Painting Tips and Latest Work

The Iron Gate

This original oil features an elaborate wrought iron gate on the shore of Long Island Sound. The gate is at Harkness Park in Waterford, CT where there are many gardens and gates throughout the property. I wanted to paint this wrought iron gate with the afternoon... read more

Florida Sunrise

This new painting features a Florida Sunrise at Fort Lauderdale Beach. There is an overall warm glow to this oil painting with warm clouds and sand. I like to go to the beach in the morning to see the nice colors in the sky and water. This original oil on gesso-board... read more

Make Pochade Box for $5

I made this pochade box for $5 and I use it for plein air painting. I like to paint on 6″x 6″ gesso-boards and canvas panels so I made this box to fit that size panels. The canvas panel sits inside the recessed lid and is held in place with 2 offset clips... read more

Sunbathe Beach Chairs

This new seascape features beach chairs with two blue striped towels, ready for sunbathing. I was on the Fort Lauderdale Beach with these chairs right in front of me on the beach, they looked so inviting. The original oil painting features ocean waves breaking and a... read more

Seaside Stroll

My latest oil painting is a beach with a couple walking on the colorful sand .This 6×6 original oil on gessoboard panel can be yours in a sale by auction. My inspiration for this painting is the Fort Lauderdale Beach. I notice how the beach has so many colors,... read more

Getting Feet Wet

This colorful shorebird is wading through the water looking for food. The bird is “Getting Feet Wet” as he skims along in the shallow water along the beach and incoming waves. Often called sandpiper birds these cute birds can be found running along the... read more

Wading Birds

Wading birds is an original oil on gessoboard and is my latest bird painting. The shorebirds are wading in shallow water looking for food. Bending over with their beaks in the water and their butts in the air these 3 beach birds are so cute. This seascape was fun to... read more

Waves Ft Lauderdale

This original oil painting of Ft Lauderdale Beach was painted on location plein aire style. The tide was low as the waves started breaking further out. The wind was strong and I had to keep everything anchored down. I sat under an umbrella as I painted the scene of... read more

Palms Beach Path

Palms Beach Path artwork is a new hand painted oil and is an original painting featuring a beach path through the palm trees! This original oil is not a print but a one of a kind hand painted oil on panel. This original art is painted on 6 inch by 6 inch canvas panel.... read more

“Beach Day”

Here is a beach umbrella oil painting and is the latest small alla prima oil painting of a beach scene. This is the view of the ocean from a beach chair at Fort Lauderdale Beach. I worked from a photo I took recently while sitting at the beach. It was a challenge to... 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."

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