Santiago Trail - A Study

8 X 6 inch oil painting on linen panel.

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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Sheila said…
CONGRATULATIONS! What wonderful news to announce on Mother's Day! I'm so happy for you!
Manon Doyle said…
Fantastic news Kim! Congrats! I hope the morning sickness eases up a bit! I sure remember what that was like! : )
Your new painting is gorgeous!!
Bear Chick said…
Well Happy Mother's Day, in more ways than one! Congrats on the new little one. Best wishes for a quick end to morning sickness and a happy, healthy baby!
Kim VanDerhoek said…
Oh my gosh, I totally didn't plan on announcing my news on Mother's Day but, talk about good timing...

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!!!!!
Karen said…
Oh wow Kim, that is wonderful news! I'm so happy for you...we will all be looking for your posts, weather once a day or once a week or whenever! Your paints aren't going anywhere. ENJOY your Mother's Day!
LSaeta said…
What a wonderful Mother's Day post! Congratulations. You mentioned in my blog the other day that "family matters" had kept you away for a while, and I so thrilled to find out why! Sorry about the morning sickness but so happy for you.
Glad you are feeling better. Love your blog and I will take it as it comes. Love the way this turned out. It was wonderful to get out and paint with you. I have no doubts that you will keep us coming. Many congrats on this new little life and Happy Mother's Day.
Kim, that is such exciting news, so glad you are sharing it with all of us!!!
Glad you are back to your easel...Happy Mother's Day!
Peter Lee said…
Hi Kim,
I finally found someone from my neighborhood - OC!
The painting looks beautiful.
Keep it up!
elsiee said…
Thank you for sharing your lovely news with us!! Who knows what paintings this little being will inspire while he/she rides around inside of you!?!

A very happy Mother's Day to you!
Robin Roberts said…
so glad you shared this on Mothers day. the painting is right on with luscious color and great design. just lovely
Anonymous said…
Kim Congrats!! Did I miss a memo:)
My morning sickness was all day sickness, only cured with eating a lot of food:) - when the food wore off, more sickness...needless to say I was pretty hefty by the time that little bundle of joy came along:)...ah, 14 years ago, like it was yesterday:)
This painting is gorgeous, the colors somehow seem bold yet soft...forgive me for my lack of painting knowledge...I'm not sure how else to describe it. Whatever it is, pregnancy agrees with your painting:)
Anonymous said…
oops...and more importantly,
Happy Mother's Day!!!
lovely study and wonderful news! congratulations kim i am so happy for you. sorry about the morning sickness, that was the worst part of it for me, hopefully you are through the worst of it. so exciting!!
excellent study & congratulations your very lucky and blessed.
Michelle said…
Yay...Congradulations Kim! And a belated Happy Mother's Day!

Beautiful painting! Makes me want to get outside and paint!
THAT IS FABULOUS!!! Congratulations to you and your family!! What a joy.
Hope the morning sickness passes quickly.
Congratulations! How wonderful!
Wonderful blog and paintings! I'll visit you again!
Congratulation! How wonderful for you. Your new painting is lovely. Hope you feel better soon.
L.Holm said…
Yipee!!! Kim, wonderful news, and congratulations to you. :-) Very exciting.
Congratulations Kim! oh my gosh, this is wonderful news...! I bet you are so excited. Something tells me you will start doing children's portraits in the future. ; )

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