Hope's Garden - Origininal Oil Painting of Hope Garden in Maryland - Garden Painting


"Hope's Garden" | 11" x 14" | Oil on canvas | SOLD

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

Last year I was a participating artist during the Easton Plein Air event. One of the first locations that was opened to the artists was Hope House in Maryland. The grounds there were beautiful with views of the river, views of boats and a boat house, a historic car and blooming gardens. The hardest part was deciding where to set up my easel. Eventually though, I found this spot under the shade of a tall tree.

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Pumpkin Patch Sycamore - Original Impressionist Style Oil Painting of a Tree and Pumpkins - Pumpkin Patch Painting - Kitchen Art


"Pumpkin Patch Sycamore" | 6" x 6" | Oil on canvas panel

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

I took my students out to paint in the pumpkin patch at the Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA in October. I couldn't resist doing a quick sketch between my time helping them. I really like how loose this one is with lots of strokes placed on the canvas and left alone. It looks very fresh to me.

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A Show on the Road - Original Oil Painting of a Trail - Tree Oil Painting - Autumn Oil Painting


"A Show on the Road" | 16" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This piece was painted on location along the Santa Ana River Trail in Orange, California. The trail runs through several cities from Huntington Beach all the way to Riverside. It is a popular trail for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

There were a lot of people that stopped to see what I was doing and the hardest part of working on this piece was stopping repeatedly to answer questions but, that is part of painting outdoors.

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Blackstar Reds - Original Oil Painting of Red Bluffs - Blackstar Canyon Oil Painting - Desert Oil Painting


"Blackstar Reds" | 8" x 16" | Oil on canvas panel

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This piece was painted on location in Blackstar Canyon in Orange County, California.

To capture the bold color on the bluffs I needed to get my easel set up just after dawn. Any later in the day and the light washes out the color and makes everything look flat. I've read that iron oxide in the rocks is what causes the red tones. The bluff colors really stood out next to the deep blue sky too. It was fun painting this bold color combination because there usually aren't lot of reds found in the locations I paint at.

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Overlooking Aliso Beach - Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach - Laguna Beach Painting - Seascape Painting


"Overlooking Aliso Beach" | 9" x 12" | Oil on canvas panel

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

Laguna Beach, California is a beautiful place to find views to paint. This painting was created on location near the Montage Resort and the view is looking south toward Aliso Beach. The sun was high in the sky which made the water turn a beautiful blue/green. It was a quiet day with small waves and only a few people on the beach.

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Side by Side - Original Oil Painting of White Flowers in a Bottle - Still Life White Flower Painting


"Side by Side" | 5" x 5" | Oil on 1/4" thick panel with the sides painted black

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

Painted from a still life set-up in my studio. These two simple white flowers paired with the amber-colored glass bottle made a delicate statement in front of a light blue background. This piece was painted quickly. It has thicker paint in some areas, like the petals, and paint so thin that the canvas can be seen through parts of the brushstroke, like in the background.

The blue in this painting is a delicate light blue with a hint of green that is impossible to capture accurately in a photo. I've done my best to color match this particular painting in my photo-editing program but, please know that the blue is such a subtle color that I can only come close. It is a beautiful and soft painting in person.

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Beyond the Lake's Edge - Original Oil Painting of the High Sierra Mountains - Mountain Painting - Forest Painting - Lake Painting


"Beyond the Lake's Edge" | 8" x 10" | Oil on 1/8" thick featherlight canvas panel from RayMar Art

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This is the last painting from my High Sierra trip. This small lake was near our campsite. It was far enough off the trail to be a quiet place without a lot of hikers or fishermen. My husband went off fishing while I worked. Since the lake was small I could watch his progress and even hear him land a couple of trout.

The most challenging part of painting this area for me is simply getting used to painting a very different subject than what I find at home. The trees are different, the color of the ground is different and everything looks much closer than it actually is, which forces me to add atmosphere and push the background back color-wise. It's was a fun exercise.

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Meadow Flow - Original Oil Painting of the High Sierra Mountains - Mountain Painting - Forest Painting - River Painting


"Meadow Flow" | 8" x 10" | Oil on 1/8" thick featherlight canvas panel from RayMar Art

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

Near the middle of a day hike in the High Sierra Mountains with my husband we ran into a cloud bank at the top of a pass and had to turn back towards camp because a storm was coming. Fortunately, the pass we were hiking through held back the worst of the weather and only a few scattered showers moved through this meadow. I found shelter under some trees and set up my easel to paint.

The biggest challenge was managing the constantly changing light. Clouds kept passing by obscuring the sun, then moments later the sun would peek out and the meadow would be brightly lit. My husband kept busy exploring the area until finally, he succumbed to the calming sounds of the river and took a nap beside it's bank. He woke up just as I finished and we enjoyed a nice lunch in this beautiful spot.

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Rocky Lakefront - Original Oil Painting of the High Sierra Mountains - Mountain Painting - Forest Painting - Chickenfoot Lake Painting


"Rocky Lakefront" | 8" x 10" | Oil on featherlight 1/8" thick canvas panel from RayMar Art

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

Painted along the edge of Chickenfoot Lake in the High Sierra Mountains in California. This was my second painting of the day from a backpacking trip my husband and I took in the summer. The water in this alpine lake was so clear you can see every detail of the bottom. Which made my husband's fishing a bit easier (that's how he keeps busy while I'm painting). I wanted to render the color changes in the water and show suggestions of the rocks beneath the surface, a sight I rarely see living in the city. It was fun arranging the boulders along the water's edge and to create a visual rhythm that leads the eye deeper into the painting. Hopefully, I'll get to return again in the summer.

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Spire Shadows - Original Oil Painting of the High Sierra Mountains - Mountain Painting - Forest Painting - Checkenfoot Lake Painting


"Spire Shadows" | 10" x 8" | Oil on 1/8" thick featherlight canvas panel from RayMar Art

©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

I just realized that I hadn't posted any of the paintings I did during a backpacking trip I went on in August 2013 with my husband.

Before having my second child I would always go with my husband on backpacking trips to the Sierra Mountains in California. With two kids though it was difficult working out childcare so that I could go. Since he loves it as much as I love to paint, I stayed home while he hiked through miles of back country on his own. I missed it though. In 2013 we decided to try to go together again and managed to work it out thanks to my mother-in-law who took the kids for us.

I packed the least amount of painting gear I've ever taken including 6 RayMar featherweight painting panels. That meant I could paint 2 painting per day in the mountains.

This view includes Chickenfoot Lake and a spire above it. It was very early morning and I had to work fast to capture the shadows on the mountain. In 30 minutes the shadows were gone and the very dark green trees were all in sunlight. Seeing the light move across the landscape is always something that makes me appreciate how quiet it is in the early morning before the winds pick up and the other hikers are out of their tents.

I'll post more paintings from this trip in future posts.

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