Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lingering Reflections - Original Oil Painting of Boats on the Water - Sailboat Painting

"Lingering Reflections" - 9" x 12" Oil on Panel.
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©2012 By Kim VanDerHoek

This painting started out as a lesson in values for my students in both my plein air class and my Monday night class. I had each group work on small value studies before starting their paintings. This view is all about shades of gray and I felt this would be a good lesson for them because really, everything is gray with a few colors added to the paint mixtures. As a side benefit, color harmony is easy to achieve as a result.

Most of the time when I am teaching I am so busy talking about what I am doing and helping everyone that I truly have no idea how my painting is coming along. Sometimes I get home, look at my painting and cringe because it didn't turn out well. Others, like this one, I felt at the end of class it had come along nicely. Several students and I stayed late to finish our paintings. We were having so much fun it was hard to stop working.

Below is my value study. You can see I simplified everything into basic shapes and that there is very little detail. It took about 15 minutes to complete. I highly recommend this exercise! Most student paintings have value issues and this exercise helps to resolve them.

Value Study for Lingering Reflections - 61/4" x 8" - NFS
©2012 By Kim VanDerHoek

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Seaside Wanderers - Original Oil Painting of Crystal Cove State Beach - Beach Painting

"Seaside Wanderers" - 9" x 12" Oil on Panel.
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©2012 By Kim VanDerHoek

For some reason I am never out painting at Crystal Cove State Beach when it's sunny. Not that I am complaining, overcast days bring out the colors of the beach and rocks and it's usually a pleasant temperature.

I painted this en plein air (outside on location) with fellow landscape painter Greg LaRock. Beach strollers kept stopping over at Greg's easel to see what he was doing. That's usually a sign that he's got a pretty sweet painting going and of course that happens ALL the time because he's a great painter. My painting didn't come together until near the end. It's always hard for me to judge my painting when I'm working on it and I usually put it out of sight and wait a day or two after finishing it before I take another look and to decide if I'm happy with it or not.

My husband has developed a good eye and when I got this one home he looked at it said he, "liked it" which is his understated way of saying, "Wow, really nice painting!" Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out and I might make a larger version as soon as I can get some free time on my calendar.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Twilight Pumps - Original Oil Painting of Oil Pumps - Oil Industry Art

"Twilight Pumps" - 11" x 14" Oil on Panel.
Available at Bistango Restaurant - 
19100 Von Karman Avenue  Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 752-5222
©2012 By Kim VanDerHoek

Recently, Bistango Restaurant in Irvine contacted me about having some of my work in their show this month. The restaurant has been in Irvine for 20 years. They serve wonderful food and also have a rotating art show. The show opened this weekend and will be up through January 2013. They hung 7 paintings of mine, several of which are new, including this one. If you are in the area and want to combine an excellent meal with some fine art in the evening then I hope you will stop by.