Monday, 29 July 2013

XXL View of Scheveningen pier from South Beach.

 XXL Gezicht op Scheveningen vanaf Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on linen - 40 x 210 cm
painted on location on 3 occasions-  finished 6 July 2013

Not the easiest thing to paint this size on location! However I managed it, with the help of my trustworthy 3 meter diameter parasol, used as a wind breaker. You could tell by the waves that the wind is still blowing quite strong, but the summer temperatures are with us now, so a pleasure to be at this location. It is well after dinner hour, thus crowds have thinned out. Just the way I like to paint these beach scenes. When you look at this painting carefully, you will see a lot going on, thus the 3 close ups below.  Take care and enjoy the summer.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Summer fun, Kijkduin - (At the Beach Series # 14 - 2013)

Gezicht op deel van de Zandmotor, Kijkduin,
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Sun  14 July 2013

Here I have sit up my easel at the most Northerly point of the ZandMotor, at Kijkduin. You can see the natural effect the water erosion is causing on the beach at this area. The river like sea water plaas, extends for almost 2 kilometres (from bottom left of painting), thus forming an island like peninsula. A man made pilot project extension of beach sand to insure a natural build up of the beach at Kijkduin and The Hague. The scene was much more crowded than what you see here, but I have the freedom of making the compositions of this body of paintings I call, At the Beach Series. Below a close up of the action taking place. Kids mostly having fun, lots of fun, and it is all for free. Now that's really Dutch!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

At the Beach Series #11-2013, with Kite surfer

3 Kindren met Kite surfer, Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tues. 9 July 2013

Made this painting just before AtBS#12, on the sane afternoon. As you can see the hot summer temperatures were still not with us, as the wind was still blowin' hard. However it didn't stop these kids from having a blast at the waters edge, as they were enjoying jumping about at the incoming waves. The little sister looks on and keeps guard of the soccer ball. In the distance a kite surfer blasting through the waves, man do those guys move fast!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Fun Times/South Beach DH, At the Beach Series #12-2013

Kindren met hond spelen op strand
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted Tues 9 July 2013

Continuing on this series and I'm loving it! Having real fun composing these young people enjoying the nice summer weather here at the beach in The Lowlands. Scheveningen, well known beach resort, on the horizon to the right. Then the south arm of pier ushering yachts and ships to the Inner harbour characterised by the green and red striped light houses. On the foreground fun times for all, The Scottish terrier happens to notice me and looks on in curiosity while others just doing their own thing. Below a close up.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Summer at South Beach, DH / (AtBS #10-2013)

Dagje uit Zuiderstrand, DH
oil on MDF - 24.5 x 48.5cm - (10 x 19 inches)
painted - Sat  6 July 2013

Yeah, yeah summer at last, temperatures have finally climbed up to Sun bathing conditions. A slight breeze sets the conditions right to manoeuvre these cats. Not a great challenge, but maybe time to take the kids along, so they could learn about sailing. Meanwhile hundreds of Haagenaars are enjoying this quite strip of beach, situated between busy Scheveningen and Kijkduin.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Fun At the Beach - AtBS # 9 - 2013

Kindren spelen op het strand,
oil on canvas - 50 x 120 cm
painted - Tues 11 June 2013

Painted at Wassenaarseslag not so long ago, on this fine stretch of beach. Promises of summer in the air, however still rather cool temperature. The sudden warmth caused for the hazy atmospheric conditions, which  now that I look back at this painting resulted in a pleasurable scene.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Looking S from Katwijk beach.

Gezicht op Katwijk strand met grote wolken,
oil on canvas - 50 x 120 cm
painted on location - Tues. 2 July 2013

Those clouds are moving fast, let me tell you! Had to use my 3m parasol as a wind breaker on this occasion. Katwijk is an old fishers village, that church, St. Andrea's Kerk, is one of Hollands oldest standing church's. The locals are very proud of it, and lucky they are to have such a welcoming beach on their doorstep. The details deserves a better look, thus the close up. Remember to click on the images to get a better look.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Three recent paintings - Zuiderstrand, DH

Rough  Sea with Mother and Child
 oil on canvas - 13 x 18 cm
Thurs 27 June 2013

Clouds with a rough sea
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
Thurs 27 June 2013

Mild sea with clouds and Yellow Buoy
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
Thurs 27 June 2013

As Constable once said, "The sky governs everything," Of course he was referring to light and values of colour on a given landscape, or in my case, a seascape. With the sunlight breaking through the scattered voluminous clouds, the sea was giving off an intense deep hue of greenish blue. Not too many people on the beach, however kite surfers enough! I decided to keep it simple, thus providing a generic seascape with the least of elements to give it a reference.