Author: PJ Cook

Blue Crab Bar Stools – Latest Design For Hand Painted Stools and Tables

I had these blue crab bar stools at my outdoor art show in Old Lyme this past weekend. These were done as a special order for a customer. They attracted much attention from the people attending the art show. These bar stools were a gift to the owners of a restaurant called The Blue Crab, what a great idea. I enjoyed painting the blue crabs and I will be painting more of them. I can paint any design and color on these stools and tables to match any decor. I offer different heights and styles of chairs, tables and...

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Outdoor Art Show This Weekend

This weekend I will be displaying my artwork in Old Lyme, CT at an outdoor art show. The Hidden Gallery is sponsoring the art show and there will be great variety of art and crafts. The show will be located on Halls Rd in the center of Old Lyme near the shopping plaza. The photo shown here is from my last show in Old Saybrook from 2 weeks ago. I will have a good selection of art and hand painted furniture. This week I am working on 2 barstools with blue crabs painted on the seats. My goal is to finish these and have them on display at this weekends show. The show is Sat and Sunday from 10 to 5 both days. Stop by and say hi. Thanks, PJ...

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Hand Painted Seashell Mirror

I have just finished painting this 10″ x 10″ hand painted seashell mirror with a whitewash wood grain effect. That is the sky reflected in the mirror in the center. I painted this with acrylic paint and I put a clear matte varnish over the top of the painting. I’m painting another mirror now with piping plover birds on the wood grain. I love those little beach birds they are so cute. Bye for now,...

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Seascape Painting – Second Step Is a Color Sketch

I painted a quick color sketch in oil on canvas textured paper for the seascape painting.  I worked small maybe 10″ x 12″ and used just a few colors, cerulean blue, burnt umber and white. I want to portray movement or action for the wave. There is contrasting value in the curl of the wave where inside the wave it is in shadow and the wave breaking next to that is white spray. There is not much detail in this quick painting, it’s purpose is to give me an idea for the color I will be using for the...

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Starting A Seascape Painting – The First Step is a Value Sketch

My next painting project is a seascape in oil paint and the first step is a value sketch. I am going to work from photos I took near Beavertail Light in Rhode Island. The shore is very rocky there, it almost looks like the Maine coast. I have a few nice photos of waves breaking near the rocks. My rough sketch shown here I did in black and grey marker. I wanted to establish the basic values of the painting to see if the composition worked. The long breaking wave with the curl and spray will be the focal...

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