All In a Day’s Work Genre: Marine Art Media: oil on board Size: 8″ x 10″ Marine art is a favorite subject of mine. I came across this scene here in Fort Lauderdale of a young woman washing a boat. There were many boats of all sizes at the docks along the inlet and the 17th St. bridge. This woman worked efficiently, scrubbing and rinsing the exterior of this nice boat. After taking photos and a quick sketch I completed this oil painting back in my studio. Marine Art Inspiration There were great reflections from a large yacht that...Read More
Author: PJ Cook
Inspiration There are fewer and fewer natural spaces along the shore. This stretch of land is now being developed along the Fort Lauderdale Beach with a large house. Before the land was transformed I took several photos of the fallen branches and natural wind-blown palms. With that in mind I approached this painting with wet into wet painting. Letting the color blend and flow at will. As area’s dried I added darker values with wet on dry painting. With the darkest values on the interesting palm tree as my focal point. While the initial washes were still wet I...Read More
Mar 3, 2018 | Painting Lessons |
Painting grass can be tricky, it needs to be natural looking. In this new watercolor tutorial video I demonstrate how to paint dune grass. All levels of painters can learn and successfully use this painting technique for all types of grasses. Watercolor Tutorial Video Usually I wet area where I want the grass. I drop in a variety of colors into the wet area. I use a variety of colors from the palette, such as, raw sienna, yellow ochre, quin. gold, burnt sienna, indian red, ultramarine blue, cerulean and indanthrone blue. Letting the colors blend in the wet...Read More
Feb 22, 2018 | Painting Lessons |
Last week I gave a watercolor lesson here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 3 hours were full of tips and techniques that I use in my paintings. Many tips were on materials, composition and the importance of sketching. Using one of my favorite subjects I demonstrated a watercolor from start to finish. Inspiration The variety of colors in the coastal palm trees and low bushes here in Florida are shown in this painting. Browns, cool greens, warm greens and yellows add variety to your painting. Take the time to look at all the green colors in the vegetation. Techniques...Read More
Feb 6, 2018 | Painting Lessons |
I recently completed this oil painting of Fort Lauderdale Beach. My goal was to use different color and values of the beach here in Florida that I have painted several times in the past. Oil Painting Step by Step I started out with a yellow under-painting over the entire board. From there I used a rose color to position the palm trees and beach. At this stage all the paint is thinned with odorless mineral spirits to keep the paint transparent. This stage can be seen below. Starting this oil painting of the beach here in Fort Lauderdale....Read More
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