By the Wayside

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By The Wayside – 30″x 48″ – by Victoria Kloch

The only thing about this painting that was preconceived were my colors. Filling each moment without hesitation I moved forward with so many emotions. I began with dark and exaggerated shapes and I remember thinking what am I getting into here? Working past the initial fear….yes I was scared, I just let this painting become a part of me. The time spent with this piece became a dance with joy and pure excitement.

Thank you

_Victoria

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Over the Purple Hill

over the purple hill framed‘Over the Purple Hill’ 12″x 12″ acrylic landscape abstract painting by Victoria Kloch

This original piece is available as well as prints.

We’ve hiked a lot at Sunol Regional Wilderness Park in Alameda County located eastern San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. Next to going to the ocean, this is one of my very favorite places to go to with it’s beautiful rolling hills laced with hiking trails for both visitors and cows.

Untitled 426

untitled 426 gallery WallLooking for a name? Stepping outside of the box for me with red and gold.  Seems like no matter how much I try to get away from using blue in someway I tend to gravitate towards it. With this painting I decided to put my foot down and go for the reds with gold metallic paint. I’m so in love with these colors. This 30″ x 48″ painting can hang both vertical and horizontal. _Victoria

Lydia’s White Sea

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‘Lydia’s White Sea’ 30″x40″ modern geometric by Victoria Kloch

Lydia’s White Sea

There once lived a jellyfish and a little girl named Lydia.
Together they traveled the white sea.
Though their journeys were vast, they would always return.
It was the crystal sea they loved the best.

This painting reminds me of my Granddaughter Lydia. When Lydia was young she loved to draw and paint mostly jellyfish.

Under the Eames Tree

 

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‘Under the Eames Tree’ geometric soft pastel abstract painting by Victoria Kloch

For the younger readers, I probably should explain why this title? The designers Charles and Ray Eames were key players in mid century art and revolutionized office and home furniture that is now considered as classic Eames. To make a long story short, after I finished this piece the title it hit me like a brick. It looked treeish, mid century with primarily colored blocks….yep….’Under the Eames Tree’. Below is a picture of the house that they called home.

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Sailing

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Titled “Sailing’ acrylic on 16″ x 20” canvas modern abstract by Victoria Kloch

This painting sold many many moons ago but it is still getting traffic from Pinterest. As of today it has received 2,661 hits. I have painted several others similar for commissions, but  this is now calling me to start on another in a larger piece just for fun and free from the pressure of making it for someone. Because of my under-layers peeking through, redoing this piece is like peeling an onion from the inside out. So off I go to begin a new adventure in sailing.

Still

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‘Still’ 30″ x 40″ acrylic abstract by Victoria Kloch

I have studied many of the mid-century artist work. For me the best way is to actually try to replicate their style hands-on.  Lately I’ve been studying the work of Clifford Still. If you already know about the man and his work, you no doubt have formed your own opinions about him. I personally found his style of free flow vertical patterns with barbed like endings a challenge. This piece before you was inspired by his work with my own interpretations without copying one of his actual paintings. This piece is available to purchase.

Peeking Beyond the Curtain

peeking beyond wall vklochThis geometric painting titled ‘Peeking Beyond the Curtain’ by Victoria Kloch is a large gouache watercolor measuring 36″ x 29.5″ Shown here with horizontal orientation, it can also be hung vertical. This is available for purchase.

Engage – Diptych Geometric Paintings

engaged wall vklochTitle  ‘Engage’ by Victoria Kloch. Together the size of this piece is 60″ x 48″. A West Coast hardedge geometric in blue, yellow ochre and grays painted with acrylics by using repeated thin glazing technique. This painting has more pow in person and it truly makes a statement. This is available for purchase.

Playland at the Beach

Title 'Playland at the Beach' - original large watercolor 22" x 30" by Victoria Kloch

Title ‘Playland at the Beach’ – original large watercolor 22″ x 30″ by Victoria Kloch

Title ‘Playland at the Beach’ – original large watercolor 22″ x 30″ – mid century style

When I was growing up, my parents took us to ‘Playland’ in San Francisco. What great childhood memories of the The Fun House, Laffing Sal and The Giant Camera Obscura that was moved to a new location next to the Cliff House when Playland closed in 1972. That is still there today.

Aunt Ruth

 

'Aunt Ruth' 4"x4" oil painting by Victoria Kloch

‘Aunt Ruth’ 4″x4″ oil painting by Victoria Kloch

Ruth was my Grandmother’s sister. I could probably count on my one hand the number of times that I’ve seen her because she lived so far away.  My Grandmother told us all kinds of stories about her childhood growing up in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. She shared about her parents telling her that if she wasn’t a good little girl she would be given to the ‘Rag-Bottle-Bag Man’.  There was one that stood out the most. Hilda was older than Ruth and she was often put in charge of taking care of her little sister. One day Hilda took Ruth for a ride pushing Ruth in a baby buggy up and down the streets of the city.  What a ride it must have been. Somehow Hilda let loose of the buggy and sent Ruth flying. I don’t know who or how Ruth was saved, but I always loved this story.

About this Collection

This is one of many small oil paintings in my series titled ‘Women’. They each represent family, friends and other women who bring inspiration in our daily lives. This project started out as a study for future color palettes for my larger paintings and emerged as little gems. At first when it came time to name each piece, I realized that each had their own personalities and reminded me of individuals that have touched my life in some way.

Velma

'Velma' 4"x4" oil painting by Victoria Kloch

‘Velma’ 4″x4″ oil painting by Victoria Kloch

Velma was my Grandmother and left life at the young age of 45. For the 4 years that I was with her, she was bigger than life to me though she was shorter than 5 feet tall. My brother called her MeMa, but for some reason I called her Mimi. She loved the water, any water. Ocean, lake, The Delta and was quite the fisherman. I remember one day going to visit her walking in the door she quickly told me to go take a peek in the bathtub. I’m sure my eyes where as wide as silver dollars. I found swimming two gigantic catfish. My Grandma had fishes swimming in her bathtub!  Mimi, you left us way to soon. I still had so much to learn from you. I love you.

About this Collection 

This is one of many small oil paintings in my series titled ‘Women’. They each represent family, friends and other women who bring inspiration in our daily lives. This project started out as a study for future color palettes for my larger paintings and emerged as little gems. At first when it came time to name each piece, I realized that each had their own personalities and reminded me of individuals that have touched my life in some way.

Violet

'Violet' 4" x 4" oil painting abstract by Victoria Kloch

‘Violet’ 4″ x 4″ oil painting abstract by Victoria Kloch

securedownloadViolet is my second born granddaughter. Tara’s first child. I was present at her birth and this moment will be forever etched in my heart. I’ll never forget how I felt as I stood there and watched this precious little bundle wrapped in swaddling fashion. Finally, this sacred moment became reality as she was placed in my arms.  Violet now into her teens is an artist that is driven by something deep within that she must get it out. This obsession is something that is very familiar to me and I believe it is something that you must be born with. On that note, this young woman is bright beyond her years. Caring, sassy and sweet in one small package. I asked her to choose her palette for this painting. She suggested minty, pistachio greens, cyan blues and baby pinks with a oceany feel.

Violet, let’s get together and paint soon!

About this Collection

This is one of many small oil paintings in my series titled ‘Women’. They each represent family, friends and other women who bring inspiration in our daily lives. This project started out as a study for future color palettes for my larger paintings and emerged as little gems. At first when it came time to name each piece, I realized that each had their own personalities and reminded me of individuals that have touched my life in some way.

Untitled 527

'Untitled 527' acrylic on 550 lb. watercolor paper by Victoria Kloch

‘Untitled 527’ acrylic on 550 lb. watercolor paper 30″ x 41″  by Victoria Kloch

I love doing this type of geometric work. The challenge here was trying to keep it painterly within the structured shapes. The heavy bodied paper that I used drinks every bit of moisture making it a constant struggle to get any paint movement to reveal itself. I do love the light open feel in the end. Diebenkorn, you are the master. If you were still here today, I would be stalking you.