Monday, 31 July 2017

Life on The Quiet Beach - Summer 2017 - N. 2

The Swimmer
oil on canvas - 20 x 60 cm
painted on location/and studio - 24 June 2017/July 2017

A painting made on a very windy beach, one fine afternoon in June. Waves too dangerous for the
inexperienced swimmer, so this chap dipped in for a few moments, but then wisely decided to head back on solid ground.....


Zuiderstrand vanaf Terras De Kwartel
oil on canvas - 60 x 80 cm
painted on location - Wed 26 July 2017

I can never be grateful enough for the lovely compositions one is afforded with the colorful coloration of these objects on the beach here in The Hague. Inspiration for this painting was Theo Janssen working on his latest "Strandbeesten"....The wind was also helping me make this an interesting work by creating all those interesting cloud formations.


A lazy day at the beach
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location Sat. 22 July 2017

I rather like these days when the Sun is not so strong that it makes everything blue and bright at the Sea. Grey tints of color take on an importance, that to a painter can be very tasteful to the palette used on the canvas. Lots to see on these large panoramic paintings, however on line very little is shown, thus a close up of the focal point in this work.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

A visit to Delft

Study for Oude Jan in the spring
oil on wood panel - 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Tues 9 May 2017

Oude Jan in the spring
oil on canvas - 50 x 30 cm
painted on location - In 3 sessions April/May 2017
€ 795

Was fine to be back in Delft earlier this season. Years ago I was regularly going here to paint and sketch in this picturesque small city. Known to many,  as the birthplace of one of Hollands greatest painters, the master Johannes Vermeer. The city centre has remained pretty much the same as it was when originally built, centuries ago. A favourite destination for tourists, scholars and artists alike. 

View of the City Hall during market
oil on wooden panel - 13 x 18 cm
painted on location - Thurs 13 July 2017

On a more recent visit, I was inspired to paint this market scene, with the typical Dutch city hall construction as a setting. Always that renowned Dutch sky lingering around, with its clouds saying, "go ahead paint us if you can, but you better be fast, because we are moving on down, carrying loads of water we need to get rid of "

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Life on the Quiet Beach-Summer 2017

Rise and shine, It's a Beautiful Day
oil on canvas - 30 x 150 cm
painted on location - Sunday 9 July 2017

The start of a busy beach day, I like to get out as early as possible, thus before the Sun is at its warmest,  I am already packing up and usually, when all goes well, leaving with a completed painting.  I said before and I'll say it again, Man am I lucky to have this beach just a few short city blocks away.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer Life on the Beach, NAZ

Kindren aan het spelen
oil on canvas - 20 x 60 cm
painted on location - Wed 21 June 2017

Not normal high temperature on this day, kids just loving being at the beach, as the waves were mild and plenty of safe water to play on. The two girls in the foreground, getting a taste of surfing with a toy surf board, that one has to pull, while the other takes a ride.

Flying High over Noordwijk
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - Fri 23 June 2017

Two days later and hey what happened to the blistering warm temperatures?.... Will just look at the sky of the above two paintings....wind blasted that warmth straight across Holland, over Germany and Switzerland, and I swear, must have made it clear over the Alps all the way to steaming hot Sicily, SO HARD WAS THE WIND BLOWING THAT DAY! Oh well, great subject matter to paint, those infamous Dutch clouds have made history repeatedly with the Masters of the Golden Age and even more recently right up to the 21century.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Fun, Water and life on The Beach, Dutch Style

Zuiderstrand vanaf ingang "De Kwartel",
oil on canvas - 40 x 30 cm
painted on location - Thurs 15 June 2017

Just a lovely day here at Zuiderstrand, The Hague. The warm light of the late afternoon brings life to this scene...kite surfers making the most of the windy situation. Decided to use a portrait size canvas, thus showing the action on the ground and in the air!

Three sailboats and the skipper Little John
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 13 June 2017

A great day for sailing as kliene Jantje is about to discover. Mom is nearby sitting on the warm sand, keeping a close watch on the situation.

The yellow buoy and three seagulls
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tues 13 June 2017

Arriving on the scene, sometimes it is difficult making a final decision on what will get painted. After a drink of coffee, I take into consideration the various options, then a choice is made and the painting gets started. I guess the wave action got me going on the work above.