December is typically a busy time of year in the Cooley household. Between football seven days a week, and family and holidays on the horizon, there isn’t much time to fill.
But this December, Cooley is on injured reserve with a hand and knee injury, and there’s only so much rehab and reflection to be done. So in order to fill his unexpected free time, Cooley has turned back to collegiate training in art.
Cooley has a well-publicized appreciation for pottery, and devotes most of his “The Cooley Gallery” to his kiln creations. But with a shattered finger and a need for expression, Cooley turned to painting as a platform, as he explained on his gallery blog:
“I couldn’t do pottery, and I wanted to do something for my gallery. And so, my idea for paintings was taking my notebook from work and recreating my notes and sketches, and whatever else you would doodle in a notebook, as well as getting quotes from what people say, getting quotes from Kyle and Mike Shanahan, and putting in notes from what I thought about things.”
“They actually turned out pretty good. I thought they turned out with quite a bit of style. So, I’m really pleased and I’m really excited to put them up nice and show them off to everybody.”
Cooley had two of his paintings at Redskins Park yesterday, showing them off in the lobby as he waited for their new owner to arrive and pick them up. Here’s a look:
It’s a very cool idea, and gives people an inside look at at least one player’s football notebook. If you’re interested in seeing and potentially purchasing more of Cooley’s painting and pottery skills, make sure you check out his gallery in Leesburg, Va.