Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parallel Parking Island Style - 8x10 Inch Original Oil Painting of Sailboats on the Water - Boat Painting - Wall Decor

"Parallel Parking, Island Style " | 8" x 10" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

This small sailboat was docked and ready to put out to sea luckily, it stayed put long enough for me to paint it. This piece was created on location at Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Until Tomorrow - 8 x 6 Inch Small Original Oil Painting of a Surfer - Sunset Beach Painting - Surfer Painting - Wall Decor


"Until Tomorrow" | 8" x 6" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Every community has a popular activity and a culture that springs up around it. Here in Orange County surf culture is part of everyday life, from our clothing (flip flops year round), to the way we talk (Dude!) and to the food we eat (grilled fish tacos from Wahoos - oh yeah). I have to say that I love all of it but, sadly, I don't know how to surf. Instead, I stick to capturing surfers on canvas and I will just imagine what it must feel like to ride a wave.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Before the Rain - 9 x 12 Inch Original Impressionist Style Landscape Painting of Clouds - Wetland Painting - Living Room Art

"Before the Rain, Newport Back Bay" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014

Painted on location at the Back Bay in Newport Beach, CA. 

An incoming storm brought some dramatic clouds above the Back Bay wetlands. When I spotted these particular clouds I worked quickly on my drawing and did my best to remember what they looked like because just a few minutes later these were gone and new clouds moved through the sky. It was actually a great exercise in painting from memory and I think the design of the clouds really enhances the composition.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Patches of Light - Original Oil Painting of a Boathouse - Plein Air Easton Painting - Plein Air Easton Artist

"Patches of Light" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2013 | SOLD

Here's one I forgot to post last year that I painted during Plein Air Easton. This was one of the vanishing landscapes we were encouraged to paint and from what I understood the boathouse was going to be demolished and replaced.

This was one of my first paintings from the week-long event and the day before it had been raining. While all of us artists hoped the clouds would depart quickly, I was lucky enough to catch them in morning light while they were moving out of the area. As I finished the clouds were gone and the sky turned blue.

This piece is an example of what I really love about plein air painting, capturing those fleeting and unique moments that occur in the landscape that never happen in exactly the same way again. For me, it is both a privilege and an honor to witness them.

I am thrilled to announce that I will again be a participating artist at Plein Air Easton 2014. This event is unlike any other and I am looking forward to seeing some of my east coast friends there and returning to the area to paint (in spite of the heat, humidity and bugs). Plein Air Easton takes place July 12-20th.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rural Route - 6x6 Original Oil Painting of a Canyon - Living Room Decor - Wall Decor - Family Room Art

"Rural Route" | 6" x 6" | Oil on canvas panel 
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com
©2013

Painted on location early one morning in Blackstar Canyon, California.

Meeting up with a few friends one morning paint in Blackstar I arrived later than everyone because I was dropping my kids off at school. When I got to our meeting spot everyone was finishing up their first paintings of the day. I knew I needed to keep my painting small so that I didn't finish hours after my friends and I was looking for a view that would make a successful larger painting when I came across this scene.

While it was a quick painting session I was happy with how it turned out and returned a day or two later to create a larger 16" x 16" version, which you can see below (I posted it here some time ago).

"Hillside Passage" | 16" x 16" | Oil on canvas
©2013

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coastline Grays - 5.5 X 14 Inch Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach - Hotel Laguna Painting - Seascape Painting

"Coastline Grays" | 5.5" x 14" | Oil on canvas panel
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com
©2014

Sometimes the very best days at the beach are when the sun is hidden behind the clouds. The beach is quiet and there are plenty of places to lay out a blanket and enjoy the waves.

This view is of main beach in Laguna Beach, California.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crash - 8 x 8 Inch Original Impressionist Style Painting of a Breaking Wave - Nautical Decor - Beach Decor - Family Room Art

"Crash" | 8" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com
©2014

Salty spray, thundering waves, cool sand between your toes and the sun on your face - can you almost feel it? This little painting will take you on a mini vacation every day without the need for any sunscreen.