Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Fair Trade



Here she is! Born Oct. 14, 2009 she weighed 5 pounds 1 oz. was 17 1/2 inches and is still the size of a doll. When I take her places people always ask if she's real. As you can tell, I've traded my painting time for as much nap time as I can get.

Sorry to those of you hoping for more photos and a name. It's sad that as a parent I need to be so cautious, but after struggling for so many years to have her, I'm not taking any chances.

Happy Holidays to all of you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Locally Grown



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
Available through Copperwood Artware Gallery

This is the last painting from my recent oil pump series and it is my favorite. I thought these pumps were a relevant subject with the price of gas soaring. They are also machines that one day will vanish from the landscape as they become obsolete.

They seem so simple in our very technological world. All the pumps at this location have their own individual patina and sing their own unique song too. I was tempted to name them.

Well, this is going to be my last post for a while. I'm being induced today. Wish us luck and a speedy return to my easel (I will miss it terribly). I'll also miss all of you and will miss being inspired by your work!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

High Octane



16 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
Available through Copperwood Artware Gallery

This is the second in the oil derrick series. Many of you compared my last painting to William Wray's work which was incredibly sweet because he is an artist whose work I admire very much.

For me this painting was very much about arranging the elements in the composition, not painting what I was seeing in my reference photos. I feel a lot more confident working from photos now because I've painted plein air for the last few years. I feel like I've gotten better at adding in atmosphere that wouldn't normally be in a photograph.

I hope you enjoy it!

To see more of my work log onto www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Working Late



9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
Available through Copperwood Artware Gallery

A few weeks ago my husband, son and I went out to visit the oil derricks at sunset so that I could snap a few reference photos for paintings. It’s a remote location and being a woman and pregnant I didn’t want to go there alone. My husband thought our son would be bored walking around these giant machines but for a young boy it was paradise. There were rocks to throw, miles of dirt, weird objects waiting to be dug up and tons of space to run. He also loved the giant derricks pumping away and asked thousands of questions about them. It was an odd family outing but one that all of us really enjoyed.

This painting is one of three I just recently finished in my studio. I’ll post the other two soon.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Circling Koi



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

When I pulled the reference photo for this painting I immediately thought it was the perfect composition for a square panel. I like how everything keeps my eye moving around and around inside of it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sailing On Choppy Waters



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

Capturing the atmosphere in this one was a fun challenge. Working with so many blues was hard though. I hope you like it!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sailing Day



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

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a boat, years in fact. The feeling of freedom as the wind rushes by is something I’ll never forget though.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lullaby



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
NFS

This is the companion painting to “Where Next,” the previous bird painting. Both of these are going to be hung in my daughter’s room.

I’m about 6 weeks away from my due date now (wow). My hands and feet have been swelling (which I didn’t experience when I was pregnant with my son). There are still so many little things I need to do but honestly, I just want to put my feet up and sit in front of a fan these days.

Now that my son is back in school I’m getting in as much painting as I can. I’ll keep posting but if I disappear for a long time, you’ll know why….

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

With Sprinkles



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$25 (Plus $9 shipping within the U.S.)

Painted as part of the DSFDF challenge.

It never ceases to amaze me how my son’s eyes light up whenever he sees a cupcake, especially a cupcake with sprinkles. There is always a lot of hopping up and down while he repeats the word cupcake over and over.

What powerful little desserts they are!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bouquet In Orange and Pink



6 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$50 (Plus $15 shipping within the U.S.)

As an artist I find inspiration everywhere and because of that the list of things I want to paint is endless. Flowers have been on the list for a while and I finally grabbed a moment to paint some.

Of course many of you have already tackled this subject and I’ve been very inspired by your work. Thanks Nancy Medina, Dana Cooper, Dori Dewberry, R. Garriott and Karen Phipps your beautiful work always motivates me!

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

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Where Next?



7 X 5 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
NFS

This little bird has found a home in the baby’s room. I painted a tree on the wall and this painting goes so well in there I couldn’t part with it. Now I need one more….

Thanks to everyone who’s asked how I’m doing! Everything is going along just fine and I’m in my last trimester. My only complaints are being tired and very hot but luckily, we’ve had a mild August this year.

To see more of my work log onto www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rocks At High Tide



6.25 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D

This painting is an unusual size. I decided that the cliffs really lent themselves to being painted in a long format. Before I started painting I marked off where I wanted to cut the canvas when I got home I used bold marks to remind myself where to stop. People passing by had a hard time understanding what they were seeing and I overheard a few odd comments which made me chuckle.

For a limited time I’m offering this painting at a reduced price (because it will need a custom frame). Also, I did a small study of this scene that is available for sale in my Etsy shop.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Orange Open Award 2009



The Orange Art Association puts on an amazing juried art show every year called the Orange Open. This year I was fortunate enough to get an honorable mention for my onion painting titled "They're Up To Something." With so many talented artists in the show I feel very lucky to have been given an award this year.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Secluded Cove



12 X 16 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$525 (plus $1 shipping in the U.S.)

The California coastline always inspires me. I was lucky enough to be able to go down to the beach to paint this recently. The weather was perfect and I enjoyed a cool ocean breeze while painting.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blog Feature on Handmade by Angie


5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
NFS - (An older painting done a few years ago. This is part of my personal collection, it has sentimental value so I'm holding onto it a while longer.)

Many other artists have asked me why I use Etsy as my primary selling venue and I answer that it's the wonderful people there. The shop owners are professional and the customers are an absolute delight to deal with. What is even more amazing to me is when a seller on Etsy promotes my shop, either in their blog or in an Etsy Treasury.

Today I woke up to check my email. Angie, a fellow Etsy seller wrote to tell me she was featuring my shop on her blog today. I'm so flattered! Pop on over if you have a moment and check out her blog.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

In The Brambles



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
NFS

Finding a nice spot to rest, this pretty bird chose a patch of brambles before flying off in search of food.

Several of you have asked how I’m feeling. I’m halfway through my pregnancy now and for the most part I feel pretty good. I have a few normal complaints, I’m hot, tired and my feet hurt at the end of the day but otherwise, everything’s good. Thanks for asking!

To see more of my work log onto www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pond by the Pines



10 X 8 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (plus $1 shipping in the U.S.)

This was painted on an overcast day in our local mountains. My husband and I were exploring a 4-wheel drive road and came upon this small pond. It was such a beautiful and unexpected place I had to set up my easel and paint.

It’s very challenging painting on overcast days. I prefer having strong shadows and dramatic light and dark areas. With this painting I had to push my colors a lot to create something interesting.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Along The Pacific Crest Trail



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)

My husband and I have hiked along many parts of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. The trail stretches from Mexico north all the way to Canada. This portion of the trail is in the mountains of Big Bear. My husband went on a three-hour hike down this path while I sat under a tree and painted.

A few of you asked about the house project that we are working on. Like so many families in Orange County, our house is small with barely enough room for our family of 3 (in spite of what you might see on TV, most OC families don’t live in mansions). My husband and I both run businesses out of our house too.

While an addition isn’t in the budget these days (neither is moving with the real estate market in it’s current state) we’ve decided to rearrange several rooms in the house so that the baby will have her own room and won’t have to share a tiny bedroom with my 4-year old son (yup, we’re having a girl!). That means scraping popcorn off of one ceiling, taking down an original 1970’s redwood ceiling (it sounds a lot cooler than it looks, trust me), dry walling, texturing, removing a horrible brown squeaky ceiling fan, installing lots of can lights, moving tons of furniture around, moving cable TV and internet connections and painting, painting, painting. My poor husband hasn’t had a day off in a month!

Hopefully, everything will be finished in the next few weeks and I can get back to painting, posting and visiting everyone’s blogs.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Spring Coastline



10 X 8 inch oil painting on panel.
S O L D

Today I decided to take a break from birds and paint a landscape. Normally, I would paint this en plein air (actually at the beach) but, since I’m half way through my pregnancy I’m finding that being comfortable is a high priority now so, I painted this in my studio (also know as my dining room).

It was a beautiful spring day when I snapped the shots that I used of Laguna Beach. This view is looking south towards Dana Point. Of course I had to run down to the sand, kick off my shoes and get my feet wet for a little while too.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Keeping an Eye Out



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$25 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)

This cardinal is keeping watch. I wonder if he’s protecting a nest nearby or if he’s looking for food?

I’m sorry I haven’t been around visiting everyone’s blogs! We’ve started a large home improvement project and with my son out of preschool for the summer I don’t have a lot of time to paint or to blog. Seeing everyone’s work always inspires me to paint and I’ve really missed getting around the blog-o-sphere. Thanks for each and every comment, I do read them and they always brighten my day!

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Portrait of an Eastern Bluebird



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
NFS

This Eastern Bluebird looks like he is enjoying a nice quiet moment up in a tree.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hunting



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$25 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)

This chickadee is definitely hunting and it looks like she might have her prey in sight.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ready to Fly



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

This colorful chickadee looks poised for flight. Is he off to gather nesting material or food?

When I paint these small birds I love how the bristles of the brush imitate their feathers. All I have to do is lay down a bold stroke or two and then keep myself from working over it (that’s the hard part). This series has forced me to be really committed to each brush stroke. I’ve notice that if I play around with these too much they become overworked very quickly.

Also, if you haven’t been to Greg LaRock’s blog yet, you should stop over there. He’s an excellent teacher and each of his blog posts has very useful tips for painting.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Taking A Breather



6 X 4 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D

Here’s another in the bird series. The dark mask and all the colors on this Cedar Waxwing caught my attention. Doesn’t he look like he’s about to fly off and hunt?

On of my goals in painting this series is to loosen up my brushwork. I’ve been getting tighter and tighter in my landscapes. After going through a bunch of paintings from a couple of years ago I realized that I was loosing the bold brushwork that I started out with. I’ve been trying to keep the number of brush strokes to a minimum with these birds, to be lay down the paint with confidence and leave it there. Honestly, these are a blast to paint! They might just become a regular subject.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Perched



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

For about two and a half years I’ve been selling my paintings on Etsy. Since I’ve been around for a while now I’m getting a feel for what Etsy shoppers like in terms of subject matter. Many times it’s the administrators of the web site that choose which items will be featured in highly prized promotional areas of the site. And I’ve noticed that Etsy admins. love birds. Here is my attempt to be noticed by the administrators of the site and hopefully, get some free promotion.

I’ve been spending more time painting in the studio because with this pregnancy my comfort has become a high priority. Birds have been a subject I’ve wanted to paint for over a year and now that I’m inside a lot more I thought I’d give them a try. This was so much fun I’ve decided to do a series of them.

Thank you to everyone who has wished me well! I am happy to report that my morning sickness is finally gone. Aside from a few minor discomforts that are a normal part of this process I’m on to the fun part of being pregnant.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Jockeying For Position



14 X 11 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$450 (FREE shipping in the U.S.)

Painted for the DSFDF challenge. Sometimes the hardest part of painting is choosing a subject. Before I started this I had been looking through my photo library trying to find an image to use as inspiration for a painting. At the last minute I checked the DSFDF blog and Karin had posted a new photo for us to work from. I was actually relieved that the choice had been made for me!

I haven’t had time to participate in the last few challenges but last week I had time to work on this one.

About a year ago a family member was kind enough to give me the gift of a 3-day workshop with Ken Auster. It couldn’t have come at a better time! I was primed and ready to hear what Ken had to say and after the workshop my paintings immediately improved. Ken is a master at painting cityscapes and everything I learned from him I applied here.

Have you take a workshop or class that has helped take your work to the next level? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Santiago Trail - A Study



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

Normally, I like to keep my blog focused on painting, but now I have some news that will be keeping me away from my easel a bit more often. In November there will be another little VanDerHoek in our family! We are very excited!

The last couple of months have made it tough for me to get to my easel. I’ve had a couple of colds that then lead right into morning sickness and the exhaustion that comes with the first trimester. I’m hoping to be through it soon and will paint as often as I can. I really hope you will still keep up with my blog even though my posts may be sporadic!

Now back to painting. My friend Dori Dewberry and I finally got together and went painting. I decided to do a small study just in case morning sickness kicked in and I had to stop suddenly. My goal was to keep it loose and have fun.

Happy Mother's Day!

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Stars and Stripes on Glassell



10 X 8 inch oil painting on clay board.
$30 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)

Copperwood Artware Gallery in Orange has several of my paintings hanging inside. Recently, the owner asked if I would set up my easel in front of the gallery to attract attention to the show inside, to which I enthusiastically agreed. Although I had a fever and a cold that day, I had the opportunity to talk to passersby about painting and to direct them into the gallery to see more of my work (I’ve got to admit that was a very cool first-time experience for me).

This painting is a sidewalk scene in front of Copperwood looking towards the traffic circle in the center of Orange. It was challenging painting while talking to so many people (I don't know how painting teachers manage it). My head wasn’t very clear with the fever I had either, which is probably why I decided to try painting on clay board for the first time.

The board gave me a lot of trouble because there isn’t much tooth to it and my paint kept sliding around. I like thick paint and am finding that canvas panels primed with a few extra coats of gesso give me the tooth I need. I enjoy painting on linen as well.

What is your preferred surface and do you make it yourself?

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Do You ACEO?




What is an ACEO?
ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. They are cards of artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches, about the same size as a standard playing card. These cards are very collectible since they don’t take up much space and are an affordable way of collecting original art.



I’ve gotten a lot of questions from fellow artists about selling online in this economy. (Which is kind of funny because I wish I had all the answers!) What I can tell you is, since the DOW took a dive last year my ACEO sales have picked up to the point where I can’t paint them quickly enough.



Posted here are two of my most recent ACEOs. While these were created using two larger paintings as the basis for them I will also paint these outside on location. They are especially handy when I want to try out several compositions before I start a larger painting.

If you haven’t tried painting an ACEO I highly recommend giving it a shot!

2.5 x 3.5 inch ACEO/ATC original oil painting on canvas paper.
$18 (Shipping $1 within the U.S.)

To purchase these ACEOs and see more of my work log onto www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Few Sales Tips



8 X 6 inch oil painting on linen panel.
$140 (plus FREE shipping in the U.S.)

In the last two months my son has caught two colds, one of those colds he passed along to me and this week he is out of school because of Spring Break. Needless to say, I haven’t painted at all (except for that terrible little street scene that I wiped off and would like to forget about). The painting above is one I’ve posted before and is titled “After The Storm.”

Several of you requested that I share the sales tips I learned at the outdoor Mission show.

1. Say hello to everyone that stops to look at your work (it sounds obvious but a lot of artists weren’t sitting anywhere near their displays and they didn't sell anything).

2. Get the viewer talking. Ask where they are from, are they here to see the show or did they come to see the Mission, do they paint. The idea is to be friendly and keep them there long enough to get a second look at your work. Often they will notice a painting they didn’t see the first time they looked.

3. If they live anywhere near a gallery that you have your work hanging in be sure to tell them about the gallery. Potential collectors like to know that you are a gallery-represented artist.

4. Don’t ask if they would like to sign up to be on your mailing list because they will always say no. Instead, if they show an interest in your work, tell them you would love it if they would sign your book (make sure your book has clearly defined areas for name, address and email). It took me a while to figure this one out.

5. Have a stack of postcards with your work on them for people to pick up. Most people who showed an interest in my work picked up the postcards instead of my business cards. Be sure your contact information is on the back of the postcards too or at least put your web site or blog or Etsy shop on the postcards.

6. If a portion of the proceeds from the show are going to be donated to a worthy cause, let everyone know. This information is great to use when you’ve run out of things to say and the person viewing your work seems to be on the fence about a particular painting.

7. If a potential buyer comments on a particular painting and you’ve been given a display area in the shade, take the painting off the panel and show it to them in the sunlight. This helps the viewer get a closer look at the details and color in the painting.

8. Look at short outdoor shows as an inexpensive marketing opportunity. Compared to an ad in Art Collector magazine or other art magazine these shows are very affordable. Additionally, they reach your target market – people who like art and people who buy art. At the Mission, I was amazed that nine out of ten people I asked said they came to specifically see the art show.

9. Be yourself. I’m not a high-pressure sales person so my goal for the show was to have a good time, meet some new people, learn the ropes and get my contact information into some new hands.

I hope this was helpful to you. If you’ve participated in a show like this and have sales tips, I’d love to read about what lessons you’ve learned!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Display at the 2009 Mission Show



My first outdoor show and sale at the San Juan Capistrano Mission went well. Amazingly, I didn't forget to bring any supplies or equipment. The grid panels went up smoothly with the help of my husband.

Considering the state of the economy, the show had a lot of visitors. At one point there was a crowd of 10 people at my display asking questions about my work. It was very interesting to see which paintings people responded to. Because I'm a new face at this event my sales were slow but, I was able to listen in on the more seasoned artists, many of whom had sales techniques worth taking note of.

Below are a few photos of the displays with the Mission in the background. If you are ever in the area and enjoy touring historical landmarks with stunning grounds, a lovely chapel and two fountains with large Koi, I highly recommend you see the San Juan Capistrano Mission. It is an absolute jewel! If you are a painter, bring your camera and easel along because everywhere you turn there is a painting waiting to happen.





Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One Red Pear and a Blog Award



5 X 7 inch oil painting on textured canvas panel.
$20 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)

With about an hour to paint I needed a set up that I could paint quickly without a lot of fuss. Fellow blogger, Torrie Smiley, once said that when she can’t decide what to paint she paints a pear. I liked that idea and put it to use the other morning. It was a fun exercise.

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



Edward Burton, Marian Fortunati and Liz Holm all let me know over the weekend that they passed along the Passion For Painting award to me. I am really touched that these talented painters thought of me! Thank you!

Here are the 7 things I love:
1. The sound of my son's giggles
2. Kind-hearted people
3. Living in beautiful California
4. Dark chocolate
5. Being part of this wonderful group of artists who blog
6. Handmade jewelry
7. Painting, painting, painting!

(I'd pass the award along but I think everyone I know has already gotten it.)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Paintings In The 2009 Mission Show

After arriving home from visiting family more than a week ago I caught a cold and haven't been able to paint at all. Which is also why I haven't been very diligent about visiting everyone's blog (sorry). Instead I've been resting as much as possible.

Several fellow bloggers asked that I post the paintings that were juried into the show at the San Juan Capistrano Mission since they live out of the area.

The first painting "Double Trouble" (12 X 9 oil on canvas panel) got the highest score out of all three from the judge. I almost didn't enter it but, decided to because it's an unusual subject and also because William Wray (an amazing painter who I look up to) left me a brief positive comment on it when I posted it to my blog.


Next is "Attrition" (9 x 12 oil on canvas panel). This is the other painting that will be hanging in the show. I was very happy with the brushwork and composition in this. Notice the tiny dots on the rocks, that's wind-blown sand embedded into the paint. One of the hazards of plein air.


The last painting was chosen as an alternate for the show. So, if another painting sells this one could be hung in its place. Titled "Irvine Wash, Fall" 16 X12 oil on canvas panel.


I'll also be participating in the art sale that same weekend. Many local artists will be showing and selling their work in the gardens of the Mission. I'd love to meet you if you are able to stop by and see any part of the show!

Opening Reception
Friday, April 3rd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The show will run April 3rd – July 14th
San Juan Capistrano Mission Barracks Gallery

Outdoor Art Show and Sale
Saturday, April 4th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Address
31414 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oak Lane



8 X 10 inch oil painting on linen panel.
S O L D

The painting posted here is a study done in Irvine. I let loose and used both my brush and palette knife. It was fun to play with the paint and experiment a bit. I’m listing it in the “Affordable Studies” section of my site.

I’ve been visiting family for the past week and haven’t had any computer access (which is also why I haven’t been commenting on anyone’s blog).

After going through about 150 emails, I read one that contained great news. Two of my paintings have been juried into “Painting The California Landscape” show at the San Juan Capistrano Mission! Many plein air painters that I look up to will be showing their work alongside mine in this exhibit. I am absolutely floored that my work was chosen and am very excited to be part of this event.

Opening Reception
Friday, April 3rd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The show will run April 3rd – July 14th
San Juan Capistrano Mission Barracks Gallery
31414 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

California Roll - DSFDF Challenge



5 X 7 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D
Created for the DSFDF challenge.

I’ve introduced many people to sushi for the first time. Most of them were very apprehensive about eating it, so I would always start them off with Unagi because it is cooked and sweet. After the first bite most would declare that it was delicious. Soon the plate would be empty then, there would be a pause while the chef prepared the next batch of sushi and my guests would inevitably ask what was in Unagi. When they found out they had just eaten eel and liked it most were game to try more varieties of sushi.

Pictured here is the classic California Roll. If you are a native to this state you’ve probably eaten this as far back as you can remember – I know I have. Sadly, I developed an allergy to avocados and can’t eat the California Roll anymore. Luckily my favorite, Hamachi Sashimi is still totally on the menu!

Do you have a favorite type of sushi or do you avoid it altogether?

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring Puddles



10 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel.
S O L D

Even though our winters here in Southern California are very mild, I have to say that I absolutely live for spring! We had some rainy days this winter and as a result the hills everywhere are green, it looks like all the photos I’ve seen of Ireland. Right now the wild flowers are just starting to make an appearance. Soon the green hills will be covered in purple lupine, yellow mustard and our state flower the orange California poppy. Then the deciduous trees will sprout new bright green leaves. The temperatures will stay in the 70s. The warm golden sun and blue skies will make it impossible to stay inside for very long. This is my favorite time of year!

The scene in this painting caught my attention as I was driving my son home from preschool. It is actually an unkept piece of property that was slated to have several homes built on it but the city wouldn’t approve the developers plans so, now it is up for sale and vacant. I was drawn to this because of the puddles. With all the water and reflections I’ve painted lately, I wanted to see if I could pull off a small puddle.

What do you think? Did I succeed?

REMINDER: There are 27 paintings in the new Affordable Studies section in my Etsy shop - be sure to check it out!

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Two More Irvine Wash Paintings





TOP: 10 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel.
S O L D

BOTTOM: 6 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel.
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In my Etsy shop I’ve added a new category called “Affordable Studies.” In this section are small paintings that are very budget-friendly, most of which were used as studies for larger works or painting exercises. Check it out HERE.

These two paintings are the ones I blogged about in my last post. Sometimes I can leave a study unfinished and feel fine about it, but not this time. These two sat on my easel staring at me for a few weeks. When I started working on them again I finally figured out why I couldn’t just put them away and be done. Apparently, they both contained an important lesson about color, one that I would have missed if I hadn’t gone back into them.

I needed to see how dark I could push certain values while still maintaining the effect of foreground, middle ground and background. Also, I had more time to make decisions about warm and cool colors in these, time that I didn’t have when I was on location initially. I wanted to see how far I could go with my warms and cools and I realized that I could use colors that were much more saturated than I originally thought. These were a great lesson! Now I can’t wait to go out and apply what I’ve learned.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Irvine Wash, Fall



16 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

My paintings are taking more time to complete right now. Many of them require a session or two in the studio or at the same location. (In fact, I’m running out of work to post.) This painting took four visits to the same location to complete. During the first two I worked on studies of the wash. This 12X16 panel took two visits to complete and one session of painting in the studio.

Lately, when I get home from painting on location I’ll unpack and set the days painting on my easel (conveniently located in my dining room where I can’t avoid seeing it over and over) and live with it for a few days asking myself what is working and what isn’t. When I’ve found some answers, I’ll work on it again.

I’m wondering though, if I had more than 2 1/2 hours every other day to paint would I be able to finish a painting like this? I’m sure I’d still need some time away from it to work out any issues but maybe I’d be closer to finishing.

Do you feel like you have enough time to paint? How do you manage to fit painting into your schedule?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Morning Under The Oaks




12 X 16 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
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The first painting in this post is a 6 X 8 inch study that I did at the Irvine Park (I'll probably list the study on Ebay). I thought it would make a nice large painting. The second painting in this post is the larger 12 X 16 studio version. I changed a few things and pumped up the color a lot to add drama.

It’s been nice working inside when it’s windy and rainy outdoors. Working larger in the studio is easier too because I can spend more time painting, not driving out to a spot, unpacking and then cleaning up. The best part is that there is always a clean bathroom just steps away!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Koi



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (Free shipping in the U.S.)

Because of the rainy days here in California, I’ve been working in the studio a lot more. This was painted from a photo. It was a good lesson in learning when to put down the photo and do what works for the painting itself. In the photograph the reflections were much larger and white. After painting them in I knew it wasn’t working so I scraped them off. It took a several painting sessions for me to work this one out and decide what kind of reflections would work in it. Overall, I’m pleased with this one and look forward to painting more Koi.