Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rock Collection - Original Oil Painting of the Ocean - California Beach Painting - Coastal Painting - Laguna Beach Painting - Crescent Bay Painting

"Rock Collection" | 8" x 16" | Oil on canvas panel
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek
This pretty stretch of coastline is not as well known as some of the other beaches in Laguna Beach, California and as a result it is usually pretty quiet during the week. Since there are few people who come here very early in the morning, it is used as a release location for rehabilitated marine animals. I've been very lucky to see the Marine Animal Rescuers release seals back in to the ocean in this spot a number of times. 
This painting was created on location at Crescent Beach in Laguna Beach, California. I painted it to show a group of students my method for painting rocks, water and reflections.  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Surrounded by Color - Original Oil Painting of a Colorful Tree - Winter Tree Painting - Fall Tree Painting

"Surrounded by Color" | 6" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This is a quick sketch I painted while visiting the Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California. Our trees begin turning color a little later in the year than anyone on the east coast is used to. We typically have pretty warm (if not outright hot) weather until the end of October.

It makes shopping for a jacket loads of fun because when they first arrive in the stores it's usually 90 degrees. I've learned to tough it out though and try them on because a month later they will all disappear. Anyway, back to the painting.

The trees and grasses in the park when I painted this were just turning color. Fall was making it's way in and summer was on it's way out. When I saw this tree I really liked the variety of color surrounding it. The ground was so lit up by the sun that the color reflected up onto some of the tree branches too.

I really enjoy capturing moments like this on canvas. They are fleeting and the landscape is always changing. It reminds me that each day is unique and to live it to the fullest (and to try on that jacket I saw in Target before it's gone).

Friday, December 13, 2013

Chevy Apache - Classic Truck Oil Painting - Chevy Apache Art - Classic Car Fine Art Painting - 2013 Studio Sale

"Chevy Apache in Blue" | 8" x 10" | Oil on canvas panel
On SALE now through December 31, 2013 
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This was painted from a photo I took several years ago. Back when I shot it, I knew I didn't have the painting skills to render it successfully which is why I waited. Between now and then I'd forgotten about it entirely until I recently stumbled across it. I felt I'd progressed enough as a painter and decided it was a good time to capture it on canvas. It was a lot more fun than I anticipated and now wish I had more photos of other classic cars and trucks to work from. I'll have to keep an eye out for other opportunities to photograph or paint them.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Possibilities - Original Oil Painting of a Boat - Rowboat Oil Painting - Balboa Island Rowboat - Newport Beach Painting - 2013 Studio Sale

"Possibilities" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This little rowboat lives on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. They are a popular subject with local painters like myself. There are several colorful rowboats that I've painted several times and I've gotten to know them quite well. Some of these little boats have names and some are so familiar in shape and color that I can spot them in other artist's paintings. When that happens it feels like I've just spotted an old pal in a friend's photograph.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On the Way Home - Original Oil Painting of a Farm Road - Farm Painting - Sonoma Farm Painting - California Road Painting

"On the Way Home" | 22" x 28" | Oil on stretched canvas
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek
This view is of a rural road in Sonoma County, California. I painted a small 6" x 8" version of this scene while on location there in 2012. The small painting was shown at a local art show and was very popular until it sold to a nice man from the area. I thought the view would be even stronger if I added clouds behind the hillside so I painted another small version with the clouds to see if my idea worked. Here is what the small version looks like.

I was happy with the addition of the clouds and decided I wanted to paint a 22" x 28" version. It was fun working on the larger painting and figuring out where to add a little extra detail.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fading into Dusk - Mountain Oil Painting - High Sierra Mountain Painting - California High Sierra Art

"Fading into Dusk" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This was painted as a class demonstration for a group of students. The class was working on learning to paint mountain shapes and mixing warm and cool greens.

Instead of painting on location I worked from a photograph my husband took while backpacking in the High Sierra Mountains of California for this one.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Seaside Pedestrians - Original Oil Painting of People at the Beach - California Beach Painting

"Seaside Pedestrians" | 11" x 14" | Oil on canvas panel 
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This was the second of two paintings I completed one morning at Crystal Cove State Beach in southern California. The first painting of the day came together quickly and with some extra time left before I had to head home I decided to work on a second piece of people on the beach.

Painting moving people can be tough and I found I had to rely on memory while I was working. For the figures I took some time observing people and their positions. Once I had committed them to memory I worked on painting them into the scene you see here.

At the start I knew I wanted to try a risky composition that kept the focus on the figures so, I chose a simple open design that works as a frame for them. The waves and shoreline help reinforce where the focal point is as well. It was a fun experiment.

A quick change of subject. Recently, I opened an ImageKind shop where you can purchase prints of my paintings. ImageKind offers a variety of sizes and also offers different framing options too. I used to make prints myself but, ImageKind can print in large sizes and they have frames for any size you order, which is something I was never able to offer. It's tough fitting original art into a budget (I am very familiar with that as I love art but have a tight budget) but, a quality print is a good compromise plus you are still supporting a living artist and a small business too (if that's important to you). To see what I have available on ImageKind CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

6 Squared Art Show at Randy Higbee Gallery - 6 x 6 Group Art Show in Orange County - Holiday Art Show- 2013 6 Squared Art Show

I am thrilled to once again have three of my paintings in this amazing show at Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. This is going to be a spectacular show with some of the best artists in the country participating including; Greg LaRock, Debra Huse, Becky Joy, Jim Wodark, Frank Gardner, Michael Godfrey and so many others. This is one you won't want to miss!

If you are not in the area you can still see the show online just CLICK HERE. 

If you live nearby and want to see the show in person here are the details.

6" Squared Art Show for 2013
Randy Higbee Gallery
102 Kalmus
Costa Mesa, CA

Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 7th from 6-9 p.m.

The show will be on display until Dec. 25th