Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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.)

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 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

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,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013



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.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Studio in the snowstorm

 Untitled, 10" x 10, Oil on Panel, 2013
On Sunday there was a snowstorm on the outside. But inside the studio I had scenes from summer on the easel and Glenn Hansard rocking out on the speakers.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Snowstorm from the Bridge

Snowstorm from the Bridge, 8" x 8", Oil on Panel, 2013

I was stopped on the Casco Bay Bridge waiting for a ship to pass underneath and had a little bit of time to get out of the car with my camera. I loved how the snow capped surfaces faded into the distance, into the clouds enveloping the city.

Winter Sunrise, 10" x 10", Oil on Panel, 2013

A surprisingly steady string of gorgeous sunrises here on the Maine coast this month. I often take our dog out for a walk or a run first thing in the morning (before everybody else gets up) and get a chance to enjoy these with a little peace and quiet (which is the best way to enjoy sunrises).

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February Surf

February Surf, 10" x 10", Oil on Panel, 2013

The big snowstorm has come and gone and if I had tried to paint the waves that rolled in with it, I would have been swept out to sea. Fortunately we had a classic New England "wintry mix" storm here on Monday and the seas were a bit more tame. Spent the morning painting down at Two Lights again. There's usually a building or structure to hide behind if it's too nasty.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Beach Day

Beach Day, 12" x 16", Oil on Panel, 2013
The sun sets on another gorgeous day in Maine.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Snow Field Plein Air

Untitled, 10" x 10", Oil on Panel, 2013

I started this one before the snow melted, and finished it up in the studio today. With the next big nor'easter on its way, this field on the edge of town will look like this again before long.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Portland Head Light in the Snow

Portland Head Light in the Snow, 16" x 16", Oil on Panel, 2013 (SOLD)

We woke to new snow covering the ground again on Tuesday morning, but with temperatures fast on the rise it wouldn't last for long. I got out in the morning to Fort Williams before it melted again. I love this view overlooking Portland Head Light, but am always reluctant to paint the lighthouse as it is a.) been immortalized by Edward Hopper and b.) the most photographed lighthouse in the world. But Tuesday, covered in snow, I seemed to have it all to myself.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Higgins Beach, January

Higgins Beach, January, 12" x 16", Oil on Panel, SOLD

We had a spectacularly warm day here earlier in the week and I had a chance to get outside and paint for part of the day. At sunset, we took the dog and the boys down to Higgins Beach for a quick walk and enjoy the last of the day. It was a fantastic sky and sunset that night and I tried to capture some of those elusive qualities in this painting back in the studio the next day.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Two Lights Painting

View from Julie's, 18" x 18", Oil on Panel, 2013
I'm working on a series of paintings from locations all within a stone's throw from our house. In part, with both boys in school and daycare I don't really want to venture too far away in case I'm needed. But I can't complain one bit. Cape Elizabeth is full of great places and great people who are willing to lend me their view, such as this one from a home at Two Lights just down the road.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

First Paintings of 2013 (in progress)

Happy New Year!
My first day back in the studio since before Christmas.
Here's a quick snapshot of my first two paintings for 2013. Both are nearly completed, but I need to let the paint dry to go back in and noodle with some details. I'm happy with the way both look so far and will try to keep from tightening them up too much.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two Lights Rooftops

I’ve been working on lots of studies of Two Lights here in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I have had the very good fortune to be able to "borrow" this view from a very generous homeowner and have been able to make several paintings from different vantage points of the houses down by the water's edge. It’s been great working with the same shapes and colors of the rooftops, and the ever changing sea and sky. This piece measures 14" x 18".

It’s been awhile since I posted, and apologize if you've been looking for something new here for some time. I'm much better at posting on my Facebook page, so if you haven't found me on Facebook yet, please do!

But I promise I'll try to be better at posting here as well. Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 01, 2012

DIY Field Box and Easel

People often ask me where I got my Plein Air/Field Easel and I say, "the dump." And I'm not lying. Everything in this photo is from the dump. Albeit, a great dump and it took a bit of time. 

I'm very proud of it, if only for the fact that it didn't cost me anything!

The box was initially sold as an Art Supply box. It sat in the corner of my studio, empty, for about a year. Then I took it out, cut the top in half, glued and screwed support brackets to the back, added hinges to the sides and voila!

The largest portion of the box is 12" x 16" and holds a store-bought disposal palette pad. The pad is held in place with a small slat of wood for transporting (so the pad full of good paint won't fall inside the box). The side lids of the box hold brushes, medium, and usually an iPod or cell phone. The paper towel roll is underneath them where the wind doesn't affect it as much.
I try to keep it neat and simple, and like how it doesn't keep me at a distance from the painting.

At the end of the day, it all folds away nicely. The easel gets strapped to the side of my small backpack and the box goes inside.