Latest work    Oil on canvas by David S. Hoornstra

Thin Ice

22 x 28 inches
Completed August 4, 2017

This painting came about because of the immense popularity of Delhi Rapids in Winter, (2014) in a private collection. That painting was horizontal in aspect, but another image from the same day's below-zero photography intrigued me with its vertical flow and the contrast between the hot sunlight color and cold blues.
In addition, I was not quite satisfied with the earlier painting. I wanted to  achieve a higher standard of  detail and rendering of the water.
I also wanted to experiment with glaze effects such as I had seen in a New York studio in 1970. The crust of ice in many places is painted over a dark-water underpainting to attempt to capture some of the transparency of the actual ice. That process suggested the title.
Now in a private collection, prints available.


24 x 18 inches
Completed September 14, 2017

Commissioned by Barbara Henk of Shelby Township, Michigan for her husband for their anniversary. She provided a wealth of excellent reference photos including the sunset that appears in the painting. The vessel is a 36-foot Tiara cruising motor yacht whose name signifies its role in the couple’s happy life together including many hours on Lake Erie.
Now in their collection.

Latest Work: Graphic Design & Illustration

Poster for Iolanthe

Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University of Michigan. November 2017

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done much graphic design, and even longer since I was involved in theatre. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s budget is tiny, but this commission gave me a chance to stretch out and challenge myself. No regrets.
This is my second involvement with G & S. Both came about through the Ann Arbor Sword Club. Decades ago, I coached a swordfight for Pirates of Penzance. This time it happened via a member of the club who is on the Society’s board. 
The earlier, very-vertical G & S posters reminded me of Alphonse Mucha’s posters for Sarah Bernhardt. He’s one of my favorite designers; the “father of Art Deco.” 
This assignment being 8.5 x 11 made the vertical thing tougher. It also called for fairies in little black dresses. I created this one in pencil. 
For her chair, the setting being in and around the House of Lords, I borrowed the Consort’s throne designed by Auguste Pugin, another of my faves. 
The lettering and graphic surround à la Mucha is in Illustrator, sweetened in Photoshop. I had a print made on art paper with the fairy and chair ghosted back and set about it with dense water-color.
The scene of fairies and lords behind the Houses of Parliament was created with a bit of research and a lot of fussing around in Photoshop. For more details hit the “Steps in Creation” button below.