Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The Mauritshuis, The Hague, NL

Het Mauritshuis en Torenje - (Hofvijver series # 15)
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - 9/17/22/23 April 2020


Again found myself working on the series from the Hofvijver. This time decided to focus on this picturesque corner, featuring the Mauritshuis and the tower were the Prime Minister of Holland has his office. Upon studying the subject I concluded that the evening light would be the best time to make this painting, thus you have the buildings well lit from a warm Sun light. Strange painting on location in these days with the corona virus situation. Luckily for me we are not experiencing a complete lock down and most of the people are spending more time indoors than usually. 

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Schevening Boulevard and Pier #3

Schevening Boulevard en De Pier #3
oil on canvas - 40 x 80 cm
painted on location - Sunday 19 April 2020

€ 750

Further developing the theme of this view of the boulevard and Schevening beach. Starting to have fun here. Size of the painting is starting to increase , I believe this view warrants even a larger dimension. Normally there would be much more activity going on in this view, but given the current, stay home policy, re the spreading of the virus, it is less populated. 

Friday, 17 April 2020

The gentle rolling wave

De zacht rollende golf
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location - Wed 15 April 2020


Here in The Lowlands we are having lovely sunny days, notwithstanding the still cool windy breeze at the Sea, which makes for a very healthy combination! Luckily we have huge wide beaches, so people can still get out, staying healthy and still practice social distancing.  For safety during these uncertain times due to this nasty virus in circulation.  In that respect I am lucky as a plien air painter, I mean all the space available.  Here below a detail of the signature, on the bottom right corner.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Free at last

eindelijk vrij
oil on canvas - 50 x 100 cm
painted on location - Monday 6 April 2020


I feel this painting is true to the expession, less is more. Doing my best to bring the Sea in focus. A close up view of a gentle rolling wave, a sailboat off in the distance, a cloudless blue sky with some haze on the horizon, and God only knows what lies under the surface of the North Sea.  A simple view, yet it affords soo much space and freedom, at times just what we need, to pass the time of day. 

Schevening, Boulevard and Pier

Schevening Boulevard en De Pier
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Saturday 4 April 2020

€ 550

Here I am a second time painting this view.  It is a somewhat complicated composition, but by the process of elimenation, which basically means, to not paint everything that is in the scene.  This way it becomes digestable to the human eye. In years to come this view will be altered, most likely that red lighthouse will be not visible anymore, as further development of luxury hotels and apartments carry on.


                                                                                                Here a picture of me working on this painting

Friday, 3 April 2020

the big picture and the small picture

Pier,  Schevening #2-2020
oil on canvas - 40 x 50 cm
painted on location - Wed 25 March 2020

€ 485

Here I am back at the North Beach, Schevening with the continuation of the Pier series. This time using a traditional landscape format canvas. Still early in the season, and early in the day, thus not many visitors. They are busy building up the beach cafes and other objects after the end of the winter season.

The mangolia stellata, the bumble bee and the lady bug,
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 cm
painted on location - Sat 28 March 202


In these days we are being asked to stay off the beach when there are too many people, in order to combat the spread of this nasty corona virus. So I will be occasionaly making paintings such as this little intimate scene. Spring is finally in the air, which brings forth all kinds of little creatures, such as the two shown in this painting. In a Universe of their own, these flowers florish, with the help Natures tiny winged creaatures.