Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sunny Winter Seascapes

Strandingang bij "DeKwartel" met zandverstuiving,
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 27 Jan 2015

A cozy and inviting winters seascape yet you better have warm clothing, as the wind will certainly find its way to chill your warm blood. That didn't stop the couple you see at the waters edge, most likely too much in love to feel the cold. I was inspired by the light and the sand drift created by the hand of Nature at this beach entrance.

Kom op "Bandit" wij gaan lopen,
oil on canvas board - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Fri 23 Jan 2015

But Bandit, the pet doggie of these two boys doesn't want to go for a walk on this cold winters day. She is still a puppy, and would much rather be cuddled up near the fireplace in the family living room. I couldn't agree more with Bandit, that is why I chose to stay off the open beach, were the wind factor was making it even colder! It was fine that the Sun shine made things a little warmer, and was creating this strange misty, yet soft light effect.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Memories of a warmer times, (2 comissions)

Couple with pet in front of Strandpavelijon De Kwartel
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
Painted on location and in studio - Sept 2014

private collection Den Haag

The man of this couple was given this painting as a birthday present from his beloved wife. It was important that I place them on the waterfront walking towards the beach cafe called De Kwartel. The scene is draped with a soft glow of late afternoon light, the temperature is warm and comfortable. A fine moment to reflect on, especially on these cold winter days, with shortened hours of daylight.

Family outing on the beach, Zwartepad, Scheveningen
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm 
Painted on location and in the studio Oct/Nov 2014

private collection Den Haag

This work was commissioned to me by the daughter of that man you see playing with his two grand children at the waters edge. The background is made up of the dominant pier,  the hotels and other buildings making up the boulevard of Schevenigen. It is difficult to see all the details with accuracy as this format is not suitable for web logging, but believe you me, when standing in front of the  original painting the details are as sharp and clear as the blue of the sky.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Peace rests, on a winters day

Vrederust op een wintersdag
oil on canvas - 30 x 80 cm
painted on location -  Tues 6 Jan 2015 - (finished in studio Mon 12 Jan 2015)

First plein-air painting of 2015. Bringing you an image were your eye can transmit to your brain, tranquillity and peace. It doesn't attract world attention, no smeary politicians going to gather and pretend they care. Just a crazy artist out in the open, freezing his fingers and toes in order to bring you this moment of purity. Hey, I'm not complaining, but really, what a disgusting world we live in. That artists who make cartoons as a living have to be killed, just so the rulers of the world can again take away Our civil rights!   Why don't they just have enough courage to admit what they are doing, once and for all. At least this way, we the people of this marvellous planet can organise and take action. No they have to kill innocent people, children and families on aeroplanes, defenceless women and elderly people. Put the blame on terrorists. Make laws to control terrorism, only thing is I am not a terrorist, most likely you are not a terrorist, but you and I have to be subject to those laws, that control, and control, and control even more our Rights, more and more...makes me sick. ...Oh well, I only hope I can in my little way, bring some beauty into your life, please forgive me for dumping some emotion, and if you want to sign off my mailing list, I understand. Here below you see me creating this painting.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

A young girl and her beloved pet

Een jong meije en haar geliefde hond
                                                                        oil on mdf - 14.5 x 25 cm
                                                                   painted on location - 31 Dec. 2014

Luckily it was a beautiful, sunny and dry morning on the last day of the year.  I had time on my hand, thus decided to assemble my gear, put on some warm clothing and head out of the studio to the very spot on the beach were I made several dozens of seascapes in 2014. As the weather was favourable, the beach was busy with people and their canine friends.  After developing the composition, and colour scheme, I paid attention to the wave action. The painting needed more details, so I added a few seagulls in flight. They did little to make this a complete art work. Something else was needed. Stepping back and observing what was actually happening before my eyes, I finally decided to compose this situation, a young girl and her beloved pet. Content with what developed, I quickly scratched in my signature and packed up, as by then the cold wind had found its way to my bones!