Sunday, December 28, 2008

Derrick In Profile



”DERRICK IN PROFILE” by Kim VanDerHoek.

6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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