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.
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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.
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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?

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

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring Puddles



10 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel.
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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.
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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.

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