Author: PJ Cook

How to Paint People II

How to Paint People II is a followup blog post and video tutorial from one of my most popular posts. From November of 2013 is the original blog post called How to Paint People and you can read it by following this link: For most people (including myself) painting people is intimidating. I’ve told myself for years “I can’t paint people”. Eventually I wanted to add figures to my paintings and I started painting people.     Paint Supplies Materials used in the video are basic brushes and paints. I do use a variety of colors from my...

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Red Geraniums

I love red geraniums in a window box. Blossoms framing the window whether you are looking from the outside in or standing inside the house looking out. This past weekend I worked on this 8″ x 10″ oil on panel of a window box filled with red geraniums. The photo that I am working from is completely out of the sunlight. Usually I paint light and shadow in almost all of my paintings. This scene was in the shadows and had some reflected light but no direct sunlight. I wanted to focus on the white window with the flowers...

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First Surf

First surf is a colorful watercolor of a young boy and his mother entering the water at the beach. When I walk along the shoreline here in south Florida I see scenes just like this. Families enjoying a day at the beach. Sometimes they even bring dogs. I have even seen a great dane at the beach. He was like a small pony he was so big. I enjoy all the colorful yellows and greens in the foliage under the palm trees. I added a variety of colors in those trees and bushes in the foreground of this original...

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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. With a little practice you can master this technique and bring your paintings to another level.   In the video I describe how to paint the background in the painting above. Below is the steps to paint this watercolor background. Start with your painting on a flat table. Wet your watercolor paper thoroughly. Mix any dark...

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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. #oilpaintings #artforsalebyartist #shoreline A post shared by PJ Cook (@pjcookartist) on Jan 14, 2017 at 3:11pm PST   Finished the painting earlier today. Had fun painting this interior of the window with the ocean view on the outside. This painting is...

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