Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Up Early




”GREEN UMBRELLA” by Kim VanDerHoek

2.5 x 3.5 inch ACEO/ATC original oil painting on canvas paper mounted on acid free cardstock.
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This is a new experiment. If I have some extra time when I go out painting I have been creating these ACEOs. Most of the ACEOs I’ve seen are very detailed, but my overall style is much looser. I love how abstract these little paintings are. A few brush strokes of the right color is all it takes.

ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. They are cards of artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches, the same as a standard playing card. These cards are very collectable since they don’t take up much space.

Saturday morning is more relaxed in front of Starbucks than most other days of the week. Still, I am amazed at how many people are up and out the door at 8:00 a.m.! How on earth do they do it?

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Monday, August 27, 2007

A New Palette




”FIRST CLIFF” by Kim VanDerHoek.

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I’ve been experimenting with unusual colors lately as a way to spice things up. It’s easy to fall into the trap of painting what is familiar using the same successful methods. After painting this cliff in Laguna Beach, California several times before, it was time for a new approach and this was my first attempt. My second painting of this cliff went very quickly since all the paint was already mixed (I’ll post that one soon.)

Many people passing by stopped to see what I was doing. Some even whispered to each other, “What is she thinking?” One young boy said loudly, “Is that supposed to be the beach? I don’t see that anywhere around here!” His mother hushed him and quickly led him away. I laughed and secretly applauded him for his honesty. You always know where you stand with kids!

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Second Place Award!




"Orange Cliffs of Del Mar" by Kim VanDerHoek

5X7 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
A photographic quality print of this painting is available for sale in my Etsy shop for $13.

Two of my paintings received ribbons in the Anaheim Art Association's Annual Art Exhibit. This one received second place in the oil painting category and the other got an honorable mention! If you look at my previous posts, you'll notice that this painting also got an honorable mention in the Orange Art Association Show.

I am absolutely floored! This is the first year I’ve ever entered any competitions and am thrilled to be getting noticed. It’s always so difficult choosing what I feel is my best work to put into a competition but I am starting to realize that the saying, “go with your instinct” rings true in this case.

There are hundreds of talented artists who enter these shows every year. It’s an honor to have my work hanging next to theirs!

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Another Show



”ESCARPMENT AT DAWN” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8X10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
A photographic quality print of this painting is available for sale in my Etsy shop for $13.

This is one of three paintings I entered into the Anaheim Art Associations Annual Art show today. I also entered "Orange Cliffs of Del Mar" which you can see here in my blog. It got an honorable mention in the Orange Art Assoc. Show. The volunteers taking in the artwork were very complimentary. I am hoping to get at least one painting juried into the show. It's very nerve wracking trying to pick three paintings you feel have a chance of making it in. You never know what the judge is looking for. What if he or she doesn't like Impressionism?

A lot of artists I've talked to are afraid of putting their work in front of people and opening themselves up to criticism. It is difficult working to the best of your ability, putting you heart into a painting and then having a stranger walk by and say, "That's awful! What was she thinking?" (Yes, that has happened to me - about a month ago in fact.)

But, you have to. When someone walks by and says, "WOW!" That far outweighs the scorn.

I painted this in a very public spot near the beach. Probably 100 people walked by me, some were kind, some were bewildered. The painting seemed to paint itself that day and I was happy with the result. Ultimately, that's what matters.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Painting Architecture




”VINTAGE SQUARE HOUSE NO. 1” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8X10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$65 (shipping within the U.S. $11 - Canada $20)

I've been painting more architecture lately and this painting kicked off a newfound interest. When I saw this little house, I was intimidated but reminded myself to go slowly. The key with any complicated subject is to break it down into parts and not worry about the whole thing until much later in the process. The hard part is not overworking everything and knowing when to stop.

This was painted on location (en Plein Air) Summer 2007 on archival quality artist’s canvas board using Windsor & Newton oil paints. I’ve been debating about whether or not to enter this painting in some upcoming competitions. It’s one of my favorites. While in the middle of painting this several groups of WWII aircraft flew overhead – it was really spectacular! This little house has loads of charm. Imagine sitting under the olive tree with a glass of wine….. I hope you enjoy it!

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Monday, August 20, 2007

My First ACEO




”TWO HOUR PARKING” by Kim VanDerHoek

2.5 x 3.5 inch original oil painting on canvas paper mounted on acid free cardstock.
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This is a new experiment. Every time I go out painting I plan on creating an ACEO. Small paintings seem to really work for me. They force me to keep my detail and brush work simple.

ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. They are cards of artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches, the same as a standard playing card. These cards are very collectable since they don’t take up much space.

This scene shows how busy downtown Orange is on a Saturday morning. Not one parking space is empty. All around me I could hear the hustle and bustle of the city. It was a very exciting place to paint!

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Getting a Nod




Wonderful news, one of my paintings was given an Honorable Mention in the Orange Open Annual Art Show! Each year the Orange Art Association puts on the event. Over 370 artists submitted work to be in the show. Judge Jack King narrowed the number of pieces hung in the show to just over 200. I was honored to not only have one of my paintings noticed but to also have another that made it into the gallery.

Many talented local artists were represented. I am proud to have my work hanging next to so many beautiful pieces of art.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Last View


”LAST VIEW” by Kim VanDerHoek.

TWO 5X7 inch Oil Paintings on canvas board.
$110 (shipping within the U.S. $11)

These were painted entirely on location (en Plein Air) Summer 2007 on archival quality artist’s canvas board using Windsor & Newton oil paints. These were painted in a park called Peter’s Canyon. It is a perfect spot to paint with many beautiful views. The hills you see in these paintings will soon be covered in houses. I wanted to capture this scene on canvas before it changes forever. I truly hope you enjoy it!

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