a blog by Kim VanDerHoek

Honesty - Original Impressionist Style Oil Painting of a Tree - Forest Painting

14" x 11" Oil on canvas panel.
Available through www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Painted on location during a beautiful spring day - I could hear the leaves rustle in this tree when the breeze would stir. The leaves on this tree had just emerged from their buds and were a lovely shade of green.

This quiet spot is located in the Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California. I set out that morning to paint a portrait of a tree to further my understanding of their structure. What you see is my response to this subject the morning I created this, it’s an honest interpretation of what I saw that day, hence the title – “Honesty.”

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8th Best of Plein Air Art Show Award - Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Award

I'm completely honored to announce that my painting "Yard Workin" was awarded 3rd place at the LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc.) 8th Annual Best of Plein Air Show. The show contains 45 works by some of the best landscape painters working today. Over 200 entries were submitted. It's an honor to even be included, let alone to place. 

Michael Obermeyer was the judge for the evening and if you haven't seen his work before you should click here - he's an amazing painter! I've wanted to meet him for years and finally got the opportunity after the awards presentation last night. He's and easy going guy with a great sense of humor. 

This morning my son also won an award at school so, I'm walking on cloud nine today. With all this good luck I should be out buying a Lottery ticket or something.

My painting is still available and if you want to stop by and see the show here are the details - 

Show Dates: June 7th - 27th

Seven Degrees Gallery 

Behind the main building, enter at the top of the stairs.

891 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Call for hours - 949-376-1555 ext. 106

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Half In Half Out - Original Impressionist Style Painting of a Boat - Boat Painting

"Half In Half Out"
6" x 8" Oil on canvas panel.
Available through  www.KimVanDerHoek.com
I love the color combination in this one. With many landscapes there is a lot of green involved. When I saw this celadon green boat against the warm tones in the sand with the colorful shadow underneath I knew this would be fun to paint.   

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Lounging Around - Original Impressionist Style Oil Painting of a Boat - Boat Painting- Seascape

"Lounging Around"

8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel.

Available through www.KimVanDerHoek.com

Sometimes a painting just comes together almost effortlessly and this was one of those paintings. At first all those gray/blues seemed daunting. To differentiate the blues in the boat from the blues in the water I made the choice to stick with ultramarine blue in all the paint mixtures for the water and only use cobalt blue in my paint mixtures for the boat. The rest was all about value (how light or dark each color is).

The inside of the boat had some additional details that I edited out because I felt that you got the idea of what the boat looked like without the extra visual clutter.

I'm really pleased with this one, especially the areas of canvas that peek through the painting in the lower left. Little things like that make me happy.

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