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Illustration Friday: SOAKED


This is a commissioned oil painting I did last summer and I thought it fit this week's theme over at Illustration Friday quite nicely.

Comments (27)

This is very cool. They must have loved it.... I can almost feel the water

John Cox:


Thanks for the kind word. It was an unconventional portrait of sisters based on a photo someone shot in the Caribean.

Beautifully painted and perfect for "soaked"

John Cox:


Thanks for the nice comment.


Looks cool, but I guess I don't get the brown toes??


Maybe it was after the BP oil spill?


Brown toes? You mean the shadows? From the shadows & the reflection of the sun on the water, either the women are facing east & it's shortly before solar high noon, or they're facing west & it's shortly past.

Cool painting.

John Cox:


Shadows indeed. In fact that detail is important because the shadows define and accentuate the toes. Had the light been flat, the feet would look like they belong on a mannequin. The photo (ergo, the painting) works because of the variety of lightplay on the figures and on the water surface.

Seeing this painting today just made my morning. This is a truly therapeutic painting. I imagined them being mother and daughter before I read through the comments. But the fact that they're sisters makes it very cool.

Doc Al:

I noticed the brown feet, too - I just thought they were from Kentucky.


Doesn't look like shadows, what with the color, highlights, and irregularity. I'd guess a thin mud or paint. Looks like they might be near the shore, propping themselves up with their arms.

I agree with collette about feeling the water. Nice job, John.

Tom Wms.:

Hey guys, I'm going to try some of that this weekend. We are in Cocoa Beach. They only problem I have at the beach is when I lay down on the beach a crowd gathers and some smart ass wants to throw water on me and roll me back in!

Everyone have a great Memorial Day and remember what it is all about.

Dr. Bob:

RE: "The photo (ergo, the painting) works because of the variety of lightplay on the figures and on the water surface."

Yes, it certainly does. I like it.

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I love seeing this picture. John is a wonderful artist and he made this picture come alive. I am one of the sisters. We were in the water in the Caribbean admiring our bright pink toenails and remembering how our mother used to float around the water with her toes in the air!

John Cox:


Thanks for stopping in and chipping in your personal story behind the photo.

Thanks for the kind word. This commission was one of my all-time favorites. It was refreshing doing portraiture that got beyond stodgy poses and lifeless backgrounds. It's a nice reminder how creative energy from a client can push the art of painting to surprising heights.


What a lovely painting! It gives your great fuel for your spirit.

Margaret: I am curious, are your sister "left" or "right" in the picture?

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Hi Martin, I am the sister on the right. Marybeth is on the left and her husband took the photo!


Nice to meet you! Please say hi to Marybeth! Your husband is good with the camera!

All the Best,


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John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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