Quiet Day at the Cove by Kim VanDerHoek – [Image]
Kim has a fabulous loose style. I love the bits of white canvas peeking through… there is a lot going on in this painting, yet it’s fresh and not at all tight. I’m not usually a fan of beach paintings, but this one is nice. Lots going on… love the life guard stand, and those fabulous palms. Great painting!
“It is my hope that when you view my painting from across the room you can easily see what the subject is, then, upon closer inspection, you find yourself lost in the brushwork.”
After graduating with a fine arts degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts in Oakland California Kim worked as a graphic designer for 11 years. She left the design field to begin a new venture, motherhood. Needing a creative outlet after her son was born Kim began painting. Today she paints in the studio as well as en plein air (painting outdoors).
She began painting en plein air because it combined her love of being outside and creating art. “I enjoy the challenges plein air painting poses. Dealing with the weather, changing light and the other hurdles of outdoor painting has forced me to learn to make decisions quickly, to paint with commitment and above all, to have a plan for each painting.” Kim feels that her plein air work has, in turn, strengthened her studio paintings.
Catch you back here tomorrow!