Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Twilight Squall - Original Oil Painting of a Storm at Sea - Cloud Painting - Ocean Storm Painting - Living Room Art - Family Room Art

”Twilight Squall” | 9" X 12" | Oil painting on canvas panel 
©2014 by Kim VanDerHoek

 A few months ago one of my students gave me a beautiful photo of this view and said I could use it to paint from. In the rush to teach class that night I forgot to ask where this view is located. Shortly after that she became ill and left the class permanently.

The original photo is of a beautiful coastal view and the image has been enhanced with a filter which made painting from it very challenging because the colors were off, in my opinion. It's funny how after painting in the field for so many years I am able to spot changes like that in an image. As a student I wouldn't have noticed at all. Now that I've stood at the edge of the sea time and again for the span of a day I am more familiar with how light and color behave.

I did enjoy painting from this altered image because it allowed me to play with color in some areas while in others I needed to adjust what I felt would realistically be seen at the shore.

Where did I make adjustments you ask? I had to lighten the clouds quite a bit as well as the sea. In the original image they were as dark as the bluffs, which didn't make sense visually in a painting. This exercise reminded me that what works in a successful photograph does not necessarily work in a painting and as an artist it's my job to edit accordingly.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Guardian at Sunrise - Original Oil Painting of the Historic Hooper Strait Lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay - Living Room Art

”Chesapeake Bay Guardian” | 11" X 14" | Oil painting on canvas panel 
©2014 by Kim VanDerHoek

Last year I was one of the participating artists at Plein Air Easton, one of the best plein air events in the U.S. The organizers of the event do an amazing job of getting the artists access to many beautiful painting locations. The Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland is one of those spots. With many views to choose from and a spectacular sunrise, it's a popular place to paint.

While I was there scouting painting spots I snapped this photo of the Historic Hooper Strait Lighthouse at dawn that is part of the museum. Strangely, I ended up painting in a different spot that morning, only taking note of this beautiful view while looking at photos at home.

This is a studio painting that I did to get warmed up for Plein Air Easton 2014! in July. I am looking forward to returning this year and discovering new views to paint!