Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monumental Edges - Original Oil Painting of Bodega Head- Original Oil Painting of the Sea - California Coast Painting

"Monumental Edges" | 20" x 16" | Oil on canvas panel 
©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek
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This was painted on location at Bodega Head in Sonoma County, California. It is a location I always make time to visit when I'm up there painting because it is easy access to many beautiful views. For this scene I was able to pull my car into a parking spot, set up my painting gear next to my car and capture the morning light as it moved across the bluffs. It really doesn't get any easier than that as far as painting on location goes.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ranch Classic - Original Oil Painting of a Red Barn - Barn Painting - Farm Painting

"Ranch Classic" | Oil on canvas panel | 8" x 10" | SOLD
©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

I guess there was some confusion about what image to click on to get into the studio sale area of my web site so I am posting the link again. 


Above is a new painting that I hadn't released for sale before. Instead, I held onto it for my annual studio sale, which is going on right now. There are several new, never seen before paintings in the sale. There are three pages of paintings totaling 53 pieces, which makes this my largest sale to date.

The sale ends on December 30th at midnight and all the paintings you see are on sale at HALF PRICE. To get first pick, act quickly! Shipping on each unframed painting is included within the U.S only (email me if you are out of the U.S. for a shipping quote). 

Below are some more examples of what you will find in the sale.


Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Studio Sale - Holiday Sale on Landscape/Seascape/Still Life Paintings - Discounted Original Oil Paintings

My 3rd annual studio sale is going on right now on my website

This is my largest sale to date with over 50 original oil paintings included. The sale ends on December 30th at midnight and all the paintings you see are on sale at HALF PRICE. To get first pick, act quickly! First come, first served.

There are several ways to buy a painting, you can click on the BUY NOW button under each painting to make a purchase through PayPal (you can use PayPal even if you don't have an account) or I can email you an invoice through PayPal, which is handy if you are buying multiple paintings, I can process a credit card through Square on my iPhone (you will have to call me for that) or you can mail me a check. California residents, sales tax will be added to your invoice. Shipping on each unframed painting is included within the U.S only (email me if you are out of the U.S. for a shipping quote). If you are local and would like to pick up your painting let me know. Make sure your shipping address is correct as I can not be responsible for an incorrect or out of date shipping address. All sales are final.


Below is a small sampling of the paintings that you will find in the sale.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hillside Passage - Original Oil Painting of Black Star Canyon - Country Road Painting

"Hillside Passage" | 16" x 16" | Oil on stretched canvas 
©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This is the last one I still have available from the Laguna Plein Air Invitational.

I went to Black Star Canyon which is near my home to paint this one. It ended up being a very windy day and I had to bungie cord the bottom of the canvas to my easel to keep it from moving around too much. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to put a stroke on a certain area and having your brush land somewhere else entirely because the wind blew the canvas around.

Actually, I take that back. There is nothing more frustrating that having a bystander scare the pants off me while I'm painting.

So, I'm standing by the side of the road with my back to the other side of the wash you see in the painting. There is about 1 foot of land that separates my feet from the edge of the wash. I'm minding my own business, trying to get my paintbrush to land where I want it on the canvas when a mountain biker rides by. Now he doesn't just quietly ride past. Right before he enters my peripheral vision he yells at the top of his lungs, "Cheese!" I jump back nearly going right into the wash behind me. Normally, I'm pretty friendly and I'll say hello to curious onlookers but, this guy thoughtlessly scared the living daylights out of me so I had to give him a piece of my mind as he rode past. It makes me wonder if he really thought what he had to say was that funny or that I'd never heard that joke before and would react by doubling over in hysterical laughter. Oh well, next time I bet he thinks twice.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Awakening - Original Oil Painting of the Beach at Dawn - Morning Seascape at Crystal Cove State Beach - California Beach Painting

"Awakening" | 12" x 24" | Oil on stretched canvas.
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This painting was also created during the Laguna Plein Air Invitational.

To capture the silvery morning light on along the beach I was up before dawn and had my easel set up at first light. This stretch of beach is located in Crystal Cove State Beach near the historic district. I loved the soft colors on the wet sand and in the water. It's something that disappears very quickly as the sun climbs higher in the sky. 

For this painting I worked on stretched canvas which, I normally don't do in the field but, it was what I had and I knew I wanted to work on larger paintings at this event. 

There are a couple of problems working on stretched canvas on location. One, is that light filters through the back of the canvas which, makes getting the right values a real pain. I solve that problem by taping cardboard to the wooden stretcher bars on the back. Also, larger canvases don't fit into standard panel carriers. This can be a real issue when painting on any Southern California beach because I have to carefully carry the larger wet painting back to my car along with all my painting gear and often it's a very long walk (usually uphill too). High winds make transporting a wet painting safely to the car a true test of endurance and agility. Thankfully, this one made it into a frame undamaged.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Laguna Morning Light - Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach California - Beach Painting - Heisler Park Painting

"Laguna Morning Light" | 11" x 14" | Oil on canvas panel.
©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

Here's another painting completed during the Laguna Plein Air Invitational event in October. I started painting this view very early in the morning. My easel was set up along the walkway in Heisler Park which is a popular spot for strolling.

The shadows on the beach didn't stick around for very long and I made the a decision at the start of my process to include them. It always amazes me at how quickly a scene like this changes at the very beginning and end of the day. I am forced to make fast choices and go with my gut response which keeps me from noodling around too much.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Laguna Plein Air Invitational Recap - Path to El Moro Cove - Original Oil Painting of El Moro Cove Beach - Crystal Cove Beach Painting - Seascape

"Path to El Moro Cove" | 16" x 20" | Oil on canvas panel
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This year I received an email inviting me to be one of the participating artists at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational. It was a very happy moment for me because I've wanted to be part of the event for a number of years. It's also close to my home and wouldn't require big travel plans to be part of it.

I always thought doing a local plein air event would be easier than traveling to do one. Knowing the area and how to get around, being able to sleep in my own bed and getting to see my kids at night I believed would all play in my favor. It was actually a lot more challenging than painting at an event away from home. Choosing painting locations was difficult because I was torn between painting at familiar spots vs. looking for new views. Staying at home meant that all the distractions of everyday life were just waiting for me when walked in the door. For some reason in my kids eyes I am the go to gal for all snack items. There could be 5 other able bodied adults standing next to them in the kitchen and they will still walk to the other end of the house to find me and ask for a snack.

Me with one of my paintings from the week and a Randy Higbee Award.

In spite of the challenges, I did accomplish two goals, which were to create larger paintings en plein air and feel more comfortable working larger. At the Laguna event the organizers ask each artist to hang 3 paintings that were created during the week and artists are allowed to have up to 9 backup paintings that could be brought from home. With that in mind, I chose to use most of my time working on my 3 largest paintings and doing a few smaller works. Having less pressure to generate quantity allowed me to slow down considerably and I feel that my largest paintings were my strongest pieces from the week. I even won a Randy Higbee Award for my three paintings, which was a real honor. I'll post more photos of the paintings from the week for you to see as my time allows.

The beautiful structure that LPAPA had constructed for the show.

There were a lot of challenges for the organizers of Laguna Plein Air as well. The whole event was moved to the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course after the Laguna Art Museum decided not to host it any longer. Space had to be created to hang work and hold the Collectors Soiree. The organizers pulled it off though and the community turned out in force to support the show. It was a fun event and I'm very happy I was able to be part of it!