Thursday, November 29, 2007

14 Comments:

Blogger Deborah Paris said...

This is a wonderful little painting-I love the light and the feeling of the tug moving through the water. I firmly believe that if you feel deeply about something and communicate that to the viewer in the work, the very personal becomes universal. You've done just that with this series of ship paintings. I don't know beans about ships but your love of them makes these paintings a pleasure to see.

11/29/2007  
Blogger Frank Gardner said...

I like the light in the sky in this one. Great job in showing which way the wind is blowing with that smoke. Just wish there were some softer edges on the boat to give a better sense of movement. But hey, I'm just being picky.

11/29/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Deborah, Thanks for your kind words. I've been back and forth on the ship paintings--they strike me as such an odd little subject matter. I think I'm attracted to the geometry and color, and usually the backdrop.

11/29/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Frank, Thanks I agree, it was tough to get this little boat to feel like it was floating. I always welcome the critical feedback. Thanks.

11/29/2007  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

i love your boat paintins cooper,especially this one
i like the fact they are all in different situations,any chance of a misty one?

11/29/2007  
Blogger Ambera said...

This is STUNNING. Quiet and beautiful, it makes me want to go down to the harbor right this second and get to work. I love it.

11/29/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Rob--I think I may have been inspired by your car paintings. Similar don't you think? I will keep the camera at the ready for the next foggy day.

11/29/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thank you Ambera. I could do a whole series of just tugs.

11/29/2007  
Blogger Mike said...

MAN!!! You are ROCKIN' !! The paintings over the last few weeks are all knock outs !! All those sold signs gotta be putting a smile on too, eh? ;-)

I can remember watching Tugs in Boston Harbor while there on business. We don't have em like this out in Calif. The skies, values, color combos . . .all are stunning, Cooper.

11/30/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Mike! Well, the sold signs are good yes, but I still don't know what to make of paintings of ships. A bit of a leap of faith for me. Marshes to big hunks of steel and oil?

11/30/2007  
Blogger Tracy said...

How Lovely!
The softness in the sky, yet still so rich. Only enough of the subjects to let us know they're there.
I found your site via another blog - Carol's? I'll have to come back and visit!

11/30/2007  
Blogger This Painting Life said...

You've captured a beautiful warmth and stillness in this painting, I like it very much.

12/05/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Tracy and Dianne!

12/05/2007  
Blogger Colin Barclay said...

Hi Cooper
Nice stuff ! I especially like the mood you are able to bring to them
Colin

1/05/2008  

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