Friday, 27 December 2019

Running dog, Schevening beach

Lopende hond, strand Schevening
oil on board - 25 x 35 cm (approx. 10 x 14")
painted on location - 12 Dec 2019


Freedom and space, dogs love it, and that is what they get when their bosses are kind enough to take them out for a stroll at this or any other beach for that matter. Winter has set in, so even though the sun is shining, temperature can be very low. So dress for the occasion and shake a leg, your dog will love you for it! 

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The Lifting of the fog, Westduinpark, The Hague

Kwartelpad, Westduinpark in de mist
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
painted on location - thurs. 5 Dec 2019


This must be the 8th or 9th time i make a painting from this location. And after a long wait, I finally got a chance to paint this scene with mist. Characteristic of coastal environments, the mist is a commen occurence.  However to paint it can be difficult, as it is always either coming or going. I found a solution, and it allows me to paint it with accuracy. A close up below for better viewing.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Beach Entrance with orange "Oma" bicycle

Strandslag 9, Westduinpark en Stillestrand, DH
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 3 Dec 2019

€ 425 

If you live in The Hague, and haven't been for a walk at the beach, you might be confused as to where this beach entrance is located. What attracted me to make this painting was the shadow casted from that dune on leftside. With that orange bicycle secured on wooden railing, it's a dead giveaway as to the country of this seascape.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Whispering waves fom the Quiet Beach

Zachte golven van de Stillestrand,
oil on board - 23 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tues 26 Nov 2019

€ 575

Back to my favourite painting location. On a day like this, not many people, but enough to have some decent interaction with. The beach cafes are all gone, now it's 100% nature on this stretch of sand and salty water. The colors of the water here are always fasinating, sometimes almost unbelievable, But all the locals know this, that's why they keep coming back. 

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Streets of San Vincenzo Vecchio, and more

Vicoli di San Vincenzo Vecchio #1, Abruzzo, IT.

oil on canvasboard - 20 x 29 cm
painted on location - 12 Nov 2019
€ 245

Vicoli di San Vencinzo Vecchio #2, Abruzzo, IT.
(with two sparrows)

oil on canvasboard - 20 x 29 cm
painted on location - 14 Nov. 2019
€ 215 

Olive garden with houses, San Vincenzo Vecchio, Abuuzzo
oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - 13 Nov. 2019
€ 245


Vicoli di San Vincenzo Vecchio #3, Abruzzo, It
(Casa Valentina)

oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - 16 Nov. 2019
€ 245

Recently I went to visit with relatives in this quaint mountain village, in the Valle Roveto, Abruzzo, just a short 1hr drive from Rome. I make this trip annually to go help out with the olive picking season. Usually I take some equipment in order to keep busy with my art work. It was constantly raining in the period while visiting, as is evident in the paintings. However in between the rain showers I did get some chances to work in the field, as shown by the olive garden.  

Monday, 23 September 2019

Surfers paradise, South Beach, The Hague

Surfers paradijs
oil on canvas - 60 x 100 cm
painted on location - Wed 18 Sept 2019


It's not like this all the time, but now and again, you get these beautiful skies and waves on the Sea, that make this beach truly a surfers paradise. Was a pleasure to make this painting, first time I've painted surfers on a painting.

Monday, 16 September 2019

The Hague's South beach, Evening llight

Zuiderstrand s'Avonds
oil on canvas - 30 x 60 cm
painted on location - Thurs. 12 Sept 2019


On a very windy beach, this painting was made. Lovely warm light from a descending Sun casts an  intense light, softened up by all that sand blowing in the wind. I can never tire from painting this scenery. It is now being enhanced by the Strandbeesten by artist Theo Jansen. (those yellow strips on the sand, almost in the middle of painting)

Friday, 13 September 2019

Waves and windsurfers.

The windsurfing lesson
oil on canvas - 30 x 30 cm
painted on location - Aug 19 2019


Het woest golf  - (the wild wave)
oil on canvas - 30 x 30 cm
painted on location - Sept 6 2019

€ 295

The summer is definitely over, hopefully we might get a spree of Indian Summer, later this month, but those warm sunny summer lazy days at the beach are behind us. Anyway as you can see still interesting subject matter to paint, thus am still getting out there. I rather enjoyed making that close up of the wild wave,  thickly painted, with very clear brushstrokes, a sort of homage to the great master Vincent. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Path in the dunes, Westduinpark, The Hague

Pad in de duinen, Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 60 x 70 cm
painted on location -  Wed 28 Aug 2019


Upon request this painting was created, thus a commission piece. Serene and peaceful,  is the sensations I tried to bring across, hopefully it reads this way for you as well.

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Hofvijver, # 12 and # 5 (re-painted)

De Hofvijver Series #12
oil on canvas - 20 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 27 Aug 2019


I have returned to a subject which was started last year in the Fall. In my opinion one of The Hague's most picturesque corners. Here I made a quick oil sketch, characterized by loose brush strokes, nothing is really perfect, however it pulls together well, making it easy to visually digest.

De Hofvijver Series #5 (op nieuw geschildert)
oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm
painted on location - Thurs 29 Aug 2019


This work was originally painted in the Fall of 2018. The shadows were much deeper, giving it greater contrast. I decided to lighten up the whole scenery thus a re-visit with the sunnier light situation.  And a major change was the removal of a lamp pole, on the right side of the painting, have a look for yourself here below.

Family outing with beloved pet

Familie uitje met gelieved hond
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location and in studio -  July/Aug 2019


After an early dinner the family takes the dog out for a stroll on the beach.  For the dog, this is a real treat. Has all the room in the world to run about, they could socialise with other dogs, as this is neutral territory. And after all, it's good for the owners as well, a little physical exercises never did anyone harm. 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

HKZV 2 times

HKZV clubhouse, Den Haag
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location - Sat 17 Aug 2019

Just a little painting, but what a big view! The high winds recently have been blowing sand more and more to the edge of Westduinpark, creating this situation which I find absolutely fantastic to paint. the slopes gently roll down and eventually flatten out and join the waters crust of the North Sea. As is evident in the painting below.

Erg winderig Zuiderstand op een zomersdag
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Mon 19 Aug 2019


Without my 3 meter parasol laying on its side protecting me and my gear from the wind this painting would not have been possible to create. A small sacrifice for me, but oh look at those cloud formations, what a joy yet at the same time a challenge to get down with paint on a canvas. A lot is going on in this scene, s worth taking your time to have a closer look.

The Hofvijver, The Hague, #3 - Repainted

De Hofvijver, DH #3
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - 25 July & 8 Aug 2019


On the hottest day of the year, I was on location re-working this painting which I had originally made in the Fall of 2018, (see picture below).  I was quite concerned with the darkness of the shadowed area of the buildings, thus decided it needed to be lightened up, so that's exactly what has happened. If you notice closely I have also created greater depth in the painting, by making the distant buildings hazier and les foilage on the trees both center and on the right side. Also had fun painting in the seagulls and the two white swans in front of the floating island.


DeStaat with Merry-go-round on the beach

Strandpaviljoen DeStaat met draaiemoleon
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location - 27/28 July 2019
Private collection, The Hague (original painting)

On the occasion of the 10 years anniversary of this establishment a weekend festival was organised by the owner and staff. I was invited to show my paintings at a small market on the terras, and decided to make this painting of such a unique situation!  This painting was literally sold shortly after completion, thus decided to make the image available as a print on canvas.

Strandpaviljoen DeStaat met draaiemolen,  Canvas print 
ink on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
series van 35 reproductions available
€ 235

Here you see me working on this painting.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Mom's and kid's having FUN, at the beach

Moeders met kindern op strand #1, oil on canvasboard - 25 x 30 cm, painted 26 July 2019, SOLD

Moeder met kind op strand #2,  oil on canvasboard - 24 x 30 cm,  painted 26 July 2019, € 125

     Moeder met kind op strand #3,  oil on canvasboard - 24 x 60 cm,  painted 26 July 2019,  € 235

On a very hot sunny day I decided to make this fun series of paintings at the beach. Usually am working very large scale and bringing the big picture of the beach with the figures occupying not so much space. Here the figures are central, thus the focal point.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

South Beach of The Hague is Hot

Zuiderstrand, DH op een warme zomersdag
oil on linen - 40 x 175 cm
painted on location - 23 July 2019

€ 1650.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, rarely does the temperature go above 32 Celsius here in The Lowlands. So when it does, then you can be assured that the beaches will be full. For me the best time to enjoy our spacious beaches are early in the morning. When the Sun is  warming things up, and still tolerable. Hey, but that's only my modest opinion. Certainly for painting this view, mornings are the best. Details for your viewing pleasure, as this is an XXL format, that will bring the Sunshine in the your living space, even on the darkest of a winters days.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

A summer's day with nice clouds

Mooie volken op een zomers dag,
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm
painted on location - Thurs 18 July 2019


An early morning view of what will turn out to be a busy day here at the beach in The Hague. Made to order, exactly what the customer wanted.
1. Not too many people.
2. the big picture of Zuiderstrand, thus the birds eye view. (it amazes me, how i manage to do this, I swear my feet are on the ground, when I painted this, yet it looks like it was made from higher up, a mystery!)
3.a lot of  typical Dutch clouds in a clear blue sky,  (this giving the impression of movement to the painting, which ultimately makes it interesting.)

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

A Day at the beach

Dagje uit op strand
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Tuesday 25 June 2019

The heat is on! Summer temperatures are with us for good now. Probably the best way to deal with this situation is to pass a few hours of the day as close as possible to the fresh, cool and most importantly clean North Sea. And yeah folks, this is The Hague's greatest kept secret, we have our own stretch of beach which is not Scheveningen. Much quieter and not so crowded, which the average Hagenaar likes very much. Just like the people shown in this painting.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The windsurfer

De windsurfer,
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location - Sat 22 June 2019

Sail Schevening is in full swing, on this little painting you see the Minerva sailing out of the harbor entrance and one of the galleons out at Sea. However have a good look and you will notice a faint white strip just in front of the wave breaker , that is the surfboard and sail of the windsurfer! Nice formations of cumulus clouds castings huge shadows on the beach and water, makes for a dramatic composition. 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

A terras with a view

Een terras met uitzicht
oil on canvas - 50 x 70 cm
painted on location - Tues. 18 June 2019


Really, one of the most colourful stretches of beach here in Holland. With that yellow juxtaposing to the blue. the green dunes and red trim on the beach club de Fuute, man those are the primary colours! Then add the elements like wind and light, and you have this delightful scenery. Now one might ask, "How does one catch the wind or the light?".... Physically that would be impossible, but as an image in this case an oil painting on linen, it is possible. With practise, patience and experience, I do it in this way. Not every ones cup of tea, as some like it more abstract, or some like it more messy. I could only do it my way, and thank goodness, there are enough people who appreciate the way I do do it.  Thus, as the Dutch saying goes, I could put bread on the table and wood in the fire.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

A fantastic day for sailing.

zeilwedstrijden zijn aan de gang,  
oil on canvas - 30 x 120 cm
painted on location - Sun 09 June 2019


A fantastic day for sailing! Just enough wind, not too much, thus the beach goers also had a wonderful day. There was really nice wave action going on, so I decided to start the foreground of the canvas with just that. Of course what you see is just a glimpse of a much larger picture of all the competitions taking place

Fun and adventure at the Beach

Plezier en avontuur op het strand
oil on canvas - 40 x 100 cm
painted on location - Sat 01 June 2019


Hey hey, finally that summer feeling is in the air. Temperatures have climbed up to a comfortable warmth,  thus allowing parents to let their kids play and have a splash by the waters edge. Finding myself at the beach, looking for subject matter to paint, well, it didn't take long to make a decision.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Two recent commissions

Vrouw met haar hond bij Zuid
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - 29 May 2019

Here I was asked to include the beach cafe/restaurant Zuid, in the painting. They ordered a blue sky, thus they got it! Am glad there was some nice clouds floating around, which created some shadows, always makes a painting more interesting.

Gezicht op Zuiderstrand de Stillestrand
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - 28 May 2019

On this commission, the order was to paint a windy beach scene, with the Sea at high tide, and those fluffy cumulus clouds a must. In this case was asked not to include the beach cafes, just an emphases on the Nature. Customer was happy with my effort, and that's what counts, on a commission piece.

Friday, 17 May 2019


oil on linen - 20 x 115 cm
painted on location - Wednesday 15 May 2019


Got to the beach this morning, and nothing dramatic going on. Situation was very peaceful, the warmth of the Sun was good to feel, on what little exposed skin I had meeting the Sun's rays. It is still rather cold, thus the winter jacket is still in use. Thus I thought, why not just paint an image that brings across this feeling of tranquility and freedom, which I felt in that moment, thus this work was created.... Below a shot of the work in progress taken by a passer by, glad she shared it with me.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

South Beach, DH with high wind

Zuiderstrand met hoge wind
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Tues. 7 May 2019

€ 725

What weather we have been having lately! Sky full with these huge cumulus clouds, moving swiftly in the direction the wind will have the go. Five minutes of hard rain, then sunlight breaking through for several minutes, then again a dark sky, luckily with no rain, oh but watch out here it comes, again a downpour of water.  For me in this situation the wind was in my favor as it blew those threatening clouds away, allowing me to work on this painting.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Path to the beach, The Hague

Strandaanslag # 10 - Westduinpark, DH
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Thurs 18 April 2019


Here I decided to make a quaint scene of the beach entrance, were I usually go painting. I have taken the liberty to not paint in all the signs and posts, that one encounters at this location. However decided to add the typical so called "Oma fiets" that are very popular in Holland.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The Sea, the sky, and the wind of South Beach, DH

The Gentle rolling wave
oil on canvas - 24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Thurs 4 April 2019

Here I set up my easel right up close to the shore line. The colors of the Sea where the main source of inspiration. However just catching the movement of the waters surface turned out to be a rewarding challenge.

View of Scheveningen from Zuiderstrand
oil on canvas - 15 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 9 April 2019

Still very cold, especially with high wind factor, thus working small. Here the view from in front of the beach paviljoen, De Staat. You can see that the sand of the beach is very messy, after weeks of stormy weather. 

Path in the Dunes, WestduinPark, DH
oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm
painted on location - Thurs 11 April 2019

Love these typical Dutch skies, with drifting cumulus clouds. Everything is lit up, except for the  shadows caused by the mass of clouds. I think I will have to revisit this location with a much larger panoramic format canvass. 

Thursday, 4 April 2019

The Quiet Beach awakens

Het Stillestrand wordt wakker 
oil on linen - 90 x 150 cm
painted on location - Fri. 22 March 2019


The cold Winter season has ended, slowly the Spring begins to usher in a lusher palette of colour, as Nature takes delight in the warmth and extra sunlight. It is not too uncommon to come across such a view of this beach, especially in the early morning hours. The fog slowly lifting, during the time whilst I was creating this painting.  I worked with a hasty pace, getting on the linen as much information as possible, by the time I had decided to put my signature on this piece, the sky was entirely blue!   Below a close ups for your viewing pleasure.