Paint a Striking Spotlight Effect

Paint a striking spotlight effect for a sunset in your next painting. This watercolor background sets the stage for your focal point or area of interest in your painting. The watercolor tutorial video below demonstrates how to paint one of these spotlight backgrounds.... read more

New Oil Painting Interior Window View

Just finished a new oil painting of driftwood in a window. Below is an instagram post of the work in progress from yesterday. Further below is the finished painting “Driftwood View”. Started this oil painting today of a piece of driftwood in a window.... read more

Paint Pretty Watercolor Background

A successful watercolor painting starts with an effective background. Gradation wash is one of the watercolor techniques every painter should add to their artwork. It adds depth and interest to an otherwise flat area in your painting. Below is a new watercolor video... read more

How to Paint Brick Texture Tutorial

How to paint brick texture tutorial is demonstrated in this video. Start out with raw sienna, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue but you can use any leftover color that is in your palette. Use a 1 inch flat brush and add different colors to each side of the brush. This... read more

What’s New from the Art Studio

Here are some recent images from my instagram page. I show work in progress, drawings and finished artwork almost everyday. So follow my instagram page to see current updates from my art studio.   Drawing for my next painting on the left, trying a different kind... read more

Louis Lunch, Home of the Hamburger

After spending several hours at the Yale University Art Gallery I walked to Louis Lunch. The door was closed and a wet paint sign was on the door. I found out that they close the entire month of August for the last 109 years for their annual inventory of spoons. So I did not have a hamburger at the birthplace of the hamburger. Famous for their hamburgers Louis Lunch has been open since 1895. The only topping available at Louis Lunch is tomato, onion and cheese.

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How to Paint a Sunset In Watercolor

Sunset Palms 20 OCTOBER, 2016 Painting Techniques Original Art Here in South Florida I’m struck by the brilliant color of the sunsets. I wanted to paint a rather quick, fun painting this morning after working on a large detailed painting over the past few days. So... read more

Basking In the Sunlight

Basking In the Sunlight 13 OCTOBER, 2016 Watercolor Techniques Original Art I have always been drawn to light and shadow. How the sunlight is illuminating an object. What color is in the shadows of the sunlit object. In this seascape scene I was drawn to the light... read more

Pink Beach Cruiser

Pink Zen 29 SEPTEMBER, 2016 Watercolor Painting Pen & Ink Pink Zen is a watercolor painting with a pink beach cruiser bicycle. Nice details done with pen & ink drawing. The sand and ocean are in the background with the bike and palm tree center stage. Steps to... read more

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P.J. Cook demonstrating at a gallery opening.

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"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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