Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunday Morning at the Park




8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This should be called "Fast and Furious Study."  Limited palette (except for the kite), and limited time.  I really like this one.  I think it has movement and atmosphere.  I could have gone a lot further and given it a "finished" look, but that wasn't my intention.  I was trying to zone in on the two figures and what they were doing.  These exercises are really helpful for me, and I'm enjoying the process.  It's a very free feeling to paint like this once in a while :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Whose Kite is it Anyway?





6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

A quick study of Spiderman above the City.  I gave myself a time limit and just kept my brush moving.  I'm not sure why, but as I post my paintings I see all sorts of issues I want to correct, and WILL correct on this one...Things I don't see when I'm in the "zone."  This, however, serves as a starting point for other paintings.  Just a beginning in my "thought process."  With these, I'm always really glad I start on small boards.  If I decide to do a larger painting, these are good references...Mostly in what I need to correct or change.  I do like the energy in this little piece :-)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cooper Off Leash at the Beach





8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is really a painting of my good friend, Gloria, but I can't paint her without painting that black dot off in the distance...Cooper.  She loves the water more than any other dog I know, and went into the ocean, past the waves.  I was pretty certain she was gone for good, but Gloria and Jim had a lot of faith in her and knew she'd come back.  I wasn't so sure!  As we were walking back, we got stopped by the beach police for having her off leash.  No ticket;  just a warning, but for the rest of the trip, it certainly put a crimp in Cooper's style :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Punakhan Man with Walking Stick



 
8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Someone said "Make it colorful!"  I think I achieved that, don't you?  For me, this was a study of an interesting face.  It's like a puzzle.  I paint in sections and love to see the image begin to take form, and finally look back at me.  I'm not sure if it's approvingly....It's always a challenge and a learning experience.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On the Rocks





8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This has been a very difficult week as far as my art goes.  I have wiped off almost every painting I started, some close to being finished.  I must be going through a transition.  I know what I want the finished product to look like, but my mind and hand aren't cooperating with each other :-)  Here is a painting I started months ago and never was happy with it.  I have gone back to it a number of times, and I've decided it's as done as it's going to be.  I figured I might as well post it anyway....

On another note, a number of people who have visited my blog have tried to leave messages but were unable to for one reason or another.  If you aren't able to leave a message on Blogger, please feel free to email me.  A lot of people do, and I really appreciate it.  I love the feedback. You can email me at shelleykoop@gmail.com.  My blog visits are over 25,000, and I'm so glad to share my art journey with you all.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Love Story


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Watch out or this Pit Bull will love you to death!  This is Maddie;  a Pit Bull that just wants to be on top of you to cuddle.  Her head feels like it weighs 50 lbs., but you don't move because she is just so content to be with you...or on top of you.  She's here on the couch with Dona and is giving me that "I'm just so lucky" look.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Three on a Bench with Popcorn





8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

A very hot day at the Winter Park, Florida Art Show...If you have never been, it is worth the trip.  There were so many wonderful artists displaying their work.  I'm always on the lookout for people to paint though, and I loved these three.  Popcorn, galore! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Going It Alone



6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

One lonely flower from my daughter's birthday bouquet.  I think the weather has gotten to me.  I usually don't paint flowers, as I have said before, but lately that is what I want to do.  I'm enjoying the process and waiting for Spring, as I think we all are on the East Coast.  We just came back from a trip to Florida where I complained about the heat.  When we got to North Carolina on the trip back the rain became snow, but I was careful not to complain about it because I didn't want to be thrown out of the car :-)  This is a very long winter....

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pontification


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Another name for this would be "Serve the Coffee Already!"  At a dinner recently, our chef asked who would like decaf and then proceeded to tell us his entire life story.  At first we all were sitting up with bright smiles on our faces, and then one by one we gradually started to slump and try not to make eye contact with him.  He kept right on talking while our decaf got cold, oblivious to our body language.  One by one, our dinner companions started to slip away making it hard for the rest of us to leave without seeming totally rude.  Here's my take on it :-)
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring!




6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Playing with color!  This was just plain fun :-)  It started out as pansies but, technically, I'm not sure it wound up that way.  Just pretty complimentary colors.  The actual painting is more vibrant than what is displayed here, and it does really pop.  Flowers are always a departure for me; however, I'm beginning to love painting them.  I should call this "Yellow Sort Of Pansies."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Freda, Fulang Chang, and Me

 


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

A photo op at the MOMA.  A woman getting a close picture of "Fulang Chang and I" by Freda Kahlo.  What attracted me to this was that the woman looked a lot like Freda from the back.  Plus, this is one of my favorite paintings at one of my favorite places in the world.  This is a study to work out issues for a larger piece I plan on doing, and I see a lot that I need to work on :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What a Drip!



5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

A departure from the Bhutan paintings...At least for a while.  Again, though, this is Katherine's artistic idea.  I've painted rain drops on a window, water on the shower door, and now just one big drip.  This was a good exercise in mixing blues and attempting to get that transparency and depth.  A little hard to see here, but I think it went well. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Man and His Guide



8 x 10" Oil on Gessobord

This is my son and the Bhutanese guide that was with them during their trip.  This was painted from a photo taken by my Daughter-in-Law.  I so enjoy her pictures and look forward to her Friday photo blog (KK's Photo Friday) as well as all the other pictures she sends.  As I've said before, she has an artist's eye, and I can always immediately visualize a painting based on her photos. All sorts of colors pop into my mind.  It's so great to have a folder of possible paintings waiting by my easel.  I have to admit, this is one of my favorite paintings right now. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Huffing and Puffing


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This man must have wisely listened to Michelle Obama's message about getting up and moving.  He was running the marathon and getting into shape.  He should be an inspiration to all the couch potatoes out there....

Friday, March 7, 2014

One Lane Bridge



8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

Again, the Himalayas.  This is the bridge the marathon runners had to cross, and the monks that were crossing had to make way.  There would be no way I would lean out like that, but I guess they are used to it.  This was in Punakha.  The flags are not for decoration, but are prayer flags to keep away bad spirits and are all over the countryside.  I'm thinking this painting is a study for a larger one, if and when I get to it.  It's pretty loose in spots.  I'm also thinking I might hang some flags around here...Good Karma for my artistic endeavors.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bhutanese Boy



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

What fun I had painting this!!  My son and daughter-in-law just returned from Bhutan in the Himalayas.  They were running in a marathon there as well as sightseeing.  If I could go anywhere and didn't mind heights, that is where I'd like to go.  I have to give credit for the image that inspired this painting to a wonderful photographer, Jay Farbman.  He took lots of photos of the marathon and the people in the countryside and was kind enough to allow me to paint some of them.  There are so many great shots that I'll be happily painting for quite a while.  Of course, my daughter-in-law, Katherine (KK's Photo Friday), took great pictures as well, so lots more to come :-)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Learning From the Best


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

I painted this once before but it was just Rocky, not his father.  I really love the two of them "playing" together.  The other painting sold, so I thought I'd do a smaller version focusing more on the two of them and less on the Brooklyn brownstone.  Stoops are really important to New Yorkers.  You see and learn so much by just sitting there watching the world go by.  It's unfortunate that there aren't many left.  So, this is Jason and his son, Rocky, doing their street art in Brooklyn. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Busy Night


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

 


This waiter was trying to make his way through the crowded restaurant carrying two cups of coffee without a tray.  He obviously had practiced this, however, I wondered at the time how much coffee remained in the cups.  He had this determined look on his face.  I painted this figure and was pleased with the results, but was not at all happy with the background.  After much experimenting, I found a technique (if you could call it that) that I was really happy with.  I have to admit, I love to play around and discover new and exciting things.  That's what it's all about...in everything we do.  Will it work again??  Who knows!  One can only hope :-)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

March Madness Giveaway



If you become a new Follower of my blog, you will receive a free 6" x 6" Giclee print of one of my favorite paintings, "Beach Pick Up," (Shown above).  Details are on the right side panel.   


 
Image shown here framed.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter Fetching


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
 
 

Our Sproodle, Tallulah, loves the snow, but not when it's falling.  She seems to think that it will hurt her when it's coming down and she ducks every two seconds.  We have tried to get her used to it, but to no avail.  Once it stops snowing though, she can't get enough of it.  When we get ready to throw the ball, she races out into left field, but usually loses track of it after it has landed.  I think the fact that she can't hear it fall is what throws her.  She races around digging her face into the snow until she smells it and comes up with it.  Her tail goes a mile a minute.  It is such a joy to watch her hopping around!  Now everything is mush.  Not so much fun to watch her come in covered in mud....

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blowing Away Winter


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

 

Big storm here in Virginia.  Over a foot of snow, and a real chance to use the bright red snow blower that's been sitting in the garage for a few years.  Actually this isn't our snow blower, but our wonderful neighbor's.  He came during the height of the storm and blew what was there away.  It doesn't get much better than that.  What a great friend, and a really good photo op!  60's this week.  Global Warming...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Boys of Summer


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

A little reminder that summer is coming...very slowly...but it is coming.  I took this photo years ago, and didn't think about it until I was recently asked to do a commission of the Red Socks.  This is not the commission, but it is the Red Socks during the World Series a few years ago.  My photo was very blurry, so I improvised and am really happy with the results.  I think I caught the movement, always my goal.  Can you smell the hot dogs and beer??  Meanwhile, we have 15 inches of snow on the ground from yesterday's storm.  Not baseball weather...yet.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Foiled Again



8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

I always smile when I think of what someone from another time and place would think if they were able to see what we humans do for beauty.  Especially foils.  I make it a point to avoid looking in the mirror when I have foils on my head.  Obviously these women do, too.  As a matter of fact, they won't even look at each other :-)  Body language says it all....

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Family Day at the Lake


8 x 8" Oil on Gessobord

A study of a family at a park in Singapore.  My Daughter-in-Law took the photo I painted this from.  She's taking photography classes, although I really don't think she needs them.  She has an artist's eye and gets some great shots.  I'm so lucky she lets me paint from her pix.  She and my son live in Singapore and travel all over the world.  Their next trip is to the Himalayas to run a marathon.  I told her I expect her to carry her very heavy camera around her neck during the race so she can take more photos for me.  Very uphill..  Is that a problem??  Somehow, I don't think she's going to :-)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Beekman 1802 Honey and Oatmeal


6x6 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

My new favorite breakfast!  Ive always loved oatmeal, but I just ordered Beekman 1802 Cinnamon Honey and Lemon Honey and WOW.  I love them!!  They are raw honey spreads and just a little in my oatmeal really makes a big difference.  It says on the jar "It took 648 bees one year to make the honey in this jar."  Well, they all did a wonderful job and I thank them :-)  The colors in this photo of the painting didn't come out quite right ..A little "mushy."  (Technical term)  The bee was not part of my breakfast experience...Just an ode to those 648 workers.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bowl Full of Love


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

"Text Me" .....  Really??!  Whatever happened to "Be Mine" or "Be My Valentine"?  And "Soul Mate" reminds me of the Sanford hiking the Appalachian Trail episode.  But, it is almost Valentine's Day so here's my little painting full of sweet things and pastel colors.  A quick study of sugary bliss :-)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Street Musician with Reflections


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

I have painted this man a number of times now.  He was playing on the street in Charleston, SC, on my first visit to the city, and was there again the next time we went (which was years later.)  I'm not sure why, but I never lose interest in painting him.  My first attempt was in pastel...This time oil.  Some street performers don't allow people to take their picture unless they are paid.  This man was really interesting to talk to, a great musician, and very nice about having his photo taken.  I hope he will be there the next time I go.  He's becoming a tradition :-)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Puzzler


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

What to do on Monhegan Island, Maine, on a rainy day?  Puzzles, of course!  You can't go out to paint, there is no TV, and phone service is "iffy."  Every time I've been to the Island, the weather has been terrific, but this trip it poured all day creating huge puddles.  The rain came sideways and very few people came out of their houses and inns. It was also cold, so coffee was a necessity.  I ventured out to the little place that sells espresso and it was packed with people...No place to sit, so I went to the Monhegan House, where some of the other people in our painting group were staying.  This woman was passing the time deep in thought over a puzzle.  She had her "wishful thinking" sun visor on.  It didn't work.  The sun appeared when we were heading back on the ferry the next day.  A bummer, but even in the rain, Monhegan is a magical place.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Strings


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

This is a study of three base players (not talking baseball here) during Intermission at the Roanoke Symphony.  Again, my purpose was to get the interaction between the men and body movement.  The instruments were a challenge, but I was mostly interested in the "feeling" of the scene.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Girl and Her Companion


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

Do any of you remember Woody Allen's "Sleeper?"  The whole time I was painting this I couldn't get it out of my mind, and I haven't seen it in quite a while.  The movie takes place in the future, and everything is controlled by the Leader, who is seen as the national TV signs off each night.  The scene is the back of the Leader, in a wheelchair, with his hand on his dog beside him.  At least that's how I remember it.  As I said it's been a while. This painting really reminds me of it, silly as that is.  I think it's the staring off into the future thing.  The colors did not come out too well in the photo of the painting.  Everything has a greenish hue, but you get the idea...Hopefully.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Barista with a Flair


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

OK..I really enjoyed painting this until I had to think about the stacked cups.  I really learned a lot about wiping off and repainting on this piece.  I changed the background approximately three times.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  The barista was my main focus.  Loved her matching hat and sweater against the orange background.  So here it is, a relatively small piece that took a really long time :-)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beach Pick-Up


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

I find it really interesting that most of us, when walking along the shore, stop and pick up stuff.  Everything seems like a terrific find.  Then, we get home and wonder why we pocketed what we found.  Even shells.  I always collect them as I walk, looking for one that is perfect.  I bring it back and wonder what to do with it.  They usually wind up in the garbage.  It's like that Updike quote...actually one of my favorites ..."Possession diminishes perception of value, immediately."

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lab on Guard


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

 

This is really a study for a larger painting; therefore, it is rough around the edges, but I do like it.  Actually, it isn't as rough as it looks here.  It was very wet when I took the picture, and it came out looking blotchy.  It did dry nicely.  Also, I took the photo outside when it was 7 degrees.  That might have had something to do with the quality of this image...Or it might have been that I was so cold, I was shaking the tripod.  Yellow Labs are one of my favorite breeds and this particular Lab just blends right into the landscape.  He looks so regal sitting there protecting the empty beach chairs.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Motoring


8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord
SOLD

Don't you just hate those really slow drivers who barely move down the road?!  Usually, you can't see them over the steering wheel....only a little bluish hair.  This is Luther, a commission I was asked to do (and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it).  He looks very attentive, but I think he might be day dreaming.  You almost expect his paw to reach out the window and wave the tailgaters on.  I was smiling the whole time I was painting this :-)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Simon


Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

This was one of two commissioned paintings for some very special people, and I was so honored to do them.  Apparently, Simon is always scratching and here he is in all his glory.  From his expression, you can just here him saying "AHHH."  Don't you just love those teeth?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Peonies to Start the New Year


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

 

Here is a bouquet of flowers for all of you out there to thank you for stopping by to browse my blog, website, and Facebook pages.  As I said in the Christmas post, your feedback and emails are so very much appreciated.  I love hearing from you all and especially love being a part of the World Wide Web of artists.  I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Productive New Year.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Baby Boy


SOLD

"Baby Boy" is a commission I did for the owner of CJ's Coffee and Sandwich Shop, a favorite place of mine for breakfast and lunch.  This is his mother's cat, and he gave the painting to her as a Christmas present. Actually, this is the first cat I have painted and it seemed to just flow, so I may have to do more :-)  When I asked what the cat's name is, I got several answers.  Apparently, the cat has an identity problem, but the definitive answer was "Baby Boy." "Baby Boy" gave me a chance to have fun experimenting with mixing colors.  I am told he is part Coon cat, quite large and definitely furry...I really appreciated the opportunity to do this painting, so thank you Chris :-)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Very Serious Elf


Christmas Photograph, 2013

One has to be extremely fast to capture Tallulah, our Sproodle, in her elf get-up.  You can't even see the red top of the cap.  Her expression says it all:  "Really???"  This was the third try, and quite frankly, I gave up.  Not the best picture of her, but the ears look good...  

I want to thank you all for checking in on my blog and for the wonderful emails and feedback throughout the year.  I'm so thankful for you all :-)  I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Tree with Red Dye #3



Pastel on Wallis Paper

SOLD

I painted this and used it for my Christmas card a few years ago, and I still love it.  Every time I see the  photo I have of it, I can taste peppermint (not a favorite of mine).  I licked each and every one of those candies to get them to stick together so I could paint them.  I wasn't feeling so great after setting it up, but being a dedicated artist, I pushed on and painted the still life.  What hardships we artists have to endure....Hope you all are finishing up on your Christmas shopping.  I'll post again before Christmas to wish you all a good one.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

So Many Naughty.....


5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

I am bidding this painting on my Daily Paintworks site.  If interested, go to the link on the right.  This Santa was leaving our local bank and looked neither happy nor jolly.  In fact, he looked downright grumpy.  At first I painted him just as I saw him, but decided that he looked too sinister and gave him a slight smirk.  Still not a Ho Ho Ho type of guy, but not quite a "Bah Humbug" dude either.  I hope you all are making headway shopping for the Holiday.  I'll check in before Christmas.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Blue Vase



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This was my mother's vase, and I've always loved the shape of it.  I'm not sure why I suddenly felt like painting it, but I"m glad I did.  Just a quick study and sudden memory.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Shari - Warholesque


8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

All I could think of was Warhol's Marilyn's when I was painting this.  I got a new MAC AIR for my birthday, and my daughter was on the phone trying to explain some of the fundamentals to me.  Not an easy task :-)  We had some fun sending our abstract photos back and forth.  I loved this one and figured it would be a nice challenge. I'm loving my AIR.  I went to Barnes and Noble and got two good books.  They are one step below the "Dummy" series...They are called "...For Seniors."   N I C E.....

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Puffed Up Bluebird


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

 

You can't miss this painting, can you?!  I went for color on this one and actually like the way it came out.  This particular bluebird (at least I think it's the same one) flies back and forth from a tree branch on the side of our house to the railing of our deck.  I guess because the weather is getting colder, it has been really puffed up...Or it has been eating too much.  When the sun hits that blue, it becomes that incredible iridescent color.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kingfisher


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD


The Kingfisher happens to be one of my favorite birds.  One of the reasons is that my friend told me that the sound they make is easily identifiable because it sounds like that old song "Wipeout."  I don't know if anyone else out there remembers it, but it really does, if you listen to the song.  We have a resident Kingfisher who sits on the top of the mast of our sailboat watching for fish.  When he sees one, he dives straight down.  It's really something to see.  Now wherever I am, if I hear that sound, I know there is a Kingfisher around, and odd as it sounds, I start humming "Wipeout."

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Train


 Oil on Gessobord

I figured this was a good way to start the Christmas season.  Better than camping outside a store all night to get a bargain.  That practice still amazes me.  It was in the teens and really windy here in VA the night before Thanksgiving, and they interviewed a few people on the nightly news who had set up camp outside a electronics store.  YIKES!  Back to the painting, this little red haired boy was fascinated by the train under one of the trees at the Hotel Roanoke.  Each year, the hotel has a wonderful array of decorated trees sponsored by different organizations. It is really a Christmas wonderland.  I get a real kick out of the children (and some adults) all dressed up for the holiday.  This piece was done for Goose Creek Studio for their "O Christmas Tree" display.  What Fun!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

View From The Cape, Smith Mountain Lake


Pastel on Wallis Paper

Today we are supposed to get some snow here at Smith Mountain Lake, which probably means one or two flakes.  The schools have closed in preparation for the big event.  Actually, I think they closed because the Thanksgiving break is about to start. The News last night said the snow trucks were ready.  After living here for 13 years, I still get a kick out of how Virginians react to winter.  I did this painting a few years ago and still love it.  I thought it would be a good time to re-post it. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Talk to you after the holiday.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Studio Apt for Rent; No Utilities


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD 

Last winter, we actually had a little snow here in VA and I was able to take a photo of the snow on the bluebird house before it melted.  It looked so desolate and reminded me of a cold water flat in NYC.  When we were looking for an apartment in Manhattan, we came across some strange places, especially in the Village...  Clawfoot bathtubs in the kitchen, etc.  This place might be magnificent on the inside, like Snoopy's doghouse.  Who knows?!  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Chef


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This started out as a study for a larger piece, but for some reason I'm always excited about how these fast pieces turn out.  I think I like the 'rough' edges....I'm not quite sure why.  Loved this man in his chef uniform, and I must say his food was outstanding!  He tended the coffee bar as well.  My type of guy  ......

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Rabbit Run"


8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

"His hands left of their own and he feels the wind on his ears even before, his heels hitting heavily on the pavement at first with an effortless gathering out of a kind of sweet panic growing lighter and quicker and quieter he runs.  Ah: runs.  Runs."  Wonderful words from one of my favorite authors, John Updike.  It fits this painting, don't you think?!  Long, thin limbs;  Long, long hair .....