Author: PJ Cook

Painting a scene on a wood chair for charity

I have been asked to paint a scene on this chair. The chair will be sold at auction on May 5 in New Haven, Connecticut. All proceeds from the auction will go to a small private middle school in New Haven called St Martin dePorres Academy. 75% of the students attending this school enter below grade level and come from low income single parent households. 90% of students that attended St Martin DePorres Academy go on to graduate high school with 62% attending college. These percentages are much greater when compared to similar students in other schools. With such...

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Creating textures in watercolor

My class wanted to work on textures so this weeks lesson was how to create various textures in watercolor. The brick wall above is easily achieved by varying the color of each brick and using a light grey wash for the mortar between the bricks. An important step is putting a shadow under each brick. I used a shadow on the left and bottom of each brick for the light coming from the upper right of the picture. I used cobalt blue for the shadow color. Brick comes in different colors, just look around and notice all the different...

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Adding Figures To Your Paintings

Adding figures to your paintings is a great way to add interest. The viewer will spend more time looking at a painting when there are people. These figures on the left are done quickly and without much detail. Even without the detail a viewer knows what they are. You will see improvement in your figures if you practice them often. They can be done from life or photos or even from your imagination. The samples done here are people walking. It gives action to your paintings to add figures. Some of the facts for painting people are: there are...

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Painting flowers from your own photographs

This weeks watercolor class was a continuation of a painting we started from the previous class. We worked on composition and painting techniques when painting flowers from photographs. The painting shown here is my class demonstration. We were working from a photograph I took of flowers at a garden center. I sometimes bring a camera when I am at local garden and landscape stores because there is a always a good variety of flowers. With digital cameras it is convenient to take, download and save reference pictures. I file my reference pictures by subject so I can easily find what I am looking for quickly. Subjects can be birds, flowers, or locations like Connecticut River can be put into a folder on your computer. It is a good idea to file your photographs when you download them onto your computer. It only takes a few minutes to put the photos in folders so they can be found easily. Our next class will be putting people in your...

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Painting a white rose flower in watercolor

The most recent class in watercolor was of a white rose. I started by wetting the entire paper and laying in color for the background. I keep this fairly pale and let it bleed into some of my flower and leaves. After this has dried I started to paint the sunlit areas and then the petals that were turned away from the sunlight. I demonstrated how to paint each petal wet into wet with 3 colors. It is fun to paint a white flower with colorful shadows. I use cobalt blue, rose madder and hansa yellow. Using those 3...

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