Friday, April 30, 2010

Back from the bulb-fields.

Exhausted and still not finished with all the paintings (16 in 4 day!)
I am more than satisfied with this little trip, ... learned a lot!
One thing for example that some colour really aren't mixable with
Menk's palette (Sorry Kevin) but the pink and purple fields just aren't
the same when painted in brownish colors.

Okay here we go with the first section, ... enjoy!

"Veld inspection." Wieringerwaard, Holland.
(Field inspection.) Oil on panel.
12 x 30 cm.

 (I just had to tape of my usual panel sizes otherwise
I just hadn't enough with me!)

"Velden langs de Lutjewallerweg." Haringhuizen, Holland.
( Fields along the Lutjewallerweg.) Oil on panel.
12 x 30 cm.

"Amstelmeer." Van Ewijksluis, Holland.
(Amstelmeer.) Oil on panel.
12 x 30 cm.

"Watertoren Wieringerwaard." Wieringerwaard, Holland.
(Water Tower Wieringerwaard.) Oil on panel
30 x 12 cm.

"Bloemenkraampje langs de N241." Schagen, Holland.
(Flower Stand along the N241.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Morgenkleur." Wieringerwaar, Holland.
(Morning colours.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Veldinspectie Wieringerwaard." Wieringerwaard, Holland.
(Field inspection.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Tel de banen en kleur de schapen." Schagen, Holland.
(Count the rows and color the sheep's.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Achter de Grote kerk van Schagen." Schagen, Holland.
(Behind the great church of Schagen.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Containers for the church." Valkkoog, Holland.
(Containers for the church.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Uitkijk vanaf de Eenhoorn." Wieringerwaard, Holland.
(Lookout from the Eenhoorn.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Off for a few days, ... painting bulb fields !!!

I am off for a few days painting bulb field in the west of Holland.
See you Thursday I'll guess.

Little preview from last year, ... bye!

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Hello little frog." Arnhem, Holland.

No comment needed I think, ...

"Hallo kleine kikker." Arnhem, Holland.
(Hello little frog.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"From the Wageningseberg." Wageningen, Holland.

Although I am very busy making my car (an old Morris form 1968) ready
for the upcoming summer I did manege to paint with Johan Reinboud today.
We drove to Wageningen a larger city along the Rhine with an awesome
view over the river at one point. (made 2 although the second is a quickie)

"Vanaf de Wageningse berg I." Wageningen, Holland.
Oil on panel, 24 x 30 cm.

"Vanaf de Wageningseberg II." Wageningen, Holland.
Oil on panel. 24 x 30 cm.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What a day !!!

You really don't have to go that far to paint, ...
With this kind of spring every single grass leaf is a treat on it's own.

Made three today, so here we go!

"Rennende lente." Arnhem, Holland.
(Running spring.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Zijpendaalseweg." Arnhem, Holland.
(Zijpendaalse road.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Pepes ijs." Arnhem, Holland.
(Pepes ice.) Oil on panel.
18 x 24 cm.

Okay, okay 2 and a ½ but I didn't had the time to
make a larger one of this little Ice cream stand.

Ooops, almost forgot to mention Pepes ice is simply delicious!!

Corry thanks for the lovely day!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Achter De Dom." Utrecht, Holland.

Just an other one from yesterdays trip to Utrecht, ...

"Achter De Dom." Utrecht, Holland.
(Behind De Dom.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Taking a little break." Utrecht, Holland.

Utrecht is sooo ancient!
then especially the "pandhof" very touristic also, ...

This is my interpretation of it, ... not quiet finished but I am  to tiered to tweak it now.

"Even rust." Utrecht, Holland.
(Taking a little break.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Aaw well, maybe it's good as it is, ...
a thank you for Judith Nijholt-Strong from
"Kats in Klompen" for the where about of this garden.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Beek huis en beekhuizenseweg." Velp, Holland.

Today's effort and I have been caught by Rob, while I
was tweaking it a bit, ... I have a lot of problems with the
yellow greens with this palette, they tend to get much to cool
maybe a thorough pink/orange wash will do the trick, although I don't
really like that approach.

Aah well tomorrow Utrecht!

"Beek huis en Beekhuizenseweg." Velp, Holland.
(River house and Riverhousesroad.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"De tuin van Martine." Arnhem, Holland.

The most though painting with this palette, ... yet.
But also because Martine only had time to sit 5 seconds
I did took some pictures but that's not the same.

"De tuin van Martine." Arnhem, Holland.
(Martine's garden.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The most beautiful house in Holland, ... ahum.

At least that's how this TV contest is called, I heard from it from
a colleague that this (at least what's shown) is still in the race
to win 1000.000,- Euro to restaurated this lovely building.

I even didn't know it existed, it was well tucked away behind
all kind of bushes, ..

"Het mooiste Rhedehof." Rheden, Holland.
(the most beautiful Rhederhof.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm. (Kevin Mencks palette)

Here a link to that TV program,
Wow, now I saw the slideshow on that link
they already took the heart out of the surrounding area! :-O

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Still trying the new palette, ...

Did tried it today again with Mencks palette and I am getting used
to it, more or less. What I've noticed that you learn to see a little different.
I mean everybody who has painted with a colleague knows that his or her
colour usually are somewhat different then yours and this palette forces me
to see some colors slightly different, ... Kevin Menck mentions it's all about
values, values & values and solid drawing of course, ... and how right he is!

You can turn your TV set on black and white and still watch it, but turn
the contrast up or down and gonne is the picture, ...
Anyway I made two today and I am quiet happy with them.
Looking forward to the next one.

"Even blijven hangen, kleine vriend. Arnhem, Holland.
(Hanging there little fellow.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Nacissen naar Musis." Arnhem, Holland.
(Daffodils towards Musis.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Kevin Menck, ...

I am a great admirer of Kevin Menck's work.
And knowing that he's painting only with three colours as well.
I gave it a shot today, his palette is:
Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Scarlet and Cadmium Yellow Lemon.
I painted for a few years now with Kevin MacPherson's palette, being:
Ultramarine Blue dark, Alizarin Crimson middle and Cadmium Yellow Light.

I don't know yet what to think of Menck's palette, it seems to be
leaning to the brown/red side while MacPherson's palette leans more to
the reddish/blue side, ... I'll give it some more shots to make up my mind.
Being a plein air painter I like the idea to take as little with me as possible
and three colours has to be enough, ...

So please feel free this time to give your thoughts about this work, I really
want to know what your thinking about this possible change!

"Beekhuizenseweg." Velp, Holland.
(Beekhuizense road) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Back again, ...

So after a good night sleep and some tweaking, some more paintings
of my trip to Bruchem, Zaltbommel and 's Hertogenbosch. I even made
a new photo of the painting showed yesterday, it was a little yellowish.

March is famous here about the showers it has, one moment it's spring as much as it
can get, and other moment you have heavy snow, ... this one I started with snow hehehe
but soon after I had started it stopped and when I finished it was complete sunny, ...

Why tweak? ... now you know!

"Maartse buitenhaven." 's Hertogenbosch, Holland.
(March outside harbour) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm. "

This painting was made on the same day, to proof how things can change.
It's almost impossible to paint the light, ...

"Wilhelminabrug 's Hertogenbosch." 's Hertogenbosch, Holland.
(Wilhelminabridge) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Here one from Zaltbommel, the little black boat is called Viktor, so therefor the title.

"Viktor onderdak." Zaltbommel, Holland.
(Viktor sheltered.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

And two speedy ones little sketches, one view form the camping,
and another in the little town we stayed.

"Laatste licht." Bruchem, Holland.
(Last light.) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

"Landgoed Groenhoven." Bruchem, Holland.
(Estate "Groenhoven") Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.

Ooow almost forgot, the dragon:

"Dragonfontain 's Hertogenbosch."

Monday, April 05, 2010

Back from a few days away.

Easter almost passed, I had some marvelous days off in zaltbommel.
Made some paintings as well, one from a dragonfountain in Den Bosch
or 's Hertogenbosch that is.

"Drakenfontein." 's Hertogenbosch, Holland.
(Dragonfountain.) Oil on panel.
18 x 24 cm.