Friday, July 31, 2009


What a beautiful morning in Spencer, Iowa! It was a little bit warm for the morning run, but then I was a little bit late. (two smacks to the snooze button) Oh well, the sweat has already dried :)

This morning I want to brag up my friend, Mary, and here's the link to show why! Wow!

I could not make that link go to her website, but go over to the sidebar of my links on this page, click on Mary Connealy, and you'll get there. And trust me, it's worth the trip.

Later, Cooper

Monday, July 27, 2009


Here is where I am all week:

Pearson Lakes Art Center Workshop
Figurative and Perspective Drawing
Instructor: Dr. Danuta Zamojska Hutchins

And it could be good for the messy artist in me. Today learning exactness was emphasized, not because it's great, but because you can't be convincingly loose until AFTER you learn to be exactly correct. And if you are messy, it's hard to tell which you are :)

Later, Cooper

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Good morning,

Welcome to the Cooper studio on play day (Saturday!) I want to talk about stretch, stretching and stretchers, today. Curious words, eh? Let me explain.

I am one of those artists who actually enjoys stretching their own canvases.

I had been ordering stretcher bars from the same company for a long time, whenever I needed new, I mindlessly went to their website and ordered. A year ago, something happened, and their quality slipped. But I needed some more and ordered again. A bigger slip. I called the company. They sent me a duplicate order with the promise that they would be better. They were, sort of.

But it was time to stretch out of the routine. I tried a new company. I just got a new order of stretchers from the fedex guy yesterday. Amazing. I think something that is functional, solid and well made can be called beautiful. These definitely fit the parameters.

My only question now is why did it take me so long to stretch from the routine of ordering from the same company? Does routine seem more logical in non-creative tasks? Ha! Are routine and non-creative tasks synonymous?

Later, Cooper

Oh, and if you like to stretch your canvases as well, the really nice ones came from Dick Blick.