Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Morning Walkers - Original Oil Painting of the Beach - Painting of Crystal Cove Beach

"Morning Walkers" | 11" x 14" | Oil on canvas panel.
Available at the Crystal Cove Store
©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

My birthday was in February. A few weeks before the date my thoughtful husband asked what I wanted as a gift. As a mom there are all sorts of things I want and need - new clothes, socks that match, towels that aren't frayed at the edges, a date with a manicurist, a date with my husband, wine, lots of wine and tequila .... you get the idea. After he asked I took my time answering. Even though I could have recited a whole list of things, what I truly wanted in my heart of hearts was a day outside painting with my friends.

Photo of Kim VanDerHoek © 2013 by Dori Dewberry

My significant other got off easy, right? Needless to say, he was totally on board with my plan because all he needed to do was watch our kids while I dragged my gear out the door at dawn on a chilly Sunday morning.

Philippe Gandiol and Greg LaRock at work.

Several of my painter friends and I met on the beach at Crystal Cove. We caught up with each other, prowled the shore looking for the best painting spots, took photos and then set up our easels and got to work. The clouds kept blowing in and out that morning which meant our light wasn't consistent and near noon a very chilly wind began to gust. All of us were able to finish our paintings even though our fingers were going numb from the cold, our noses were running and our eyes were tearing up from the wind.

 Dori Dewberry at work.

Yeah, it was awesome. The perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

My painting "Morning Walkers" will be available at the Crystal Cove Store for their spring art show and sale on March 16th through April 1st. 

Also you can check out the work of my very talented friends by clicking their names here - Philippe Gandiol - Dori Dewberry - Greg LaRock

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Winging It - Original Oil Painting of Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach - Beach Painting

 "Winging It" | 8" x 16" | Oil on canvas panel.
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com
©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

 While out scouting painting locations for my outdoor painting class, I came across this stretch of beach in Laguna Beach, California that I hadn't painted before.

There were two views I was interested in painting. The tide was coming in that day and my first choice of painting locations could have left me stranded on the side of a bluff once the tide had reached it's crest. As a result, I decided to paint this view and I happened to have a long canvas with me which fit the bluff perfectly.

 ©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

The photo you see above shows the view with the water just after the waves have crashed and the it is about to rush back out to sea. This is a good example of why it's so important to paint from life as well as from photos. If I had painted the scene as you see it in the photo above I would have missed to opportunity to add movement to the painting with the waves crashing against the rocks. Since I was on location and could both see and hear the waves crash I decided to put them into the painting to add drama and movement to an otherwise static composition. Before I included the birds I had a large expanse of sky that needed something and though you don't see them in the photo while I was there a bird happened to fly in the direction of the bluff and I knew what would make it complete at that point.

Photos are fine to use as reference but, sometimes life provides the best inspiration.