Thursday, 28 February 2008

Winter Seascape # 7, View from on High, Westduinpark

oil on canvas
16 x 22 cm
painted on location


Here is a view from what I beleive is South Hollands(Zuid Holland) highest point. Painted almost a year ago, this work was originally 40 x 100 cm. It didn't work out at that size, so I decided to keep the most interesting part of the painting and touch it up a little.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Winter Seascape # 6, Sailing on a mild winters day

oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm
made on location, Sun 24/02/2008


When this work was started, the sky above me was covered with cool grey clouds. You could see them floating across the top. A wind which was just tolerable, pleasantly stirred up the sea, causing it to give off those soft green hues, a delight to look at and paint. It wasn't easy to keep painting what I had started as the situation changed drastically when the Sun decided to make itself visible. By the time I finished the sky was completely blue, creating a totally different scene!

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Winter Seascape # 5, entrance to Scheveningen harbour

oil on canvas
16 x 24 cm
painted on location, Sat 16 Feb (mid-afternoon)


No, this is not S. Tropaz or some port in sunny Cyprus. This is sunny and cold Scheveningen, Holland. Positioning myself only meters away from the opening to the outside harbour(buiten haven), thus no people walking, but sailboats and sailors returnig, to the shelter of this port. Despite the cold, it was fine to be on location, doing my thing.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Winter Seascape # 4, A beautiful day on the Northe Sea

oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm
painted on location Sunday 10 Feb. (early afternoon)


Hardly what one would expect for a winter view of the North Sea! Mild temperatures, no wind (will I suppose some slight gusts out on the sea), and plenty of Sun. The only signs that give this scene a winters feel, is first those colors of the sky's horizon at mid - day, and seondly the shabby look of the sand.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Winter Seascape # 3, with herring (haring) fishing boat

oil on canvas,
20 x 50 cm
painted on location, Thurs. 7 Feb.(morning)


A good place to go to think things over, get a breath of fresh air, and strech your legs. If its winter and you are going to stand still and make a painting, you better put some warm clothing on and sit yourself up somewhere out of the wind. One can never get bored of painting the sea, as you never get the same situation before your eyes twice. Light, which is constantly changing, effects everything, this is most evident at sea, especially the North Sea.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Winter Seascape # 2, (Domburg, Zeeland)

oil on canvas board, 15 x 20 cm
painted on location, Thurs. 31 Jan 08


This quaint little painting was made next to a closed beach cafe allowing me and three other colleages protection from extreme storm conditions with heavy winds and rain. Domburg is known for its favorable light conditions, commonly refered to as the Dutch Light. This is plain to see in the lovely reflections of soft emerald greens, even under these inhospitable weather conditions. Can't wait for the weather to improve!