Friday, October 13, 2017

The Morris Farm




"Morris Farm"
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

An experiment using the two color palette on a landscape this time. I actually like it    I really couldn't go too far wrong because this property I painted is so beautiful. Now, believe it or not, I'm working on a 36" x 36" piece of work. I'm half way done and still enjoying painting, so that's a good thing. I'll post it when it's done.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sunflowers and a Bee



"Sunflowers and a Bee"
7 x 5 Oil on Archival Board 


One lone bee has these sunflowers all to herself. From Johnson's Farm in Bedford, VA. A beautiful day with beautiful scenery.

If interested in purchasing, please email me at shelleykoop@gmail.com, and thank you as always for your interest in my work :-)  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Man Contemplating


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

A new day, a new painting. This one just seemed to flow off the brush. Only two tubes of paint used and I am thrilled with the outcome. Thank you, Don Fiddler, for allowing me to use your wonderful photo.. You are a photographer, extraordinaire!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Young Girl "Remembering Trayvon"


12 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

From a wonderful exhibit at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA; a young girl about the same age as Trayvon Martin here, studying the image. Alice Beasley created this fiber portrait which reminds the viewer of the "senseless killing of African American young lives." This piece and others are for an upcoming exhibit at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing in Bedford, VA entitled "Sacred Bodies". More info to follow.

Friday, September 8, 2017


12 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

NOT FOR SALE

Avery, really excited about a treat coming her way. A birthday gift for my wonderful daughter-in-law. Remember when a snack would be the best thing ever? Actually I still make that face when someone puts a petit four in front of me…:-)

TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN FLORIDA, PLEASE STAY SAFE! My thoughts are with all Floridians right now.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hope


10 x 10 Oil on Archival Board  

An iconic image by Shepard Fairey is the focus of my newest addition to the museum pieces I have been doing. This one will be auctioned off at a fundraiser for Leslie Cockburn who is running for the US House of Representatives for Virginia's 5th District. The event will be held on September 22, 2017, at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing in Bedford, VA.  More info will follow.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Unleashed Passion and Joy



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

This is the first in a new series of museum paintings. One of my favorite paintings by Picasso, "Two Women Running on the Beach", and one of my favorite museum patrons from the MOMA, together in my imagination. The perception of sacred bodies in all forms...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Scene


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I needed to get back into painting after a short intermission. My Daughter-in-Law visited us for a while and it was wonderful! It felt good to take a break and focus on different things. This was a quick study just to get my brush working again. A little boy fighting the incoming lake waves with his small boat. He was persistent, I must say!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Good Morning Rural America


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board  

I have always loved seeing lit windows at dusk or early in the morning. I picture people settling in for the night or beginning their day. The cozy warmth of the security of being "home" and protected. For those of us who have that, we are lucky human beings. I ache for those who don't!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Art Show Couture


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

A hot, summer day at the Roanoke Sidewalk Art Show. This artist certainly dressed for the occasion and was kind enough to allow me to photograph her.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bella - Commission


6 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Here's Bella!  So adorable in her pink and white bows.  A pleasure to paint!

Benefits Supervisor Resting


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Another painting for the show at Goose Creek Studio. Lucian Freud is one of my favorite artists, so this one I totally enjoyed working on. I plan on doing another, larger, painting depicting his work. Can't wait to start! Painting his nudes is like sculpting with pigment.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"WAR ZONE"


SOLD

Painted for the show "Narratives of Opposition" at Goose Creek Studio in Bedford, VA.  "Guernica" painted by Pablo Picasso in 1937, depicting the horrors of war and as a result it has become an anti-war symbol and a reminder of the tragedies of war.  A woman at the MOMA taking it all in. The painting is large and powerful.

Monday, June 19, 2017

MY INTERPRETATION OF BANKSY'S INTERPRETATION OF "THE GLEANERS"


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

One of my 10 pieces painted for "Art of the Resistance," a show coming up this weekend beginning with a poetry slam Friday night and art shows on Saturday and Sunday. If you are in the Bedford, VA area, please stop by and say hello.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Calm and Peaceful


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Mid week in summer here at the lake is usually quiet, calm, and peaceful. I always enjoy seeing the sailboats, kayaks and canoes go drifting by. Not many sounds, just an occasional muffled voice from across the lake somewhere or a bird singing. I hope this painting expresses that feeling of peace to you all. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Directional Pull


6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board
  
SOLD

Early morning fisherman hoping for a catch. Nothing but the bird chirping and the every so slight waves lapping. Morning at it's best!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Easter Island in Manhattan


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

If you ever get to NYC, the lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel is definitely a destination. We stayed there recently and I have to say, I really didn't want to leave. Just sitting there near "Awilda" and "Chloe", two huge sculptures created by Jaume Plensa, is quite wonderful. While researching these pieces, I came across Jaume Plensa's quote: "Awilda and Chloe" are metaphors for the diversity and similarity of all people…(they) pay homage to anonymous people in motion." I'm not sure whether this is Awilda or Chloe, and I certainly saw lots of anonymous people in motion!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Picasso and the Women


12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board  

SOLD

A woman at MOMA studying "Les Demoiselles d' Avignon". It was originally titled "The Brothel of Avignon" according to research. Picasso painted this large piece in 1907, during his Cubism period, depicting 5 nude prostitutes from a brothel on Avinyo Street in Barcelona. The faces of the women were inspired by Iberian sculpture and African masks. This was an interesting painting to try to capture. I learned a lot about Cubism and the shapes and jagged lines involved.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Man at Work


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This painting seemed to flow from my brush. It's very exciting to see something that you immediately feel will make a good painting. Those seem to be the ones that work. I'm really happy with this one! This man was such a good sport to allow me to paint him.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gentle Giant



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I met this dog when I was on my way to the post office. He stopped everyone in their tracks. What a beautiful Newfoundland he was, scarf and all. He deserved a portrait for sure.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Matthew"


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I posted an oil sketch of Matthew (a man who was putting in our new tile) a while ago, and finally got around to doing his portrait. He has such an interesting face and was kind enough to allow me to paint him, beard and all. He told me his wife was making him shave it off….

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gonzo


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Meet Gonzo, a Golden Doodle, who has been trained impeccably by Lesleigh Cook.  Sometimes you  meet a dog, and they look at you and you fall in love instantly.  That's how I feel about Gonzo.  He has a look that is hard to describe.  I tried to capture it here.  Very serious, ready for action, yet playful as well.  He is a therapy dog and whatever family was fortunate enough to get him should feel very blessed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Girl in an Easter Bonnet


 8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 

SOLD

What a better way to say "Happy Easter" than to paint an adorable child in a very large hat?! When I paint a portrait, after sketching in the shape of the face I work on the eyes. If I can nail that part of the face, I feel like the painting has become alive. This is beautiful Ellery Ann. HAPPY EASTER/PASSOVER EVERYONE!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Less is More


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

From my Saturday painting session at the Old Jail Hill Art Space at Goose Creek Studio, here is a quick study of Matthew. I rarely do oil sketches, but I loved the process…and I didn't have to lug all my tubes of paint. Only black and white. A revelation!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pug - Commission


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 

SOLD

Want a biscuit? Want a belly rub? Want to play? Not sure what that look is, but whatever, it definitely gets your attention. A real cutie for sure.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Morning, After the Rain


6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Lots of rain recently and some beautiful clouds to try to capture.  I was able to catch this scene just as the sun was beginning to come through those clouds.  Painted plain air and really fast to try to nail down what I was seeing before it disappeared, which it did in an instant!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Elegance - Commission


12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

I was asked to do two portraits of this beautiful woman in different poses.  This one was my favorite.  A challenge, but what fun to do!  She looks so much like Lady Di, doesn't she?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Lucy"


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Just look at that attentive face! Ready for anything. Dogs definitely do have personalities, and even from a photograph, you can usually see their "inner self" shining through. At least I can when I'm painting them. Lucy was such fun to do. A beautiful dog. Someone once asked me how I got dogs to sit for a painting session….I still smile when I think of that!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Aquarium Fascination


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD 

First visit to the aquarium, and total fascination.  The lighting was a challenge as well as the skin tones under those lights.  I love to take on these issues to see if I can pull them off and give them life.  I'm pretty satisfied here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Doggie Day Care



6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD  

A quick little painting from a photo by artist extraordinaire Pat Dougherty of her adorable Mo and Mo's daycare buddies at rest time. We used to have rest time at a camp I went to, but we didn't get cushy beds…

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Jax" - A Commission


12 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

I've been so lucky to have the opportunity to paint these wonderful animals. Jax has such a soulful face..and that shiny, chocolate coat. A big thank you to Jax's family :=) 

Friday, March 10, 2017

"Here's Looking at You!"


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

NFS

This is a companion piece to go with Tallulah's "tongue" painting. She complained about me posting the other one, so I did one that has more dignity :-) Hope she's satisfied!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

YUM…Good Peanut Butter!



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

When I go to paint with my Saturday artist friends at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing, I try to think of fun projects so that when visitors come to see us they have something a little different to see.  Tallulah makes this easy!  Here's one I worked on this past Saturday.  I got the benefit of input for that weird underside of her tongue from the fabulous artists who join me in the studio.  One would think a tongue wouldn't be difficult.  Well…This one was, and here it is in all it's glory :-)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Puzzle of Dachshunds



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

This painting was a study in what goes where.  Which ear belongs to which dog…Which paw belongs to which dog…and so on.  It took a while, but was worth it for me in the long run.  Two beautiful Long Haired Dachshunds painted at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing with my painting buds….Come by on Saturdays, if you are in the Bedford, VA area and see us.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sammi


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

This is another commission from Christmas. A very happy dog with a great smile! I'm smiling, too, because we are experiencing Spring in late February. In the 70's again today and all the trees and flowers are blooming. Sneeze, Sneeze….

Monday, February 20, 2017

Milo Bear


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Another commission done and shipped!  I get such joy painting these faces :-)
Happy Monday!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BEE Mine


5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE!

A little bee to sweeten your day :-)  Painted with my artsy friends at Goose Creek Studio last Saturday. Come by each Saturday and browse the fabulous artwork that Goose Creek has to offer and stop upstairs at Old Jail Hill Art Space to say hello and see us painting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn's Bath Time


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Here is Brooklyn who totally enjoys life under all circumstances, whether it be dry or wet.  That's how I intend to live my life…minus the tennis ball.  She is a dog you fall in love with as soon as you see her.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black and White



8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

"Waste Not..Want Not," a saying my mother used to use.  Well, I guess it's finally caught up with me.  Using up the paint on my palette from another painting and keeping it simple, this is the result.  I wanted to get the large black cow coming out at the viewer.  Just a quick, sketchy, fun one!  Now back to the commissions….

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sherbert


SOLD

12 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Slowly but surely I'm getting the Christmas commissions loaded on for you to see along with my new paintings.  It has sure been busy around here, and I'm certainly not complaining.  One of the best things about being an artist is the great community of support and the opportunity to meet so many terrific like-minded people.  Here's Sherbert!  Such a kind, lovable face.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Plain Nosey


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

The third in what seems to have become a small series of cow paintings.  Who knew cows could be so friendly?!  What this cow was really interested in was not my scintillating conversation, but the bread that was being fed to them.  I was told that the bread is "cow cocaine"….What a great day this was!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cow with Highlights


8 x 8 Oil onArchival Board

Mooooving along on this Sunday, a beautiful Scottish Highlander cow with the sun hitting that gorgeous auburn fur.  (Do cows have "fur"? …Not sure, being a City girl).   Loved painting this one.  If interested in purchasing, just email me :-)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Presidential Look-Alike


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I was lucky enough to get to photograph a friend's Scottish Highlander cows recently.  This particular cow turned towards me and scowled, and I instantly saw something familiar :-)  Beady eyes, that scowl, the comb over, a mouth full of hay, orange color…Well, you get the idea!  I don't usually put anything political out there, but this was too good to pass up…and very timely :-(

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fitzhugh and Jazzy


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Here's another Christmas commission to post.  I must say, I was really lucky to have so many adorable dogs, cats, and horses to paint this year.  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to get to know, through paint, these animals.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January Tulips


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A good friend brought these beautiful red tulips to me for Christmas.  I am not really comfortable painting flowers, but they were so lovely I had to try.  I'm not sure why flowers intimidate me, but I approached this subject as I've been doing lately with everything.. as just shapes.  The name of certain objects seems to get in the way of just expressing what I see and feel.  This still life was done at my kitchen table using my little Gorilla box…on a cold, gray, snowy day.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Balloon Artist


12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

The word "Artist" has many connotations.  We are all artists in one way or another, I think.  The definition of "Artist" is "..a person who practices any of the various creative arts...A person skilled at a particular task or occupation."  So here's to the colorful, air-filled art of balloons!  A quick study on a snowy, icy, single digit day to use up paint on my palette :-)