Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Panoramic View of The North Sea,#6 2009

Soft light on an Autumn's day
oil on canvas
30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Wed 23 Sept 2009  -  SOLD

We have been fortunately blessed with some rather lovely Sunny mild days here in The Lowlands, and of course who is going to be out there, capturing that world renownd Dutch Light? You guessed it, il pittore. These large panoramic format paintings end up looking so small on these postings,(I hope you know that all you have to do is klick on the image and you get a larger version), thus I feel somewhat obligated to include these two details below. I think that boat is fishing for grabs, not entirely sure, anyway it made a good model as it kept going back and forth, in the space captured on the canvas.

Monday, 28 September 2009

View of South Beach, The Hague, XXL

A Beautiful Autumn Day, at the beach
oil on canvas
50 x 150 cm (rather large format)
painted on location - Fri 18 Sept 2009   -   SOLD

Well the end of the season, is fastly approaching, thus I'm out there whenever I can afford the time, and with the assistance of Mother Nature, (whenever She decides to treat us less fortunate dwellers of The Lowlands, to some healthy rays of Sunlight), doing my thing, bringing you the situation in a pictorial manner. Purely for the pleasure of your eyes, and for me, the satisfaction of knowing I'm further along in what has become my Lifes purpose; Bringing to you beauty in a pictorial form. Now beauty can be found almost anywhere, as long as Man, (or more specifically Men, don't put their minds and hands on things as they were meant to be, by design of Nature). Being at the right place at the right time, has a lot to do with it. Thus sometimes, not always, I like to think of my paintings as little mircales, that pass through my efforts, leaving me with feelings of enormous gratitude, for that faultless Creative Energy which unfolds everywhere.

Detail featuring Strand Pavilijoen De Kwartel

Thursday, 24 September 2009

The North Sea, Wijk Aan Zee, 2x

High winds with Kite surfer
oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Sunday 13 Sept 2009


Windy conditions are common on the North Sea, surfers love it! Me, I take what nature gives me, and I do the best I can with it. Protected by this huge metal object on the beach, I got down as low as possible, and made 3 paintings(the third one I'll post another time). Most of the sand that the wind generously tossed on the surface of the canvas will fall off eventually, a trademark of a plein-air painter I suppose.

Sailing the High Winds
oil on canvas
40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sunday 13 Sept 2009


Although this looks smaller on your screen, it is actually 5x bigger than the one above. Interesting color of the water, especially when the sky finally broke open, and the light from the sun had a stronger influence. It is difficult to see, but there actually is a sailbot on the horizon.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

The Windmill in Wassenaar, Holland

Het windmolen van Wassenaar
oil on canvas
18 x 13 cm each
painted on location - Thurs. 10 Sept 2009

Private Collection, Florida, USA

As you can clearly see the 1st one was made up close. A nice play of light happening, due to the cast shadows from the wooden fixtures attached to this fascinating structure. 2nd painting was made from a distance of about 70 meters. This residential area is loaded with a wide variety of healthy and mature trees, which add a nice accent to the red roof tops.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Beach Cafe, 'De Branding', Noordwijk Aan Zee

Twee schilderijn van 'De Branding', Noordwijk Aan Zee
oil on canvas
40 x 60 cm (each)
painted on location - Tues. 8 Sept 2009

Private collection, Florida, USA

It is funny, on my last three painting sessions I've made 2 paintings at a time! (Next posting will also feature 2 works). This scene was requested of me from a family that are going away, moving to America. I was so grateful for the heat wave that came rather unexpectantly, earlier this week. It was so hot, had to work under a parasol. Firstly, for the shade it provided on the canvas, secondly, to keep me from getting a sunstroke! It is amazing how intense the blue of the water can become, when there is little wave activity, on the surface. Due to the extreme heat you have the mist effect hanging over the horizon, which add lovely warm nuances to the composition

Thursday, 10 September 2009

De Mark, Breda (Ginneken), Nature reserve

two small studies
oil on canvas
13 x 18 cm / 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Sun 6 Sept 2009


I was invited to take part in a plein-air painters festival, at this location, a few days ago, thought I'd share these quaint little pieces with you. They were painted simultaneously, (side by side on my easel). Whilst I was in the process of making these, I had to think of John Constable (19th century English master painter), who, in his lifetime, made several small studies of only clouds, which are a delight to look at, if you ever get a chance. I couldn't help but feel, that perhaps, just maybe, his spirit might have payed me a little visit and somehow guided my brush. We are all brethern, us fellow painters, at least I certainly have faith in this.

Friday, 4 September 2009

High winds off the North Sea, The Hague

Wind kracht 5, Zuiderstrand, Den Haag
oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Fri 4 Sept 2009


Man it feels good to be back on location! Not a nice day to take your kids for a fun afternoon on the beach, but for a plein-air painter, you couldn't ask for better subject matter. It was so windy I had to get as low as possible, in order to paint this spectacular view, a gift from Mother Nature, Herself. The wind blew sand about, everywhere, thus also on the surface of this little canvas.