Friday, July 15, 2022

"The Life of a Rose" Oil on 6x8 inch board




 I love these roses, they are beautiful when they are just opened, and even more beautiful as they age... their color fades until they are almost white.  I did this little study back in June, painted from life.  

Below are a couple of pictures of work in progress....  Thanks for looking at my artwork today!

Sunday, July 10, 2022

"Red, White, and Blue for July" Oil on 8x8 inch board


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I painted this as the 4th of July holiday was coming up, which inspired the red, white and blue theme.  Red and white petunias, and blue bachelor buttons are from my garden.  The number 7 is for the month of July. 

Below is a work in progress photo of the "underpainting", and my set up.  I followed with another layer or two of paint over the next day or two.  
Thanks for looking at my artwork today!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

"Clementines and Cup" Oil on 6x8 inch board



100% of the sale of this painting will be donated to to help the displaced people of Ukraine.  Thank you!

I began this painting as a demo for the Suburban Rochester Art Group.   I had set up my still life, and worked on the painting for about 1 1/2 hours, and then finished it up at home.  

Sunday, February 27, 2022

"A Prayer for Peace, Tea Cup and Lemon" Oil on 5x7 in board



I began this painting last week.   A few days later, as I was finishing it,  I was hearing the news of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Words of support for Ukraine were everywhere on social media, posts of Sunflowers, and the yellow and blue colors... I looked at this painting and it had such an aura of peace about it.  A cup of tea evokes a feeling of quiet and calm... a peaceful moment.
I wish and pray for peace, and also, add a small action to go with it, a donation of support.

This painting will go to the buyer, and the payment will go to UNICEF to help support children and families under threat.  

Below are some pictures of work in progress...

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

New Paintings... "PB&J", and "Donut with Sprinkles"


"Donut with Sprinkles"  5x7

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"PB&J with Strawberry"  5x7


Here are my two most recently finished paintings, now available on eBay.  These were fun subjects to paint, but even though I enjoyed painting them, I didn't get to enjoy eating them.  They were very stale by the time I finished :-)

Some pics of work in progress....

I changed the background color on this one toward the end. A teal color instead of the light violet gray.

Friday, January 28, 2022

"Lemon Peel" Oil on 5x7 in. board



This is my first painting of the New Year! 

I'm looking forward to painting many more.

Below are some photos of work in progress...

Monday, December 13, 2021

"Christmas Candle 2021" Oil on 8x6 board



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



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



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, 

and also my website,

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

 Available on DailyPaintWorks!

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...