Friday, May 30, 2008

Spring Color - ACEO/ATC





”SPRING COLOR” by Kim VanDerHoek.

2.5 x 3.5 inch ACEO/ATC original oil painting on canvas paper mounted on acid free cardstock.
$15 (Shipping $1 within the U.S., $2.50 for Canada or $5 for everywhere else)

This week I stole a few hours to play with some paint and my palette knife. It’s a great exercise that helps me simplify shapes and forces me to make bold color choices. Because these are so small, I can’t get very fussy and put in every detail. I like the spontaneous feel of this one.

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 collectible since they don’t take up much space.

To purchase this ACEO and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Keeping A Lid On It



”KEEPING A LID ON IT” by Kim VanDerHoek.

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

This is the second painting I did at Irvine Regional Park. There was about a half hour left to paint, I had lots of colors already mixed on my palette and these trashcans were right there. It was fun to see how fast I could work all while trying to push the color.

To purchase this painting and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Monday, May 26, 2008

Spring View In Irvine



”SPRING VIEW IN IRVINE” by Kim VanDerHoek.

10X8 inch PRINT of an original oil painting.

Irvine has an amazing regional park with views everywhere to paint. I went there with an artist friend of mine Dori Dewberry and it took us a while to make up our minds and choose a spot. We finally picked this foothill view.

To purchase this print and see more of my work log onto http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=105519

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blank Notecards in my Etsy Shop





$2 each (Shipping $1 within the U.S., $2.50 for Canada or $5 for everywhere else. Add .50 for each additional card.)

Each 4.25 x 5.5 inch blank note card comes with matching white envelopes. Printed on matte cardstock. My name and web site are printed in small type on the back of the card.

With all the rain here I haven’t been painting very much. I have a couple of new paintings but they are too wet to ship still so I’ll need to wait a bit longer before I post them. As soon as the rain clouds blow away, I will shoot some photos of the new artwork so you can have a look at what I’ve been up to lately.

To purchase these cards and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Monday, May 19, 2008

View of East LaVeta



”VIEW OF EAST LAVETA” by Kim VanDerHoek.

9 X 12 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

One of my Mother’s Day gifts was getting time in the evening to paint. I’ve been waiting for a chance to capture the evening light and atmosphere. Usually, I paint in the morning, which means the light is totally different.

I stood on the sidewalk next to someone’s chain link fence to paint this. It frightened the owners when they saw me standing there. Apparently, they don’t get many landscape painters in their neighborhood.

To purchase this painting and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Friday, May 16, 2008

Old Town Cafe



”OLD TOWN CAFE” by Kim VanDerHoek.

12 X 5 1/4 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

This was originally part of a larger painting. I was unhappy with the original composition but I thought this section turned out well so, I trimmed it down.

Painted in Old Town Orange, the busy city atmosphere always inspires me.

To purchase this painting and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

View From The Montage




”VIEW FROM THE MONTAGE” by Kim VanDerHoek.

9X12 inch PRINT of an original oil painting.
$13 (Shipping $3 within the U.S., $4 for Canada or $6 for everywhere else)

Some days everything just comes together when I am out painting. The painting I posted today is the result of one of those moments. After pushing paint around for weeks and not liking the end result, it was so nice to pull this one off! I honestly feel it is one of my best to date.

This was done at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. Most paintings done at this spot include the famous Keyhole Rock, but I wanted to focus on the amazing atmospheric view beyond the Keyhole.

I’ve also posted a picture of my new EasyL easel on location in Laguna Beach.

To purchase this print and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Shacks at the Cove



”SHACKS AT THE COVE” by Kim VanDerHoek.

8 X 10 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

Crystal Cove State Beach in Laguna has all these colorful shacks next to the shore. I really liked how the telephone poles danced down the hillside. This is the painting I started at the Jim Wodark paintout (see previous post). I had to finish it at home because I ran out of time and then I wasn’t happy with it so I had to retouch it a bit. I’m pleased with how the buildings turned out.

What do you think?

To purchase this painting and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Peter's Canyon Hills



”PETER’S CANYON HILLS” by Kim VanDerHoek.

5 X 7 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

This is an older painting of mine that I kept for myself. Now it’s time to free up some wall space and let it go. I was so pleased with it when it was finished because I was still new at painting and I felt that this one turned out very well. It was in a frame and has some gold leaf around the edges that came off of the frame. Once it’s in a new frame however, the gold leaf will be covered.

The reason I’m posting it here is because I’ve been experimenting with a few new techniques. The resulting paintings are not blog worthy at all. Sadly, they are destined for the fireplace. Ah well…

To purchase this painting and see more of my work log onto www.vanderhoekart.etsy.com

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Jim Wodark




Recently, I had the opportunity to watch one of my favorite artists, Jim Wodark, paint at the LPAPA Paint Out in Crystal Cove State Beach. He painted a very complicated scene that included a picket fence and buildings in the background. I've included a photo of his finished painting.

It was interesting to see how he begins a painting. First, he tones the canvas, then using a towel and turps. he wipes off the large shapes in the composition so that he can check for placement. He makes any adjustments needed. The he pre-mixes 3 grays, light, med. and dark as well as several of the large colors that he'll need. He says this helps him keep his rhythm going even though he still adjusts each color before he puts it down. I noticed he spent a lot less time mixing color.

Over the course of the next 3 hours, while answering questions from all the other artists there, he painted. And like all amazing painters, he made it look SO easy! Be sure to check out his web site at www.JimWodark.com