Farm Milk House

I decided to rework this 9″ x 12″ oil painting of the farm milk house. This farm in Connecticut is a favorite of mine and I have done many paintings from this location. The first version of the farm milk house I just was not happy with so I figured out how... read more

Crystal Vase with Flowers

Crystal vase with violet flowers is a still life that I just finished. Below are the different steps in completing this original watercolor painting.   Below is the wet into wet painting done in the beginning of the background and flower stems. Started defining... read more

Floral Watercolor Finished

My floral watercolor is finished. This painting started with a modified contour drawing as seen in the previous post here on my blog. I kept the pencil on the paper throughout the entire drawing. From there I stretched half a sheet of Arches 140lb watercolor paper. I... read more

Floral Work In Progress

Below is a floral work in progress done in a modified contour drawing. I kept the pencil on the paper throughout the entire drawing. It is not as difficult as it sounds. I was sitting in front of this bouquet of flowers when I did this sketch. Keeping the pencil on... read more

Beach Fun

These 2 girls were having so much fun playing at the beach. They each had their own beach pail and were building sand castles. They were so cute I had to paint them. This Beach Fun is an original watercolor on 260 lb Arches watercolor paper.   I did a pencil... read more

Morning Daisies Oil Painting

Just finished this 12×12 inch floral painting. These daisies were sitting on my table and the morning sun was creating beautiful light through the orange glass vase. The backlighting was fun to paint for a change. I had to establish the values in the background... read more

How to Paint Ocean Waves Using Wax Resist

I was looking for an easy way to paint ocean waves in a recent watercolor painting. Instead of masking fluid I opted for a piece of old wax melt. Yes it was scented at one time but had lost most of its nice smell, probably a vanilla cupcake scent. Who doesn’t... read more

Sandpiper Birds Watercolor

Today I painted 2 watercolors of ocean waves, sandy beaches and sandpiper birds. These little shorebirds are always seen running back and forth with the waves. My goal was to try to make them look like they are running. It’s not as easy as it looks. The... read more

For the Roses

Just finished this oil For the Roses on canvas of flowers in a mason jar. I worked from a floral bouquet that I had bought at Whole Foods. It included the mason jar that I can use again for more floral paintings. I wanted to have a big value contrast between the glass... read more

Daffodils the Color of Spring

Here is the finished oil painting of the daffodils in the blue vase. I worked mostly wet into wet so I could only do so much detail. That is something that I’m working on. I am looking for more expressive oil paintings with visible brushstrokes. With wet into... read more

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P.J. Cook demonstrating at a gallery opening.

About Me

"Spending most of my time at the shore, I seek to capture the beauty and serenity found along the New England coast and the birds and beaches of Southeastern Florida."

Recent Customer Reviews

Have now purchased 3 paintings and they are all outstanding!! All around A++

Absolutely love this painting! Looks even better than in the picture!

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