Friday, January 30, 2009

Blue Bottle Red Pear




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

When the weather was cold and rainy back in November I was inside painting this. Then the holidays came and I had several holiday paintings I had to post quickly, plus all the craziness of that time of year and needless to say, this little one got pushed aside.

***Reminder*** At the end of the month the prices for my work will increase so if you've had your eye on anything, act soon!

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Show at Copperwood Artware Gallery



My work is part of a group show called No Woman Stands Alone featuring artwork by many different women artists. I am very flattered to have my artwork as part of the show this year!

Join me at the artist's reception.

This Saturday, Jan. 31st 6-9 p.m.

Copperwood Artware Gallery
148A North Glassell St.
Orange, CA

Exhibition dates - January 30th - March 1st.

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Blushing Victorian



10 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel.

This is from the DSFDF bi-weekly painting challenge.

Architecture is always daunting. One wrong angle and the eye can immediately tell that it’s just not right.

It took me a while to start this one. I wiped off my sketch 3 times before I was happy with it. Once the perspective was in check, it was time to play. It looked like a mess until I put the finishing details in. For me, that’s the best part because each stroke really counts at that point.

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

Monday, January 19, 2009

Autumn Glory



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$240 for a limited time!

Almost all of the fall leaves are off the trees now. I’m glad I was able to capture them on canvas while they were still on.

The night before I painted this I watched a Richard Schmid painting demonstration DVD. He’s an amazing painter that’s been working for over 40 years. I absolutely love how his paintings emerge from the canvas. I tried a few of his techniques here.

***Reminder*** At the end of the month the prices for my work will increase so if you've had your eye on anything, act soon!

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

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Landmark Fountain



9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D

This fountain is a landmark here in the city of Orange. From what I’ve heard it was the fountain that was originally in the middle of our traffic circle. It was recently moved to the front of our new public library.

As a side note, my work was just accepted into a local art gallery. I'll post the dates of the upcoming show soon but, I wanted to announce that I'll be raising my prices at the end of the month to match the gallery pricing. So, if there is anything in my Etsy shop that you've had your eye on, act now.

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

XOXO



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

Today I needed a break from painting outside. It took a while to figure out what I wanted to use for a still life but once I had everything set up the paint began flowing.

My son was very concerned when he saw me taking his blocks out of his room. He asked what I was doing with them and I told him I was going to paint them. He thought I meant that I was going to paint ON them and started to protest. When I was done he was happy to see his blocks paint-free. He asked if the painting I did was for him. How sweet, I thought, he wants one of my paintings. So I told him it was his if he wanted it. To which he replied, “Ummm, no thanks.” Maybe if I had painted a Transformer instead….

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

White Blossoms



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

This is a quick study of the last of the flowers in my yard. I wanted to see if I could keep the focus on the blossoms and state the foliage as simply as possible to support them. I liked the color combination of green, dark purple and white.

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

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Double Trouble



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

My painting buddy Dori Dewberry and I returned to the oil derricks after our workshop. I took it as an opportunity to apply some suggestions Greg LaRock had made about my other derrick paintings. Because I had painted these guys a few times this painting came together very quickly and easily.

Over 20 paintings are now on sale in my Etsy shop, many with free shipping!

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

Monday, January 5, 2009

Attrition



”ATTRITION” by Kim VanDerHoek.

9 X 12 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
Not For Sale YET…

Oh, how I wish I could have more moments like these.

This is the last painting from the Greg LaRock workshop. This painting taught me that at a certain point in the process I should turn my back on the view and focus on what exactly makes the painting work.

The winds were terrible the day I did this one. All that dirt you see imbedded in this painting is wind-blown sand. It was challenging to paint with so much debris in the air but I’m very happy with the result. I’m keeping this one so that I can follow-up on Greg’s other suggestion, which was to turn this one into a big painting.

Wish me luck!

Over 20 paintings are now on sale in my Etsy shop, many with free shipping!

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

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mystery Man



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

This painting is for the Different Strokes From Different Folks blog that Karin Jurick created. She asked all of us to send in a photograph of ourselves and then she emailed each of us another artists picture to paint. The man pictured here has my photo. I won’t find out who he is until he sends in my portrait and Karin posts it on her blog. I can’t wait to see what he does with my picture!

This is the first portrait I’ve ever painted. I’ve drawn a lot of models in figure classes but I’ve never painted a person until now. Honestly, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I drew 3 sketches of this man along with several studies of his eyes, nose, mouth and goatee just so that I would have a good understanding of the forms. Richard Schmid’s portraits were at the back of my mind as well (there’s nothing like setting the bar impossibly high for yourself). While I’m light years behind Schmid, I’m pleased with this one. A year ago I don’t think I could have pulled it off but I do feel that, with the skills I have today, this turned out nicely.