Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

7 Falls

Finally got out for some spring painting at a beautiful little Spot about 25 minutes from home.  I will be returning.  11 x 14 oils. “Available”

Kate in Red

My favorite model, Kate from Atlanta was in Asheville and we had a couple sittings.  This is painting #1 from our sessions. 16″ x 20″  Available

Classic Chevy Pickup

Not far from my house, sits this beauty.  1954 Chevy. 6 x 8 gouache on paper. “Available” Happy Birthday, Mike!  Sorry, missed it by a day.

PONTIAC WOODY

A 1953 Pontiac woody that was parked at our hotel on our trip to Maine last August. 6 x 8 gouache on paper.

Scott Lane

Scott Lane, our sitter at the Wednesday night head study.  12×16 oil on linen.

Rolls in Decline

A sad old Rolls Royce sitting out in the elements.  Still a beautiful automobile.  A couple miles from my house here in Hendersonille. 5″ x 7″ gouache watercolor on paper.  “available”

Up to the house

A nice little scene near Etowah, NC.  9 x 12 oil

Reagan

Our niece Reagan, who just turned five.  She was four when I took the pic I worked from.  The girl knows how to accessorize.  16 x 20 oil

Little Toot

“Little Toot”, is what the locals in Maine called this little Tug. I went up to paint with some old and new friends. A workshop With Julain Merrow-Smith was the occasion and everyone there had been to Provence to paint with Julian over the last 2 years. Our hosts Julian and Ruth were as gracious […]

Shanna

Our lovely model for our Wednesday night portrait study at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Studio.  12 x 16 oil.  

Looking West

The Biltmore has an incredible view to the west.  I set up my gear in the south pasture.  There are no bad views here.  11×14 oil on linen. 

Colin

17 year old Colin our model for the Wed night portrait study session at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors studio.

Helen Byrd

Our fantastic model at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Wednesday night study session.  12 x 16 oil.

Edneyville Ruin

A little falling down barn out in apple country.  8x 10 oil.

Made in the Shade

A little 5″ x 7″ portrait of a hen from Rabun Gap, Georgia. Happy Birthday Mike.  

Theo

A recent painting of Theophilous Mackey, one of the many great folks I’ve met here in Hendersonville, NC.  24″ x 30″ oil on linen.

End of Winter

Winter is as good as over here in Hendersonville, NC.  This is a scene from the Biltmore Estate done about a month ago.  Tomorrow it’s time to paint Spring.  Happy birthday Grandson Thomas and My Dad “Big Don” wherever you are.

Chicago Mike’s Blues

Studio portrait of my friend, Mike Waterkotte, from, you guessed it. Chicago.  16 x 20 oil on linen.

Snowy fire pit

Our side yard after last weeks big snow.  11 x 14 oil

Tyrone

Another all prima from our Wednesday night head study session at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors studio.  12 x 16 oil on linen.

Wolf’s Angel

Plein Air painting of Wolf’s Angel.  The angel resides at the Hendersonville cemetery and was the inspiration for Thomas Wolf’s first novel, “Look Homeward Angel”.  9×12 oil on linen.  “available”

The Barn at Walnut Cove

Back to the Walnut Cove Stables near Hendersonville, NC.  11 x 14 oil on linen. “Available”

Chicken Barn

A plain air of the chicken barn at Walnut Cove Stables.  11 x 14  oil on linen.

Theo

Theo, painted at Wed. night head study.  12 x 16 oil on linen.

Oakland Street Bungalow

A pretty bungalow next door to my house.  Oil on 11 x 14 linen.  “available”

St. Simon’s Cedar

A cedar tree from my recent St. Simon’s painting trip.  Once again, painted plain air until the rain, then finished in the studio.  Oil on 11 x 14 linen panel  “Available” .

Lady in a Red Headdress

This is Kate from the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  11 x 14  oil on linen.

Huck

This is Huck, a white labrador retriever.  This was a commission for a neighbor in Atlanta.  11 x 14  Oil on linen.

Hay Barn in the Valley

Hay barn filled for winter in a beautiful valley west of Hendersonville, NC.  9″ x 12″ oil on linen panel.

White Barn Sunset

With just a little daylight left and the temperature dropping fast, I had to stop and paint this scene on the road between Hendersonville and Brevard. 9×12 oil on linen

Sycamore Field

There is still some color left in the Mountains of North Carolina.

Killarney House

My first Plein air in our new home, Hendersonville, NC.  This is Killarney house.  Ours is the guest or carriage house glimpsed in the background.  9 x 12 oil on linen panel.

Naomi

2 hr oil sketch, painted at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.    

Elena

Elena, a fantastic new model at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ Arches oil paper. “Available”  

Chocolay River Bank

At a bend in the Chocolay river as the sun was coming up in the UP of Michigan near Marquette.  8″ x 10″ oil on linen panel

St William’s Church

St William’s Catholic church in Paoli, Wisconsin, just a few miles outside of Madison.  A very pretty little mission style church at the corner of the town square.

Sue Taylor’s Wisteria

Just finished a trip through Michigan, Wisconsin, and then Chicago. This is Sue Taylor’s wisteria in Lake Station, Michigan. 8″ x 10″ oil on linen panel.

Le Madelene, near Malaucene, France

A painting from the road of Le Madelene, the ancient monastery where we stayed during the workshop with Julian Merrow-Smith.  Day 5  6″ x 10″ oil on panel.    

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″

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.

Hen with Brown Head

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

Quiana

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

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.

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”

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.

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.

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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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