Author: PJ Cook

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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Morning Cactus Spotlight

The other morning I woke up early enough to explore interesting subjects to paint. I walked around Lauderdale by the Sea with my sketchbook and camera. There was quite a bit of activity in the seaside village. From scuba divers and snorkelers to the morning walkers everyone seemed to be enjoying the bright morning. Then I spotted the morning cactus spotlight. There was a narrow walkway with the sunlight streaming towards me. A planter with a cactus was outside a green door and it seemed to have a spotlight directly on it. Immediately I had to paint it. After...

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Harkness Park Beach

Pretty oceanside view of a beach, swimmers and violet wild flowers. Located in Connecticut at Harkness Park this original painting captures the activity on a sunny day. There is a shallow inlet that is a perfect wading spot for children and adults. Water levels vary with the tides and it seems like there is always something new to see with the shifting sand. The background offers distant views of Long Island and the Sound. Flowers of violet follow the edge of the coastal inlet in this original artwork. Harkness Park Beach Size: 8″ x 10″ Medium: watercolor and gouache...

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