Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Catamaran Clubhouse, The Hague, Holland # 10

oil on canvas
20 x 50 cm
painted on location, Sunday 16 Aug 2007

Back on this theme yet on more time. As I mentioned after making the first painting in this series, I hope to get in another 2 paintings of this picturesque area of the beach in South Holland, (ZH). Interesting in this work is the reflections in the windows. Not only do you get a glimpse of the inside of that lovely cobalt blue structure, reflected on the first glass are masts of the vessels which are merely hinted at on the bottom left hand corner. The colors on the sea where particularly fun to paint.

Bye for now.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Earlier this month I was in Zundert with my friend Frits de Groot, to paint the preparations of the Zundert Flower Corso and the event's photographer was so nice to make quite some pictures of me us action. Please see more of me in action.

Today I went to the beach again - I hope to post it's result soon.

Bye for now, Alberto

Monday, 10 September 2007

Dahlia pickers (plukkers), Zundert, Holland

oil on canvas,
70 x 90 cm,
painted on location-  Saturday 1 sept 2007 (repainted Aug 2012)

This is the second large format work I painted on the Zundert Schildersfestival. Made in the early afternoon, at the same dahlia field as yesterdays Wet Painting, (only from a different view point). Luckily for me there came along flower pickers, as it was the last day to prepare the floats for the famous blomen corso. They added a nice accent to the composition, The horizon line was also made interesting due to the wind effect on the trees. Painting the amazing Dutch sky was also a challenge as the clouds were definitely in a hurry to get somewhere.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

View of Zundert, from a dahlia field

oil on canvas - 70 x 90 cm
painted on location - Saturday 1 Sept 2007

This is one of six paintings I made of this subject, during the ZundertSchildersfestifal 2007. Painted early in the morning, the warm colors in the sky blend in perfect harmony with the colors of the dahlia flowers fields. Holland's most well known painter, Vincent Van Gogh was born in a house about 25 meters to the left of the church tower on view in the middle of this painting.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Path to the Sea, (Pad naar Zee), Westduinpark, The Hague, Holland

oil on canvas,
70 x 90 cm, (thus not small)
painted on location, Wed. 22 August 2007. (finishing touches done in studio, 23/8/07)


Working on location with a canvas this big, was not the easiest thing. Even though I weighed down the easel with heavy stones, i had to have one hand on the easel almost the whole time while painting! But believe me, there is just no other way to get the results that I got any other way. Just look at the color of that sea, not even in your wildest dreams could you imagine such colors. Positioned where I was, only if you were color blind, or had a cheap pair of sunglasses, would you not have been able to see those colors, stirred up by a wind force, that not even a seasoned sailor would dare. Of course getting those hues on the canvas is another matter. That is where 25 years of painting comes in handy. Because the texture on the canvas is so thick at places it is hard for the camera to get a good focus, thus sorry for the unfocused picture.