Monday, 11 July 2022

South Beach, The new look.

Zuiderstrand, de nieuwe look
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sat 4 June 2022

€ 1250

An overall view of the so called quiet beach (stillestrand) from about the middle point between Scheveningen and Kijkduin. As obvious the sky is playing a major role in this composition. Not as easy as it looks, but getting those clouds to look convincing is a major task of most plein air painters. My advice, work quickly and don't lay in the paint too thick, remember what you are painting are vaporous gases lingering in the air, being swished around by the force of the wind. 

The gentle wave of the North Sea.

Het zachte golf van de Noord Zee,
oil on linen -  60 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sat. 14 May 2022


Often when I get to the beach and don't get inspired immediately, for a subject to paint. I often just go to the waters edge and meditate on the waves and the  grandeur of the sea. Then if something strikes me about what I'm looking at, then the creative juices begin to flow. Such was the case with this painting. Things just pulled together, the clouds, the colors of the water, and most importantly, in this case the beauty of the gentle rolling waves.  

Monday, 25 April 2022

Two views from North Beach, Scheveningen

Noorderstrand met uitzicht op strandpaviljoen Naturel
oil on canvas - 30 x 118 cm
painted on location - 24 March 2022

€ 975

Noorderstrand met uitzicht op  de Pier 
oil on canvas - 35 x 100 cm
painted on location - 24 March 2022

€ 975

Still early in the season, thus not very populated as yet, this beach is were tourists visiting Scheveningen beach resort head or a little peace and quiet, away from the scene  happening on the other side of that Pier. I rather like painting misty views, as it creates a sense of mystery. These wide beaches almost make it compulsory to use these panoramic format canvases, thus allowing me to create the sense of depth and space.

Invitation to fun and adventure 3 x

Path to the Sea, showing beach clubhouse Soomers
North Beach, Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - 16 March 2022

€ 525

Path to the Sea, showing beach clubhouse Oase,
North Beach, Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - 22 March 2022

€ 485

Path to the Sea, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - 30 March 2022

€ 525

On these warm early spring days I was inspired to paint this theme, Invitation to fu and adventure. I think especially the little kids and pet dogs of persons love to head down these paths to the beach and man do they have a ball. I myself included in this fun, but for me it is a serious kind of fun, because after all it is my work. Symbolically this theme is important to me, as it leads the viewer into the image in a very straight forward and simplistic manner.   

Monday, 11 April 2022

Path to The North Sea, Westduinpark, The Hague

Pad naar Zee, Westduinpark, DH (De Savorin Lohmanpad)
oil on linen - 90 x 120 cm
painted in the studio - March/April 2022

€ 2850.

As most of you know, I'd rather be on location, in the open air, making paintings. However every now and then, especially in the winter months I do spend more time painting in the studio. In this case I made a larger version of a painting made on Jan 2010. That work was considerably smaller, 30 x 40 cm. and made on the spot.  
Really what motivated me to make the above painting was to bring back a moment in time when these dunes where covered in lush vegetation, very green and with large shrubs and all kinds of trees which had all these lovely warm tones. Also the paths themselves were rougher looking,  they fitted in with the surrounding Nature in a wonderful harmonious way. What happened was a few years ago the municipality of The Hague decided to crop almost everything in this park, in the vain of bringing the area back to its original sandy dunelike layout.  After much protest from the locals, that project was curbed considerably, but just the same some areas of the dunes here looked more like a desert in Africa, than a park on the North Sea. Slowly but surely, as Nature would have it, the area is starting to look healthy once more. And my job is getting to be more fun, once again.
As you can see on this painting I made the path look scruffy, broken up in places, just the way I remembered it. BTW,  to pay homage to Nature,  I especially painted in that little tree in blossom. Besides it helps with the composition.      

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

A Winter's Seascape #5

Scheveningen op Winters dag met mist
oil on canvas - 25 x 100cm  
painted on location -  Wed 02 Feb 2022


What a unique situation to paint. In all my years working on location, I have never seen such a thick mist covering almost the entirety of that massive Pier, and as you can see the Northly part of the Boulevard. Waves were still crashing on the shore from the aftermath of days of heavy winds and rain. What made it advantages for me to paint, was the wind factor was pretty well non-existent.  As you can see a favorite location for surfers. A passerby generously shared this picture she made of me while working, I felt it had captured the situation I just described so here you can have a look for yourself.

Friday, 21 January 2022

A Winter's Seascape #4

Winters Zeegezicht #4
oil on canvas - 50 x 120 cm
painted on location - Tues  18 Jan 2022


I love painting on these misty days, when the fog is so thick, visibility is reduced just to your immediate surroundings. The atmosphere becomes at once mysterious and still, in a positive way, mind you. That I believe is due to the light. Often one gets in a peaceful mood, experiencing a deep sense of tranquility.  Luckily for me on this day there was hardly no wind to speak about, thus I took advantage of that, and after I finished Seascape #3, I dashed back to my auto, to get this 50x120cm canvas. Thus creating two paintings in one paint out session.   

Thursday, 20 January 2022

A Winter's Seascape #3


Winters Zeegezicht #3
oil on canvas - 25 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tues  18 Jan 2022


On this cold misty morning, I was inspired by a scene so full of tranquility that just by looking at it, I felt a calmness, whilst listening to the whispering gentle waves rolling in, I was transfixed and summoned to paint it. What you see above is how I represented it in oils on canvas. While mixing the colors on my palette, the odd cry of seagulls wisping by would catch my attention.  What lies beyond all that visible mist is an immensity so vast and grand, I leave it to your imagination to fill.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

A Winter's Seascape #2

 Winters Zeegezicht #2
oil on canvas - 25 x 100 cm
painted on location - Thur  06 Jan 2022


Have decided to make a series of this theme. Here is the 2nd, made in the first week of the New Year. Painted on location, however I made some alterations in the studio, this is the final version.   

Monday, 27 December 2021

Winters Seascapes

Winters Zeegezicht 1
oil on canvas - 25 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tues 21 Dec. 2021


Having been absent from on location painting for just over two months I finally decided to pack my gear and force myself to head out of the studio, to do some on location painting.  Went to my favorite destination,  Zuiderstrand, the beach of the city I live in.  A nice comfortable half hour walk through the dunes of the nature reserve Westduinpark, brings me to the beach.  Fortunately for me the weather, even though it was extremely cold,  was to my favor, sunny and most importantly no wind to speak about.  The light this time of the year remains pleasant for us plein air painters for the most of the day as the Sun doesn't reach it's high zenith as it would in the summer.  From on high in the dunes I observed that the gentle waves where rhythmically  caressing the shoreline.  But what really got my attention was the intensity of warm white tones of the rolling waves, as the angle of the sunlight on them was perfect.   A point I would like to make, that you might find interesting, is that I was faced with the problem, how am I going to paint the color intensity of the water and waves on my canvas. Thus the first thing I did was cover the whole surface of the canvas with the darkest color I could create, a mixture of Indigo Blue and dark red did the job. After approximately 2.5 hrs. what you see above was the result of my creative efforts. 



Winters Zeegezicht 2
oil on canvas - 23 x 100 cm
painted on location -  26 Nov. 2019
reworked in the studio -  15 Dec. 2021

€ 745 

Here you have an example of a painting I make retouches to in the studio. at the bottom of this commentary you can see the original version made on location just over two years ago. What I loved most about this view of the Sea was the color of the water which was influenced by the mist in the atmosphere. Here you are looking in a Northly direction from Zuiderstrand, The Hague, to the better known beach resort, Scheveningen, (you can barely make out the tower and ferris wheel of the Pier on the right side of the horizon). The greatest alteration I made was to get rid of 95% of the shoreline, by painting in more of that soft turquoise salty water. Have a look for yourself to see more changes.

Friday, 8 October 2021

Hot fun in the Summertime


Kinderen met ouders dagje op strand #5
oil on board - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location -  Wed 8 Sept 2021

€ 285

Kinderen met ouders dagje op strand #4
oil on board - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location -  Tues 7 Sept 2021

€ 235

Kinderen met ouders dagje op strand #3
oil on board - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location -  Tues 7 Sept 2021


Kinderen met ouders dagje op strand #2
oil on board - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location -  Sun 5 Sept 2021

€ 185

Kinderen met ouders dagje op strand #1
oil on board - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location -  Sun 5 Sept 2021

€ 185

Here you have the whole series of Children with parents, at day at the beach.  Made on our last heat wave here in Holland. Am glad I was able to get out on location in theses days. Always a pleasure for me to be among all this fun and exciting energy. 

Monday, 6 September 2021

The Hague Sailing Club

HKZV, Den Haag
oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location - Thurs 29 July 2021

€ 1275

A portrait of this sailing clubhouse for me is always fun to do. I love that color, Ultramarine (blue), especially when the Sun is hitting it, shadows get cast from the roof and open spaces. Then in combination with the surrounding colors, the yellow of the beach club house behind it, the various colors of the 'cats', just in general a colorful scenery, wouldn't you agree.

Surfs Up at South Beach

Zuiderstrand DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Tues 31 Aug. 2021


Again decided to paint a view of the whole of Zuiderstrand, the real beach of The Hague. On the horizon you can see a smoke stak from one of the many oil refineries located at the harbor entrance to Rotterdam. Wild clouds, strong waves, and lots of Sun make this scenery enjoyable to digest, at least that's my thought.


Friday, 30 July 2021

Family outing at the beach


Familie-uitje op het strand
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
painted on location - Wed 21 July 2021


Another fantastic day at the beach! Early afternoon and the crowds are still at bay, It's the middle of the week, thus won't really get that busy, but still by the time I put the signature on this baby, there were many more people than depicted on the painting. When one looks closely he will see that much is going on in this scene. Personally I like the father holding a bottle of water and the child runn8ng towards it. 

Saturday morning at the beach


Zaterdag ochtend op het strand
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Saturday 17 July 2021


The fun and excitement is about to begin for many young kids and their families. Fun for everyone, even the pet dog has a blast. Water is a little choppy, so the parents are keeping a close eye on them. Parasols are being used to block the wind rather than the Sun. Plenty of space at this beach, because the average Dutch person thinks the beach of The Hague is Scheveningen and not this more natural beach. It's a well keep secert and we citizens of The Hague like it that way!  

Monday, 26 July 2021

Children with parents, North Beach, Scheveningen

Ouders met Kinderen, Noorderstrand, Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 50 x 175 cm
painted on location and in the studio - June/July 2021

Commission / Opdracht

I was very happy to get this commission as I love getting out to the beach and working on this subject. Always a challenge to paint on such a large format on location at the beach, however it was possible and what was not possible I made up for it in the studio. Paying customer was happy, person getting the painting as a special gift was happy, and I was happy. What more can a working artist ask for?


Saturday, 24 July 2021

Scheveningen Beach and Boulevard summer 2021

Scheveningen Strand / Boulevard zomer 2021,
Oil on linen - 30 x 200 cm
painted on location - 10 occasions 30 May t/m 10 June 2021 


Here you have the latest painting of this subject which i have been tackling for years now. Believe me it is a struggle to get in all those details, on such a massive size canvas and especially that I make it on location! Thus the elements of the outdoors are either for me or against me. Usually I choose to be on location when they are working for me, (I have no choice really). I'm standing on a wide open space, a pier made of huge cement elements topped with a road wide enough, for emergency vehicles to travel on.   
I enjoyed every minute of the making of this painting. Meeting all kinds of friendly nice people, who made several enquiries as to the technique and equipment I use.  I was getting a lot of compliments, thus I knew then that I was on to something good.  For your viewing pleasure 3 close ups.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Baby, the fog must lift...

Schat, de mist moet optrekken,
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - Thurs 10 June 2021

€ 1250

On one of my latest painting excursions to South beach, The Hague, wasn't much happening, just usual  sunlight, was contemplating packing up, but something, a feeling said to me, just wait. Close your eyes meditate a bit and wait. Well that voice served me well! In came this thick fog, rolling up from the sea and totally filled the atmosphere with mystery  and intrigue. Now that was worth painting. Quickly as possible set my gear up and within minutes was laying the paint on to create this scene. I imagine the sailors ready to sail out in their cats, possibly one of them was on his mobile talking to his wife, saying "Schat, de mist moet eerst optrekken".. 

Friday, 4 June 2021

Schevening Beach Scene & Zuiderstrand beach scene


Noorderstrand, Schevening 
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sat 29 May 2021


Here a typical view of Schevening from just past the ZwartePad beach entrance.  An area frequented by nudist sun bathers, as this is far away from the huge crowds in Schevening.

Cats ready, Zuiderstrand DH,
oil on board - 16 x 24 cm
painted on location - Sun 30 May 2021


Just a quick oil study of a typical scene on Zuiderstrand, The beach of The Hague. On the horizon you can see elements of Schevening beach.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Strong winds, South Beach, DH

Harde wind, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - wed. May 26 2021


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

€ 450

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


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.