Thursday, November 15, 2018

Christmas Adrift - Smith Mountain Lake


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
Christmas Cards Available

New Christmas painting that I just finished, and cards available with or without greetings inside. Now is the time to think about your Holiday cards before the Thanksgiving rush next week. If you are interested in ordering cards, just email me at shelleykoop@gmail.com. They are printed on heavy, quality card stock - envelopes included. You can get as many or as few as you'd like.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sage - A Commission



"Sage" - Commission
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 

SOLD

Another gorgeous dog, another commission that I loved doing.
I'm pretty sure Sage is saying to GET OUT AND VOTE. It's more important than ever!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bed and Breakfast Doorway


"Bed and Breakfast Doorway" - 
12 x 6 Oil on Archival Board 
SOLD

Another new painting which I am pleased to say sold quickly. It always makes me happy when that happens :-). I am sorry that the colors in this image are not totally accurate. This is a little washed out. I'm going to have to study up on photography. No pumpkins in this one, but Happy Halloween Friends!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lake Serenity


"Lake Serenity" 
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 

SOLD

Can you feel the fresh air and hear the birds, and if you are lucky, the sound of a loon?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rex - A Commission



I was honored to be asked to paint a portrait of Rex as a remembrance for his family. What a gorgeous dog!! I really enjoyed painting him and hope the painting brings his family many happy memories.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Simon


"Simon"
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD 

Another commission for the recent Hound Dog Competition, called "A Howlin' Celebration." Here's Simon, a dog with attitude :-)

Monday, October 1, 2018

Boomerang


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Watch Out! Here he comes...Here is Boomerang, one of the winners of the Hound Dog Contest at the Franklin County Library. I was fortunate enough to get to paint two of the winners. Lots of beautiful dogs were entered into the different categories, mostly rescues who were lucky enough to find wonderful families. The photo of my painting here is a little washed out. The colors are more intense in the original. Not sure why that happened.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Show Off



"Show Off"
8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

From one of my trips to the National Gallery, here is a man "explaining" Van Gogh's Self Portrait to his date. I stood behind them listening to his critique. He should have mentioned that this was one of Van Gogh's last self portraits. He painted 36! Maybe he'll mention it with his next date :-)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Screen Porch Flowers


"Screen Porch Flowers"
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Flowers are not my thing, but here is my feeble attempt at a vase of flowers on a screen porch. I love other artists' floral paintings but for some reason I find it hard to loosen up when painting them...and for me, I look for action. Not much action here. Perhaps if they were in a field with the wind blowing :-)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Early Morning, Monhegan

"Early Morning, Monhegan"
8 x 8. Oil on Archival Board 

During an early morning walk I passed this scene. The great thing about returning to Monhegan Island is that things don't change. It's as though everything is in a time warp. The gardens might grow or dwindle, but the structures are always there to greet you.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Perfect Setting


"Perfect Setting"
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

I've painted this Boothbay Harbor house before, and I must say it's one of my favorite scenes because it combines the shade of the trees and those wonderful spots of sunlight. I might go back into it and work on the house a little more, but this painting is more about the foreground than the house. I enjoyed that abstract quality. A fun new painting of an old subject.

Friday, August 3, 2018

The "Elvis Got It Wrong" Photo Contest




"The Elvis Got It Wrong" Photo Contest"

On September 22nd, from 2 to 4:00, the Franklin County Public Library's "Hound Dogs: A Howlin' Celebration" will showcase the hound dog heritage that has run through Virginia culture. There will be guest speakers and lots more going on, plus the winner of the top hound dog photo contest will be chosen. I will be lucky enough to get to paint the top dog! Come check it out. It will be a fun event.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Buds in Spring


SOLD
9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I used to pass by this scene while doing my morning walk. That red bud tree is now gone, and after painting it years ago in pastel, I thought I'd paint it again in oils. It still is a beautiful view, but I do miss looking past the buds at the lake. (Sorry about the photo. It's very washed out for some reason).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Smith Mountain Lake - Long View


6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 
SOLD

This painting started out as a rural, plein air scene. It was done in just sepia and white...A sketch, really. It sat in my studio for months in a stack of what I call my "Uh Oh" paintings :-)  I kept looking at it and thinking there were parts I really loved...So, I reconfigured it and here it is! It's definitely out of my "Uh Oh" stack. I love it!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Lake Fun

"Lake Fun" - SOLD
6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

I see more and more kayakers here on our part of the lake, and this particular day was perfect. Not too hot, and not too many boats and jet skis.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Study of Woman's Face



Study of Woman's Face
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 

Long story on this one...I saw this wonderful woman at an art show and knew I had to try to paint her. Try was the key word here. I thought it would be a relatively simple process...NOT! I wiped her off a number of times, only to try again. The last time I wiped her off, her ghost image showed through and I loved it!! I varnished it, and here she is!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Beach Cabin Sketch


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

Growing up, we used to rent a summer beach cabin at a place called "The Blue Horizon" on Cape Cod. There were five cousins and lots of fun. I've tried to find photos of our trips, but think I only have the old "movies" which I can't play anymore. We would spend our days jumping off the porch railing into the sand, and collecting snail shells :-) Here is my memory of the place. I remember it being hot and hazy, with a screen door which slammed as we went in and out. I still can remember the wonderful beach smell....

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rural Barn Drive By


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

One of the things I love about Southwest Virginia is the abundance of old barns around every corner, everywhere you look. I'd like to paint them all. It might turn into a series, who knows :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mouthful of Watermelon


12 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
SOLD

Here's Avery...Nothing is better than a mouthful of watermelon at Grandma's house.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Figure Work


12 x 6 Oil on Archival Board



I've been working on figure studies lately. It's all a learning experience, but then again, isn't everything?! Since I took this photo of the painting, I changed the background. I will post the new one and you can let me know which you prefer and maybe tell me why....Another learning experience :-)

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! ... and thank you all for keeping tabs on my artwork through this blog and for your wonderful comments!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Salon View, National Gallery



12 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Trying my best to have the viewer feel as though they are in the room with the magnificent artwork... Walking on those old wooden floors, hearing the muffled voices that echo slightly. My idea of heaven!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dusk at the Morris Farm



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 

SOLD

New painting headed over to Goose Creek Studio in Bedford, VA. I've been busily working on a project for a show, and this painting was a nice break in that routine. Thank you, Midge! Your farm is always an inspiration.

Monday, February 26, 2018

PAT'S SUNSET



6 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

What is it about sunsets?? This one was so glorious, yet so hard for me to capture in paint. Well, I did my best to show the glow and variations of color, but it is nowhere near as spectacular as the real thing. I must say, though, in my own defense that the color here isn't as vibrant as the original painting. Still, though....That's not as vibrant as the real thing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A VALENTINE'S DAY FACE




"A Valentine's Day Face"
8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This was another Christmas commission, but this adorable dog's face definitely says he takes Valentine's Day seriously!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYONE!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"I'm Listening!"


Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

I don't think this dog misses anything that is said...Ever!! So very cute and a fun commission.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Cozy Meditation Corner


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Up until a few days ago we were experiencing extremely cold weather. This chair right by the fireplace is perfect for reading or meditating (my new found pleasure). Painting interior scenes is new for me. It's something I'd like to do more of.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Full Moon



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

A quick painting I worked on in between the Christmas commissions, just to warm up and use what was left on my palette. I thought of wiping it off, but it still sits on my shelf waiting for attention. I thought I'd post it before I post more of the animals. Happy Thursday!

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Happy Face


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Another Christmas commission I had the honor of painting. What a happy, eager, lovable face! It's the ear that got me :-)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Great Dane - Commission


6 x 6 Oil on Archival Board
SOLD

Well, Happy 2018 Everyone! Here's an adorable face of a beautiful Great Dane to start the year off. One blue eye, one green. So much personality in this mug shot. One of the Christmas commissions I was so lucky to paint.