Painting Tips and Latest Work

Sandpiper Birds Watercolor Painting

This original watercolor of sandpiper birds is 6″ x 4″ and shows a group of shorebirds running on the sand along the waters edge. A common scene along many beaches around the world. I love to watch these small beach birds as they avoid the larger waves...

Painting Seagulls On Beach

I was recently painting seagulls on beach as I sat in a beach chair. The problem with birds is they don’t stay still for very long. This seagull landed on the sand rather close to my chair, looking for food. I quickly sketched the bird in pencil lightly. By the...

“Going Ashore” Painting

“Going Ashore” is my latest original oil painting of a dory along the shoreline. The canvas size is 24″ by 20″ for this pretty scene along the shoreline. This painting features a rowboat that has been beached on the sand among the many rocks...

“Awaiting the Tide” Original Marine Painting

This marine painting features a nice wood dory sitting on the sand at low tide. The warm color from the setting sun evokes a calm mood with anticipation for another day on the water. This original oil on canvas is 24″ x 20″ and is available for sale. This...

Coastal Landscape Sketch

This quick oil painting  is a preliminary color sketch for a new coastal landscape painting that I will be starting soon. I wanted to use limited color to evoke a mood for this coastal scene.  This marine art subject matter is a favorite of mine that I came across...

How to Paint a Watercolor Wash

This post is for anyone who wants to learn how to paint a watercolor wash. A gradation wash starts darker and gradually lightens. With a little practice this wash will enhance all your paintings. Below is a blue gradation that can be wonderful for a sky. A...

How To Paint People

How to paint people with watercolors can be done as a detailed portrait or a simple suggestion of a figure. Either way adding people to your paintings is a great way to add interest. The viewer will spend more time looking at a painting when there are people featured...

Wave Painting Finished!

The latest marine wave painting is finished. I had hoped to finish this oil painting by mid October but all the fine details in the water took an extra 2 weeks to complete. This 16″x 20″ original oil on canvas is available to purchase and will look great...

New Wave Painting “Emerald Wave”

This is a new wave painting that I have just finished. The “Emerald Wave” is an oil painting on canvas and is a long horizontal size 12″ x 24″. There is great action in this original oil painting along with nice texture in the foam created by...

Wave Painting Advancing

  After viewing the wave painting in oil paint on canvas from the previous post, I decided to change the breaking wave in the top half of this marine art painting. I wanted a natural looking ocean wave with a look of ACTION. After all that is what an ocean wave...

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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."