Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parallel Parking Island Style - 8x10 Inch Original Oil Painting of Sailboats on the Water - Boat Painting - Wall Decor

"Parallel Parking, Island Style " | 8" x 10" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

This small sailboat was docked and ready to put out to sea luckily, it stayed put long enough for me to paint it. This piece was created on location at Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Until Tomorrow - 8 x 6 Inch Small Original Oil Painting of a Surfer - Sunset Beach Painting - Surfer Painting - Wall Decor


"Until Tomorrow" | 8" x 6" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014
Available at www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Every community has a popular activity and a culture that springs up around it. Here in Orange County surf culture is part of everyday life, from our clothing (flip flops year round), to the way we talk (Dude!) and to the food we eat (grilled fish tacos from Wahoos - oh yeah). I have to say that I love all of it but, sadly, I don't know how to surf. Instead, I stick to capturing surfers on canvas and I will just imagine what it must feel like to ride a wave.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Before the Rain - 9 x 12 Inch Original Impressionist Style Landscape Painting of Clouds - Wetland Painting - Living Room Art

"Before the Rain, Newport Back Bay" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014

Painted on location at the Back Bay in Newport Beach, CA. 

An incoming storm brought some dramatic clouds above the Back Bay wetlands. When I spotted these particular clouds I worked quickly on my drawing and did my best to remember what they looked like because just a few minutes later these were gone and new clouds moved through the sky. It was actually a great exercise in painting from memory and I think the design of the clouds really enhances the composition.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Patches of Light - Original Oil Painting of a Boathouse - Plein Air Easton Painting - Plein Air Easton Artist

"Patches of Light" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2013 | SOLD

Here's one I forgot to post last year that I painted during Plein Air Easton. This was one of the vanishing landscapes we were encouraged to paint and from what I understood the boathouse was going to be demolished and replaced.

This was one of my first paintings from the week-long event and the day before it had been raining. While all of us artists hoped the clouds would depart quickly, I was lucky enough to catch them in morning light while they were moving out of the area. As I finished the clouds were gone and the sky turned blue.

This piece is an example of what I really love about plein air painting, capturing those fleeting and unique moments that occur in the landscape that never happen in exactly the same way again. For me, it is both a privilege and an honor to witness them.

I am thrilled to announce that I will again be a participating artist at Plein Air Easton 2014. This event is unlike any other and I am looking forward to seeing some of my east coast friends there and returning to the area to paint (in spite of the heat, humidity and bugs). Plein Air Easton takes place July 12-20th.