Harvest Moon Rising - Original Oil Painting of the Moon - Sonoma Valley of the Moon Painting - Living Room Art - Bedroom Art - Wall Art

"Harvest Moon Rising" | 9" X 12" | Oil painting on canvas panel.

While in Sonoma Plein Air last year I was out painting right up until dusk. Just after packing up my outdoor painting gear the Harvest Moon rose into the sky. Since the light was quickly fading and I knew I wouldn't have enough time to get setup again, I snapped a photo of this view for reference so that I could recreate my impression of it in the studio. The color in the sky was absolutely amazing and the subtle colors of the earth were a nice counterpoint. Of course, the moon stole the show.

These are the moments outdoor painters live for and sadly, many of them are fleeting. I feel very lucky to have been able to witness this beautiful moment.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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Rural Route - 6x6 Original Oil Painting of a Canyon - Living Room Decor - Wall Decor - Family Room Art

"Rural Route" | 6" x 6" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2013

Painted on location early one morning in Blackstar Canyon, California.

Meeting up with a few friends one morning paint in Blackstar I arrived later than everyone because I was dropping my kids off at school. When I got to our meeting spot everyone was finishing up their first paintings of the day. I knew I needed to keep my painting small so that I didn't finish hours after my friends and I was looking for a view that would make a successful larger painting when I came across this scene.

While it was a quick painting session I was happy with how it turned out and returned a day or two later to create a larger 16" x 16" version, which you can see below (I posted it here some time ago).

"Hillside Passage" | 16" x 16" | Oil on canvas | ©2013

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Coastline Grays - 5.5 X 14 Inch Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach - Hotel Laguna Painting - Seascape Painting

"Coastline Grays" | 5.5" x 14" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014

Sometimes the very best days at the beach are when the sun is hidden behind the clouds. The beach is quiet and there are plenty of places to lay out a blanket and enjoy the waves.

This view is of main beach in Laguna Beach, California.

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Crash - 8 x 8 Inch Original Impressionist Style Painting of a Breaking Wave - Nautical Decor - Beach Decor - Family Room Art

Crash" | 8" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel | ©2014

Salty spray, thundering waves, cool sand between your toes and the sun on your face - can you almost feel it? This little painting will take you on a mini vacation every day without the need for any sunscreen.

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Colorful Beach Rocks - Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach California - Living Room Art - Family Room Art - Beach Decor

"Colorful Beach Rocks" | 8" x 16" | Oil

©2014 by Kim VanDerHoek

When I began painting along this stretch of beach in Laguna it was afternoon and the tide was coming in. In a hurry to get set up I forgot to check my tide app. and I was forced to move my easel twice to keep the water from washing my gear away. Eventually, I had to stop and I ended up putting the finishing touches on this in my studio at home.

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Up and Away - Orginal Oil Painting of Stairs - Urban Alley Painting - Urban Architecture Art - Cityscape Oil Painting

"Up and Away" | 6" x 6" | Oil on canvas panel

©2014 by Kim VanDerHoek

This alley in the City of Santa Ana, California has an outdoor pedestrian stairway that spans the length of the alley from one street to another. With it's dramatic color it adds an interesting architectural element to an ordinary city scene.

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Strolling Along the Cove - Original Oil Painting of Crystal Cove State Beach - California Beach Painting - Plein Air Seascape Painting

"Strolling Along the Cove" | 8" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel

©2014 by Kim VanDerHoek

Painted on location at Crystal Cove State Beach, California near the historic district. A classic view of this stretch of beach. With the clouds blocking the sun it was a quiet morning with only a few small groups of beach strollers.

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