Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wrapped and Ready



Wishing you all the very best this holiday season and in the new year!

"Wrapped and Ready"
6" x 8" oil on linen panel.

Available through DailyPaintWorks.com
Opening bid $50

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Plein Air Cityscape Painting Titled "Leaving Downtown"



"Leaving Downtown"
8" x 10" oil on canvas
$350
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A couple of months ago the City of Tustin had a plein air painting event which I entered. This was the first time I'd painted in Tustin. What was surprising to me was how small the area is that the artitsts are allowed to paint within. We were bound by the limits of old town Tustin which is just a few city blocks radiating out from the center of old town. As far as subject matter there are cafe scenes, old houses and a few big city scenes like this one.

This was my favorite painting from the 3 days we were allowed to paint plein air because I like the strong composition. Since it was overcast, I thought I could lead your eye through the painting by adding a few pops of color in strategic places. When I was almost done, I added the guy on the sidewalk and a few other figures in the background.

This scene presented some challenges for me and I honestly didn't expect it to turn out at all. I started it with the mindset that I was just going to play around and see what would happen. Overall, I'm pleased with it and I would like to go back another day when there is better light.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Why Getting "Up at Dawn" Was Totally Worth It



"Up At Dawn"
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel.
S O L D

Here is another painting from my trip to San Luis Obispo. One of the great things about painting outdoors all day, every day during a trip like that, is that you can plan to catch that fast-moving light in early morning or twilight.

This view was just around the corner from where I was staying. I spotted it as soon as I arrived but the light wasn't right. After a couple of days I figured out that dawn would be the best time to try painting this farm.

The trick to painting in early morning is to get up before dawn, set up the easel, block in the big shapes of the painting and wait. When the light finally hit the land I worked very quickly to put down the important color notes that would define the moment. The light only lasts for about 15-20 minutes so the blocking in I did initially was vital. After that I used my memory to fill in the final details.



"Farm in Morning Light"
6" x 8" oil on canvas
$200
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As an example, above is a second painting I did in the same spot just an hour and a half later. You can see the light has changed the landscape quite a bit and the clouds have moved. The hill has a lot more light on it, the clouds have lost their shadow and there is more color on the barn. In just another hour or two the whole view would have been in full sunlight eliminating all the dramatic shadows. The light you see in my painting was the last of the interesting light until evening.

As a landscape painter I am often asked by my students why I paint outside and apart from the usual answer about the light and how there is no substitute for painting from life there is the intangible - the absolute peace of witnessing the sunlight creep over a hillside and light up a mist-filled field, feeling the mist on my face when a breeze stirs and knowing that this particular moment will never be repeated in exactly the same way again. That's what keeps me going out again and again, if you've never experienced it I highly recommend giving it a try.

Friday, November 25, 2011

BEWARE: New Art Scam Involving My Blog

I just wanted to warn all my followers, artist friends and fellow bloggers. There is a new art scam that my friend Christine Mercer-Vernon received in her email and she was kind enough to alert me. The fishing email she received mentioned my blog specifically. I just wanted to be very clear that my blog is NOT involved with a company named Blog Services Inc. If you are contacted by this company, beware, I seriously doubt their email is anything but a fishing scam targeted at art bloggers. My thanks to Christine for her alert!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

6 Inch Squared Fall 2011 Exhibition



6 x 6 Oil on canvas panel.
Titled: "Pumping Iron"
S O L D

I am thrilled to have 3 of my paintings in the 6" Squared Fall 2011 Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery. In my opinion this is the best show in Orange County because it features small affordable works of art by some of the country's best representational artists in the U.S.

This show has work by Michael Godfrey (an artist whose work I rarely see on the West Coast), Debra Huse, Terry Miura, Timothy Horn, Frank Gardner, Greg LaRock, Dee Kirkham, Andrew Bolam, Becky Joy, Edward Burton, Sergio Lopez and so many other incredibly talented artists.



6 x 6 Oil on canvas panel.
Titled: "Avila Harbor"
Available through the Randy Higbee Gallery

If you only see one art show this year, I'd recommend this one. I'd love to see you there and hope you can make it to the show that night.

The opening reception is December 3rd from 5 - 9 p.m.
102 Kalmus. Costa Mesa. Ca. 92626




6 x 6 Oil on canvas panel.
Titled: "Walk With Me"
Available through the Randy Higbee Gallery

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tawny Bluffs and Emerald Waters - Shell Beach Painting



11 x 14 Oil on linen panel.
Titled: "Tawny Bluffs and Emerald Waters"
S O L D

Here is another painting I completed during the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival. I was up before dawn scouting potential painting spots when I found this view. The color shifts in the cliffs, the rocks, reflections in the water and the house all screamed, "paint me!"

The biggest challenge with this view was committing to the light so early on. After 2 hours the sun had climbed high and the light had totally changed. I always tell my students to cover their canvas and get any essentials in, like shadows, quickly that way when the light changes you can still finish.

This was one of those moments when I was having such a good time rocking out on my iPod, enjoying the beautiful day and painting that before I knew it I was finished. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What Do You Do When Your Muse Doesn't Inspire?


8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel. 
Titled "Out for a Walk"
$350.00 (Free shipping on unframed paintings within the U.S.)

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Have you ever worked really hard to get out to a painting spot with all of your gear in tow only to find that there wasn't a lot there in terms of subject matter worth painting? I have, in fact I've had it happen a lot.

A couple of weeks ago I returned from the week-long San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival. After driving up and getting my canvases stamped for the week, I immediately set out to paint because they were predicting rain during the event. The coordinators of the festival supply all the artists with maps and a list of suggested painting locations. For my first spot I decided to head out to the beach at Montana de Oro. After a 20-minute drive and a long walk to get to the beach with all my painting gear I discovered that there wasn't a lot to paint at that particular patch of beach (see photo below). Instead of hiking back up to the car and wasting more time driving I thought I could put my artistic license to use and try to create a good painting.


In order to create depth in my painting I knew I had to play-up the warm and cool colors more than what I was actually seeing. Most of the sand and cliffs were similar shades of tan. In my painting I made the sand in the foreground much warmer in color than what was actually there. The middle of the sand I cooled off using a little blue and white and then added more for the distant sand. Then, with the cliffs I set up foreground, middle-ground and background points for each, keeping the foreground cliffs much warmer and the background ones cooler. I wanted to differentiate them from the sand so I created a color that had a bit more yellow and then applied the same technique of adding blue and white as they moved back into the distance. You can see that I still added a touch of the warmer cliff color to the background cliffs though because without that color the distant cliffs seemed too separate from the foreground ones.

The mounds of green plants in the foreground added some much needed interest to the sandy expanse of beach. I made sure to reduce their size as they moved back in space to add to the feeling of depth.

With the water I used a slightly greener color in the water closest to me and then made it a lot cooler and lighter in color as it moved off into the distance. Then I added the foam on the waves and darkened the sand where the water had wet it. The sky was gray with a few hazy clouds passing through. To give the cliffs scale and add a focal point I added people on the beach. The red shirt of the person on the right really draws the eye because it is the only spot of red in the painting.

Overall, I am really pleased with this piece because of the challenges I had to overcome to get it to this point and I hope you enjoy it too.

What was your toughest painting challenge?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival



This year I am thrilled to be included amongst fifty of the nation’s top plein air artists who have been selected to venture outdoors to paint the unspoiled landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of San Luis Obispo County—one of the most picturesque areas on the California Central Coast. 

The 10th Annual Plein Air Festival comes to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art from October 2-9, 2011. The Museum plays host to 50 the country’s most accomplished landscape painters who for one week grace the Central Coast, painting the seascapes, landscapes and town scenes of the area. During the week, there are events each night celebrating the painter and the style of painting known as Plein Air. 
 
A week-long celebration of plein air painting, the Festival also includes lectures, poetry readings, movies, and kids’ paint out in addition to the gala opening of the Festival Exhibition and Sale on Friday and Quick Draw and Live Auction on Saturday. The San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival is produced by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in support of the Museum’s exhibition and educational programming.

Festival Dates: 10/3/2011 - 10/9/2011
Reception: 10/7/2011 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Location: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
(805) 543-8562
1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo CA 93401-3505
www.sloartcenter.org


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Laguna Beach Oil Painting Workshop


A couple weeks ago I held a 3-day oil painting workshop in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA. I had a small group which enabled me to give everyone LOTS of attention (I did  my best not to hover over each of them.) One student traveled all the way from Florida to be there.

The first day started with a demonstration painting and I explained my approach and thought process while I worked including lots of talk about warm and cool colors and using them to create depth in your painting. Then I turned my group loose to work on their own paintings. At the end of the day we had a group critique where I talked about the aspects of each student's painting that worked and then offered suggestions for improvements.

The second day I had them paint 3 small studies. They were allowed to work on each painting for 2 hours only. The purpose of the exercise was to get them thinking about the landscape as large simple shapes, not specific details. One student mentioned he was having trouble painting trees so I made sure he painted a palm tree as one of his small studies. It was absolutely amazing to watch the light bulb switch on over his head when he understood how to paint the tree and how to see both the positive and negative shapes that formed it. We also ended that day with a critique.

The last day I did a small, quick demonstration painting just to reinforce everything I'd been teaching that weekend. My goal was to give the class as much painting time as possible before the light changed dramatically. Each of them produced a beautiful painting, I was very proud of their accomplishments! Below is a view from our painting location, just another day at the office.


If you would like to be part of my next plein air oil painting workshop in Orange County, please contact me with dates that work best for you and I will add your name to my interest list - just click here. I will be planning my 2012 schedule soon and will let email you with more details.




Sunday, September 18, 2011

Original Oil Painting of Tuscany, Italy - Titled "Chianti Road"


11 X 14 inch oil painting on canvas panel. 
Titled "Chianti Road"
$650.00

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Lately, I’ve been painting a whole lot of demonstration paintings. I never imagined a year ago I would be painting this much in front of large groups of people. Needless to say, it can be extremely nerve-wracking. Especially, when I get overly ambitious and decide to paint a scene I’ve never painted before. This was one of those views that I painted at the O.C. Fair and while I have painted very similar scenes, this one was new to me. Luckily, it turned out well in spite of the fact that I was talking my way through it the whole time and answering questions.

It’s a delicate balance between teaching technique and creating art and often the art is sacrificed a bit so that key painting techniques can be passed along. I’m finding however, that the more I talk my way through my painting process when teaching, the clearer my objectives for each painting have become. In addition, there are a lot of things I am learning from watching my students paint and I can’t help but be inspired by their hard work, persistence and enthusiasm.

This scene is outside a monastery in Tuscany, Italy. The photo I used to paint from is very different than my final painting. Many people who stopped to watch me paint at the Fair were shocked at what a departure this is from my reference. Of course, that was a great opportunity to talk about using photographs as inspiration, not a literal translation, in order to create a better painting. I truly believe that it helps to put away any photos I’m using after a while so that I can focus on the painting itself and not get caught up in the details of reality. After all, I’m not going to display the photograph alongside my finished painting, what matters most at the end of the day is what’s in the frame. I’ve posted the original photograph below.


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

Monday, September 5, 2011

There's still time to enroll for my 3-day outdoor oil painting workshop in Laguna Beach, CA.




3-Day Plein Air (Outdoor) Oil Painting Workshop in Laguna Beach with Kim VanDerHoek
DATES: September 9th-11th (Fri., Sat. & Sun.)
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
COST: $300 

This plein air workshop will focus on using a step-by-step process in order to create a successful landscape painting. Topics covered will be; how to create a strong composition, having a focal point, creating depth, brushwork (with an emphasis on how to hold your brush), paint application, time management while painting on location and color mixing. Painting demonstrations by Kim will be included. Class size is limited so that each individual will receive plenty of personal instruction. Each day workshop participants will paint on location and at the end of the day there will be a constructive group critique of our work. Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please bring art supplies, a field easel and a sack lunch.

If you are unable to make it all three days then I can modify the workshop price and charge only for the days you can attend. 

If you are interested please contact me right away because this will be my last outdoor workshop until sometime in 2012. Don't miss this opportunity to grow as an artist!

To reserve your spot today email me at KimVanDer77@aol.com


www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wine Country Mission - Original Oil Painting of the Mission in Sonoma



Titled: Wine Country Mission
Size: 6"x 6" oil on canvas panel
©2011 by Kim VanDerHoek

$50.00 opening bid on DailyPaintWorks.com

When I first visited the Sonoma Mission I was much too young to appreciate it's historic significance. All I knew was that my grandparents took me to see these old dusty buildings with dirt floors. It wasn't until I was much older that I finally realized how difficult life must have been for those who settled the west.

Much of the Mission has been restored in Sonoma. Every time I visit I marvel at how low the windows and doors are and how basic the living quarters were. It makes me appreciate our small house so much more.

REMINDER: 3-Day Plein Air (Outdoor) Oil Painting Workshop in Orange County
DATES: September 9th-11th (Fri., Sat. & Sun.)
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
COST: $300


There are still spaces available for my 3-day plein air oil painting workshop in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.

This oil painting workshop for beginning to intermediate level students will focus on using a step-by-step process in order to create a successful landscape painting. Topics covered will be; how to create a strong composition, having a focal point, creating depth, brushwork (with an emphasis on how to hold your brush), paint application, time management while painting on location and color mixing. Painting demonstrations by Kim will be included. Class size is limited so that each individual will receive plenty of personal instruction. Each day workshop participants will paint on location and at the end of the day there will be a constructive group critique of our work. Each day we will meet in Laguna Beach to paint directly from nature. Hours 9:00 - 4:00. Students must bring a field easel and art supplies.

To enroll CLICK HERE!

Please contact me for more information at Kimvander77@aol.com

www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Four 10 Minute Strawberries



Last night I had my students paint these strawberries for 10 minutes in each square. Two of these were painted as a demo. so that they could see how simply they could create the illusion of form by using three values. The other two berries I painted just so I didn't hover over my students and make them nervous. For this exercise we did not focus on little details, like the seeds on the berry surface or the shadows and highlights of the berry leaves. This was all about thinking in values and using economic brushwork.

The students really seemed to enjoy this and they did amazingly well. Their growth was immediately apparent at the end of class when we compared their first berry of the day to their last. It was inspiring to witness!

REMINDER: 3-Day Plein Air (Outdoor) Oil Painting Workshop in Orange County
DATES: September 9th-11th (Fri., Sat. & Sun.)
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
COST: $300


There are still spaces available for my 3-day plein air oil painting workshop in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.

This oil painting workshop for beginning to intermediate level students will focus on using a step-by-step process in order to create a successful landscape painting. Topics covered will be; how to create a strong composition, having a focal point, creating depth, brushwork (with an emphasis on how to hold your brush), paint application, time management while painting on location and color mixing. Painting demonstrations by Kim will be included. Class size is limited so that each individual will receive plenty of personal instruction. Each day workshop participants will paint on location and at the end of the day there will be a constructive group critique of our work. Each day we will meet in Laguna Beach to paint directly from nature. Hours 9:00 - 4:00. Students must bring a field easel and art supplies.

To enroll CLICK HERE!

Please contact me for more information at Kimvander77@aol.com


Sunday, August 21, 2011

The 10 Minute Painting Challenge



Many of my students tell me they love the loose brushwork they see in my paintings but have a difficult time replicating it in their own work. For this week's class on Monday night from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Bear Street Gallery we will practice the 10 minute challenge. I will set up a very basic still life, we will divide our canvases into 8 squares and then paint the still life in each square for only 10 minutes.

Carol Marine posted this same challenge on DailyPaintWorks.com a while ago and it is a great lesson in how to keep your brushwork spontaneous and fresh. Working within such a limited time forces you to paint with your instincts, lay the paint down with commitment and then leave it alone. Join us for an action-packed painting session tomorrow night at 3851 Bear Street, Santa Ana, California 92704 (just around the corner from the Showcase Gallery next to the Crate & Barrel store).

Sunday, August 14, 2011

NEW Monday Night Oil Painting Class in Orange County



New oil paintings classes every Monday night from 6:00-9:00 with Kim VanDerHoek. This weekly oil painting Class is for beginning - intermediate students in Orange County, CA.

Cost: $35.00 per class
Location: 3851 S Bear Street, Santa Ana, California 92704

Kim is nationally recognized award-winning artist whose work has been in American Artist Magazine, Artist Magazine, Paint America Top 100, Salon International and the RayMarArt competition.

This week Kim will demonstrate how to paint palm trees. Students are welcome to paint along with Kim or work on their own painting projects.

This oil painting classes for beginning to intermediate level students. Using a hands on approach Kim guides each student through the painting process. She talks about color mixing, composition, focal point, color harmony, paint application, brushwork, selecting a subject and so much more. Class size is limited so that she can give each student lots of individual attention. Each week students will work from life or from a photograph.

Please email Kim for more details and a supply list at Kimvander77@aol.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

April Shore - Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach California



9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
Ttitled: “April Shore” ©2011 by Kim VanDerHoek
$455.00

Being a mother and an artist is a constant juggling act so, as you can imagine, I’m behind on my new painting posts. I’m also keeping my very best paintings under wraps until next year’s solo show at Copperwood Artware Gallery. If you are a friend of mine on FaceBook you might have seen a few sneak peeks of paintings for the show that I’ve posted there.

This painting I found in a stack of work that needed to be photographed and uploaded in my studio. Painted in April at Laguna Beach, the clouds were threatening rain and the beach was quiet. The light that day was subdued so, in order to create the depth in this view I warmed up the palm tree and cliff on the left quite a bit more than what was actually there. The following hillside cooled off a bit more but isn’t as cool as the last hill. Also, the sand in the foreground is slightly warmer in color than the sand at the base of the last two hills. To paint the water I used the same principals, with the distant water being much cooler and lighter in color than the foreground.

Near the end of the painting I add all the fun details. Putting in the buildings on the hillsides is something I really enjoy. If you look closely, you’ll note that they are just simple strokes of my brush in several different colors that are close in value (how light or dark a color is). Then I added the lifeguard tower, a few strokes on the palm tree and some thick paint in the water.

No matter what the weather is like, painting in Laguna Beach is always inspiring.

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


Friday, August 5, 2011

Announcing 2 New Oil Painting Classes



Lately, my students and potential students have been asking me to offer more oil painting classes for them to choose from. Ask and you shall receive!

First, I have a 1-Day In-Studio Workshop on September 17th from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The cost is $50 plus an optional $10 for art supplies.

This will be a paint-along style class where I talk everyone through each step of the painting while they follow along creating their own version of the same scene. The view I plan on having everyone paint is a beautiful road in Tuscany with some vineyards off to one side. This class is a great way to try out oil painting to see if you like it. Also, with the optional $10 material fee, I would provide all the supplies you need so you don't have a lot of money invested in materials.

The class will be in an art studio in Anaheim. All I would need to reserve your space is a deposit of $25. The workshop is already filling up so, if you are interested please contact me ASAP.

Secondly, I have a new weekly oil painting class that starts on August 15th. The class will be held every Monday night between 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The cost per class is $35 or $140 pre-paid for 4 classes per month. This class is for beginning to intermediate students. We will paint from both photographs as well as from life. In class I will talk about color mixing, brushwork, composition, values, shapes and how to create the illusion of space on your canvas. Occasionally, I will have the class do a painting exercise and I will also paint a demo. for everyone to see.

Monday night class will be at the
Bear Street Gallery
3851 Bear St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Of course, there are still open spaces in both my 3-Day Plein Air Workshop in Laguna Beach and in my Thursday morning oil painting class in Costa Mesa, if you would like to join.

Please contact me at kimvander77@aol.com for more information.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Grapes Revealed - Original Oil Painting of Grapes



6 X 6 inch oil painting on 1/4” panel with the edges painted black. No frame is necessary because there is a slot in the back for a nail. Titled: "Grapes Revealed"

S O L D

A collector of mine requested 3 paintings to go next to her dining room table and this painting was to be the third and final one. After I finished, I got out the other two paintings that were to be hung next to this one and that’s when I saw my mistake. Both of the companion paintings are 5” x 5,” I accidentally grabbed a 6” x 6” panel to paint on. So, I headed back to my easel to paint this one again at the correct size. Needless to say, painting this subject a second time was much easier and it came together very quickly.

September 9 –11 Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop
There is still space for you in my September Plein Air Workshop in Laguna Beach. The workshop will focus on using a step-by-step process in order to create a successful landscape painting. Topics covered will be; how to create a strong composition, having a focal point, creating depth, brushwork (with an emphasis on how to hold your brush), paint application, time management while painting on location and color mixing. Painting demonstrations are included except on the second day when students will have the whole day to paint. Class size is limited so that each individual will receive plenty of personal instruction. Each day workshop participants will paint on location and at the end of the day there will be a constructive group critique of our work. Reserve your space today by clicking HERE!

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thursday July 28th - Oil Painting Class at Gallery by Biel



This Thursday from 9:30 -12:30 at Biel Gallery I will be painting a small landscape for my students. The photo is the view I've chosen for the week. I will talk about color mixing, edges, shapes and focal point. Everyone is welcome to paint along with me or work on their own painting.

Oil painting class is open to beginning and intermediate students. Please contact me for supply list.

Join us for a fun morning!


www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Laguna Landmark - Original oil painting of Laguna Beach



Titled “Laguna Landmark”
8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

S O L D

Recently, one of the painting groups I belong to invited artist Bryan Mark Taylor down to Orange County to do a painting demonstration. Having been a fan of his landscape paintings I made quick childcare arrangements with my husband so that I could be there. While I did meet Bryan at the Sonoma Plein Air Festival in May, I didn’t get to paint with him and when this opportunity came along I had to be there.

His demo. was great to watch. What I found particularly intriguing was how many different ways he uses his brush to apply paint. It’s something I’m now working on incorporating into my own work.

After Bryan painted all of us set our easels up and went to work capturing Laguna. The painting you see here is what I created that day. Hotel Laguna is the large building on the left and the beach is Laguna’s main beach. If you’ve never been to a California Beach I highly recommend Laguna, it is truly breathtaking with it’s palm trees and coastal views.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Past Fixin' - Original oil painting of a farm in Sonoma



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
©2011 by Kim VanDerHoek
$350.00 (Free shipping within the U.S.)

After my painting trip to the Sonoma Plein Air Festival in May, I uploaded all the photos from my camera and began going though them looking for scenes that I wanted to paint. Having only painted 2 farms while I was there whet my appetite for painting more.

This farm is in south Sonoma County off of Old Lakeville Road. Having the broken fence in the center of the painting breaks one of the golden rules of composition but, I felt that in this case, it worked and when it works it's alright to break the rules. I also used the placement of the fence posts to direct your eye to the second focal point, the farm houses. I shifted the houses in the background to the right a little so that they wouldn't be centered above the fence. Having one central element in the painting might work but not two. Notice that the colors I used on the structures are different than anywhere else in the painting, that also helps emphasize that area and draw your eye to it.

If you were actually standing next to that fence in this painting you might hear cows mooing at the farm directly behind you. Shhh, can you hear them?



Demonstrating Artist at the Orange County Fair

This year at the Orange County Fair I will demonstrate my technique for building a successful landscape painting from start to finish. If you would like to watch me paint, the dates are as follows;

July 23, 1:00-3:00

July 30, 1:00-3:00

August 6, 1:00-3:00

August 14, 3:00-6:00

Also, I have 3 paintings at the Fair this year and I've heard that one even has a couple of ribbons hanging on it (I haven't seen them myself a family member let me know about them and as of yet, I have no idea what the awards are for), be sure to look for them in the Fine Arts building.

Location: Orange County Fairgrounds in the Fine Arts Building
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa CA 92626

Three Day Plein Air Painting Workshop in beautiful Laguna Beach, California

Workshop Dates: 9/9/2011 - 9/11/2011
Location: Laguna Beach, California
Cost: $300


This plein air workshop will focus on using a step-by-step process in order to create a successful landscape painting. Topics covered will be; how to create a strong composition, having a focal point, creating depth, brushwork (with an emphasis on how to hold your brush), paint application, time management while painting on location and color mixing. Painting demonstrations by Kim will be included. Class size is limited so that each individual will receive plenty of personal instruction. Each day workshop participants will paint on location and at the end of the day there will be a constructive group critique of our work.

Limit 12 students. To reserve your space visit my web site using the link below.

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What would you rather be doing tomorrow?



P A I N T I N G !

Now is your chance. Tomorrow from 9:30 -12:30 a wonderful group of students and I will be having a great time pushing globs of paint around, why don't you join us? It's only $20 per class and you can drop in anytime.

During last Thursday's class I talked about selling your art on Etsy and Ebay all while painting a group of grapes (parenting has totally helped me learn to paint and talk at the same time). This Thursday I'll show you how to approach painting trees and why they aren't as difficult as they might seem.

Gallery by Biel
(inside the ACE Hardware store on the second floor)
2666 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA

Email me if you will be joining us at kimvander77@aol.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pinot in a Row and another from Sonoma




"Pinot in a Row"
9" X 12" oil painting on canvas panel.

This is another painting from the Sonoma Plein Air Festival. I literally pulled my car off highway 12 just north of Sonoma, set up my easel and went to work capturing this view. Since it was early spring, the grapes weren’t hanging from the vines yet. What drew me to this scene was how the morning sun kissed the vines, background trees and created that wonderful shadow shape you see at the bottom of the canvas.

The challenging part was dealing with all the different shades of green. Keeping the foreground greens warm and background greens cool created depth and helped differentiate the forms. I added hints of pink and yellow near my background trees to draw the eye deeper into the painting.

After putting in my earphones and getting my iPod going it turned out to be a great spot to paint, in spite of the traffic whizzing by my back. After this one was finished I rolled my gear down the road a little ways, found a shady place to set up again under a tree and painted the painting you see below. A few times a tractor drove past me down the dirt road, hence the title.



"Tractor Trail"
8" x 6" oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Demonstration for Orange County Fine Arts



Tomorrow night I'll be doing a demonstration painting for the Orange County Fine Arts group in the Showcase Gallery at South Coast Plaza Village. Join us at 6:30 for light snacks and the demo. will begin at 7:30.

Showcase Gallery
South Coast Plaza Village (across from South Coast Plaza)
3851 South Bear St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: 714-540-6430

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Feature Article in Informed Collector



Today the Informed Collector did a feature article about me and my artwork. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally found out. Of course, I had no idea because the kids kept me so busy this morning that I didn't check my email until late afternoon. Because the rewards of being an artist don't include swords, shields or superpowers my kids aren't impressed and don't feel inclined to dismiss me from my snack-fetching duties so that I can read my emails. Luckily, an artist friend told me otherwise, I might have missed it entirely.

Artists who have won awards or placed in the top 15% of the Fine Art Studio Online monthly contest are informed that we might be chosen for a feature. While I haven't won an award from FASO, two of my paintings did make it into the top 15% recently. The paintings were Duomo View and Jewel of the Coast which you can see by clicking on the titles.

To read the entire article click here. A quote from the article, "Plein air work with a lyrical quality and energetic brush work, drawing us in for a long, lingering, introspective visit." They are talking about my artwork, how cool is that?!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Documentary About Being an Artist and Mother

Who Does She Think She Is?

A few days ago I shared this movie trailer on my FaceBook page. There was such a huge response that I thought I'd share it on my blog as well. This documentary follows several artists who are struggling to balance their lives as both mothers and artists. While I haven't seen the film yet, I am anxiously waiting for the movie to be released on DVD because, as you know, it is something I struggle with myself.

One of the questions asked in the video is, "Can you name 5 female artists?" Without using Google I came up with 3, that wasn't including all of my artists friends, of course. I was trying to remember all the women artists named in my art history classes from college. How sad is it that I only remembered 3. Without using Google how many can you name?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Country Lane



11" x 14" oil on linen panel
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When I arrived in Sonoma for the plein air festival a few weeks ago my plan was to complete 2 paintings every day so that I would have a group to choose from for the both the gala dinner and art sale at the end of the week. I was lucky in that my first painting, which you see here, turned out well. It ended up being sold in the silent auction at the gala dinner (I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, I didn't get the best shot of it before it sold). 40% of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork go toward funding arts programs in Sonoma County's public schools which, like so many schools here in California, have had their arts programs cut.



Here is a photo I took from my iPhone while I was painting the scene. As you can see I began my sketch with paint - ultramarine blue that's been thinned with Gamsol. Often I will do a small value sketch in my sketchbook before I start which helps me develop my plan of attack and see any potential pitfalls before I'm too invested in the painting.



Above is a shot of the actual scene. This was a nice quiet spot that I shared with local cyclists who would periodically whiz by. Just to the right is a protected wetland that is home to many birds.

I chose this scene because I'm a sucker for a good strong lead into a painting and the road here provided just that. Having a few distant trees helped add interest to the focal area once your eye traveled down the road. The telephone poles also added interest and kept your eye from leaving the painting on the left side. As you can see I edited some of the trees on the left too. In life they were much larger and didn't have a very pleasing shape. I edited them down to one tree to keep the painting balanced but reduced it's size so that it didn't compete with the large tree on the right. I also changed it's color temperature to a cooler set of greens compared to the tree on the right. It's hard to tell from the photo of the painting but, the larger foreground tree is much warmer with lots of olive green and alizarin. The hills in life were much more golden than this photo shows and I kept that feeling in my painting because I liked the contrast with the color of the road. Overall I was pleased with my first painting in Sonoma.

To see more of my work log on to www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Monday, May 30, 2011

Blue Skies Ahead



12" x 9"
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I just returned home from a wonderful week painting in Sonoma. The Sonoma Plein Air annual paint was truly an amazing experience. Last week I got to paint in some beautiful places and in spite of being rained on several times I produced a lot of paintings.

I have to admit that I was a bit starstruck when I first got there and was introducing myself to the other artists. Several of them had artwork I'd admired even before I ever thought to pick up a paintbrush. Jacobus Baas, Debra Huse and Keith Wicks were all painters whose artwork I'd seen years before I began painting myself. Meeting everyone was a highlight of the trip. Of course each and every artist I met there was friendly, kind and as unique as their artwork.

The weather was the biggest challenge of the week. When it wasn't super windy it rained. There were only a few times when we had mild temperatures and blue skies. The painting you see here was painted in the morning after a night of rain. The winds hadn't picked up yet and it was a pleasure to paint in the warm sun. The fast moving clouds caught my eye as they moved over the hillside. I wanted to capture the rolling hills of Sonoma and the dramatic clouds in one scene together. Just beyond the white buildings in the painting is a barn where all the artists met for lunch, Randy Higbee even dropped in to deliver frames.

Below are a two photos of the gala dinner (before everyone arrived) that was held at the end of the week. Cline Cellars winery hosted the event in their barrel room. The whole place smelled like wine. Each artist chose a painting to bring to the event for a silent auction where part of the proceeds are used to fund arts education in the local public schools. Out of 40 paintings 30 were sold that night. I've never seen such so many big supporters of the arts under one roof, it was awe inspiring. Even John Lasseter, the head of Pixar Studios, was there showing his support by donating a lunch at Pixar for the live auction. In addition, the wine, food and company were all excellent that night. My painting was one of the ones that sold too, it just couldn't get any better.




Sunday, May 22, 2011

In the Vineyard



8"x10" Available through the Randy Higbee Gallery 714-546-2156
102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa. CA
Open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Right now, this painting along with another new one of mine is hanging in the "Less is More" art show featuring artwork created by members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. The Laguna group is known for having some of the best outdoor painters in Southern California as part of their membership. Each painting in the show was required to measure under 10"x 12" and each one had to be started outside on location (en plein air).

The painting you see here was from my trip to Tuscany last year. It was a hot sunny day with blue skies when I painted this in a vineyard named Dievole (pronounced dee-ah-vol-ee).

Getting all the different greens to read well in a painting like this required some planning on my part. I had to mix colors for the ground, grapevines, hillside and distant hills that would both harmonize with the overall painting as also, read as separate objects moving back through space. I knew the greens in the foreground had to be warm, the greens on the first hillside had to be cooler but still retain some of the warmth from the foreground and then the following hill had to be a lot cooler than both but, still keep some rich color without getting chalky from overusing white. Once I had my values established then I moved on to the smaller details.

The area of this painting that gave me some trouble was the shape of the distant road. In real life the road ascends almost vertically but, when I painted the road as it actually was it just didn't work. After scraping down the hillside several times, I finally found the right curve that would work in the painting. Besides, there is just something about a meandering Tuscan road that seems to promise you'll enjoy the journey almost as much as the destination (just like the act of painting).

I'll be in Sonoma this week for the Sonoma Plein Air competition. I'm very excited to have been selected this year to be part of the event. If you would like to learn more about next week's activities click here.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grapes with Pitcher



5 X 5 inch oil painting on panel.
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Every artist I know, myself included, feels both excited and a bit apprehensive when we receive a commission. We are excited because someone loves our art so much that they want a special painting created just for them. The apprehension comes when the painting moves beyond the idea portion and approaches completion. We begin to wonder if they will love it or hate it and we fiercely hope that the final painting will live up to their expectations.

This small painting was created as a set of three. I was asked to choose a subject that would fit in with their open kitchen/dining/family room floor plan and would harmonize with the two colors of the walls.

I’ve found that usually, if I’m pleased with the outcome, my collectors are as well. When I’m not happy I grab a new canvas and work on another version. In this case I completed three paintings but one of them had a different color scheme and seemed out of place so, I’ll need to keep working until I get it right.

What do you think, would you be happy hanging this in your kitchen/dining/family room?

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mission Courtyard



6 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$150.00 (Sold unframed. Free shipping within the U.S.)

This hidden courtyard behind the Mission in San Juan Capistrano is one of my favorite views, especially when the bougainvillea is blooming. Just beyond the arch is a fountain and the mission bells are overhead. Often when the rest of the mission is crowded, this courtyard is a quiet and overlooked place.

My daughter turned 18 months recently. She’s had so many milestones and this last year and a half has flow by. Now she is talking and getting into everything. An unfortunate side effect is that my painting time has been cut back. I am trying to work out more childcare with friends in exchange for art or painting lessons. If any of my blog friends have helpful suggestions - I’m all ears (or eyes since I’ll be reading your comments).

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

Friday, April 22, 2011

6" Squared Opening Reception Spring 2011







A few photos from the opening reception for the 6" Squared Art Show in Costa Mesa, California.

That night I got to meet several artists face to face that I've only known through blogging. Also, I got to see so many amazing paintings in person which were created by fellow bloggers (what a talented group).

The evening was filled with lots of friends and an outstanding collection of art.