"My Gift to You" | 6" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel.
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek
For my Monday night oil painting class I had my students bring in a gift wrapped box to paint. I do my best to have them paint a wide variety of subjects and it's absolutely essential to paint from life. A camera simply can't capture the true spectrum of color we are able to see with our eyes and it also can't show you how light behaves when it encounters an object. Often, a painting created from a photograph will look a bit flat. The best way to combat that flatness is to study light in real life and learn to translate it's effect onto your canvas.