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.

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