Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Sun and Fog

Sun and Fog, 8" x 10", Oil on Panel, 2014.
Available
I used to see moments like this all the time when I worked on the water. It was nice to have it happen again, working from shore.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Slab, 11" x 14", Oil on Panel, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Plein Air Pack


I love being able to take everything I need for a day of painting in the field with me in just one, small backpack. (Although today I should have packed the sunblock as well.)


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School Art & Auction Invitational

www.hiobs50.org

Joel Babb
Kevin Beers
Andre Benoit
Mary Bourke
Sam Cady
Dan Corey
Lois Dodd
Cooper Dragonette
Philip Frey
Barbara Goodbody
Susan Headley Van Campen
Alison Hill
Eric Hopkins

Jill Hoy
Jessica Lee Ives
Janice Kasper
Monica Kelly
T. Allen Lawson
Jeff Lewis
David Little
Ed Nadeau
Tessa O’Brien
David Paffhausen
Colin Page
Mike Parenteau
Rick Perry

Chris Pinchbeck
Peter Ralston
Glenn Renell
John Santoro
Marianne Smith
Susan St. John
Caleb Stone
Joyce Tenneson
Emily Trenholm
Greta Van Campen
Victoria K. Woodhull


As part of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School's 50th Anniversary celebration, I am very excited to be a part of the Art & Auction Invitational. Nearly 30 artists with ties to Maine and Outward Bound, will be contributing their works of art to support the work of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and the Hurricane Island Foundation. The artwork will be sold at auction on Friday, August 22nd at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School Benefit Dinner and Bash at Point Lookout in Lincolnville, Maine. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hiobs50.org
Selfishly, I may be even more excited to be heading out to Hurricane Island a.) Because it's Hurricane. And b.) It will be in the company of 20 incredible (and generous) artists on Saturday, August 9th to create original artwork en plein air for auction at the Bash.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wet Paint Auction


I had a great time at the Cape Elizabeth Paint for Preservation and Wet Paint Auction yesterday.  I started the day at 4:30am hoping to catch the moon over Richmond Island, but it was not to be. So then I had to wait a while for sun up and found this composition in the corner of Kettle Cove.

Jill and I had a great time at the auction, spending some time catching up with good friends and making some new ones. I selfishly love having the time to chat with the other artists and am always flattered that I get to work with this talented, gifted group of people.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Painting and Ritual

I have been trying to be more "ritualized" when I start a painting. I don't point my brushes in the direction of Mecca or sprinkle the canvas with holy turpentine, but I do try to start with a familiar ritual.  By "ritualized" I mean I try to repeat the same routine every time in the hopes that I will feel more sure-footed before I even get paint on the brush.


Painting in and of itself is challenging enough and I like to start with a clean slate (and remain clean) each time. In this post, I want to share with you some of what I do when I make a painting. 


1. Pack the night before. If I know I'm going to be painting in the field,  I love being over-prepared. There is nothing worse than getting to where you want to work and realizing you've forgotten something essential--like paint (Don't ask me how I know this).
 
2. Palette Prep. Before leaving the house, I like to get some of the prep work out of the way. Specifically, I like to lay down all the colors in my palette and top up my medium and cleaner so that when I arrive, I'm ready to go! 
3. The 6 P's. In an effort to remember what to bring on a plein air outing, I have tried to boil it down to 6 key items:    

  • Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Panels
  • Palette
  • Pod (short for tri-pod)
  • Paper Towels
4. Sketch. Drawing the scene, even in a quick sketch is hugely helpful to the success of a painting for me. It gives me a moment to get to know the subject in very simple terms. It's also a great way to design the composition before I lay it down in paint. I don't always do this, but generally it's better when I do.  
5. Snapping a photo. I like to get a photo of the scene as soon as I get settled. I'm typically drawn to something specific that will most likely change with the tide or the light as I work, and I like to have the reference to work from back in the studio.
  
6. Visualize the finished painting. I use a variety of methods to do this from using a view-finder or a value-finder, to sketches, and even cropping photos on my iPhone.

Question: I'd love to hear what do you do before you get started on a painting? You can leave a comment in the box below.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Rain Pools

Rain Pools, 8" x 10", Oil on Panel, 2014
I've been working with the Zorn Palette as of late and it has really helped in simplifying color choices, especially in a little view as complex as this one. I am amazed how much I can get from 3 colors plus white. And then when I do want to add from the other 7 colors on my palette--voila! A great shot of vibrancy!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Fog Inside & Out

A foggy AND rainy day outside today, so I worked in the studio on a foggy painting without the rain.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maine College of Art Workshop


Maine College of Art Workshop
Plein Air Painting with Cooper Dragonette
August 8th and 9th

ONLY 3 SPACES REMAINING!

If you'd like more information about my upcoming workshop this summer, please click on the link below or email me for more details.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Painting Plein Air at Two Lights

Two Lights State Park is one of my favorite places to go here in Maine. It's a stone's throw from our house and is often quiet and lots of space to spread out. Today I was a bit nervous about being swept from the rocks by a rogue wave, and sort of wishing there were a few more people around to keep an eye on me.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

7th Annual Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Paint for Preservation Auction



I am really flattered to be included into this year's 
It is an honor to be working with such a ridiculously talented group of artists participating on Sunday, July 13th to help raise funds in an effort to permanently preserve conservation land. 
Here is a link for more information about the artists and the event:


www.capelandtrust.org/paintforpreservation/2014/
 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Birches


We had what-I-hope-to-be the last snow storm last week, just before we left for Easter. It was shocking to wake up to see everything covered in snow, but by mid-morning the sun was out and the snow was on the run. I had been looking at this small group of birch trees all winter long. I especially like the shadows as they fell across the snow. They were even more interesting now that the snow was melting. I got set up as fast as I could and by the time I was ready to call it a day, the remaining snow only hugged the very base of the trees. 
I still have a bit more work to do on both, but I like where they're heading.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maine College of Art Continuing Studies Plein Air Workshop


If you're in Maine this August, this may be of interest to you. I'll be teaching a 2-day Plein Air Painting Workshop with Maine College of Art. The workshop is scheduled for August 2nd and 3rd, 2014. 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Registration and details are below.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maine College of Art Continuing Studies

The Maine College of Art Continuing Studies Spring catalog comes out tomorrow. I am thrilled and honored not only to be teaching workshops with them, but to have my painting, "Titan" on the catalog cover.
Stay tuned for workshop dates!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Spurwink River painting

I have been working on a series of large paintings for most of the winter--indoors. Today was too nice to pass up being outside and working. I have been looking at a few river and marsh spots around town for a while and chose this one this morning, largely because it was in the sun and out of the wind. What you can't see in the photo is the guard rail right behind my knees separating me from cars doing 60mph. I put my headphones on to block out the noise. Thankfully traffic was very light and the setting nearly perfect. Not long after I got started, a photographer from the Portland Press Herald appeared seemingly out of nowhere and voila! I'm in the newspaper. Which only goes to prove that if you stand in the same spot for long enough, eventually someone will notice you. 

I finally packed it up near lunch time when 3 huge flocks of Canada Geese gracefully flew overhead, on their way up river.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In The Whites

In The Whites, 22" x 22", Oil on Panel, 2014
This series of large pieces from Penobscot Bay (this is from the White Islands) is nearly complete, but if I don't hurry up I'll have to start all over again when I'm back there in July.

Friday, February 14, 2014

August Storm

August Storm, 24" x 24", Oil on Panel, 2014
There is a snowstorm at full-tilt outside my window today, yet somehow this image from August did nothing to keep me warm. A couple more images from my series of island views to work on in the studio and then it's back outside to paint (after the snowstorm, of course)!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spruce and Sky

Spruce and Sky, 22" x 22", Oil on Panel, 2014
 
 The snowstorm is just beginning to cast its first few flakes here in Maine. It won't be long now until we're hunkered down for the rest of the day and the night and tomorrow and whoknowsforhowlong...
In the meantime though, a few more images of summer to work on and complete my series. Then it will be time to get back outdoors and paint! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Island Moonrise

Island Moonrise, 20" x 24", Oil on Panel, 2014
 
I'm still working on my series of island images from our August trip in Penobscot Bay. I've been loving working in the studio, but am excited to get out soon and do some painting in the snow and the sun. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Towards the Gate

Towards the Gate, 24" x 24", Oil on Panel, 2014
Another in a series from a mystery island in Penobscot Bay.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Island Spruce

Island Spruce, 24" x 24", Oil on Panel, 2014

For a variety of reasons (namely all of them "the cold") I have been working in the studio on a series of images from this past summer. I'm hoping I have captured a little of the magic of Penobscot Bay, despite being so far from it.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In Progress

Back at the easel...finally. 2014 is off to a BIG start with about 10 large pieces in the works. Here's one I started this week.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Website and FREE SHIPPING!


It's Official! The new website is DONE! (whew.)
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And to celebrate, FREE SHIPPING on any painting available in the website Store

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Thanks so much for your support and well wishes.
 It feels like a great way to wrap up the year and kick off 2014!

Sneak Peek at the New Website


Just a few more tweaks and a few more coats of paint and the new cooperdragonette.com website should be ready for opening. It's actually been a bit of a joy to create this one. The old one had served its purposes, but had grown long in the tooth and now grazes comfortably in a sunny cyber-meadow somewhere. 

The new one looks better, is better behaved, and is compatible across a multitude of devices. What's more, this new website even has a store! 
As well as easy to use links to my Facebook page as well as my Pinterest page. 

Maybe I should have a sale in honor of its arrival?

Stay tuned for its official launch on Monday, but get a sneak peek at it now at cooperdragonette.com

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Homer's Backyard

Homer's Backyard, 12" x 12", Oil on Panel, 2013
While I'm waiting for the new website to upload, I have been finishing up some paintings I started before the snow and the cold.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Three 6" x 8" Cooper Dragonette Original Paintings For Sale!



Occasionally I post a painting to ebay for online auction. 
Such is the case with these three 6"x 8" paintings here. 
Each piece is an original oil on panel, signed and ready to be framed. 
Each painting was painted en plein air in 2013 here on the coast of Maine, 
not far from our home in Cape Elizabeth.


The auction ends this Sunday evening.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

6" x 6" Studies



Here are 3 little 6" x 6" studies I did while visiting a beautiful island in northern Penobscot Bay this summer. 


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Studio Sale!

Jill and I are getting ready to pack up and sell our house of 6 years here in Cape Elizabeth.

As much as I'd like to invite you to help us pack, I'm sure you'd be busy that day anyhow.

Instead, I thought I'd lighten the load and have a Studio Sale!

There will be paintings of all sizes, some with frames and some ready for framing.

I hope to see you on Saturday October 19th between 10am and noon.

All the best,
Cooper

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP


HAYSTACK PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP WEEKEND



When teaching a plein air workshop, weather is everything. 
The workshop started off in the rain, which forced us indoors on Friday afternoon when we met. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise; a great excuse to get comfortable with our easels, paints, and brushes. We worked on a few short excercises to get us ready for our big day out on Saturday.

We awoke to a mix of sun and clouds in the morning and spent most of the morning on a very secret location on Deer Isle, not far from Haystack. The afternoon was even more spectacular with a view that took our breath away, and a Maine day that you would want to bottle up to open again some time in March. 

Overall, a great weekend and a great group of artists to spend beautiful days with!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

George Marshall Store Gallery Show

I am very pleased to be showing my work at the 
My paintings are part of a group exhibit and if you haven't been to the gallery before, it's a pretty special spot.
 

The opening is this Saturday, July 20th at 5pm. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Storm Surge

Storm Surge, 6" x 8", Oil on Panel, 2013

"Water, Water Everywhere!" 
Spent a lovely morning at Pond Cove here in Cape Elizabeth working on this small study. The storm that sat off the coast over the weekend and brought big rain and big waves has passed, and the seas have calmed enough to be able to get out and paint--I don't know if I could have painted the big waves. They were just too big. I came back to the house to find the basement flooded, which doused any ideas I had about spending an afternoon in the studio.