Author: PJ Cook

Using a Plein Air Sketch for a Pretty Gate Painting

The pretty gate and pink flowers cascading over this entrance are spectacular. A week ago I did the drawing below plein air or on location. Painting and drawing on location captures the essence of a place. The sights, colors, noise and even smells add to any drawing or painting done on location. I used this pen and ink sketch to paint the scene later in my studio.     Starting with pencil I drew the pillars surrounding the gate. I wanted to get the perspective right so I took my time. From there I added the pretty gate and...

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The Maine Way Oil Painting

Lobster buoys and flowers around an old barn seems like the Maine way of life. Just off the easel this coastal landscape features an old wooden barn sitting next to the water. A collection of lobster buoys found along the rocky coastline are propped up on display. Hanging flowers add more color and texture to this landscape painting. Original oil painting on a raised panel is ready to hang. The raised panel is 1.5″ deep on the edge with a dark finish. This painting can be hung as is or a picture frame can be added. The Maine way...

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“Hydrangea Blue” Porch Painting

Pretty porch scene with blue hydrangea flowers bordering a traditional house. Watch Hill gardens are common in this old coastal town in Rhode Island. The window boxes were overflowing with pink geraniums. The blue hydrangea flowers were in bloom and were pretty enough to paint. Wicker chairs and table are on the porch ready for a relaxing afternoon. This painting took more time with all the architectural details in the old house. The clapboard, porch railings and bay window area have pretty details. The wicker table and chairs along with the window added to the scene. I painted this...

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Soak in the Beach Vibes

Soak in the beach vibes with this new original oil painting. Deep, rich colors set the tone for this beach-scape. Working from a plein air drawing at Ft Lauderdale Beach this oil on panel is 8″ x 8″ inches. The square format is perfect for this ocean scene featuring a yellow beach umbrella. I wanted to use deep shades with contrasting bright colors often seen at the shore. Thick brushstrokes enhance the incoming waves. A man is sitting in the shade of the umbrella while a woman is seeking the bright sunlight. Perfect beach cottage art to hang at...

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Pretty Sunlit Roses Cascading on a Rooftop Oil Painting

Picket fences and sunlit roses make a wonderful subject to paint. During an afternoon at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut I spotted these roses cascading down a rooftop. The sun was illuminating the top of the roses and parts of the picket fence and that is what I focused on in this latest oil painting. Below is the initial underpainting done in a transparent earth orange. I wipe away paint for the lightest areas in the composition. Sometimes I start a painting this way if I want to establish the placement of values.   The image below shows areas that...

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