in 2018, thought it was time for yet another attempt at it. As a matter of fact I decided to make two paintings! The play of light helps in creating a balanced composition. I felt honored to make this painting, especially so with the fact that that Sun lite Palladio looking building on the right, nestled in between the buildings covered with shade happens to be The Mauritshuis, home of the Royal Families Art Collection.



Autumn Splendor finds The Hofvijver #2
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tues 22 Oct. 2022

Available

 Here I have painted over an already existing painting made at this very location, only it was winter 2020. So I decided to freshen up that painting with a colorful autumn scenery, instead of the cold winter scene.  I think now te chances of someone wanting to add this work to their collection have increased greatly.

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Beach entrance #10, Westduinpark, The Hague (calm)

Strandslag 10, Westduinpark, DH (kalm)
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location -  Thurs 13 Oct 2022

SOLD

When I started this on going project, Wet Paintings from The Lowlands, beach entrances here in The Hague was one of the subjects I frequently painted. It is always a pleasure for me to return to this theme, and make new paintings. Even though the subject is the same, every painting made is never the same! As is evident in these two versions presented on this and the previous posting.    



 

Beach entrance #10, Westduinpark, The Hague

 

Strandslag 10, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location -  Thurs 6 Oct 2022

SOLD

Just a wonderful day to be on location. As you can see lovely clouds floating by, creating a amazing play of light and dark tones on the Earthy colored Sea water. The flora in the dunes is also rich with colors, again thanks to the Sunlight. I also picked and chose which of the many sign poles are at this location, basically I eliminated about half of them. 


Monday 26 September 2022

Sailing on The North Sea

Zeilen op de Noordzee
oil on canvas - 18 x 115 cm
painted on location & in the studio - Sept 2022

SOLD

I decided to freshen up, in the studio, a painting I made on location in Aug 2018. Am much happier with the outcome of the changes. Hopefully now it will attract a potential buyer. 

Thursday 22 September 2022

The Minerva, Scheveningen

Het driemaster gaffelschoener "de Minerva,  Tweede Haven, Scheveningen
oil on linen - 50 x 70 cm 
painted on location - April 26 - May 2/3  2018  
 SOLD

Here is an example of  a work I decide to repaint after giving considerable thought to the original composition. An artist has the freedom to do what he or she wishes, thus I exercised that freedom and came up with this imaginary scene. 

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Originally built in 1935 in Brake, Germany, over the years she has been fully restored and made seaworthy. This is the second time I paint this charming three master Tall ship, a true classic.  As a plein air painter she is a lovely subject to work from. The light was perfect, casting shadows here and there, allowing me to observe all those juicy details, like the reflections on the calm water.   

Catamaran Club House, The Hague

 

HKZV clubhouse, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas - 60 x 60 cm
painted on location - 31 Aug 2022 

 SOLD

I'm so glad to have this object to paint at the beach. Love the color of the clubhouse, as it is complementary to the yellow of the sand. I wonder if they actually thought of that when they decided to make it that color? 

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Summer fun for everyone

 

Zomerplezier voor iedereen, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas - 80 x 100 cm
painted on location - 9/10 Aug 2022

SOLD

Yes, fun for everyone, including dogs! In this heat wave we are having, where better to be than on a breezy beach, with cool temperature water to dip into. Keeping the composition simple and harmonious is my task at hand.  


Family fun at the beach

 

Familieplezier op het strand
oil on canvas - 50 x 60 cm
painted on location - sat 8 Aug 2022

SOLD

A fun subject to paint, kids enjoying themselves at the beach. I like the colors of all the different parasols, so i pick and choose my favorites thus building up the composition. Also with the people, It is really a lot busier than shown on this painting, but again I am more concerned with making a scene that the viewer can easily digest and view.

Beach life at beach club DeStaat, South beach, The Hague

Strandpaviljoen De Staat, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location - Sun 7 Aug 2022

SOLD

Here is the location of where I usually head out to when I make my beach scene paintings. As the summer life at the beach is in full swing with nice warm temperatures, this popular beach cafe gets really busy.