Sunday, February 17, 2013

My Gift to You - Original Oil Painting of a Present - Gift Painting

"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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Laguna Beach Gazebo - Original Oil Painting of the Beach - California Beach Painting

"Laguna Beach Gazebo" | 8" x 10" | Oil on canvas panel.
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This was painted on location in Heisler Park in beautiful Laguna Beach, California. The gazebo is a popular spot for taking photographs and holding weddings. Just beyond the bluff is Laguna's main beach and Hotel Laguna is one of the buildings in the background.

This is one of my favorite beaches to paint at. Do you have a favorite beach? I'd love to hear about it because I'm always looking for new painting locations!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wrapped In White - Original Impressionist Style Oil Painting of Pine Trees in Snow - Snow Painting

"Wrapped in White" | 10" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel.
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

I wish I could say that this is the painting from the Big Bear trip that I wrote about in last month's newsletter. Sadly, that one got wiped right off of my canvas (trust me it wasn't worth keeping). This was created during my Monday night painting class (where it wasn't much warmer than Big Bear because the heater was broken that week and a snow scene was a very appropriate theme). 

It was a lesson showing how to borrow several ideas from two other paintings and combine them into a unique piece. We worked on a gray toned canvas which you can see bits of peeking through my brush strokes at the bottom of this painting.