August is typically warm and humid. But it is a great time of year for flowers. I came across this scene in Branford, Connecticut during one of those hot days. A flower-pot was filled with red geraniums that accented the shoreline scene. This is an original watercolor on french watercolor paper. The colors are predominately reds and blues with violets from mixing those 2 hues together. Because the shoreline is shallow, boaters use a pulley system to use small boats. My focal point is the pot full of flowers but I liked those small dinghy’s lined up along the...Read More
Author: PJ Cook
Oct 25, 2017 | Painting Lessons |
Sometimes I like to sketch in my art journal in watercolor with pen and ink. Today I did these 3 figures that I saw sitting on the grass near the beach. Afternoon Chatter is about 3 women having a relaxing afternoon. One woman sitting on the grass is off the left of the other two sitting in beach chairs. I liked the white space around these figures. It seemed to help the composition so I left any background out of the sketch. Sketch Technique Working in a 9 x 12 watercolor art journal I started with a light pencil...Read More
Oct 12, 2017 | Landscapes |
Lobster buoys and flowers around an old barn seem like the Maine way of life. I have finished this coastal landscape featuring an old seaside barn with lobster buoys display. Inspiration I came across this seaside barn in Harpswell, ME. Not only is the area pretty but also there seems to be an ocean view around every corner. The water from the bay was shrouded in a milky fog the day I was sightseeing. From the open door of the barn to the flowers hanging on the side of the old barn, I loved the scene. Painting Details I...Read More
Sep 26, 2017 | Seascapes
Have you been to Harkness Park Beach in Waterford, Connecticut? It is worth a day trip for a picnic by the shoreline or a walk thru the gardens. You can tour the mansion that sits right on Long Island Sound. Or just walk the beautiful gardens and sandy beach. On a quiet but foggy morning I visited the park as the sun was breaking through the clouds. There were a few other people searching for sea glass on the beach that morning. Fishers Island would be through the fog in the background along with the channel heading into New...Read More
Sep 26, 2017 | Seascapes |
I’m excited to share my oil on canvas painting with salt marsh views. The title of this rather large oil painting is “Dune Escape”. Who doesn’t need a little escape? Inspiration Inspiration for this sand dune escape is from Old Lyme, CT. Nestled at the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets Long Island Sound. Old Lyme is a pretty shoreline town. Size This oil on canvas is 30″ x 30″ on a gallery wrap canvas. What that means is the side depth of the canvas sits 1.5 inches off the wall and the painting wraps around all...Read More
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