Here are few of my paintings. As I work on my drawings I will periodically post some of the paintings I’m working on. I like oil, watercolor, acrylic, digital, wash, airbrush and gouache painting. Most of the paintings I post will be oil but at times I will post paintings of other media.
Michael A. Cooley, I See You, 2011, Digital Color.
This is a painting I did while in graduate school. It is a portrait from a photo shoot done in the home studio of one of my instructors, Ted Lewin.
Michael A. Cooley, Still Life – Eggplant, 2010, Oil.
This is a still life painting of a eggplant, lime, and tomato, using one light source.
Michael A. Cooley, Walk On By, 2010, Oil.
While in Los Angeles on a graduate school contact site visit, I happened on a scene where a homeless guy was clinging to his small dog and hoping for someone to offer a bit of help. Sadly people walked by paying little to no attention to him. I offered him some help and thought, I want to capture this moment.
Michael A. Cooley, Christiaan Barnard MD, 2010, Oil.
This is my painting of Christiaan Barnard, MD. He was the first cardiac surgeon to successfully perform a human heart transplant.
Michael A. Cooley, Vivian Thomas LLD, 2011, Oil.
This is my painting of medical pioneer Vivian Thomas, LLD., (1910-1985). He was and African American surgical technician who developed the treatment for Blue Baby Syndrome in 1944 at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
I have painted using most all media for years but I am pretty new at oil painting. It truly humbles me and lets me know that there is a journey I must take in order to grow. One has to work on it consistently, patiently and forgivingly. Although, these early paintings are very stiff and unappealing, I am more than inspired and motivated to improve. It will be a long journey, but it is what I love. Keep following and watching as I try, stumble, get up, persist and fight to grow as an artist.
take care and until next time,