Monday, December 13, 2021

"Christmas Candle 2021" Oil on 8x6 board


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I love to paint Christmas themed paintings at this time of year, and especially a candle.  There's something about a lighted candle that seems special to me.  

Below are some pictures of the painting in progress...

For this painting, I did a detailed drawing on paper first, and transferred the drawing to the toned board. I only lit the candle near the end when I was ready to paint the flame, so that I didn't burn the candle down too far :)


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Colored Pencil Nature drawings

 I have always loved to draw with my colored pencils, and I have accumulated many drawings.  

 I finally decided to select a few of my favorites, matte them, and offer them for sale.   

Here are a few that I've chosen.  They are always drawn on acid free artists' quality paper, with Faber-Castell and Prismacolor pencils.

If interested in purchasing, they are available in my Esty store,  Click Here To Buy 


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

"Hello Autumn" Oil on 5x7 inch board


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I finished this painting just as the first day of autumn came.. so I named it "Hello Autumn".

The pumpkin, grapes and apple all came from a farm market near where I live.  

Below are some "work in progress" photos....

Thanks for looking at my artwork today!

I started on a toned panel, with a light sketch using thin raw umber paint....

I added thin washes of color, a little at a time, using thicker paint for highlights.

Thanks for following along! I appreciate it!!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

"Birdhouse and Butterfly" Oil on 7x5 linen panel


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I bought this little birdhouse from Hobby Lobby a year ago, and finally decided to paint it.  The combination of it's straight lines, and circles appealed to me.  Below are a couple of in progress photos.

This was done on a linen panel.  I love the fine texture of the surface.  

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Fine Art Prints


Fine Art Prints of selected paintings,  

Available in my Etsy shop

I have always thought how nice it would be to have prints made of my small oil paintings, but I never thought an oil painting would look good as a print.  I felt prints were better suited to watercolors, or pastels, or other matte finish artwork.  A glossy photo of an oil painting just didn't appeal to me, until I happen to see another artist, Noah Verrier, post about his prints on IG, and they were beautiful!  I looked up the printer's website, Atom Prints, and had a few prints made to sample some of their papers and canvas.

I chose this beautiful Hahnemuhle 100% cotton, certified archival paper. It has a fine surface texture and gloss finish.  They are professionally printed with Genuine HDX Inks.  

Each print is the size of the original, with a 1 inch white border.  I am signing each one,  and limiting the number of each design to 100.  

Safely packaged in a clear plastic sleeve, with white foam-core board.  

I just love the gentle texture and sheen of these prints, they give the feel of an oil painting.

Framing is up to you, you could leave some of the white border and signature showing, or frame it right up to the edge of the work to look more like an actual painting.   

Thank you for looking at my artwork today! Visit me on instagram: @ dbeckscooper, 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

"Mid Summer Flowers and Vase" Oil on 6x8 inch board


Here are some progress photos of my set up and painting.  I have been enjoying a more indirect method,  gradually building up with thin layers of paint,  I feel I can control the paint better.

Friday, August 20, 2021

"Basket with Clementines and Strawberries" Oil on 6x8 inch board

These are some of my favorite subjects to paint, strawberries and oranges, especially a peeled orange! Painted from life.  

Below are some "work in progress" pics.  I don't usually start with a white surface.  Most of the time I tone my surface with a thin mix of raw umber, and let it dry before starting to paint.  But, I was just impatient to start this one, and I didn't have a pre toned board to use. 

It worked out ok, but I think I like painting on a prepared surface better than right onto the white gesso.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

"Cosmos and Cherries" Oil on 5x7 panel

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A summertime painting of Cosmo flowers, cherries with a small antique green bottle.  This is painted on an Artefex extra fine cotton canvas panel, 5x7x1/8 inch.  

Monday, July 5, 2021

"Cherry Jubilee" Oil on 5x7 linen panel


I love these Rainier cherries, and look forward to painting them every year.  I used a linen panel made by Artefex, to try something new.  I purchased three different 5x7 surfaces to try.  It was very nice to paint on, I felt I had more control painting in details, especially those stems!  

Below are some work in progress pics...


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

"June Bouquet in Delft Cup" Oil on 6x6 inch board


A bouquet of flowers from my garden,  in a Delft tea cup that I found in at antique market.  Strawberries were also in season at the time, so I added one in.  
Below are some work in progress photos:

Thank you so much for looking at my artwork today!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

"Pansy Bouquet" Oil on 6x8 inch board


I love pansies, and I had planted many different colors just so I could paint a bouquet like this.  
Below are a few in progress photos....


Saturday, June 5, 2021

"Pansy and Lily of the Valley" Oil on 6x8 inch board


Beautiful spring blooms, pansy and lily of the valley from my garden. 

Below are pics of work in progress...

I started this with a quick sketch in thinned oil paint on a dry toned surface.

I found using a simple mixture of black, white, and yellow ochre useful for the petals and background.

Friday, May 28, 2021

"Yellow Iris" Oil on 6x6 board


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This is an alla prima oil sketch of a yellow iris from my garden.  These beautiful blooms only last a few short days and then they are gone until next spring.  I wanted to capture one while they are still in bloom.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

"Lemon Zest and Daffodils" Oil on 6x6 inch board


 A trompe l'oeil painting, "to fool the eye,"  below are some pictures of my set up, and painting in progress.

Thanks for looking today!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

"Lemon Bowl" Oil on 6x8 board



Some progress pics below...

What would this painting look like in a frame? Here is a photoshop framed version to give you an idea..