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When everything around us accelerates and changes, it is time to step back and enjoy it in a colorful way. Read about the latest paintings, expositions, ideas, experiences, and more.

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When everything around us accelerates and changes, it is time to step back and enjoy it in a colorful way. Read about the latest paintings, expositions, ideas, experiences, and more.

"SUNNY WALK IN CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT"

September 30, 2017

The houses of this special shopping street in the old south part of Amsterdam are from around 1900. During the years the Cornelis Schuytstraat has become a true busy street. But from time to time there are peaceful moments which invite some people to take a sunny walk in the middle of the street. Like in 1900.

COFFEE & LUNCH, SURROUNDED BY COLORFUL ART

September 26, 2017

A good coffee or lunch and - as of today - a nice opportunity to see a selection of my work in a special place in Amsterdam South. So for coming months, just stop by at Valerius, Banstraat 14. 

Check http://valeriusetenendrinken.nl/english/.

"UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW"

September 15, 2017

Because in the end, we all need unobstructed views so now and then. Like this special one on Corn Hill Road, Truro, Cape Cod USA. Nice to know, a few miles from the house of Edward Hopper, America's foremost artist of the 20th century.

"THE DIVING BOARD"

July 11, 2017

I wanted to create a painting which shows the original look and feel of a high diving board. My subject is a lonely swimming pool, mountains on the horizon and an intense sky. And silence. The excitement of the first time, standing together on a diving board. Waiting to jump and experiencing the immense hight above the water. But not only that. At the same time, the diving board opens as a beautiful vantage point. Where you can see and feel the movement of the environment in an intense way.

NOSYBIRDS PERSPECTIVE "RESET"

May 19, 2017

When everything around us accelerates, just step back and take a closer look what is really going on. We hardly understand the almost invisible day to day changes, let alone the enormous big issue. Often we take notice for a few minutes, but we keep on walking at our own pace. We stay in our comfortable boxes. And often we don’t or hardly react. Why not?

Only taking a short notice seems not enough. Some people start to think, look outside their boxes and try to understand what is changing and what it will really mean for them. Actually, they simply like to find out how they can (bene)fit in the future and start to focus and absorb what they see. They become connected. And become one with their colorful changing environment. That’s where a natural and true reset starts. As a matter of fact, we don’t stay the same our whole life. That would be a waste. "RESET".

Size 39.4 - 39.4 Inch (100 - 100 cm) | Acrylic on linen

“THE AMSTERDAM UHI”

April 15, 2017

Big cities like Amsterdam are generally warmer than their surrounding rural areas. The impact of the numerous urban factors on its temperature is called the “Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect”. It is clear that this “Urban Heat Island” effect for Amsterdam will change, because the climate changes and as a result of further urban development. There are projections of this climate change and urban development in 2040 and they indicate that the “UHI effect” in Amsterdam may strongly increase. 

In other words, Amsterdam will be extra warm. Something we have to take into account.

Size: 23.6 - 23.6 inch (60 - 60 cm)

“NOT A NORMAL SUMMER DAY IN EUROPE”

March 9, 2017

Monday September 5th 2016 is a perfect example of the soaring temperatures in that month. Europe broke serious records on that point. Some examples... An intense heat wave occurred in the Iberian Peninsula with a site in Spain, Sanlucar La Mayor, measuring 46.4°C (115.5°F). Portugal broke its September monthly heat record with 45.0°C (113.0°F) at Lousa Airport on September 6th. On top of that, September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Lots of inspiration to create this animated Weathermap of Europe.

Size: 39.4 - 55.2 inch (100 - 140 cm) | Acrylic on Linen

"THE AMSTERDAM DOG EAR"

February 23, 2017

This new painting “The Amsterdam Dog Ear” shows surprising contrast. In time and shapes. The sharp, triangular and up to seven meters towering clean grass slope from landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson (from 2000) is called the “Dog Ear” (Ezelsoor). This raised ground level lies in the corner of the “Museumplein”. Behind, you see the houses with the well-known Amsterdam facades (from 1800-1900). Actually, they are just next to the famous Concert Hall and only a few meters from "The Dog Ear”. Seen from a certain perspective, it brings this unusual and colorful composition. Big changes in style really entertains.

Size: 39.4 - 31.5 (100 - 80 cm)  |  Acrylic on Linen

INTRODUCING NOSYBIRDS 3D

January 6, 2017

Nosybirds stands for pure observation of our real life, which we forget in our fast changing - often digital - world. 2017 will change even faster on that point. Time to introduce Nosybirds 3D.

UPCOMING SOLO EXPOSITION GERMANY 

November 19, 2016

You are most welcome to visit this year solo exposition "WEATHER AND NOSYBIRDS, A PERPECTIVE" in Germany. Place is Gallery "Kunstraum 4", Schöppingerstrasse 4 in Horstmar (near Münster). Opening (first day) is December 4 at 2.30 - 5.30 pm. Other opening days are December 11, 18, 26 and January 8 opening hours are also from 2.30 - 5.30. I'll be there.

NEW: NOSYBIRDS PERSPECTIVE "OPEN MIND.”

October 11, 2016

We see no more than we expect to see. That is nothing new. Our stereotyped notions block our clear vision and crowd out imagination. Funny enough, this happens without any alarms sounding, so we never realize it is occurring. And that’s a pity, because I am sure we can do much better. In other words, see more.

I found a story which illustrates how it works. Some time ago a man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin.  It was a cold morning. He played Bach pieces for about more that a half an hour.  During that time, since it was rush hour, more than thousands of people went through the station.

The first person who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. Actually, this action was repeated by several other children and one person who knew Joshua.

When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.  No one applauded. And, no one knew that the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world.  He played one of the most difficult pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment. Because he was playing in a subway station, people assumed he was a street musician playing for handouts and paid no attention to his music. They only saw and heard what they expected to see and hear from a street musician. (See more on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZeSZFYCNRw)

It appears that only the open minded kids who reacted, had the awareness they were listening to special music. With my third version of “Nosybirds Perspective”, I like to illustrate “open mind”. Finally, to see (and hear) more beautiful and unexpected things around us.

WEATHERMAP "COOL NETHERLANDS”

September 8, 2016

Size: 39.4 - 39.4 Inch (100 - 100 cm) | Acryl on linen

This Weathermap has nothing to do with beautiful summer days. Or an early spring feeling. It has to do with one special day in 2012. On February 4th The Netherlands was - literally - very “cool”. Actually, it was -9,2 F, which is -22,9 Celsius. This coldest point was located right in the middle of the country. We had a deep-freeze, the likes of which we had not experienced in more than 30 years. The coldest day in the 21st century. Well, that’s something you don’t feel every day.

NOSYBIRDS PERSPECTIVE “UP”

August 1, 2016

Size: 39.4 - 39.4 Inch (100 - 100 cm).

I have noticed that today more and more people look down. It looks that this trend has simply to do with our tech dependent society; we look at our smartphones. That brought me to create an eye opening reaction from my side. A painting with a title that speaks for itself,“ UP”.

NOSYBIRDS PERSPECTIVE “AROUND”

July 22, 2016

Size: 39.4 - 39.4 Inch (100 - 100 cm).

These days almost everything is about “perspective”. How we actually see things and how we can see things. Or how can we see things on a compleet different and perhaps unexpected way. I guess our perspective is a great friend and helps us a lot. Every day, every hour.

This new and happy painting is the first of a range where I try to remind us on our perspective. Perspective simply starts with looking at things. Often more than once and from different angles. Reason to paint “Around”.

WEATHERMAP "USA IN SPRING”

May 31, 2016

Size: 39.4 - 47.2 Inch (100 - 120 cm). 

This new Weathermap of the United States shows a wide variety of colors. Fact is, we are talking about spring time. During that period of time some Northern states still have low temperatures, while some States in the South already enjoy a real summer. This Weathermap is inspired on the weather situation on April 28th, 2016. That particular day gave me enough weather/temperature extremes to create Weathermap “USA in Spring”.

WEATHERMAP NORTH POLE

April 19, 2016

Size: 47.2 - 39.4 Inch (120 - 100 cm). 

Weathermap North Pole (Artic) is inspired by a snapshot January 12th 2014.

I created this Weathermap for two reasons. First, the discussion about the climate change and global warming. The North Pole constitutes a very important element in this debate.

The other reason is a totally different one and has to do with our point of view. Most of the time we look at a world map to see the 5 continents, or some of them. It is easy to recognize the patron of these continents, because 99% of the world maps show them on the same way. Now, if we turn our earth and look at it from another perspective, our minds are processing. Do we still recognize the patrons of our well known continents?  In that respect Weathermap North Pole likes to surprise us a bit. I guess, that’s fun to see.

So in the end, Weathermap North Pole isn’t just the North Pole. It hides a serious message and some “perspective fun” at the same time.

ART OF WEATHERMAP BOOK

February 19, 2016

Recently I wrote a story about the thought behind my Art of Weathermap©.

Like Art of Nosybirds® I have a starting point, a true origin where my art is based on. In the book I try to explain why I create paintings of Weathermap. And what the Weathermaps try to tell us.

It write about our climate change, the creation process and the impact of colors on our mood and much more. It’s about the fun of making Weathermaps and what happens “backstage”. You can click here to get a preview of the book.

FRIDAY HARBOR DOCK, USA

February 5, 2016

Size: 15.7 - 23.6 inch (40 - 60 cm) | Acrylic on Linen

Many of us work in an office, often located between big office buildings. During rush hours, many of us travel from home to work and vice versa.

They see a large road, traffic signs and are surrounded by thousands other fellow travelers. Following the day, many of us look at one or more computer screens, paperwork and at our colleagues of course. At least, that is what our eyes tell us at the end of that day..

But for some of us this is not the case. They are very fortunate on that point and work on an extraordinary place with a magnificent view. Every time, after leaving their home, they simply start a very pleasant journey. They work for example at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, which is a part of the University of Washington. It is a beautiful spot, located between Vancouver and Seattle and it lies on the seafront.

So I received this kind request out of Washington State, USA to make a colorful painting of that very particular “work view”. A view, you can enjoy for many hours. Good food for Nosybirds®.

Art of Nosybirds® shown in high level Art & Design Store in The Netherlands

December 17, 2015

A week before Christmas, I am very proud that a part of my collection is shown in a beautiful store called Alosery Art & Design. The just new opened store is specialized in high level contemporary art and is located in the city center of Almere, a big city in the center of The Netherlands.

NEW WEATHERMAP. THE WORLD SEEN ON JANUARY 2014.

December 8, 2015

Size: 39.4 - 78.7 inch (100 - 200 cm) | Acrylic on Linen 

Following my painting of Weathermap Europe, I created a new Weathermap.

It is a large size painting of the world, based on the weather situation on Wednesday January 8th, 2014. This day is a good representation of the winter period in that particular year.

To get an idea, northern parts of the world had a really tough winter. And for me, cold means that a bigger part of the painting will be in all sorts of blue or purple. The United States and a large part of Asia suffered from pretty low temperatures. There were also extreme cold places. That means, they will get a different color, bright pink for instance. As a matter of fact, in my compositions of Weathermap different temperatures mean an enormous variation of colors, and shapes of colors.

It may be clear that this new World Weathermap is made to entertain the eye. I have used the weather situation of mentioned moment only as an inspiration, a starting point. I wanted to create an expressionist and eye catching painting that surprises the viewer on a happy and colorful way. And show the feeling of the weather and climate, seen from a complete different angle.

My Weathermaps are a combination of my interest in weather and climate, the way I see certain geographic areas and the beauty of colors and patterns.

"IRRATIONAL CHURCH”

October 10, 2015

"IRRATIONAL CHURCH”

Size: 31.5 - 23.6 inch (80 - 60 cm) | Acrylic on Linen

foto: "IRRATIONAL CHURCH” 

In a small town Nijkerk - in the middle of the Netherlands - we find a special church. It is still a “traditional” church and was elected to be the church with the most beautiful tower. That’s a lot!

Now, I wanted to change this church and its environment a bit. Different feeling and atmosphere. So here is my vivid colored painting of “De Grote Kerk” with its price winning tower.

Irrational Church.

Introducing “Weathermap"

September 18, 2015

Introducing “Weathermap"

Size: 31.5 - 39.4 inch (80 - 100) | Acrylic on Linen

For a long time I had the idea to create a painting which expresses climate and weather.To be more specific, the change in climate band weather. In short, I love weather. Nevertheless, the weather is an enormous subject. So, how can I on my way depict the weather on canvas? Weather is not a thing which you can touch. It is a enormous phenomenon. It has millions of appearances and above all, every person perceives weather on a different way. But that’s from here, where we stand. Reason to change my point of view and look from above. In other words, entering the world of maps. And the world of high pressure areas, temperature differences, micro climates and far more. In this world I have absorbed what I saw and created my own “Weathermap”. A colorful snapshot where location, temperature and moment is leading.

Here I present the first painting. And I can assure you, next to Art of Nosybirds, there is more to come. Art of Weathermap.

Amsterdam without light pollution: “Smart light Amsterdam”

July 10, 2015

Size: 23.6 - 31.5 Inch (60 - 80 cm) | Acrylic on Linen

Some time ago I read this article in the New York Times about Thierry Cohen, a French photographer.

Thierry thinks he can show us by blending city scenes — shot and altered to eliminate lights and other distractions — and the night skies from less populated locations that fall on the same latitudes. The result is what city dwellers might see in the absence of light pollution. So Paris gets the stars of northern Montana and New York those of the Nevada desert. As Cohen, whose work was exhibited at the Danziger Gallery in New York, sees it, the loss of the starry skies, accelerated by worldwide population growth in cities, has created an urbanite who “forgets and no longer understands nature.” He adds, “To show him stars is to help him dream again.” 

So, I am fond of stars. I already made a painting called “Points of view”. Now, the idea of Thierry inspired me to go for a painting where Nosybirds simply enjoy Amsterdam but without light pollution. On the other hand, Amsterdam is keen to combat light nuisance and light pollution, thus reducing energy consumption, and to improve the sense of safety and atmosphere in the evening and at night. So I hope, the painting which I created is not complete surrealistic.

New painting "BLUE MIND GATHERING”

June 18, 2015

Size: 19.7 - 27.6 Inch (50 - 70) | Acrylic on Linen 

I have been working on a new painting which actually is a part of the series "Beach paintings".

The new painting is based on a sea view, seen from a special spot in the South of France. And an uncommon research subject of Mr. Wallace J. Nichols from San Francisco, USA. He is a biologist and his research area is somewhat unexpected and quite remarkable at the same time: he watches people looking at water...

Mr. Nichols saw that people grow quite and calm when they look at the sea. But there was more than that. When he asked what people feel when they look, they struggle for words. Now, he even believes that if we find out what part in our brain causes this emotion reaction, this could bring about a radical shift in conservation efforts. Well, I guess that’s something.

So this spring I saw two viewers in the South of France watching the sea. They did exactly what Mr. Nichols is researching. The idea for a painting was born. Of course the two colorful and relaxed viewers are not alone in watching the blue sea. Their feathered company likes uncommon gatherings. And love to get a good peace of mind for free.

April 14th

April 14, 2015

Two new spring paintings

March 31, 2015

So, I created "Morning Sprinklers". It was really "on my list". I am a morning person and there are certain things around us which energize the start of a good day. Sunrise, good breakfast, en much more. It is very easy to notify them. Morning sprinklers is one of them. Before the day starts you see them in many gardens and parks. They wake up and show their heads above the ground. Together with the smell of grass they have this wonderful combination to make your day.

Size: 31.5 - 39.4 Inch (80 - 100) | Acrylic on Linen

"Easy Switzerland" is a large painting which tries to portrays Switzerland a bit cooler. I like many parts of this country very much, but the Swiss people make the countries image a bit too serious. It is a cultural thing and it influences my perspective of this beautiful country.  Reason to focus on a distinctive part of this country, called Wallis. And translate it in a colorful picture with smooth shapes and bright colors.

Size: 39.4 - 55.1 Inch (100 - 140 cm) | Acrylic on Linen

Extra large version "Points of view" in boardroom.

January 14, 2015

Extra large version "Points of view" in boardroom.

Size: 39.4 - 59.1 Inch (100 - 150 cm) | Acrylic on Linen 

Last week I have delivered the 3rd version of my painting "Points of view" within two months time. Now, this extra large size hangs in a boardroom in the city center of Amsterdam. To motivate each other to see things on a creative, different way. As a matter of fact, everyone has his or her own point of view.

Happy end of a colorful solo exhibition Germany.

December 21, 2014

So many enthusiastic and colorful reactions, remarks and comments. I really enjoyed this solo exhibition in Germany. I hope, no, I am sure that my work has given many happy eyes. Very much like to come back one time in Horstmar or other place in Germany.

New Painting "Positive Energy"

December 2, 2014

Before and during my stay in Germany to fix my solo exhibition, I saw this fascinating area called "Hill of Schöppingen". It is full of wind turbines. An excellent place to look around and absorb this combination of old and new landscape...

Opening exhibition "Nosy birds. A closer look.”

November 4, 2014

A happy opening of the exhibition "Nosybirds. A Closer look. on November 1st. Lots of nice and interesting people from the Netherlands, USA and Germany joined this first day. The jazz music entertainment by Klaus Bensen & Markus Klaes gave it an extra and special appeal.

The exhibition is open every Sunday from 14.30 - 17.30 until November 30th. You're very welcome to see the art and have drink.

Beach painting. Nr. 2: "Beach in motion”

October 26, 2014

Beach painting. Nr. 2: "Beach in motion”

Size: 19.7 - 27.6 Inch (50 - 70) | Acrylic on Linen

Beach is no still image. Never a dull moment. Painting is fully inspired on that insight. “Beach in motion”. Inspiration was a windy beach in Perpigan, France.

INVITATION EXHIBITION - NOSYBIRDS. A CLOSER LOOK.

October 14, 2014

I am very happy to invite you and your friends to visit my solo exhibition "Nosybirds.

A Closer Look " in Gallery Kunstraum 4, Schöppingerstrasse 4 in Horstmar, Germany. Horstmar is a little town between Enschede and Münster (just 45 minutes from Enschede and 30 minutes from Münster).

The opening of the exhibition is on Saturday evening at 19:00 and will be musically accompanied by the Klaus Bensen-Trio. You are welcome to join the opening.

The openings days/hours of the exhibition are every Sunday in November from 14:30 until 17:30 and no RSVP is needed.

It is an very nice opportunity to see all my paintings at one place. You can experience the real bright colors and the stories behind the paintings. And get the right feeling about my art and the message behind. During the exhibition I will be around to give you some happy information and will answer all your interesting and funny questions.

The title “A Closer Look” comes from the basic thought behind my art. On all my paintings, the little birds look consciously at things we tend to overlook. With my happy art – which I see as a trigger - I hope I can encourage you to look around more and more and see the unseen. And give you a bit of that happy feeling you’ll get from it.

‘Hope to see you in Horstmar to take that closer look.

Jos

Making of two beach paintings. Nr. 1: "Kites"

September 26, 2014

Size: 19.7 - 27.6 Inch (50 - 70) | Acrylic on Linen

When I started “Kites” I had one thing in mind. This painting must give that colorful.

Summer joy and happiness. Kites and beach are important ingredients. In The Netherlands we have relatively short summers. In spring we are always waiting for that first special day with a mild temperature and a clear blue sky. And during fall, we hope we will get one summer day. We see those days as most welcome. I hope this painting will give us a bit of that specific summer feeling of one of those days. If you are interested in buying this painting, just drop me a line. Thank you.

September 4th 2014

September 4, 2014

Actually, this first painting started with a simple sketch, which I have made on “a beach” in July this year. Just “a beach”, because this beach was only a trigger. In other words, I did not make a copy from what I saw. I was just looking around and started drawing lines.

Looking at the sea, is the sea just a blue surface with a horizon? Or is it a joyful composition of various types of blue colors, white foam and white splashes when a wave breaks. And is sand just a kind of yellow surface or can we discover a clear shadow pattern which pleases the eye. And doesn't sand have its own waves near the coastline?

About the sky. Is it empty or are there clouds in the sky? Do we give the sky a special pattern which is a reflection of the sea? Or are there other elements, which attracts the eye?

In short, that’s the way I create most of my paintings. I just take a closer look, than I simplify and exaggerate the elements which I like most. In color and shape.

So I made 8 of these beach inspirations and some of them I put on Facebook. From the two sketches with most "thumbs up" I wanted to create a painting. "Kites" will be the first one.

Making of “The Golden Bend”

June 20, 2014

The “Golden Bend” is ready.

Size 31.5 - 39.4 inch (80 - 100 cm), Acrylic on canvas.

It has become a painting with a story. The first one without birds. When you take a closer look, you see that the fronts of the houses are different on a happy way. These fronts tell you something. To mention a few, one of the major elements of the Golden Bend is money. Therefore I gave the front of the left house a money-design coming from the Gulden Florijn (f). This money was often earned by the VOC . The VOC enjoyed huge profits from its spice monopoly through most of the 17th century with East India countries. So you find different styles of these countries in the two other houses next to the first mentioned.

The houses tell you also about famous Dutch art some centuries later. So I gave two fronts a Mondriaan and Van Gogh face. Finally to emphasis our liberal atmosphere, you see one house with lots of "peace" signs.

My intention was to give this painting a bit of so called “wallpower”. It attracts the eye. It was really fun to make and I hope you can find it back in this colorful painting.

May 29th 2014

May 29, 2014

After some sketches I started up “Golden Bend”. In this painting the creative answer was basically right in front of me. In my opinion the painting must show a real “Bend” which is more round. And I wanted to translate “Golden”, which actually stands for the expensive reputation and prestige. I translated “Golden” in golden details. So I colored the canal houses on the right side gold. And the water in the canal of “The Golden Bend” must have a combination of gold and blue. In this way the painting tells on a happy way what’s going on. More to come…

May 17th 2014

May 17, 2014

Foto: gouden bocht Berkheyde

There are a lot of items in Amsterdam which are enormously interesting and fun to paint. For different reasons, I am fascinated by a special place called “The Golden Bend” (De Gouden Bocht). It is the name of a part of the “Herengracht” located between “Vijzelstraat” and “Koningsplein”. We are talking about the ancient center of Amsterdam. This part is build around 1670. 

In this area of you feel the prosperity during the Golden Age. There is this famous Dutch Golden Age painter, Berckheyde (1638-1698) who created a few beautiful painting. Of course there are more pictures, but this one inspired me very much to start a painting of the Golden Bend. Enough history for now.

My homework. I have visited the Golden Bend a few times. To take a close look what going on right now. I also went a few times to the Rijksmuseum to see the mentioned work of Berkheyde. To take a closer look what was going on in that period of time.

With these and more impressions to fill my fantasy, I will start my "Golden Bend”. Bright colors and smart lightfall are very important. And above all, it must be a cheerful painting.