Sunday, December 28, 2008

Derrick In Profile



”DERRICK IN PROFILE” by Kim VanDerHoek.

6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
S O L D

The day I painted this I actually had another painting in mind. But after working on the other one for a half hour the composition wasn’t working so I wiped it down and started this one.

Because I only had an hour before I needed to pack up and get my son from preschool I thought I’d just do a quick study of this particular machine. Each one looks a little different. Each has a unique patina, some are more rusted than others and two of them squeak. I wonder if the company that owns them has given them all names.

What do you think this one is called?

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Hanging Out



6 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel.
$55 – plus FREE SHIPPING for a limited time!

Capturing the shine in these ornaments can be challenging. Now that I’ve painted them a few times this one went much faster. The thing I had difficulty with was painting on a black background. Karin Jurick starts out with a black canvas for most of her paintings and since the background in this one was black I thought it would be a good way to start. It took a little getting used to but I enjoyed it and am pleased with the finished painting.

What do you think?

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Under The Tree



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$65 – for a limited time.

Continuing with the holiday theme. Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Trio



”Holiday Trio” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8 X 6 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
$55 plus FREE Shipping for a limited time!

Buuurrrrrrr! It’s too cold to paint outside. If you live in a state where you have snow on the ground all through winter then I understand if you’re laughing at me right now. Yesterday, it even snowed in the desert out here! For California, it’s cold right now.

My painting pal Dori Dewberry and I have been warm and cozy painting in her studio. She is so kind to host our indoor painting sessions! And she always makes me a cup of hot tea.

Wherever you are, I hope you are I hope you are warm and cozy!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Cristine Mercer-Vernon Contest



Recently I won a blog contest put on by the very talented artist Christine Mercer-Vernon (sorry it's taken me so long to blog about this Christine). I won these beautiful note cards that she block printed herself. They even have matching printed envelopes! I'm not sure I want to mail them off because they are so pretty. You can check out her Etsy shop at www.mercervernon.etsy.com

Or stop by her blog and leave a comment at www.mercervernon.blogspot.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

South Laguna View



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

Laguna Beach always inspires me! I’ve been to a lot of beaches in California and so far Laguna is my favorite. To me it is the quintessential California beach. Tall swaying palms, picturesque coves, dramatic cliffs, lots of rock formations for the ocean waves to break on and beaches that are not too big (like the vast expanse of sand in Huntington). Laguna is heartbreakingly beautiful with a dash of quirkiness that adds to its charm. For example, overlooking the beach next to Heisler Park you’ll find a lawn bowling area. Where else can you go lawn bowling with an ocean view?

If you’ve haven’t seen it for yourself, I highly recommend a visit to Laguna!

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Harbor Dingy - A Study



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D

This is another study from the workshop that I mentioned a couple of posts ago. It was so tempting to add in every inch of rigging to the boat, every shadow and detail but that wasn’t the lesson. After finishing this I see how simply I can state things to get the point across. I don’t need to paint the wings on the gnat on the side of the boat in order for you to tell that it’s a boat. But let me say that keeping it simple can be really complicated.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What A Pair



”What A Pair” by Kim VanDerHoek.

6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
S O L D

It’s been overcast here which does not make for great outdoor painting weather. I did this at home from a photo. At first I wasn’t very excited about the subject, but once I began painting and turned on some music I really enjoyed myself. Since I had plenty of time to work on this I had to make sure I didn’t go the other direction and overwork the whole thing. I’m pleased with the result, I hope you like it!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Harbor Market - A Study



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

This is the first of 3 studies that I painted at the workshop I took a few weeks ago. Our teacher Greg LaRock asked us to simplify the forms, just paint shapes initially and add details last. It sounds simple, just paint a big shape and move on but it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the details I see when I’m painting and before I knew it I was adding in windows and all kinds of other visual junk. Luckily Greg stopped me. I took my brush and painted over all those little details. Immediately the painting improved. This was a very good exercise that I need to repeat often!

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Wishes



7 X 5 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$50 – FREE Shipping

Here are some of the 2008 Christmas wishes from the VanDerHoek household.

1. Health and happiness to everyone.
2. A quick end to the recession.
3. An Optimus Prime Transformer (yes, my son helped with this list)
4. Peace.
5. Cookies with frosting and sprinkles on them.
6. A blue ringpop. (gotta love a kid who likes edible accessories)
7. Sees Candy (that’s my husband’s contribution to the list)
8. Being able to make a living doing what you love.
9. More time.
10. Joy.

Thank you for following my blog! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed painting my way through 2008. Wishing you a happy, healthy, joyful and blessed holiday season!

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Capsized



6X6 inch Oil Painting on 1/4” deep panel with recessed notch on the back for hanging.
S O L D

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The last painting I did had a lot of subtle color in it so for this one I wanted some bright, exciting combinations. I love how the turquoise and red play against each other. Colors like these always inspire me!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bottled Promises



6X6 inch Oil Painting on 1/4” deep panel with recessed notch on the back for hanging.

The idea for this has been kicking around in my head lately. It’s a subject that I see becoming a series.

I’ve purchased my share of lotions that promise a better, younger version of what I see in the mirror. As a woman, there seems to be so much more upkeep that advertising has convinced me is necessary. The ads imply I’ll be prettier, happier and have more fun if I use them. But really, do these concoctions change anything?

The secret to youth, I think, has more to do with how I feel about myself and not what I put onto my face.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

$3.46 Per Gallon



8 X 10 inch oil painting on linen panel (by Raymar).
S O L D

Do you know how hard it is to paint an object that’s moving? Pretty hard! Luckily, these were nodding up and down so all I had to do was wait until they were in the position I wanted to paint them in and have at it….over and over again. Some of the best painters can just snap a mental picture of a moving object and paint from that. I’m not at that point, yet.

In spite of the challenging subject, I am very pleased with this one.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

You and Me Babe



6 X 6 inch oil painting on panel.
S O L D

I bought some crab apples at the market because they were such a beautiful color that I immediately wanted to paint them. After playing with the set-up for a while I liked how the stems leaning toward each other implied a relationship between the two.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

All Media 2008 Art Show Photo



Here's a quick snapshot from the opening reception of the All Media 2008 show that I was juried into. I was honored to see my work hanging next to a painting by my first plein air painting teacher, Tom Brown. I learned so much from his classes and he always made each lesson fun!

Notice what the ribbon says that I am wearing..."Artist." Now it's official!

If you'd like to see the show here's the info.

Exhibition
Nov. 14th, 2008 - Jan. 17th, 2009

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604

Hours:
Mon - Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Unleaded Please - Revised



S O L D

After my workshop with Greg LaRock he gave me some feedback on this painting. He suggested editing out the path. After holding my hand up over the path I agreed with him, it wasn't necessary. In fact, it was competing with my focal point. It was an easy fix.

What do you think? Which version do you like best?

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Unleaded Please



8 X 10 inch oil painting on linen panel (by Raymar) and 5 X 7 inch study on canvas panel.

The second painting in this post is a small 5 X 7 study I did with a palette knife before I started the larger one.

My friend and fellow painter Dori Dewberry told me about this wonderful painting spot near my son’s preschool. Since I get about 2 1/2 hours to paint on the mornings he is on school we have to stay close enough for me to pick him up on time. Well, she found this amazing spot with oil derricks!

This location has so much to paint. I think we’ll work this spot for a couple of weeks because not only does it have these derricks, it also has dirt roads, mountain views, city views and neighborhood views.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Taco Adobe



6 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel (by Raymar).

This morning I tried a new painting location in Old Town Orange. It’s hard to scout a new location and finish a painting all within 2 hours so I kept this one small. There were several buildings here that I liked but Taco Adobe stood out the most. It would be fun to go back in the afternoon to see what everything looks like when the sun is low in the sky.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Greg LaRock Workshop




A week ago I took a workshop from a very talented plein air painter named Greg LaRock. The workshop lasted 3 days.

The first day Greg demonstrated his approach. He spoke about massing in shapes, composition, color choices, focal point, edges and his decision-making process thorough out. He also mentioned that he keeps a painting journal that chronicles all of the paintings he does. It helps him keep his goal of 200 paintings a year.

The second day we practiced painting simple studies. Focusing on masses with little or no detail. It was much harder then it sounds.

The third day he did another demonstration painting. He talked about perspective as it applies to the shore, people and how their heads all sit along the same sight line as well as working with rapidly changing light conditions. One this last day the winds were blowing so hard all of us had huge amounts of sand in our paintings and on our palettes. **You can see Greg's finished painting above.**

My favorite part of the workshop was when Greg would give a critique. At the end of each session he would line up all of our paintings from the day and offer suggestions and lots of encouragement.

He also said we should bring paintings from home that we had done on our own for him to look at. His advice to me after viewing several paintings of mine was invaluable! Now I’m off to practice, practice, practice everything I learned.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Roma Red Gang



4 X 4 inch oil painting on 1/4” deep panel with notch on the back for hanging.
S O L D

Because of windy weather here in Orange County my friend Dori and I stayed inside and painted these tomatoes today.

I really like the texture on the surface of this little painting. It almost looks like I painted it using frosting. What a combo, tomatoes and frosting!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All Media 2008 Art Show Reception



You are invited to the opening reception for the All Media Art Show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. I have one painting that was juried into the show this year. There will be many talented artists there with their amazing pieces of art. If you can't make it to the reception then stop by the show while it's up.

Reception
Friday, November 14th 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Awards presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604

Hours:
Mon - Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

Exhibition
Nov. 14th, 2008 - Jan. 17th, 2009

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chilly Day at Newport




Remember in an earlier post when I talked about finishing a painting that really took the joy of painting out of me for a while? Well, this is the painting I blogged about.

You can see in the photograph that is was a gray, overcast day with no bright highlights or dark shadows. Everything was dull and beige. I worked and worked on this one but am still not happy with it. I decided to post it anyway but, I won't be offering it for sale in my shop because I don't feel like it's quite there yet.

What do you think?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

September Turning



10 X 8 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

So, remember how I said I was tired of painting trees? Well, it was a very HOT day, there was this lovely shady spot next to this tree and seeing as how there wasn’t much else there to make a painting out of….

This was a joy to paint! I didn’t worry very much about detail. My brush was loaded with paint that I pushed into place – what a blast!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Cyber Tag 2

TheresaJ of Magnificent Obsession Jewelry cyber tagged me. It’s been a week since she let me know she was tagging me and so much happened between now and then that I almost forgot to post this.

Playing tag is a great way to explore all the other blogs out there. The rules of the game are simple:

* Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.

* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. (yeah, I’m cheating on this because I don’t know 7 bloggers that I can tag)

* Don't forget to let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

About me:

1. Today I made sugar cookies from scratch for the first time.

2. I don’t like sugar cookies.

3. It bothers me when people don’t look me in the eye.

4. I love energy drinks but have given them up for tea.

5. Touching meat with my bare hands grosses me out.

6. I don’t have a favorite color. I like them all.

7. When I get the mail I always hope there will be a letter in the box and sadly, there never is. I miss handwritten notes and letters so much!

I've tagged...
Dewberry Fine Art
The Art of Alexandre Jay
CMV: paintings in oil
Bear Chick’s Journey

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Tucked Into The Hills



12 X 16 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

Painting at the same location for several weeks definitely makes you familiar with the subject matter that’s there. And in this spot (which is the same as in the last post and the other tree post) there are trees, trees and more trees. And, I was sick of painting trees. So, I looked up. Yes, there are still trees in this one but they aren’t the main character. Architecture is always challenging and I enjoy a good painting challenge!

This one took several sessions, two outdoors and one in the studio for finishing work. What do you think?

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Eucalyptus Avenue



9 X 12 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

My goal in this painting was to guide your eye into the painting starting on the pathway and ending at the light green trees in the background. This one I started outdoors, brought close to completion and finished at home. I think was beneficial to stop when I did, take another look at it later in the day and finish it that night. It allowed me to correct some colors and add details which really improved it overall.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Treasury Riddle

Check out the Etsy treasury I've been included in! The creator, Alkdesigns, came up with the idea of making a visual riddle of the treasury. See if you can figure it out. If you're an Etsy member be sure to show it some love and leave a comment.

www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west

Santiago Brush



8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

The tree on the left is the same tree you saw in my 10/12 post it’s just painted from a different angle.

Today, I wanted to play with values. Specifically, making the background recede and the foreground pop. I tend to want to emphasize everything and use over the top colors all the time. I’m easily overwhelmed by all the color I see in the landscape and have to carefully consider (and often reconsider) my choices. All the while I continually to ask myself what is each color doing, how is it supporting the painting as a whole?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Magnetic Art



New in my Etsy Shop................ M A G N E T S !

They are extremely affordable and make great gifts. Need a stocking stuffer? Need a party gift for under $5? Need a hostess gift? Or do you simply need to add a cheerful touch to a kitchen appliance or an industrial office cupboard?

Priced at $4.00 each (that includes U.S. shipping), there are six designs to choose from. Or collect them all for only $18.50! They are professionally-printed flat magnets measuring 3 3/8 x 1 7/8” inches. I will even combine shipping for up to 3 magnets, just convo. me and I'll create a listing just for you.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Two With Sails



8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

It was a hazy morning when I painted this one at Newport Harbor in Newport Beach. It looks like a peaceful scene doesn’t it? Well, harbors are busy places, especially early in the morning. There were loud boats motoring past, a huge fuel tanker unloading diesel fuel with it’s driver having a very loud conversation on his cell phone nearby and I was witness to a very heated exchange between 3 men that had something to do with a boat, fuel and the fact that one of the guys left his wallet in the car. I wish I was a faster painter, so that I could have captured it all on canvas!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pumpkin With Stem



5 X 5 inch oil painting on panel.
S O L D

I had such a blast with my last pumpkin painting I did another. It was just as much, if not more, fun to paint than the last one! You might see a few more of these in the weeks to come. At least until we carve that baby into a spooky Jack o’ Lantern. (That should be fun since my son freaks out every time he touches something slimy.)

This time I asked my husband to build a still life box similar to the one Carol Marine uses so that I could have more control over my lighting. It’s made with PVC pipe and took him less than 20 minutes to make. Pretty cool, huh?

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Pumpkin



5 X 5 inch oil painting on panel.
S O L D

Last week I finished a painting that was extremely difficult for me to complete (I’ll post it here in a few weeks). It was a street scene on an overcast day. Finishing it took the joy for painting out of me for a while and I wasn’t very happy with the way it turned out.

While trying to recharge my creative batteries I was looking at Carol Marine’s blog. Her still life paintings always inspire. I had just bought a pumpkin for Halloween and it seemed like a fitting subject. An hour and a half later I was done and I had so much fun painting it! I was able to use colors I normally don’t when painting outdoors, I was very comfortable inside, I didn’t have to drive anywhere and I finished it really quickly. Talk about satisfying!

What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Santiago Eucalyptus



5 X 7 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

This is a quick study of a eucalyptus tree. I wanted to get the feel for the fall colors that are now appearing in the landscape. It was a fun little tree study and a great warm up for some other tree paintings that I’ll post here in the next few weeks.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Water Tower View





10 X 8 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

Ever since my son started preschool a few weeks ago, my friend Dori Dewberry and I have been out painting. It’s been a blast getting to paint more than once a week! On this particular day we met at a great spot near my house that has amazing views of the city and hills. Unfortunately, when we got there the views were blocked by haze. Nearby was a trail behind some track homes and we both liked the view up the hillside of the water tower so, we set up our gear there. Around 11:30 the haze burned off and the amazing views returned but we were too far along into our paintings to stop.

As soon as our morning haze is gone here in the city of Orange (we’ve had it every day since that morning) we’ll go back and try again. There is a particular view of the city that I can’t stop thinking about painting…..

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Laguna Beach Art Exhibition 2008



9 X 12 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

My painting “The Ultimate Perspective” has just been juried into the Laguna Beach Fine Art Exhibition. Perin Mahler, Chair of the Masters Program at the Laguna College of Art and Design was the judge.

The show will run from October 13th – November 26th.
Laguna Beach City Hall
505 Forest Avenue

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Three Sisters



”THREE SISTERS” by Kim VanDerHoek.

5 X 7 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
S O L D

This is the last painting from my High Sierra backpacking trip.

Working in late afternoon light is challenging for me because I rarely get to paint at that time of day and am not used to the rapidly changing light conditions. Painting during fading light requires speed and a good plan. I thought it best I use my palette knife again because it would help me keep pace with the light.

This is my husband’s favorite painting from our trip. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Convict Canyon View



”CONVICT CANYON VIEW” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$240 (Shipping $12 within the U.S., $20 for Canada or $28 for everywhere else)

This is another painting from my High Sierra backpacking trip.

At the bottom of this canyon is the trail up to our campsite in the mountains. It’s all up hill and takes a lot of time and sweat getting there, but the view is worth it!

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Recent Awards



Two of my paintings won awards at the Anaheim Art Associations Annual Juried Art Exhibit. “Holcomb Valley Ranch” (the one on the left) won 3rd place in the oil painting category. “Laguna Crush” won the Auxilia d’ Arts award.

There were 136 entries. Ernie Marjoram was the judge. He was kind enough to stop by during the show and talk about his selections. It was interesting to hear his decision making process. After the awards ceremony I had the opportunity to get his feedback on my work. He offered lots of encouragement and a few tips on areas I could improve.

It was an exciting afternoon and I felt honored to have my work hanging in the show.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lake Mildred Inlet



”LAKE MILDRED INLET” by Kim VanDerHoek.

6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$275 (Shipping $12 within the U.S., $20 for Canada or $28 for everywhere else)

This one’s also from my High Sierra backpacking trip.

My husband caught 4 trout out of this little stream. It winds through a beautiful meadow and into Lake Mildred.

This was painted with my palette knife because of the short amount of time I had to complete it.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Afternoon at Bright Dot



”AFTERNOON AT BRIGHT DOT” by Kim VanDerHoek.

6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$275 (Shipping $12 within the U.S., $20 for Canada or $28 for everywhere else)

Here’s another painting from the High Sierra backpacking trip.

After carrying over 42 pounds up the trail for 5 hours and setting up our camp we decided that the next day we should hike up to Bright Dot Lake. It’s a small lake and it takes about 3 hours to get there with a light pack.

My husband fished while I painted. Because I was very tired and our time there was limited, I decided to do a quicker palette knife painting. The paint is much thicker when I use a knife. It forces me to edit a lot of what I am seeing to just the essential elements.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

View of Red Slate Mountain



”VIEW OF RED SLATE MOUNTAIN” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$240 (Shipping $12 within the U.S., $20 for Canada or $28 for everywhere else)

Here’s another mountain scene from my backpacking trip. The lake is called lake Mildred. Two years ago I painted this same scene. I wanted to revisit it again to see how much my style and skill have changed since then. Like most artists, I’m never totally satisfied and am always striving to improve.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dorothy Peaks



”DOROTHY PEAKS” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$240 (Shipping $12 within the U.S., $20 for Canada or $28 for everywhere else)

Painted on my week-long High Sierra backpacking trip to Lake Mildred with my husband.

After hiking for a couple of hours on a day-hike up to Lake Dorothy I had a few hours to paint while my husband went off exploring. It was a tough choice between painting the mountains or the lake (I couldn’t manage to fit both in). I figured I had better practice painting the mountains since I rarely get to see ones as majestic as these.

The air up at altitudes over 10,000 feet is very clear and distances look much closer than they really are. It’s a challenge to visually push the mountains back and create depth when in reality everything looks so close and so clear. I hope I was able to do these peaks some justice!

Maybe next year I’ll paint the lake.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

August Hills



”AUGUST HILLS” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.
$240 (Shipping $12 within the U.S., $20 for Canada or $28 for everywhere else)

Painted in Peter’s Canyon in Tustin. The hills here in California have all turned brown as they usually do this time of year. I can almost feel Fall coming.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Orange County Fair 2008




The last few weeks have been amazingly busy which is why I haven't posted anything in a while. My husband, brother-in-law and I installed a new deck in our backyard which took 3 weekends and a few week nights to complete.

The Orange County Fair ended. After picking up the 3 paintings that were juried into the show, I found purchase requests attached to the back of 2 of the 3 paintings. Right away I needed to call the people who submitted the requests because at the end of the week my husband and I were scheduled to go on a backpacking trip to the High Sierras for a week. I'm glad I acted quickly because I sold 3 paintings and gained 2 new collectors.

The backpacking trip also took up a huge amount of time. I've been getting up early to squeeze in a workout. I wanted to make sure I would be able to haul all 40 pounds of gear up the mountain. Over the course of the trip I completed 6 paintings which I will post over the next few weeks.

Finally, 2 of my paintings were juried into the Orange Open Art Show this year. The show is at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University. It runs Aug. 9th -23rd. If you are in the area please stop by, it is a very good show of local artists.
333 North Glassell St. Orange, CA
Wed & Thurs. Noon - 4:00 pm
Fri. - Sun. Noon - 8:00 pm
Closed Mon. & Tues.
Admission is FREE