Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

Day 1 in Provence

Just behind Le Madelene, where we stayed, is this beautiful valley full of vineyards and orchards.  The clouds moved in, but it was still a stunning view.  Julian had just given an amazing demo and we all scattered to find our masterpieces.  6″ x 8″ oil on panel.

Nanybel

Nanybel Salazar, was the model for this session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center. Nanybel is also a a very talented painter and a juried member of The Atlanta Portrait Society. 11″ x 14″ oil on linen.

Man in Dark Red

This painting is from the Tuesday session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  The model is Matthew.  12″ x 16″

Bud McGee’s Field

While driving from Atlanta to Louisiana, I left the highway at Forest, Mississippi to search for a subject to paint.  Finally, I spotted this gorgeous field full of small yellow flowers.  Little did I know, that the local dairy farmers had a different opinion of these little beauties.  The owner of the farm, Bud, and […]

Reclining Nude

2 hr study of a reclining nude at the Atlanta Artist’s center.  Oil on 11″ x 14″ linen

Front Yard Dogwood

The dogwood we planted about 12years ago, is beautiful this year.

Gord

Painted Alla Prima at the Atlanta Artist’s Center,  12″ x 16″ oil on linen. Happy Birthday to Grandson Thomas

The Berney Girls

I just finished this commission for my friends Chris and  Caroline Berney. Their lovely girls, Lilly and Ava.  24″ x 30″  oil on linen.

Sketches of Clare

Clare, another of our great models at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  Both are oil on 12″ x 16″ linen    

Rogdre

One more for the men in hats series.  Rogdre is a model from the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  12″ x 16″ oil on linen

Emerald #5

Another of Emerald, one of our favorite models at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  11″ x 14″ oil on linen. $600

White Rooster # 3

A white rooster from Rabun, Gap Georgia.  5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.  “Available”

Hen with Brown Head

Another for the chicken portrait series.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.  “Available”

Rasheeda

A painting from life.  Painted at the Atlanta Art Center. 11″x14″ oil on linen.

Quiana Reclining

Another from my wednesday night drawing and painting session.  11 x 14 oil on linen. “available”

Quiana

Another from my Wednesday night sketch session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  11″ x 14″  Oil on linen.  “available”  

Darwin

Darwin.  One more for the “Men in Hats series”.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.

Emerald With a Fedora

Another from the wednesday night alla prima session.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ linen “available”

Marietta Street Building by the Tracks

Another building near the tracks, near downtown Atlanta.  Painted plein air despite the homeless fellas and the railroad cops. 11″ x 14″ oil on linen.  “Available”

Jimmy O

One more for the men in hats series.  8″x10″ oil on linen panel

Rooftops in Rome

The light was just right and the sky was a color you only see in Italy.  8″ x 10″ oil on linen. “available”

Tom’s Boat House

Tom’s boat house in the morning light. Located on Granite Lake in Wisconsin.  Just across the lake from where we stay every year. 9″ x 12″ color study done in oil on Arches oil paper.

Emerald

A great model from my Wednesday night drawing class.   Oil on 11″x14″ linen. “Available”

Subrt’s Silo and Barn

Spent a windy morning painting this silo and barn , near Rice Lake Wisconsin, I’ve admired for years.  I had to chase my sun umbrella down the road a couple times. I had a chance to meet Leroy and Gayle Subrt and they were very nice people. ” Sold”

Happy Birthday

This is a piece done for the Step by Step Illustrated Chinese Cookbook.  Published by Simon and Schuster in the late 70’s.  Watercolor and ink on rice paper.

Small Nude

An hour and a half, oil sketch from life.  Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.

Abandoned Burger Joint

An abandoned burger joint on Atlanta’s west side.  11″ x 14″  Oil on linen. Happy Father’s day.  You know who I’m talking to..

Strolling in Rome

    A couple strolling at the Campo de Fiore in Rome.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel. “available”

Iris in Brown Vase

The Iris are huge and beautiful in our garden this spring.  I managed to paint this before they were flattened by the rain..  Oil on 12″ x 16″ linen.

Building by the Tracks

An odd shaped building by the tracks near midtown Atlanta, with downtown off in the distance.  12″ x 16″  Oil on linen.

Rome Backstreet

A back alley type street full of little cars and motorbikes.  5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.

Alec in Shades 2

Another of my friend Alec.  Oil on  5″x7″linen panel.

Vatican City Street Scene

          A winding street scene in Vatican City.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.

Street Scene in Rome

      A scene from our trip a few years ago,somewhere in Rome.

Atomic Disintegrator

Atomic disintegrator, made by Hubley,  Thanks to Russ Williams for the loan of his ray gun for my still life.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ canvas panel. “sold”

Alec in Shades

A small portrait of my friend Alec.  Painted from one of his photos taken in Northern Michigan.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.

Lake Lanier, Tryon, N.C.

Another from the fall plein air workshop in Tryon, NC.  Oil on 11 ” x 14″ canvas.

North Carolina Mountain Veiw

A view of the North Carolina Mountains painted on recent fall outdoor workshop with Rich Nelson.  Oil on 9″ x 12″ canvas

Irises in Ceramic vase

A vase of irises from our garden,  Painted early this past summer.  12″ x 16″  oil on linen.

3 Jacksons

3 views of Jackson, our big beautiful flat coat retriever.  He left a short time ago and went wherever good dogs go when they pass on.  He  was a pal and a clown and we miss him. Oil on 24″ x 36″ canvas

Morning Window

An illustration from a book I’ve been working on for years now.  I might finish it in this lifetime, or maybe not.  Done digitally in Painter and Photoshop.

Happy Birthday

An illustration from the archives.  A magazine ad from the summer of 1978. Happy birthday dear Emily, and a happy 4th to all.

White door

White parish door at historic, Church of the cross, in Bluffton, SC.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.  

Nina Simone with Ear Ring

Another of Nina Simone for the musician series. 14″ x 14″  Oil on linen

French Quarter Doorway

Today’s post is a doorway in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  I don’t remember the street, but I loved the old world look of the architecture. Oil on 8 ” x 10″ linen panel.

Ricky Jay “Cards as Weapons”

I don’t even want to admit how long ago I painted this illustration.  Ok, it was 1977.   I didn’t have as much hair as Ricky, but almost.  I still have the original painting for this one.  The illustration was used as a book cover as well as a large poster.  I see the posters […]

Covered Bridge

A covered bridge at Stone Mountain Park. Near Atlanta Georgia. Painted plein air.  Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.  

Kiawah Island View

A scene from the ocean course on Kiawah Island, SC. Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.

Nina color sketch

Color study for Nina Simone painting.  5 1/2″x6 1/2″ oil on linen “Sold”

Hen

Another in the chicken series. I don’t know what it is about chickens.  Maybe it’s the expressive faces.  This one seems a bit surpised. 5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.

Buck Rogers Atomic Blaster

The Buck Rogers U235 Atomic Blaster.  If that is important to anyone Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel. “Available”

Obi Wan as a Young Man

                                Style sketch done in Corel painter and photoshop, for Hasbro and Lucas films illustration.  

Flash Gordon Ray Gun

A Flash Gordon Ray Gun, another from my friend Russ Williams’ collection. 8″ x 10″ oil on linen At auction on ebay “Sold”

Across the Lake

A view of Stone Mountain from across the lake on a 95 degree day. Stone Mountain park, Georgia.  8″x 10″ oil on linen. At auction for 7 days. Available

Balconies in Rome

Lovely shadows from deco balconies in Rome. Oil on 7″ x 9″ gessoed panel. “Sold”

Buck Rogers Ray Gun

A still life painting of a Buck Rogers water pistol ray gun.  Oil on 8″x10″ linen panel The gun is from the fine and funky collection of my friend Russ Williams.  Russ is a talented graphic artist and incredible sculptor of otherworldly creatures and spaceships, made from worldly objects. Sold

Yellow Onion

Yellow onion on Blue.8″x10″ oil on linen panel. “Available” Thanks to Rich Nelson for sharing some of his time and knowledge, at his landscape workshop this past week.  I recommend it to painters of any skill level.  

Rooster Portrait #3

Another chicken portrait.  5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel. “available”

Kassidy

My Buddy Kass, 11 yr old golden.  Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. nfs

Portrait of a White Rooster

                                Another rooster for the chicken portrait gallery.  Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. “available”

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  • I have been painting and illustrating professionally for my entire career. I recently left the graphic arts business to paint full time. Life is grand! If you would like to know more about me, hit the "About" link in the upper right corner. For pricing or any other info please email me. dgcooley11@gmail.com All images on this site are copyright protected by the artist.
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