Author: PJ Cook

Waves and Wind Oil Painting

Just finished this 12 x 16 inch oil on board of a girl watching the waves at the beach. This girl was having so much fun running, jumping and playing at the beach. It was a windy day, whipping the water all around.  The weather did not deter her from having fun. I painted this in a loose style (for me, anyway) leaving quite a bit of my toned board peeking through. The board is toned in a rose with yellow on the right side. I wanted viewers to feel the wind from that day at the beach. The...

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Beach Sightseeing Oil Painting

Beach Sightseeing is an oil painting of a young boy excited at what he sees as he is walking in the surf. The exuberant boy has stopped walking and is pointing. Nice sparkles of sunlight are reflecting off the shallow water. The first step in this original painting was a yellow and rose underpainting. I let some of that color peek through as reflected light in the incoming waves. Click here for Purchase...

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Seaview Pen and Ink with Watercolor

Seaview from Lauderdale by the Sea features a bicycle rider viewing the ocean in the morning light. This original is in an art journal where I paint and draw local scenes. The paper is thick enough in the journal for watercolor and gouache paint. Below is the ink drawing before I added the watercolor. Starting with a pencil sketch to get most of the details. I will usually do a pencil drawing first, especially if there are people in the scene. Pen & Ink Lately I have been using a dip pen for inking. In search of a looser...

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Sunrise at the Beach

I actually saw the sunrise this morning! Painted this watercolor of the colorful sky over the ocean at Ft Lauderdale Beach. Several fishermen were out on the beach at 6AM and I added one of them to my painting. Watercolor Technique The palm trees were very dark against the bright morning sunrise. There were a few birds around so I added a few of them too. Using an Arches cold-pressed watercolor block in a 7″ x 10″ size with a wet into wet technique for the sky. When the first step was dry I did the palm tree, beach...

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Creating Wood Texture In Watercolor Painting

Watercolor is great for creating wood texture in your paintings. Wood texture can be very realistic and it will add interest to any painting. Besides adding interest painting wood texture is fun! Below are 2 examples of wood texture using different colors and I have a recent video demonstrating how I paint wood texture. The color choices are endless. So let’s start creating wood texture in watercolor. Note: This is an updated blog post. The original post was from December of 2008! Paint the Background Colors Start by wetting the paper and laying in a wash of several shades...

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Recent Customer Reviews

Have now purchased 3 paintings and they are all outstanding!! All around A++

Absolutely love this painting! Looks even better than in the picture!


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