Friday, 26 October 2012

Scottish Highlanders grazing, Bergen Aan Zee

Schotse Hooglanders grazen, Bergen Aaan Zee
oil on canvas board, 30 x 122cm
12 x 18cm (each), painted on location - April 2012, 

Another very late entry, but an appropriate time, for the posting as I will be active in Bergen NH this weekend as a participant of the Kunst10Daagse. These lovely creatures were painted shortly after I made the sea scape of Bergen Aan Zee, (posted last week). Of course I had to work with great expediency, as they moved around frequently, often coming towards me to check out what I was up to!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Market Scene with Mother and Child

Gezicht op Markt met Moeder en Kind, Bergen,NH
oil on canvas, 70 x 90cm
painted on location, Oct. 2006 and  Sat 20 Oct 2012

€ 1900

Hello Dear Friends and followers of my postings. Here you have a rather intimate scene of what one can expect whilst strolling down a busy market in a picturesque village here in The Lowlands. This is the centre of Bergen, NH, a cosmopolitan village just west of Alkmaar, in the North of Holland.  If you noticed the dates this painting was started 6 years ago, and has been shelved in my studio as I was not content with the composition. Determined to complete it during the Kunst10Daagse, I took it with me and worked on it a few days ago. The mother and child in the foreground are actually my daughter, Selena and my girlfriend Wilma. They were so kind to pose for me, long enough so as I could complete this painting. The theme repeats itself, just to the left with again, a representation of a child with her Mother. You know they say a painting is worth a 1000 words, and for me this image proves just that. Something about the goodness in Life comes through. We are all going through troubling times, all one heres about these days is finacial crisis. In this painting Nature, Love, Kindness and Abundance are being celebrated. Fruits, vegetables, cheese and eggs a gift of Nature to sustain Life for us. The leafs are showing off there beauty before the trees that they dress are going in for a much deserved Winters rest. What is being communicated between the Mother and Child is not certain, but you can surely guess that it has something to do with  Love an Kindness.  So while the Media is blasting you with negativety, remember there are those of Us, (and we are many), that still take the time to show that Life is Good and Love rules above all!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Sout Beach Cafe, 'De Fuut', DH

Strandpavilijon De Fuut, Zuiderstrand, DH,
oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm
painted on location - Sept 2012SOLD

My favorite subject to paint on South Beach, here in The Hague. The play of light on this painting works will in defining he space and giving one a sense of volume re the subject being painted. This scene is already history for the remainder of this year and won't be back until April 2013! These cafes are seasonal and are broken down for the winter.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Windy beach scene, Bergen Aan Zee, NH

Strandgezicht, Bergen Aan Zee, met hooge wind,
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
painted on location, April 2012

Working on location with such conditions, one has to get the paint on the canvas as soon as possible, and not delay for even 1 minute, as rain and wind can do irreversable damage to the freshly applied paint on the surface of the linnen. I had just enough time to get this composition completed, capturing the light of a given moment. With the the racing clouds, the changes are swiift and it becomes a question of working from memory, even though I'm on location.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Opa picking Dahlia's, near Zundert

Opa aan het Dahlia's plucken te Zundert
oil on canvas board, 18 x 24cm (7 x 9.5inches)
Thurs 30 August 2012

Not really my Grandfather, just a title to a painting! Again, a work made sometime ago now, however better to post it rather than leaving it on the shelf, as they say! Was active in Zundert, at the end of August for a few days, making  paintings of the Dahlia flower fields with the pickers. They were getting the flowers ready to pin on the waggons  that would be shown on the parade of the famous Bloemencorso, held annually at the end of August.