After The Flood Farm dried out after land was flooded as high as the red markings on the house
Beach Surf Spring Break, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Bell Garden Overland Park Arboretum , Overland Park, KS
9108 Conser Overland Park, KS
Beach Budies Cocoa Beach, Florida
Balloons Plaza, Kansas City, MO
Cottonwoods Fall Seeds from cottonwood trees float in the air and fall like snowflakes.
Complacent Two teens sit on park bench ignoring each other lost in their own thought.
Jazz Flutist Musician plays jazz on the street in Kansas City during First Fridays .
Street Dancers Dancers in the street at night.
Beach Tanning Laying out at the beach getting tanned.
Alley First Fridays in the Crossroads of Kansas City, MO people pass by the alley
Baby Lily Pads Birth of new lily pads in early spring
Beach Umbrella The shade umbrella is inserted to make a daily land claim for the family.
English Landing Park
Flint Hills Color
Flint Hills Creek
Park Rangers Favorite View National Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
Flint Hills Island
Sand Bar Award winning painting of floating in Missouri rivers. The traditional sand barf break.
Lemongrass Restaurant in Overland Park, KS on a rainy day.
Sisters Sisters stroll along beach.
Suscint Zinc Potted plant of succulents .
Ben's Bank Grand opening of bank in Overland Park Arboretum, KS
Buoyancy Mother wears inner tube for safety.
Poppies A Plenty Couple gets married in Monet's flower garden in Overland Park, KS
Rescue Me Teens stuck on island give chase to an Ocean liner.
Fairfields Flower garden in Overland Park Arboretum.
Clips Metal clips on plywood with scrapped paint and oils.
Brush Creek Trash Abstract of trash washed up on shore in city creek.
Electricity Station The back of the electrical transformation area in Brush Creek at Troost.
Eden's Garden Adam's first view of Eden.
EOJOCS Government offices in Johnson County Kansas.
Offsides Trap High school soccer game.
Highlights on the River Two women rowing canoe on the Jack's Fork River, MO.
Paseo and Cleaver Bridge on Brush Creek River.
Picnic at the Nelson Public picnic on the lawn of the Nelson Atkins Art Gallery.
Planted Rows Newly planted flower garden.
Three Little Pigs Pigs eating their breakfast
Wolf Creek Trail Walking path in Overland Park Arboretum.
Blue Vase Yellow flowers in vase still life.
Jazz Trumpeter Lonnie McFadden keeps jazz alive in downtown Kansas City at the Phoenix.
SAND BAR BREAK
Shopping In Weston
Wired San Diego Roof Tops
Selfie Taking pictures in front of J. C. Nichols Fountain on Red Friday. Plaza Kansas City , MO
Urban Sprawl Approach to downtown Kansas City, MO
OP Back Alley Overland Park, KS
Lily Pad Circles
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Franks Place Corner in Parkvile, MO, view from above Franks Italian Restaurant overlooking balcony. The four corners of the painting were painted separately, so the balcony extends beyond the street .
Bar Tender Painted form memory. Lunch in the Crossroads in Kanasas City, MO
Aerial View Cloud cover as seen from an airplane.
Kaw Valley Train exhibit in Overland Park Arboretum, KS
Rooted Flower Pot
On the Beach
Burning Bush Red bush at the Overland Park Arboretum.
Dangerous Curve Abstract of crushed sign warning of turn.
Hot Dog Stand Hot dog stand in Weston, MO.
Trail Less Taken One of two trails in the National Prairie Grass Preserve
Arboretum Still Life Overland Park Arboretum set up this beautiful still life just for me to paint.
Dryer House Sunset illuminates trees and performs light show.
Crossing Paths Rockport, MO supplies electricity by windmills but carries it over old lines. The crossing of old and new technology.
Volleyball Net Vacant volleyball court waits for the next game.
Vintage Finds Corner store in Parkville, MO. People pass shops but don't buy. Recession of 2008.
Nine Wicket Championships 2017 at English Park in Parkville, MO.
Brewing Storm A picnic of romance and fun is about to turn into a disaster.
Right of Way Girls celebrate beating a train though the intersection in Olathe, KS.
Aphrodite Women takes photo of bee on a flower in the Arboretum of Overland Park, KS.
Poppies Flower garden in Ozarks, M.
Crossing 87th Street Winter in Lenexa, KS. The road was so icy people crossed the intersection on ice skates.
10181 House Private home in Cedar Creek, Olathe, KS.
Bloch Fountains Fountain in front of Union Station In Kansas City, MO
Dear Eaten Trees Overland Park Arboretum
Hanna Granddaughter swimming
Cedar Creek Billboard for neighborhood at sunrise.
Magnetic Abstract of two opposing forces.
A Necessary God Man reaching out for God.
Guard House Entrance to gated community.
Purple Flowers Flower Garden in Overland park Arboretum.
Meyer Circle Round A Bout in Kansas City, Ward Parkway and Meyer.
Pappa Kenos Pizzeria on corner on Overland Park downtown.
Rose Garden Fountain One of the many fountains of Kansas City at Lose Park.
Sally's Flowers Sally's favorite garden flowers.
Snow cones Stand painted at sunrise.
Wlalking Home From School Canadian geese leaving school house at sunrise.
Midwest Cattle Cattle feeding on hill of old barn.
Thrasher Animal -like depiction of a farm thresher.
Jump Teenagers jump in creative ways from bridge to see how close they can come to the canoes in
Strike Three 1978 Carrera Porsche parked in front of Bar and grille in Baltimore, MD.
Reflections Daughter hangs onto her mom walking down the sidewalk of the Plaza Art Fair.
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David Cooper, of Olathe, Kansas, has been painting scenes around his life's experiences on for 30 years. His paintings vary, reflecting a variety of interests. He has been participating in Kansas City Area plein air events and juried shows for the last twelve years, Hidden Glen Art Festival, Stems, Brush Creek Art Walk, Parkville and other group activities. His art is a unique visual experience recording way of life on canvas.
Painting in open air demands quick thinking and fast painting to capture the scene before the light changes. Color abounds in his paintings setting the dramatic recording of 20 minutes of lighting. He captures the moment of light masterfully combining and mixing colors to record a relatively short passage of time. His colorful work is created with small brush strokes overlaying layers of wet paint to create texture and depth, giving a relief effect. Using complementary colors he creates color vibration and energy in his work. His humor surfaces at times as he weaves subtle sarcasm into the scene he is painting.
Cooper’s paintings tend to vary in style based on the subject matter and material they are painted on. He views the world around him in a cheerful and colorful way and records a story of our landscape and social activities that are taken for granted and passed by unnoticed. Some of his work has been likened to Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, Maurice Prendergrast, and Vincent Van Gogh.
His artwork, originals and prints are listed internationally on line and can be purchased by visiting www.saatchiart.com. In the search box type in David Cooper and in the scroll down box next to it change to Artist. The director of Saatchi Gallery in London, England, Rebecca Wilson, has recognized his work several times by including his art in special themed collections. Cooper's art has been showcased many times and featured in the websites headers.
Artwork is not a destiny but a life long journey of the inner self. My art has been described as living somewhere between reality and expression, contemporary and realism. I paint fast and without a duplicated procedure. My paintings evolve constantly, changing in form, technique and color; some ending with a pure impression and others more defined. The manipulation of shape and textures is an on-going process.
I was educated in the Armin Hoffman "Swiss Style" program of visual expression in the relationships of point, line, and shape. That discipline became the structure of evaluating artwork. An artist has to know themselves and be true to their unique capabilities. I am an extemporaneous painter. Painting is the adventure of exploration.
Art critics and judges looking at my body of work have stated I record present day American lifestyle. The child in me possesses a creative mind, questioning the "what if" and trying to create a statement about everyday passage through life. I work minimal to detail sometimes using the same brush because it becomes comfortable.
There are times I love the original sketchy stage. Times I like detail and times I get frustrated and just meander around. Finally are times i am infatuated with the texture and glob on paint. I never knew when a painting was finished. I learned Its finished when there is nothing left to do. Sometimes it is the beginning rough in stage and others take up to 30 years.
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art May3-June 6, 2016
St. Joseph, MO
BFA Kansas City Art Institute.
Mid America Art Alliance, KC MO
Rice Gallery, Leawood KS
Kansas City Art Institute
University of Missouri at Kansas City
Bruce R Watkins Gallery, KC MO
Overland Park Art Center
Rivers Bend Gallery, Parkville MO
Stems Plein Air Event Johnson County Botanical Gardens
KC Fountains Plein Air Event and Auction
Parkville in Art
Scenes of Olathe Art Walk
Brush Creek Art Walk
Hidden Glenn Art Festival
First Fridays, Crossroads, Kansas City, MO
Starbucks, Olathe KS, individual show
Albrecht-Kemper Museum, St. Joseph, MO
State of the Arts, Prairie Village, KS
Westport Art Festival, Kansas City, MO
Northland Exposure Artists Gallery, Weston, MO
Cathy Kline Art Gallery, Cathy Kline Art Gallery
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
Mom Getting Ready
I'll Always Love You
Mid Summers Night Dream
Look At Me
My Daughter's Room
Memory of Make Lake
All of Me
Rise N Shine
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Kaw Point Award wining painting in 5th Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Kaw Point was where Lewis and Clark camped for three days. Kansas City became the largest city on the Santa Fe Trail.
Kansas You can see 3 miles to the horizon in any direction while on the trail in Kansas. Its the same today without many landmarks, its easy to get lost.
Diamond Springs Water stop in Kansas along the Santa Fe Trail.
Oasis on the Trail Diamond Springs, a settlement where travelers could camp, get fresh spring water and feed. It was a welcome several day stay-over to recover from the brutal trip walking 35 miles per day. Cattle got a rest, feed and water. This shed stored grains and hay for feeding the animals.
Flint Hills Island Rain leaves a puddle with an newly formed island in the middle of Kansas.
Pawnee Rock Santa Fe Trail landmark where Indians would climb and scout the countryside. It is the mid point on the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas City to Santa Fe.
Fort Larned A federal fort constructed in Kansas for aid to travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. It served as a post where soldiers could police the movement of trade wagons and Indian concerns about their passage on their land.
Flint Hills Passing through the Flint Hills of Kansas Hwy 35. The hills form flat horizontal lines across the horizon.
Quivira Kansas wealth is derived by winter wheat which accounts for 15% of the total amount produced in the U.S.
Bent's Old Fort William and Charles Bent built the fort to trade with Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians. It was used by Indians, traders, and European travelers as a place to gather and trade goods. A mixing of cultures took place here on the trail.
Mountain Storm Storm threat at Raton Pass. The northern route to Santa Fe had less Indians and more water.
Head for the Hills Bushes in Trinidad run to the hills to hide from view as we passed Hwy 25.
Mud House House along the road after Eagle Nest, New Mexico Hwy 64 made from mud.
Red Trash Can People in Eagle Nest can't find the trash can Hwy 64
Pronghorn Deer First sighting of the deer in Raton, New Mexico that we were warned of along the road Hwy 64
Gas Pumps Collection of old gas station pumps found in New Mexico.
Vanishing Point View of the road that follows the Santa Fe Trail around Raton, NM Hwy 64
Cimarron 2012 Stop over in Cimarron combined mixture of cultures of of the Old West
The Gang's All Here Cimarron City Council greets us upon our arrival. Painting inspired by Kanza Art in Mullinvill, KS
Santa Fe Leaving Los Alamos going down Mountain to Santa Fe Hwy 285
Water Street Santa Fe, NM has become one of the largest art districts in the U.S. Water St. is in the area of where the merchants stopped to trade in 1850.
Cactus Small plants in Cimmaron, New Mexico crew from dry dusty earth. (Mixed media).
Protecting the Hills Pine trees scattered on the Mountains of Los Alamos
Round the Bend Growth from burnt out trees in Los Alamos, NM
A Little Town Small farm community nestled in Mountains East Of Santa Fe Hwy 40 just waking up to another day.
Wranglers Two cowboys cutting a cow from the herd in Northeast New Mexico.
Water Well Oklahoma Panhandle Hwy 64 lots of land with cattle ranges.
Culture Change One hundred fifty years has passed since the Santa Fe Trail was used. The culture of an indigenous people has been destroyed. The railroad was the first to compete with wagon trains making them obsolete. Concrete highways were poured over the original trails making it possible for goods to move from Kansas City to Santa Fe in 12 hours. The memories of the trail last to this day in museums and historical markers.
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Santa Fe Trail Impressions
Santa Fe Trail Map
Traveling the Santa Fe Trail
In 2012 I took a trip on the Santa Fe Trail. I started in Overland Park, KS where ruts from the trail can still be seen to the end of the trail at the Church in the downtown square in Santa Fe, NM. I took the Northern Mountain Branch Trail out and the Southern Cimmaron Cutoff back. The settlers had a much flatter route to the south, but the mountains were much more scenic. I took reference photos as the trip was limited in time so I could not stop and paint. I reconstructed the images and made impressionistic paintings relying on my memory of the color and vast space of the trip when I got home in my studio. The color in New Mexico is very soft and pastel. At one point in the trip I had to get out of the car just to touch the hazy view out my window to see if it wasn't a painting. No oil pigment can match the color I extended my hand into, it was unlike anything I ever saw in nature. But it was also a most desolate traveling of a hundred miles and not seeing anything but the dry land.
Painting the Trail
I took photographs for reference during the trip through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. My trip was on highways near the original trail. When I returned I began painting the routes I traveled now 142 years after the trail was closed. I relied on my photos and memory to make the paintings. I also took liberty to impose my own thoughts about the scenes to record my impressions. The paintings are done in a way to enhance and preserve the emotions of the trip. The paintings are more commentary about what life is like now. I am not finished making paintings. This is just two years of work so far.
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