Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Autumn Gold finds The Hofvijver,

Herfstgoud vindt de Hofvijver (#18 in de series)
oil on canvas - 40 x 120 cm
painted on location in several sittings - Sept/October 2020


Those two swans will be together forever, isn't that a beautiful reality, something worth thinking about. Funny how almost everything I painted in this composition comes in pairs. Just have a good look. Two big and two small open spaces and two dark clouds in the sky. Two groups of trees being reflected in the water. Two flags and two seagulls fluttering up on high in the sky. Two major areas of buildings, the Binnenhof to the left of that floating island and to the right, apartments and stores which form part of the historical center of this city. Two church towers, the one in the Binnenhof and that of the Grote Kerk, which oddly enough, both don't function as churches anymore. Oh well, I didn't intentionally do this, just noticed it a few moments ago while thinking of something to say about this painting. Obviously I took the liberty to add colors that in reality don't appear in such a scene, and for better of for worse that's the way it's going to be!

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

The Hofvijver on a warm summers morning, The Hague


De Hofvijver op een warme zomersochtend (#17 in de series),
oil on canvas - 50 x 150 cm (20"x 59")
painted on location on several occasions - June - Sept 2020


As you can see I have been further developing this series. It is always a pleasure to be on location at his spot. The security staff at the Museum (The Hague Historical Museum) just across the street from where I sit up usually welcomes me with a warm cup of coffee, and because I have a Museum Card, I have always access to the toilet. This is very handy for us outdoor plein air painters. The scene depicted in this painting is packed with detail, take your time and have a close look, you'll know what I'm talking about.