Water Colors and Acrylics by Jack Cohen

They say you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. But, at the age of 80, after painting in oils all my life, I started an art course with the painter Uri Peretz in Beer Sheva, where I live. The course started with water colors and then acrylics, with an abstract approach. The idea is not to have a fixed idea of what you are trying to do, but rather add paint to paper, board or canvas and let random actions produce something. It can be purely abstract, or it can tend towards something real, like a person, a building or a scene in nature. This is the opposite to my previous approach that required a close examination of a subject and then an attempt to reproduce a facsimile of that as an image with paint on canvas. I found it hard to embrace the freedom of this approach and also difficult to make decisions to completely over-paint whatever had been painted to produce a different image. However, I persevered, and although I think Uri did not approve of my tendency towards representational art, nevertheless I hope I succeeded somewhat. Here are some of the paintings that I produced in the period of this course, thanks to Uri.

Here are some of my recent water colors and acrylic paintings.

Some of these paintings are for sale, enquire.

Yellow Water color on paper 32x24 cm (Nov, 2018)

Red Water color on paper 32x24 cm (Nov, 2018)

Trees Water color on paper 32x24 cm (Nov, 2018)

Mountains Water color on acrylic board 50x35 cm (Dec, 2018)

Bridge Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Nov, 2018)

California fire Water color on tissue 50x35 cm (Nov, 2018)

Abstract 1 Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Feb, 2019)

Abstract 2 Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Feb, 2019)

Abstract 3 Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Feb, 2019)

Haven Acrylic on canvas 80x80 cm (Jan, 2019

Pillars Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Dec, 2018)

Pipelines Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Jan, 2019)

Stained glass window Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Feb, 2019)

Vikings Water color and acrylic on canvas 45x35 cm (Jan, 2019)

Teapot Water color on paper 35x24 cm (Dec, 2018)

Red Dancer Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Dec, 2018)

City Acrylic on canvas 45 x 35 cm (Jan, 2019)

Red Dolphins Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Dec, 2018)

Fleeting snow Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (Dec, 2018)

City fire Acrylic on canvas 45x35 cm (Feb, 2019)

Spires in the storm Acrylic on canvas 70x50 cm (Jan, 2019)

Flying south Water on tissue and acrylic on canvas 70x50 cm (Jan, 2019)

Abstract Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (March, 2019)

Abstract Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (March, 2019)

Abstract Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (March, 2019)

Abstract Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (March, 2019)

Volcanoes Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (March, 2019)

Life Acrylic on board 40x30 cm (March, 2019)

Hurrying Acrylic on board 35x32 cm (March, 2019)

Reflections Acrylic on board 50x35 cm (March, 2019)


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