Thursday, 26 March 2015

Scheveningen Boulevard with morning light # 2

Scheveningen Aan Zee, met ochtend licht,
oil on mdf - 22 x 180 cm
painted on location - 8 settings from 05 March 2015 - 18 March 2015

This is the 2nd time I paint this view. Last year also in March I was working from the Southern branch of the harbour entrance (Zuidelijk Havenhoofd, Buitenhaven). This is the view from the Northern branch of the harbour entrance (Noordelijk Havenhoofd). lt can be difficult to work with such a wide panoramic format on this location, as the wind likes to surprise you from time to time. On one occasion my easel with painting fill to the ground, lucky the damage was easy to repair.  After that I was anchoring my gear with a large shopping bag full of sand. With the morning light this view is spectacular, thus I was confined to working for no more than 2 hrs at a time. Below a close up of the Pier, which is undergoing renovations at present.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"Let there be light"

"Laat er licht zijn"...,
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Thurs 19 March 2015

Luckily I happened to be on location, (just had finished working on a larger painting). On the top left, the Sun forcing its light through the thick layers of clouds, which have no choice but to surrender to the outburst of gases and heat coming from that life bearing Celestial body.  Thus the sky, all of a sudden broke open, creating these lovely exotic shapes. A true pleasure to witness, after days of overcast clouds. I couldn't help but think of the biblical phrase, "Let there be light"!  Thus this painting was created. On the horizon, the Hotel Atlantic, in Kijkduin, to the right of it, you can barely make out the communications tower, which has been planted in the so called "Zandmotor".

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A beautiful late winters day

Een mooie late winters dag,
oil on mdf panel - 17 x 24 cm
painted ion location - Thurs 12 March 2015

Yes a beautiful late winters day and am so grateful I had the opprtunity to be on location on the "Stille strand" in Den Haag. Still a bit chilly, but thanks to the Sun shine and little wind, it made it a pleasure. Everything was looking very ordinary, not much action yet on the beach, thus it took a few minutes for me to finally decide to paint this view. I stayed on and did another painting, as the light was getting warm and the Golden hour was just beginning. Thus I set up another canvas and made the painting here below.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

3 studies - Scheveningen Inner Harbor

3 studies van Scheveningen binnen haven 
oil on mdf - 10 x 17.5 cm each
painted on location - 24 Feb 2015/2 March 2015

As you know already I have been busy making works at this location. For an artist to get familiar with a subject, it is necessary to make several studies, thus one gets familiar with it. Just think of Picasso and all the studies he made for some of his major works. Les Demoiselles d' Avignon, for example, there must exist well over 100 drawings and painting of studies related to that piece alone.