2K14 Challenge




2K14 is my third consecutive art challenge.  In 2012 my challenge was called Paint 52, of which I painted 52 paintings in one year. Challenge Art20k for 2013 was successfully completed painting over 20,000 square inches for that year.  Year 2014 will be different; it won’t just be about painting.  It’s time to market my work.  In fact, my word for this year is “exhibit”.

I have built a body of work for the past two years.  Many pieces have not been seen in person, but only on social media, Twitter and Facebook.  I plan on having three or more Art shows this year. 

I still continue to paint numerous paintings this year.  My goal is to paint 15,000 to 20,000 square inches.  Because of your requests for smaller affordable paintings, I will be painting a variety of sizes.  Don’t forget to contact me for commissions as well. 

I’m currently showing at Gilroy Arts Alliance.  The show will continue until January 12, hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Please subscribe to my newsletter for further information on showings.

Thank you so much and hope 2014 brings you much success!


PS Look for posts of my paintings on Twitter @JanetVanderhoof #2K14 and also on Facebook.

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email jvander51@msn.com or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!

The Pitch


Photo of Blake and I with my Paint52 paintings
Photo of Blake and I with my Paint52 paintings

What is a Pitch?


Just like baseball, a great media pitch is an opportunity to catch the attention of the recipient. The best pitches come from an angle not necessarily expected, which forces the receiver to take notice. 

Luckily, I had Alyson B Stanfield’s wonderful book, “I’d Rather Be in the Studio”, a must have for every artist. Following her “how to”, I emailed it to my local newspaper and within 2 hours I not only got a response, but they also wanted to do a feature story on me. 

 Here is the pitch.


Dear Mr. Mark Derry,


An unexpected thing happened to me on my way to the door after Christmas dinner in 2011. Just like “Field of Dreams” I heard a voice, say I will paint 100 paintings in one year.

 I have been an artist for the last 20 years, inspired to follow my dreams as a painter after my son with Down syndrome was born.

 After much discernment I decided to challenge myself to paint a painting a week. I completed the challenge to paint 52 paintings on December 31, 2012 and now I have a challenge to paint 20,000 square inches for the year 2013.

“If you Paint They Will come”, has been my motto throughout this challenge. Great things have been happening as a result of this challenge one being an invitation to share 17 pieces of my work at Odeum Restaurant in Morgan Hill from May 30th to July 4th 2013, through the Art Around Town project of Valle de Sur Art Organization.

 I hope this may interest you,

 Janet Vanderhoof  

(408) 460-7237


The newspaper article ended up being on the front page and a two page article with colored photos.  Above photo by Morgan Hill Times, Chief Photographer Laura Schraft, article by Scott Forstner, staff writer.

Through Art We Can Change the World

Powel Street Cable Car No.25

“Fundraising is an extreme sport!” ~Marc A. Pitman

 Twitter Art Exhibit the brainchild of Swedish Artist David Sandum, is a nonprofit organization, now in full force with their third exhibit in process.  Past exhibits in 2010, at the Moss Library in Norway provided books for children and 2012 also in Moss, Norway provided funds to the Women’s Crisis Center. 

The next Twitter Art Exhibit, January 2013, will be held in Los Angeles at the Exhale Unlimited Gallery, proceeds will support underserved youth in L.A.'s Rampart District (ages 18 – 25) in preparation for careers in the visual arts.  The goal to surpass their last event of 360 artists from 32 countries. Participate by submitting a 4” x 6” postcard size art piece, which will be sold for $35.00 ea.  Please check out http://twitterartexhibit.org/callforartists for further information on participation. Deadline for Submission is Friday, January 4, 2013, so hurry Twitter aritists and create your piece.  I will be submitting “Powel Street Cable Car 25”. 

Painting 4” X 6” cards can be extremely fun. The following 3 paintings resulted, in desire to capture the right painting for the Twitter Art Exhibit event.


No Parking in Chinatown
No. 17 Pebble Beach
On the Green Pebbe Beach



I hope Twitter Artists you can participate in the event it is such a great cause and a wonderful way for artists to have an impact on the world.

“Through art we can change the world” David Sundum

A Dream For the Queen


A Dream For The Queen

What is it about Elephants that I love, that I feel a natural bond to?  Could it be their ability to be socially complex, their well known intelligence, their ability to have deep family ties, their special individual relationships with humans, their strong unique personalities, the impact that the mother has on the family, their affection for their own, in which they take care of their injured families and grieve over their dead. Yes, I believe we can relate to all of these human qualities.

I was first introduced to “Return to the Forest” a documentary filmed by Patricia Sims and "Zo" Michael Clark , depicting the efforts to protect and return the elephant to the wild on the consciously aware blog site LAAH.  The film will premier August 12, 2012, on the first World Elephant Day.

Inspired by this wonderful event and promise of hope for these wonderful Pachyderms, I felt a need to paint “A Dream For The Queen”, which is also featured on LAAH.  This is the 32nd painting of my #paint52 challenge, measures 8” X 8”, Atelier Acrylic on vellum, price $175.00 (SOLD).  All proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, in celebration of “World Elephant Day”, August 12, 2012. 

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email jvander51@msn.com or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!


California Dreaming #Twitterartexhibit

California Dreaming
California Dreaming

This panting will be part of the Twitter Art Exhibit, initiated by artist David Sandum on Twitter. All entries must be no bigger than a postcard and will be displayed in the Moss Public Library in Norway. The proceeds will be donated to The Women's Crisis Center in Moss, for abused women and their children. The center also provides a 24 hour phone-service, counseling, food and shelter etc. The exhibit will provide much needed support for this charity and will subsidize lost funding that occurred this year. For more information please check out David's website http://davidsandumart.posterous.com/call-for-artists-2nd-twitter-art-exhibit-in-m