Author: PJ Cook

Still Life Oil Painting Finished

This is a large still life oil painting on canvas that I have just finished. I like to paint lily’s, it is one of my favorite flowers. I’m thinking of “Ambience” as the title. The size of the painting is 24″ x 30″. I will have this still life oil painting on display at the Old Saybrook Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend located at the town green. The show is Sat and Sun July 25 and 26, 10 to...

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How To Hang Paintings

How to hang paintings in a room is another way of personalizing your home. I have always felt one should buy art because they love the painting not because the painting would fit in a particular spot. Buy art because you love it and you will find a place to put it in your home. Have fun arranging your pictures, try different heights, positions, angles, groupings etc. The paintings in this photo are of 4 lily’s I did in oil. There is a variety of ways to hang these paintings: horizontal, vertical, a square, staggered, 2 on left side of a window or door and 2 on right side. You get the idea, arranging this grouping is endless. I had these paintings in a gallery and they arranged them a couple different ways and both ways looked great.             Check out this link for more ideas:...

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Beach Runners – Watercolor Painting of Sandpipers Running On the Sand

This is a painting I did of some little sandpipers that were at a beach on Long Island Sound. I watched these birds scurrying on the sand at the waters edge. I did a few sketches and took photos and painted this watercolor in my studio. This painting is 15″x 29″ overall and is framed in a whitewashed frame that compliments the painting nicely. This first photo below is a closeup of the painting. I used a nice bright blue for the water and added texture to the sand. I painted the birds realistically and showed them in different running positions. With the long horizontal format of the painting I was able to include several of the birds. The painting is double matted in acid free mat board and comes with a off white/biege driftwood like frame. Price: $450. Contact me with any questions about the painting or purchasing the painting. Thanks,...

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Piping Plovers and their Beach Nesting Area

While on a walk at the beach I noticed the roped off area and the wire cage enclosures for the piping plover nests. As I continued walking I noticed an adult piping plover and 3 little chicks running on the sand. I knew the piping plover was on the endangered list and there have been efforts to increase their numbers. Besides that I did not know too much about the little birds. As I continued walking I came upon a young woman writing in a notepad and looking through binoculars. She told me monitoring the piping plovers was her...

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Sketching Flowers Outdoors

I bring a sketch pad with me whenever I travel on the weekend so I can sketch flowers if I find a nice garden. I have a small sketch pad 5″ x 7″ that I use a flair type pen and then I add a watercolor wash to the pen drawing. Besides being fun it is great practice and will improve your drawing and observation skills. The sketch on the left was done on acid free foam board. I like foam board because it is light weight but stiff enough for painting on without any support underneath. I first...

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Recent Customer Reviews

Have now purchased 3 paintings and they are all outstanding!! All around A++

Absolutely love this painting! Looks even better than in the picture!


Beautiful piece! Arrived in great condition. Well packaged. Thanks.

Thank you, I think the painting is beautiful and I will give it a great home.

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