Monday, May 23, 2016

Crimson Clouds - Sunset Painting - Cloud Painting - Art with Red - Painting with Red - Art for the Home


"Crimson Clouds" 9" x 12" Oil & Pencil on Arches Oil Paper
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Sometimes you just want to paint a moody sunset.

These works on paper are all very affordable. Click the link above for pricing info.

Here's a detail shot showing some of the brushwork and pencil.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Twilight Drift - Oil Painting - Art for the Home - Wall Decor - Home Decor

"Twilight Drift" 9" x 12" Oil & Pencil on Arches Oil Paper
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com


Recently, I asked my students to study and paint clouds in class. Even though I'd painted several demos. I was so inspired by watching them work that I stayed late to paint this twilight cloud scene just for my own enjoyment.

These works on paper are all very affordable. Click the link above for pricing information.

Here's a detail shot showing some of the brushwork and pencil.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Macy Street/Cesar Chavez Bridge - Los Angeles River Bridges - Historic Bridges of L.A. - Urban Art - Plein Air - Urban Plein Air

"Macy Street/Cesar Chavez Bridge" oil on 9" x 12" panel
See more artwork at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

I had 30 minutes to complete this painting and it was a blast to paint! Was it a timed quick draw painting from a Plein Air event? No, I was out painting with friends one morning and had finished one painting early on but a person in our group needed 30 more minutes to finish her piece. I had lots of paint mixed and ready to go on my palette that was leftover from the morning painting so, I turned my easel around, grabbed a blank canvas and decided to go for it.

30 minutes isn't very long when you have to mix all your paint from scratch, but like I said, I had lots leftover and even though the colors and values weren't an exact match I figured I could modify them enough to create a new painting. The view was similar to the one in my morning painting which meant the colors/values were similar too.

I started without an initial sketch (a different approach than I typically use). Instead, I massed in the dark underside of the bridge first, then I painted in the blue river. Why? My instinct told me that they were the most important shapes in this piece and I should put them in first so that I could place them exactly where I wanted in order to create a dynamic composition. Then I painted in the rest using thick paint which sped up the process of filling in the large shapes with a few brushstrokes.

When painting like this I go by what my gut is telling me to do. There isn't time to second guess my decisions. I have to be confident and go for it. In this case I was warmed up since I'd already completed one (much slower and more carefully considered) painting that morning.

Even though this piece took very little time to complete I want you to know that the majority of my paintings aren't finished this quickly, nor should they be. There is a time and a place for painting using this method. Painting shouldn't be a sprint, it should be a long walk for the most part interspersed with moments where you sprint simply for the joy of it. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but the ride sure is fun.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In Suspension - Contemporary Painting - Contemporary Art - Modern Art - Mid Century Modern Decor


"In Suspension" 18"x24" oil and pencil on panel
Avaliable at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Remember those small paintings on paper I wrote about a few posts back? No? Well, here's the link.

This piece came from one of those small paintings on paper. Besides a bridge obsession I also have a thing for chairs. Weird? Yes, I'm aware of that.

The fact is I've always loved a well-designed chair. I'd collect them if they didn't take up so much space. If there was a chair museum, I'd go. I'd go often.

As for this painting, it is one in a series of chair paintings. In this group of work I've experimented with different color palettes, edge treatments and texture. It's been a wonderful learning process and I find all the implications about waiting, loss and potential in a simple chair interesting enough to explore further.

Here are a few detail shots





Thursday, April 28, 2016

6th Street Bridge Reflections - Los Angeles Bridges - Los Angeles River Bridges - Urban Art

 
"6th Street Bridge Reflections" 24"x 24" oil on panel

Another view of this Los Angeles icon - this time at night. To learn more about the 6th Street Bridge in L.A. read the recap below from my last post.

If you are interested in seeing a quick video showing how this painting came together then CLICK HERE to see it on my YouTube channel.

If you follow my work on Facebook then you are probably aware of my current bridge obsession. It started when I heard that the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was being torn down. Sadly, it is no longer structurally sound so the city is replacing it with an amazing new modern structure that promises to be more unique than the original.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6th Street Bridge on a Saturday - 6th Street Bridge Artwork - Original Painting of the 6th Street Bridge - Historic Bridge Painting




"6th Street Bridge on a Saturday" 8"x10" oil on panel
Avaliable at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

If you follow my work on Facebook then you are probably aware of my current bridge obsession. It started when I heard that the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was being torn down.

You know this bridge even if you don't "know this bridge" because it's been in dozens of movies and commercials. Grease was probably the most watched movie it made an appearance in. It's an iconic location in downtown L.A.Sadly, it is no longer structurally sound so the city is replacing it with an amazing new modern structure that promises to be more unique than the original.

I'd always wanted to paint it and after learning of the bridge's imminent demise I had a pressing reason to do so. I called up a painter I knew that lives in the area and a small group of artists met up to paint there.  All of us were so taken with the views in the L.A. riverbed we vowed to return and paint the heck out of it while the bridge was still standing.

This is the first in a series of L.A. bridge paintings from the area.




Sunday, April 10, 2016

Small Painting Experiments on Paper - New Artwork Added to Website - Art for the Home



"Road to Town" 9"x12" oil on paper
Avaliable at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

After a long break from blogging I'm doing my best to make time to post new work here. Where have I been? Wondering why I'm asking because you didn't notice I was gone? No worries, I'll tell you either way.

First, the painting shown here is one of many in a new category of available artwork on my website. They are all oils on paper. Most are 9"x12" with a white border. The actual image area is approx.  8"x10." I consider these experiments where I am able to try new ways of working, like the colorful painting you see above, some are demos from painting classes and some are studies for larger paintings. All are very reasonably priced and include U.S. shipping. CLICK HERE to see all the works on paper.

At the end of 2015 I was asked to work on 4 large commissioned paintings that had a tight deadline. Those paintings took a lot of my time, but, I'll write more about them in a later post.

I started two exciting new ventures with my partner Kelley Sanford. The first is InTheArtistStudio.com where experts in the art field answer questions submitted by readers. The site goes beyond the "how to" Q&A and often answers some of the more difficult questions about this unique field we work in.

Kelley and I also started ArtMuseContest.com a new type of monthly online art competition where artists compete at their skill level for the opportunity to win cash prizes, 6 months of gallery representation and much more. Cash awards are given every month with a new judge each month. Art Muse Contest offers low entry fees and now, while we are still building our business, the number of entries is extremely low compared to other monthly art contests so your opportunity to win is very high.

O.K. long post, hopefully you hung in there until the end and it was worthwhile.