Main

Paintings Archives

June 2, 2007

New Painting

EXPOSED.gif

(click image to enlarge)

Exposed
36" x 18", oil on canvas
Available for purchase by contacting Quent Cordair Fine Art.

I'm fascinated by the differences between Islam's view of women and the West's.

June 4, 2007

Skull Study

skullstudy.138.gif

EVERGREEN
10" x 7" watercolor
available for purchase: $175
(send inquiries to johncee10[at]hotmail.com)
UPDATE: SOLD, JUNE 10th

Going through my watercolor folder and found this. Did this a while back after visiting a friend's place in Colorado. There's a kind of a Wyeth-meets-O'keefe thing happening.

June 19, 2007

Small Art

newart.184.gif

FRAGMENT #1
7" x 5"
oil on masonite board
SOLD

I've done a small collection of figure pieces with a crackled surface. Playing with the concept of "Time vs. Beauty".

June 21, 2007

The Piano Tuner

curt-h2o-final.gif

KURT
12" x 9"
watercolor
(not available for purchase)

I did this for Kurt a few Christmases ago. He'd been featured in the AJC for his work as piano tuner and I decided to turn his photo into a watercolor.

July 18, 2007

Now For Something Completely Different...

ocean.279.gif

This is a 7" x 7" pastel study for a larger oil-on-canvas piece I'm working on. Don't have a title yet...

July 19, 2007

Surburban Cowboys

cowboy.gif

Did this waaaaaay back in my experimental days. I actually did this 5-foot piece with a turkey baster. It was inspired by Ralph Steadman's whacky illustrations found in his book, "Scar Strangled Banger".

July 22, 2007

New Painting

taboo.gif

TABOO
24" x 18" oil on canvas
(NOT AVAILABLE)

Finished this one recently. I was interested in playing with a paradise theme.


July 26, 2007

Watercolor Study

FIG.307.gif

This is a little 9" x 6" work on paper that may turn into a larger canvas piece. No title yet....

August 2, 2007

FORM AND FUNCTION

fig.333.gif

A little multi-media study juxtaposing the soft organic quality of the figure with the hard edge graphic quality of the wood working tools.

August 12, 2007

Fine Art Corner

tao.gif

THE MARTIAL WAY
24" X 24", oil on masonite board

I was shooting for a visual representation that captured the meaning and vitality of China's exotic ideography.

August 18, 2007

Fine Art Corner

shoulder.384.gif

OVER HER SHOULDER
8" x 5", oil on paper

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.....

Fine Art Corner

dave.389.gif

This is a 5" x 5" graphite study I did a while back. Can you name the statue?

August 21, 2007

Fine Art Corner

STILness.394.gif

APPALACHIAN DOOR (watercolor study)
51/2" x 81/2"

August 29, 2007

Fine Art Corner

FINE.414.gif

MALE FIGURE AND ARCHES
8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

September 3, 2007

TEMPLE of APOLINOPOLIS

TEMPLE.gif

8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

September 6, 2007

MALE FIGURE AND COLUMN

columns.gif

8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

September 10, 2007

BODY ELECTRIC

figart.gif

10" x 10"
watercolor on paper

September 13, 2007

What December May Bring

art.gif

6" x 12"
oil on masonite and canvas

September 18, 2007

La Cabana

room.gif

48" x 24"
oil on canvas

One of my favorite paintings...

September 22, 2007

HIT AND MYTH

celeb2.gif

24" x24"
oil on masonite

Exploring what "celebrity" means...

September 24, 2007

Santa Rosa (graphite study)

beach.gif

11 1/2" x 8 1/2"
graphite on paper

September 25, 2007

THINKING ALOUD

aloud.gif

36" x36"
oil on canvas

A little fun with trompe l'oeil effects...

October 1, 2007

DARK SUN

darksun.gif

8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

October 4, 2007

Back Study

standing.gif

18" x 24"
charcoal on paper

October 6, 2007

PUSH

PUSH.gif

9" x 12"
mixed media on canvas board

October 9, 2007

HAVEN

child.gif

24" x 48"
oil on canvas

October 11, 2007

ONCE BEGUN

begun.gif

24" x 30"
mixed media on canvas

October 16, 2007

WHAT LIES UNDERNEATH

LIES.gif

24" x 48"
oil on canvas

Playing with juxtapostions: old art/new art, wall/paper, western aesthetic/eastern aesthetic...

October 18, 2007

AUTUMN AWAITS

jacket.gif

30" x 40"
oil on canvas

October 23, 2007

THE PROPHET

proph.gif

8" x 12"
watercolor on masonite

This is another example of my fascination with deteriorated surfaces and trompe l'oeil frescos.

October 24, 2007

COMPOSED MANNEQUIN

maniquin.gif

24" x 18"
oil on masonite

This was an exercise in treating the manneqin as if it was flesh and blood-more heft and roundness. I think the dramatic lighting helps break down the stiffness that usually accompanies a typical mannequin study.

October 25, 2007

FEMALE STUDY AND MANNEQUIN

paint.gif

18'" x 24"
oil on canvas

This another attempt at putting the little wooden guy in a naturalistic set-up.

October 27, 2007

LIBERATED

libby.gif

24" x 18"
oil on masonite


October 29, 2007

THINGS TO COME

newart.gif

30" x 30"
oil and graphite on canvas

November 1, 2007

FRAGMENT #2

frag2.gif

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

November 4, 2007

Figure study

painting_study_01.gif

This is a mixed media figure study that I did many years ago for an oil painting. Both the study and the painting are in a private collections.

November 6, 2007

FRAGMENT #3

frag3.gif

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

November 8, 2007

FRAGMENT #4

frag4.gif

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

November 9, 2007

BEYOND MERE NUMBERS

FLYING.gif

24" x18"
oil on masonite

November 11, 2007

FRAGMENT #5

figg.gif

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

November 13, 2007

2002, SELF PORTRAIT

self.gif

20" x20"
oil on canvas

If I were to do more commissioned portraits, I think I'd try to capture more of the sitter's personality - as opposed to just catching a mere likeness.

November 15, 2007

SHORELINE (watercolor study)

H2Oart.gif

8" x 5"
watercolor on paper

November 18, 2007

KEPT SECRETS

secrets.gif

38" x 50"
oil on canvas

November 20, 2007

FRAGMENT #6

temple.gif

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

November 21, 2007

EXTRA DRY

martini.gif

5" x 8"
watercolor on paper

November 24, 2007

Promo Piece

art-promo.gif

This was a promo piece I did a couple of years back...

November 27, 2007

MORNING STRETCH

stretch.gif

9" x 6"
graphite on paper

November 29, 2007

PEARS ATOP

pears.gif

24" x 30"
oil on canvas

This one is about my painting process.

November 30, 2007

DESIRE

painting2.gif

24" x 12"
oil on canvas

I've decided I'd like to see some of my cartoon work on canvas.

December 3, 2007

Painting Idea

landscape.gif

In PhotoShop, I combined an old watercolor landscape I found in my portfolio with a simple figure photo from a book. I think this might be an interesting way to explore painting compositions without getting my fingers dirty,

December 5, 2007

PROMETHEUS: BRINGER OF FIRE

prome.gif

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

This is my take on the legend of Prometheus. The triangle shape is the alchemical symbol for Earth.

December 8, 2007

SUN AND MOON

egypt.jpg

32" x24"
oil on masonite

That is Re on the right and Thoth in the shadows.

December 11, 2007

GRATITUDE

figlake.jpg

36" x 26"
oil on canvas

A little something outside my usual "stone wall" pieces...

December 13, 2007

ORCHARD SONG

TREEman.jpg

24" x 36"
oil on canvas

December 14, 2007

WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

boy.jpg

18" x 14"
oil on canvas board

December 17, 2007

APHRODITE

aphro2.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

Greek legend has it she emerged from the sea and was married off to Hephaestus, metalsmith to the gods.

The story has a "Julia Roberts Marries Lyle Lovett" vibe....

December 19, 2007

The Idea Takes Hold

kimbo.jpg

Every once in a while, I'll shoot a photo that has the roots of a nice painting. This is my friend Kimberly Jurgen, a local actress. She was gracious enough to sit for me one fine day near Emory University.

December 20, 2007

FRAGMENT #7

fragment-%237.jpg

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

December 23, 2007

TIME ERODES

MALE.jpg

24" x24"
oil on canvas

December 29, 2007

BREAKING GROUND

figWALL.jpg

36" x 18"
oil on canvas

January 2, 2008

INTUITION

autumn.jpg

24" x24"
oil on masonite

January 4, 2008

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

school.jpg

24" x24"
oil on masonite

It says: "High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything I can think of."
KURT VONNEGUT

January 8, 2008

CLEANSE

tub.jpg

36" x 24"
oil on canvas

January 14, 2008

FRAGMENT #8

BULL.jpg

7" x 5"
oil on masonite

January 15, 2008

VELOCITY

V%3Ddt.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on canvas

January 16, 2008

FORCE

force.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

January 23, 2008

ONSET

dude.jpg

8" x 8"
mixed media on illustration board

January 25, 2008

BRUSH WITH DURER

brush.jpg

24" x36"
oil on canvas

January 30, 2008

AWAITING GODIVA

godiva.jpg

24" x 12"
oil on canvas

This is a piece I finished last week. Part of a larger body of work I've been obsessed with.

February 5, 2008

AFTER RAPHAEL

raphael.jpg

24" x 12"
oil on canvas

Another trompe l'oeil piece I completed a few weeks ago.

February 12, 2008

BETWEEN POSES

FIGstudy.jpg

12" x 9"
Watercolor on paper

This is quick little watercolor study I did during a break at a live drawing session in Buckhead.

February 19, 2008

PARLOR TRICK

tattoo.jpg

12" x 24"
oil on canvas

This is a recently finished piece that came about from a conversation I had with a local ink pusher.

February 26, 2008

PERCEPTION

perception.jpg

24" x 12"
oil on canvas

A new piece playing with trompe l'oeil effects...

March 3, 2008

EXILE

exile.jpg

24" x 12"
oil on canvas

A new piece that reflects my fascination with the Eden legend.

March 8, 2008

SHADOWPLAYER

monk.jpg

36" x 18"
oil on canvas

The last piece of my new body of work.

March 10, 2008

Watercolor Study

NECK.jpg

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS
9 1/2" x 4 1/4"
watercolor on paper

This my next large canvas, I believe.

March 11, 2008

Another Watercolor Study

visitor-status.jpg

VISITOR STATUS
4 1/2" x 9"
watercolor on paper

Kinda riding a wave of creative energy right now. I'd like to get this composition to a large oil canvas very soon. I certainly like the immigrant's vibe and the effect his eyes have on the viewer.

March 14, 2008

DARWINIAN (detail portion)

fossil.jpg

24" x24"
oil on masonite

This is a small portion of a trompe l'oeil piece. It's a good example of the amount of detail I put in these things.

March 15, 2008

"O" IS FOR...

lettO.jpg

8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

That is actual hardware attaching the head study to the support. The main surface is a mixture of sand and gesso.

March 16, 2008

LINEAGE

lineage.jpg

10" x 8"
mixed media on masonite

Another composition with similar texture elements of ""O" IS FOR..."

March 20, 2008

VENUS RISING

venus.jpg

14" x 10"
inkwash on paper

March 21, 2008

AMONG THE PYRAMIDS

pyramids.jpg

8" x 10"
oil on masonite

March 26, 2008

PANDORA'S DILEMMA

pandora%27s-dilemma.jpg

40" x 30"
oil on canvas

March 27, 2008

COASTAL WATERS

rock.jpg

7 3/4" x 7"
Inkwash and graphite on watercolor paper

March 31, 2008

C IS FOR...

Cisfor.jpg

8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

April 4, 2008

A CERTAIN DARK CURVE

bodysketch.jpg

10" x8"
sepia wash on loose canvas

April 5, 2008

QUAYSIDE

QUAYSIDE.jpg

9 1/2" x 5"
inkwash on watercolor paper

One of the little landscapes I've been goofing around with. I'm particularly interested in trying to capture an Eastern Asian sensibility.

April 8, 2008

COLOSSI AT THEBES

thebes.jpg

8" x 10"
oil on masonite

April 12, 2008

SENTINEL

chrysler.jpg

8 1/2" x5 1/2"
watercolor on paper

A little fun with the Chrysler Building.


April 14, 2008

DARK SUN II

darksun-ll.jpg

10" x 8"
oil on masonite

April 20, 2008

TIGHTROPERS SERIES: WAITING ATOP

ropewalker.jpg

8" x 5"
watercolor on paper

I was fascinated with the idea of an isolated culture of ropewalkers who waver between earth and sky their whole lives.

April 29, 2008

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS

anarchy.jpg

36" x18"
oil on canvas

This is the finished version of the watercolor study I posted March, 10, 2008.

April 30, 2008

GRACELAND

figurepost.jpg

11" x 7.5"
oil on paper

May 8, 2008

HOMELAND

land.jpg

14" x 10"
inkwash on paper


May 9, 2008

KIMBERLY

kimberly.jpg

6" x 8"
inkwash and graphite on paper

This is an informal portrait of my friend in the North Georgia mountains. She thought it looked angry. I think it's introspective.

May 10, 2008

MORNING AIR

stroll.jpg

9" x 5 1/2"
inkwash on paper


May 13, 2008

EX CATHEDRA

excathedra.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite


May 21, 2008

ROLLING STOCK

rolling-stock.jpg


24" x 24"
oil on masonite


May 27, 2008

RESERVOIR

reservoir.jpg

7" x 4"
watercolor on paper

June 4, 2008

TERPSICHORE

excel.jpg

48" x 24"
oil on canvas

Terpsichore is the Greek muse of dance.

June 13, 2008

JUNE BUG

blue-hat.jpg

8" x 3.5"
watercolor on paper

Went out to a nearby lake this weekend....

June 19, 2008

A WAY THROUGH

dooway.jpg

40" x 30"
oil on canvas

June 25, 2008

SHELTER

umbra.jpg

10" x 6"
watercolor on paper

July 1, 2008

WIND CHILL

windchill.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

July 3, 2008

UPON THE HEATHER

heather.jpg

7" x 4"
watercolor on paper

July 4, 2008

AMERICAN PSYCHE

flag.jpg

16" x 16"
oil on masonite

July 13, 2008

RESTING A SPELL

cowboy.jpg

5" x 8"
watercolor on paper

July 16, 2008

EVANGELINE

EVAGELINE.jpg

10" x 14"
mixed media on corrugated board

July 24, 2008

FISHER

fisher.jpg

10" x 7"
watercolor on paper

August 5, 2008

CLEAR SKIES

clear-skies.jpg

24" x 24"
multimedia on masonite board

August 9, 2008

OLD COUNTRY

boots.jpg

36" x 24"
oil on canvas

August 12, 2008

RITUAL

bullman.jpg

10" x 7"
multimedia on masonite

August 14, 2008

OUT OF THE WIND

boywall.jpg

40" x 30"
oil on canvas

Sold this piece to a good friend of mine a few years ago....

August 18, 2008

ORCHARD PICKER

orchard.jpg

24" x 36"
oil on canvas

August 21, 2008

SOLARIS SERIES (I, II, III)

solaris.jpg

(each one)
10" x 11"
graphite on watercolor paper

A small group of female studies that I thought looked cool seen together.

August 23, 2008

TRUE TALES

truetales.jpg

10.5" x 6.5"
mixed media on watercolor paper

August 25, 2008

RIDGELINE

newart.jpg

14" x 10"
inkwash on watercolor paper

August 28, 2008

40 ACRES

40acres.jpg

8" x 5"
watercolor on paper

August 30, 2008

AUCTION!

horse.jpg

JUMPER by John Cox
36" x 48"
oil on canvas

Any equiphiles out there? I thought it might fun to offer this as an auction with bidding starting at a $350.

CONDITIONS:

* I will accept bids at $50 increments or more.

* I will accept the highest bid up until 2am,Thurs. Sept 4th.

* Place all bids here at the "comment" thread.

* If winning bid renegs, second highest bidder has option to buy.

* For those who like to lay in the weeds until the last second, the official time is determined by MY time clock on my site. Please, let's not quibble about questionable time differences. This IS NOT an exact science.

* I will e-mail the winner and double-check the bid and then announce the winner here.

* Postage and handling cost will be split with artist.


Have fun, y'all!


September 4, 2008

RURAL GEORGIA

rural-georgia.jpg

5" x 8.75"
inkwash on watercolor paper

September 8, 2008

ASSETS

assets.jpg

6" x 6"
mixed media

September 10, 2008

DARWINIAN JOURNEY

darwinian.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

September 11, 2008

MORNING IN AMERICA

9-1-1.jpg

48" x 60"
oil on canvas

I wanted to acknowledge today's 7th anniversary by posting this painting I did in February, 2002. It's a large painting with two important details you may not see well. First, there is a smudge of smoke on the horizon representing the World Trade Center. Second, the figure in the foreground is a U.S. soldier in deep shadow and you may not make out the equipment on his back. I chose the Oklahoma prairie as the setting.

I sold this painting to architect Fred Hackl and it was the beginning of many commissions he had me paint for his house in Michigan.

I was devastated by the attack and it took me awhile to attempt a painting that captured the sadness and pride I felt that lonely day in September, 2001.

September 16, 2008

INNER LIFE

NEWfig.jpg

8" x 8"
pastel on board

September 20, 2008

TALENT SHOWS

talent.jpg

30" x 36"
oil on canvas

This is a bit of commentary on minimalist art. It may be a bit hard to make out (image is so small) but that is a piece of red yarn taped to a wall with a matted frame hung in front of it. I enjoyed using highly representational painting techniques to reveal a soulless piece of work.

September 23, 2008

PERSONAL ORBIT

DANCERS.jpg

16" x 20"
oil on canvas

September 25, 2008

CELEBRITY

celebrity.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

DETAIL ALERT: The lower image is a close-up of a man looking through binoculars.

October 1, 2008

What If....

piece-inside.jpg

LYCEUM by John Cox
oil on canvas

This is what it might look like if you enlarged one of my "crumbling wall" pieces and stuck it in a nice gallery.

October 6, 2008

STANDING BY

standingby.jpg

8" x 5"
watercolor on paper

October 14, 2008

TAINTED MEMORY

tainted.jpg

24" x24"
oil on masonite

October 26, 2008

SEAWARD

seaward.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on canvas

October 29, 2008

BEACH MYSTERY

beach.jpg

48" x 30"
oil on canvas

October 31, 2008

SILVER ANKH

towel.jpg

48" x 30"
oil on canvas

November 4, 2008

POST-ELECTION

post-election.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

November 8, 2008

BOOK OF DAYS

book-of-days.jpg

40" x 30"
oil on canvas

November 13, 2008

THE KEEPSAKE

keepsake.jpg

24"x 24"
oil on masonite


November 17, 2008

SUNDAY MORNING

robe.jpg

24" x 20"
oil on canvas


December 1, 2008

SCHOOL MARM

newmarm.jpg

8" x 8"
mixed media on illustration board

December 3, 2008

EAST/WEST

eastwest.jpg

12" x 8"
acrylic on board

Recently screened "Pollock" with Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock. Very inspiring in the sense that the bio-pic explores what every fine artist must decide: Why I am I doing this and how can I sustain the meaning.

I highly recommend the movie for its lust for creative freedom and the courage it takes to pull it off.

This, of course, is NOT my genre of work, but I must admit it's very entertaining to
dabble.

December 5, 2008

ONCE UPON A TIME

frog.jpg

40" x 30"
oil on canvas

December 6, 2008

BATHED IN WHITE

aspen.jpg

9" x 7"
watercolor on paper

December 8, 2008

SLOW RETURN

slow-return.jpg

24" x 24"
oil on masonite

December 17, 2008

TIMEPIECE

chair.jpg

48" x 30"
oil on canvas

I painted this as a companion piece to "Silver Ankh" (posted Ocober 31, '08).

Office Art

office-art.jpg

A little experiment. I took a small pastel landscape (11" x 6") I found in my sketchbook and photoshopped into a benign office setting. Once the scale is expanded to fit on the wall, the "small" piece has a depth and weight to it that surprised me.

I think taking some of my smaller pieces and blowing them up ten times (or so) might be a fun way to develop a new body of work.


December 19, 2008

WayBack Machine

taxi.jpg

TAXI
40" x36"
acrylic on canvas

I did this piece twenty-one years ago.. Allen Forkum bought it but I can't remember why. It probably matched his floor or something.

January 3, 2009

TO RECEIVE

to-receive.jpg

48" x 24"
oil on canvas

This is the second finished painting that has come out of my new art space in Decatur. It's kind of a companion piece to "Transforming".

I've got a third and fourth waiting for finishing touches. I'm in the painting studio about three to fours a day and my production rate is something I haven't experienced since my first studio space I had in the 90's. Feels like I'm in a zone.....

January 7, 2009

EQUINOX

equinox.jpg

24" x 48"
oil on canvas

This is the third piece in a body of work I'm producing. More to come....

January 11, 2009

EQUILIBRIUM

24x48%232.jpg

24" x 48"
oil on canvas

This is the fourth painting I've finished since working in my "new" studio. This one has a detailed "tiled" surface that is lost at this tiny scale.

January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

wyeth.jpg

This is a page from "Working at Olsons: Watercolor and Drawings by Andrew Wyeth". I purchased the book at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, when I visited his museum in 1998.

I've cherished his watercolors and egg temperas ever since I can remember. To this day, I'm inspired by his work ethic, his dignity and his focus on timeless themes. Godspeed, Mr Wyeth.

"To be interested soley in technique would be very superficial to me. If I have an emotion, before I die, that's deeper than any emotion than I've ever had, then I will paint a more powerful picture that will have nothing to do with just technique, but will go beyond it."

Andrew Wyeth



January 18, 2009

In a living room..

living_room.jpg

This is what "Crossing Over" might look like in a tasteful living room.


CROSSING OVER

angel.jpg

48" x 36"
oil on canvas

This is the fifth piece from my new body of work.

January 26, 2009

Announcing....

8.5-x-11-show-ad.jpg

This is the announcement I'll be printing up to put in some of local watering holes here in Decatur. We'll see what happens....

So far, I've finished eight pieces and expect to do about four more. I'm confident that the show will catch a lot of people by surprise.

January 29, 2009

BEYOND BOUNDS

beyond-bounds.jpg

48" x 48"
oil on canvas


This is a recently finished piece for my upcoming March 7th show.

February 3, 2009

TERRA MECHANICA I, II

machines.jpg

(each piece)
24" X 48"
oil on canvas


Two new paintings that will be included in the March 7 show.


February 6, 2009

ALL THAT LIVES: COMPASSION

NEWcompassion.jpg


16" x 16"
oil and graphite on wood panel

This piece is one of four in a series called "All That Lives" that will be featured in the March 7th show. The chinese character means "compassion".

WARNING: Trompe l'oeuil effects have been used in the production of this series. PLEASE, NO TOUCHY.


February 11, 2009

GARDEN WALL

garden.jpg

10" x 10"
watercolor on paper


February 15, 2009

BEAUTY MARK

girl.jpg

4,5" x 8"
mixed media on board

February 28, 2009

THE LUTE

lute.jpg

10" x 7"
mixed media on paper


March 7, 2009

VENUS RISING (a re-visit)

venus.jpg

11" x 9"
inkwash on paper

This has been up before. I still like the quite nature of this piece and thought it would make a nice reminder of the kind of large paintings I still want to do.

SPECIAL NOTE: Tonight's my "Angel and Machinations" opening. I'll get some snaps from the show and share them in a day or two. Should be interesting.


March 8, 2009

A gorgeous night in Decatur

showpost.jpg

Last night at Sylvia Cross' SYCAMORE PLACE GALLERY here in Decatur, I had the pleasure to show fourteen paintings to friends and patrons. It came off beautifully. While the guests enjoyed wine and Greg Connor's splendid acoustic performance, they took in my work and were very generous with they comments.

And the kicker? I sold "Transformation", "Receiving" and "Terra Mechanica II".

Thanks to all my friends who did me the honor of attending and a special shout out to Brandon Longley, the fine eye behind the camera.

And a fat, sloppy thanks to Sylvia who is the heart and soul of an invigorating showplace and is incredibly inspiring to those who know and love her. Her insightful encouragement is a gift.

March 19, 2009

ALL THAT LIVES

all-that-lives.jpg

This group is featured in my "Angels and Machinations" show that is running until March 28 at 120 Sycamore Place Gallery here in Decatur, GA.

Each separate panel is 16" x 16" which uses a Chinese character as a basis for the trompe l'oeil tape and paper images. Each panel is oil on wood.

(Upper Left): ALL THAT LIVES: VIGOR

(Upper Right): ALL THAT LIVES: BEAUTY

(Lower Left): ALL THAT LIVES: HAPPINESS

(Lower Right): ALL THAT LIVES: COMPASSION

NOTE: Each panel sells for $250.


March 23, 2009

OF CONSEQUENCE

ofconsequence.jpg

24" x 36"
oil on canvas

This painting is in my "Angels and Machinations" show at 120 Sycamore Place Gallery in Decatur, Georgia.

March 29, 2009

Watercolor Study

lakegirl.jpg

Messing around with this little 11" x 4".


April 1, 2009

HOUR OF THE RAVEN

ravens.jpg

48" x 24"
oil on canvas

This is part of a new body of work I have going at my studio. I've been trying to recall my southern roots and painting what I consider to be my version of Southern Gothic. I'd like the artwork to be mysterious and dream-like with just a hint of eery. Yet, I'd like to keep them beautiful...somehow.


April 7, 2009

SOUTHERNESS

gothicgirl.jpg

24" x 48"
oil on canvas

This is a recently finished piece that's part of my new body of paintings focusing on memories of my youth.


April 15, 2009

'57 El Dorado

%2757-el-dorado.jpg


48" x 12"
oil on canvas

This is a recently finished painting I did that's part of my "Southern Gothic" theme.

UPDATE, APRIL 17: This painting is available for purchase. Please contact me at my e-mail address for any offers.

April 20, 2009

RIDER

rider.jpg

watercolor on paper
8" x 5"

If there is anyone out there who'd like to commission this piece as a large oil on canvas, please e-mail me and let me know. This would this would be a fun piece to blow up real good.


April 23, 2009

WINTER PARK

winterpark.jpg

10" x 14"
graphite and watercolor on paper


April 29, 2009

BEEN AROUND

beenaround.jpg


36" x 48"
oil on canvas


This is the newest addition to my recent body of work about my Southern heritage.

May 1, 2009

OPEN SEASON

open-season.jpg


24" x 24"
oil on canvas


May 9, 2009

KNOCK OFF

realfence.jpg

48" x 48"
oil on canvas


This is a piece I completed recently for my new body of work.

July 9, 2009

'49 Ford Afield

49-ford.jpg


48" x 48"
oil on canvas
$750

This is my most recent painting that's part of the "Southern Gothic" theme I've been working on.


July 11, 2009

Just Looking

peeking-out.jpg

48" x 36"
oil on canvas
$625

A recent addition to my new body of work.

July 21, 2009

A painting in mind....

feet-study.jpg

9" x 5"
graphite on paper

I came across this little graphite study as I went through a few boxes of older drawings. I think this could be a fun oil on canvas if I do it large, maybe 72" x 40". Really says "summer" to me.

August 29, 2009

RIVERSIDE

Riverside.jpg

72" x 18"
oil on canvas
$900

This is recently finished painting that's part of a Southern gothic theme I've been developing for my October 3rd show at Sylvia's 120 Sycamore Place Gallery. I'm titling the show "The Southerness".

I have mentioned on my other painting posts that I've been working on a body of work that focuses on my memories growing up in the South. I'm twelve finished pieces into this endeavor and I think it has been a wonderful way to explore the enigmatic nature of this region.

August 30, 2009

TRESTLE

trestle.jpg

36" x 24"
oil on canvas
$425

Another painting I'll be exhibiting in my Oct 3rd show, "The Southerness".

NOTE: You may recognize this piece from a little graphite study I posted July 21, '09.

September 2, 2009

THE SENTINEL

the-sentinel.jpg

54" x 33"
oil on canvas

This a commissioned piece based on a study I posted April 12, 2008. I get a lot of satisfaction seeing that little watercolor study become a full-blown oil painting.

Thank you, Mr. Dumont.


September 8, 2009

Just Letting You Know...

thesouthernessflyer.jpg

This is the small poster that's going up around Decatur announcing my up-coming show. Hope to see lots of my good friends there.



October 4, 2009

knocking-off.jpg

boarder-shannon.jpg

boarder.jpg

awaythru.jpg

Images From Oct 3rd Show (The Southerness)

The next few images are from this Saturday's show at Sylvia Cross's 120 Sycamore Place Gallery in Decatur, Ga.

The music by Smoke was fabulous and the turn out was very nice. Thanks to all y'all who came out to catch my new work. And, or course, a special shout-out to Sylvia who put on a helluva show.

self1.jpg

January 5, 2010

And the solution

I combined the three portraits as if they were individual pieces taped to a rustic stone wall. I got a chance to play with trompe l'oeil effects and show my painting stages- sketching, black and white oil study then full color oil study. These technical stages also mimic the developmental stages of a person, too.

MBpainting.jpg

36" x 36"
oil on canvas

Special thanks goes out to Mr. Dumont who commissioned the piece and entrusted
me with the concept of such a peculiar portrait.


An interesting commission

MBphases.jpg

I was commissioned a couple of months ago to do a portrait incorporating three different ages of the same person into ONE painting.


January 21, 2010

SHADOWPLAYER (cropped)

shadowplayer.jpg

I 'shopped my March 3, 2008 post "Shadowplayer" and found an image from one of my reference books in which I inserted a portion of the painting.

January 22, 2010

IDENTIFY

identifyfor-post.jpg

48" x 36"
oil on canvas

This is the first of a new group of paintings I've finished that are themed around the words that describe my painting process. This body of work is called "Painting Is a Verb".


January 27, 2010

COMMIT

commit.jpg

48" x 12"
oil on canvas (two 24" x12" stretched frames joined at center)

This another piece in my new body of work called "Painting is a Verb". These works explore the relationship between words and images using trompe l'oeil techniques.

January 30, 2010

PLAY

play.jpg

48" x 24"
oil and graphite on canvas

Another painting from my new body of work, "Painting Is a Verb".


February 7, 2010

EXIT

new-exit.jpg

30" x 20"
oil on canvas

Another painting for my "Painting Is a Verb" body of new work.

March 12, 2010

Wishful Photoshopping

identify-gallery.jpg

This is what my recent oil painting,"Identify" (see January 22, 2010 post) , might look like in a classy gallery.

July 10, 2010

Art For The Living Room

roomART.jpg

I enjoy 'shopping a small watercolor study and blowing it up to fit a large space. It's interesting to me how simply sizing a piece way up reveals an emotional depth the smaller piece (4" x 6") can't approach.


September 5, 2010

Portrait Commission

BarberPortrait.jpg

DAN BARBER
12" x 9"
watercolor

I worked on this all day Saturday. I spent most of my effort on nailing an accurate pencil drawing, then I use many thin layers of watercolor for texture and warmth. I like to go back with pencil to bring it together and add touches of detail.

April 2, 2011

DOCKSIDE (watercolor)

swimmingHOLE.jpg

Another smallish watercolor study I found in the attic. Still like this one. Very summery.

May 26, 2011

Illustration Friday: SOAKED

soaked.jpg

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.

December 8, 2011

Sea Cliffs

SeaCliffs351.jpg

This is a 9"x7" composition in which 'shopped two graphite drawings I've done recently. I'd like to turn this into a large oil painting at some point.

December 27, 2011

Watercolor Study

BOULDER394.jpg
12"x8" on paper


February 7, 2012

"Upon Further Reflection"

REFLECTION.jpg


I've been enjoying doing small watercolor studies of a group of abstract work that might look wonderful done very large in multi-media fashion. A little p-shop, BANG, a large canvas hanging in a modest den.

Boy, what I would do with a roomy studio that could handle six-foot, eight-foot canvases! I still have faith in my attempts at exploring less literal, more poetic themes that fit in a living space.

February 10, 2012

Abstractions: An Exploration

AbstractCollection.jpg

These are small watercolor studies I'd like to turn into much larger canvases (6 to 8 foot range) for a show. I've had a love affair with line and texture in all my work, so I thought it could be liberating to do some studies that zero in on that very thing.

Don't worry, I loves me the figurative work, too.

March 27, 2012

A Moment of Zen

ZEN.jpg

This is a little watercolor study I did recently. I find rendering these slight landscapes very calming.

April 18, 2012

Momentary Zen

MomentaryZen.jpg

This a little 8"x8" watercolor study using a single tone. The misty effects are done with very watery layers.

May 16, 2012

Quiptoons

qt-invent.jpg

June 24, 2012

Figure Study

FIGstudy.jpg
12"x15" inkwash and conte on paper

June 25, 2012

Devon, 15

Devon544.jpg
9"x9", graphite on paper

October 17, 2012

Forecast

ArtFramed.jpg

20" x 20"
watercolor on paper

An effective way to enliven original artwork is preparing a space that exploits its' best features. In this case, my landscape watercolor is rather monochromatic with a touch of red, while the viewing area is rather warm. The contrast is thought-provoking and energizes a room.

September 28, 2013

Canvas Idea

John-Cox-paintin-trompe-oeil-wall-figure.jpg

Once I retain some studio space, I'd like to pursue a body of work the explores trompe l'oeil wall surfaces with bold figure studies that reflect the beauty and angst of city streets. This piece is a combination watercolor study (wall) graphite study (figure) that I created in Photoshop. This would make a sweet 6ft x 4ft painting, I think.

October 8, 2013

Deux Crayons: A straight-forward method of sketching

This is a short little lesson in sketching with form and depth. If you can get hold of a HB pencil, a red conte pencil, kneaded eraser, standard pink eraser, a blending stub and some pastels, you can try your hand at this fun, quick technique for dynamic sketches.

Now, with your pastels....

DeuxCrayons.jpg


December 16, 2013

Pet Portraiture Commissions

I recently had the chance to do some pet portraiture over the weekend. I discovered I really like the challenge of transforming average photos (the details are crucial) into rich, textured pieces that still have the classic structure and design elements of my other work. I'm pretty thrilled with the prospect of exploring this genre and meeting enthusiastic pet owners. Hope to hear from you. Please contact me about artwork size and prices at john555cox@hotmail.com.

pets1.jpg

December 19, 2013

Pet Portraiture Commission

forgrantSydney-1.jpg

Might be a bit late for a Christmas gift this year, but I like to think y'all might consider a mixed media portraiture piece of your own ANY time. Thanks for the warm comments about this new addition to my multi-faceted art career. You can always reach me at my e-mail address, john555cox@hotmail.com if you'd like to discuss how to go about getting that special rendition of the family pet.


December 22, 2013

Recent Pet Portraiture Commission

danepost.jpg

Note how I had to compensate for the wicked shadow that was around the Great Dane's head in the digital photo above.

December 28, 2013

Recent Pet Portraiture Commission

kyro.jpg


January 2, 2014

Recent Pet Portraiture Commission

Izzy.jpg

If you'd like a portrait of your dog, cat, iguana, cockatoo or gerbil, please contact me at john555cox@hotmail.com for sizes and prices.

January 24, 2014

Momentary Zen

Momentary-Zen.jpg

January 29, 2014

Momentary Zen

1snowfig.jpg

RED SCARF
11" x 7"
watercolor on illustration board

In commemoration of a relatively rare snow day here in Atlanta, I did this little watercolor study in my studio today, a huge mug of chia at my elbow and Miles slowly creeping through my headphones.

February 4, 2014

Momentary Zen

7x7-momentary-zen_edited-1.jpg

February 8, 2014

Momentary Zen

10x5-%280h-yes%29.jpg

March 2, 2014

Momentary Zen

momentary-zen.jpg

This is part of my ongoing exploration into expressionistic paintings. I'm very interested in turning these 7"x7" acrylic studies into full blown canvas works that measure 4 ft. x 4ft. Scaling these much, much larger is an important aspect to these works.

March 15, 2014

Momentary Zen

%2318-on-wall.jpg

Starting on a possible show featuring my forays into expressionistic work.

March 30, 2014

Momentary Zen (#25)

momzen-%2325.jpg

This is a 7"x7" acrylic on paper study. It's part of a group of large paintings I'll get to when I swing some additional studio space.


April 10, 2014

Adolfo

BULLterrier.jpg

(based on photo reference)
14" x 9"
Watercolor and graphite on illustration board.

If such a portrait of your beloved pooch would make a classy addition to your art collection, please let me know at john55cox@hotmail.com. I can give you prices based on size requirements. This 14" x 9" piece goes for $110.

May 9, 2014

Pet Portraiture Commission: Harland (9 x 14 watercolor and graphite on illustration board)

HOUND.jpg

If you're interested in having an original portrait of your favorite pet done like this, please contact me at john555cox@hotmail.com for sizes and prices. I can have a finished piece to you in a couple days once I receive the particular photo.

June 21, 2014

Momentary Zen (#23)

7x7-%28%2323%29.jpg

November 19, 2014

Pet Portraiture Commissions Now Available

DogPortraitAd%28FLAT%29forCOPY.jpg

December 15, 2014

Chico

CHICO%28Mike%2919x16.jpg

19" x 16"
graphite and watercolor on watercolor board.
$130.00

A recent commission that went well and just in time for the holidays. If you'd like a portrait of your four-legged loved one, please contact me at john555cox@hotmail.com

About

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.

About Paintings

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to John Cox Art in the Paintings category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

PAINTER AT WORK is the previous category.

Quiptoons is the next category.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.


Powered by
Movable Type 3.35