Thursday, 28 March 2013

Panoramic view of the North Sea #3 -2013

Panoramische uitzicht op de Noord Zee #3 - 2013, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas, 20 x 140cm
painted on location - Wed 27 March 2013

Hard to believe it is Spring here in The Lowlands. Plenty of Sun, yet low temperatures and a fierce wind, probably directly out of some obscure corner of Siberia,  has been making getting out somewhat uncomfortable for most of us. With the protection of my trustworthy 3m diameter parasol, used as a windbreaker, it was possible for me to tackle this size canvas, en Plein Air. Have a good look at the detail below (by clicking on image you get a better look),  you will see evidence of on location painting!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Yellow Buoy, South Beach, DH

de Gele Buoy, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas, 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Mon 25 March 2013

"As we live a life of ease, Everyone of us has all we need.  Sky of blue, and sea of green, in our yellow submarine"! (The Beatles).   Had to think of these lyrics as I was making this painting, which features a  yellow buoy and I was next to a yellow beach cafe (De Fuute) ha, ha,....  Extremely cold temperatures due to high winds, most unusual this time of year, thus had to find some shelter in order to get this painting made. Was grateful for the clouds, that add an interesting dimension to this scenery, and gives an indication of the wind.  .

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Stormy beach scene at South Beach

Zuiderstrand met hooge wind en naderende regen val,
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Wed 20 March 2013

painted over

The situation yesterday on the beach! Had my parasol with me, using it as a windbreaker, otherwise would have been not possible to be on location! The rain down pour was heading inland thus not a threat to me and the many workers busy with building up the seasonal beach pavilions.

Monday, 18 March 2013

The whispering waves of The North Sea

de fluisterende golven van de Noordzee
oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm
painted on location - Sun 03 March 2013, and worked on in studio  March 2013

On the beach on a cold winters day, not so long ago, this work was made. The light was well defused, hardly no wind to speak of, creating these soft greenish/turquoise tones on the sea surface. Opted to paint in these visiting ducks, rather than the usual seagulls.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Homeward Bound

Gezicht op Nijmegen vanaf  de Waalhaven,
oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm
painted on location-Mon 11 March 2013

Some folks on that Intercity are Homeward bound.  Some may be going to visit friends and family, and still some are going away from home, only to return, soon. This painting was made just prior to the small street scene of the last posting. On a bitter cold morning, with the wind factor just high enough to make being outside uncomfortable, I finally found a spot, next to a parked Nissan.  Getting down as low as possible, thus on my knees,  I managed to lock in this view, and keep the wind  to a minimal. As the cold was too unbearable, after approx. 2hrs my colleague, Rene PleinAir and I decided to call it quits, thus I took a snap shot and finished the detail work on those boats in the comfort of my studio!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Boogie Woogy with Benelux Greys in Nijmegen

Lange Hezelstraat te Nijmegen
oil on canvas, 18 x 13cm
painted on location - Monday 11 March 2013

It's a winters day, extremely cold, Sun light is struggling to get through those thick creamy Dutch clouds. Rene PleinAir and I just finished freezing our toes off,  painting at the Waalhaven,  just 5 minutes walk from this location.  We decided to sneak into a cafe for a warm cup of coffee before setting up once again for this quaint Montmarte type scenery.  Thanks to the unfavourable weather conditions this painting was made as fast as possible, thus retaining a freshness that can often get lost when working too long on a painting. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Rower's, Reeuwijkse Ponds

Roeiers, Reeuwijkse Plassen, Klein Elfhoeven, vanaf Korssendijk, 
20 x 40cm, oil on canvas
painted  - Wed 6 March 2013

The painting was made right after I finished the 3 little studies from my previous posting. What inspired me was the reflections on the water. It was just past mid afternoon, the sky had  cleared up a bit, the Sun well into its descend, casting those soft warm hues.....what else could I do but get it on canvas!  As happens quite often, some Higher Intelligence, throws in a little visual treat, like those rowers passing by, thought it was a nice compliment to this scene, thus painted it in.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Reeuwijke Ponds, near Gouda

Reeuwijkse Plassen, Klein Elfhoeven, vanaf Korssendijk, 
10 x 15cm, oil on gesso wood panel
painted on location - Wed 6 March 2013

Holland has thousands of this sort of large ponds, a favorite location for vacation homes for city dwellers! Here you have signs of spring in the air.  Coloration of trees and plants still not green, which results in this soft display of warm tones.  A delight to paint, bringing out my soft nature!  Made a 4th painting, will be featured on next posting!

picture taken by Henry Retel, Kleinjesfotografie