Thursday, 28 January 2010

Path to the North Sea, Westduinpark #1/2010

Op Pad naar de Noord Zee, #1/2012
oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 inches)
painted on location, Thurs 28 Jan 2010


There is an occupation known as painting, which calls for imagination, and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and to fix them with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist. Cennino Cennini (1370 - 1440)

Il Pittore has kept his promise. I have returned to my Muse. This time I heard her lyrical verse at the threshold of Her domain. And She has filled me again, with Her generous flow of creative flux. The result is for you to judge. I know I walked away from this painting session, a richer man. The world as we know it maybe crumbling, falling to pieces. My world is just beginning to take shape, it is not falling apart, for I use Love and Truth as mortar, the same grout that holds Our Infinite Universe together.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Winters Magic on South Beach, The Hague

Zuiderstrand, Den Haag tijdens, Winters charme
oil on canvas
30 x 90 cm (12 x 36 inches)
painted on location - Monday 25 Jan 2010

Only the 2nd time I've been on this strech of beach since 24 Sept 2009. I feel like a lover who has been unfaithful to his "Mistress". She has been kind to me, loves me unconditionally, and has bequeathed me with a multitude of creative juicies, that seem to be never ending. This flow of energy, (these juicies), ulimately finds its expression on a delicate fragment of canvas, fastened onto il pittores easel, on this tiny stretch of Mother Nature herself! I am forever in gratitude of this endowment, and will promise to be more attentive to my Muses lyrical verses.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Winters Magic # 3, Open Field, N.H.

Veld en bos onder sneeuw, N.H.
oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm - (16 x 20 inches)
painted on location - Saturday 9 Jan 2010

This painting no longer exists.

Amazing how just a very common scene, with just the right lighting conditions, could be trasformed into a feast for the eyes! Highlighting the comforting distant warm hues of the woods, and the sky wilfully showing her face behind the heavy laden clouds, il pittores imagination took flight. "I'm at the entrance of a Monumental Castle, I came here with the intention of painting the snow covered drawbridge, however, Mother Nature took a hold of me, and this was the result". A close up for your convenience.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Winters Magic # 2, Nootdorp, Holland

Winters landscap #2, Dobbeplas, Nootdorp
oil on 2 canvas boards
18 x 48 cm - (7 x 19 inches)
painted on location - Thurs 07 Jan 2010


This painting was made shortly after I finished the previous posting. As the sun was shining, and no wind to speak of, I took it upon myself to take advantage of the lovely warm hues caressing the distant treetops. Was also inspired by those enthusiastic skaters who dared this not compeletly frozen pond! You should be able to see the opening, just under the horizon line, left side. You may think I'm crazy, working outside in the extreme cold, I want to quote a famous 20th Century American Artist/Teacher, Robert Henri, to explain were I'm coming from.

"You can do anything you want to do. What is rare is this actual wanting to do a specific thing: wanting it so much that you are practically blind to all other things, that nothing else will satisfy you. When you, body and soul, wish to make a certain expression and cannot be distracted from this one desire, then you will be able to make a great use of whatever technical knowledge you have. You will have clairvoyance, you will see the uses of the technique you already have, and you will invent more."
(pg. 125 The Art Spirit)

As mentioned above, 2 paintings for the price of 1!
You have the option of having the panels side by side, thus creating one horizontal piece, as I have presented. Or you can choose to hang each panel on its own.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Winters magic, Nootdorp (nr The Hague)

Winters landscap, Dobbeplas, Nootdorp
oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Thurs 07 Jan 2010


Yes in the bitter sweet cold, il pittore sits up his easel, and captures for your viewing pleasure, this common winter landscape here in The Lowlands. You see, beauty can be found almost anywhere, it just takes good observation, and being at the location at the right moment. With this glorious play of the welcomed sunlight on this snow covered frozen pond, my palette, sings the soft melodies of winters delight. Stillness and quiet abounds, Nature takes her well deserved rest, yet She still puts on a good show in her sleep. Wouldn't you agree?

This feathered creature was demanding attention, so I carefully loaded my brush with some paynes grey, painting her and her shadow.