Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coastal Repast!


Hi everybody.

This was my watercolor on watercolor paper 20" x 30" for the magazine Water's Edge of a low country boil.

Actually the piece was about crawfish. I chose to make it about the low country boil.

The reason for that choice was to celebrate a friendship and a discovery. I had a neighbor who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. He came over to my porch one day and said, " My family is celebrating my birthday out in Fort Caroline. Our family home is right on the river. I'd like you to come out and enjoy yourself." "Done." I said without missing a beat. This is similar to the feast we shared. It was a grand day. I became a fan of this delicious traditional southern dish.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Royal Day At The Beach


Hi everybody.

"A Royal Day At The Beach"​ is my 11"​ x 14"​ oil on canvas panel painting of one of my favorite denizens of the coast. I am amazed at the aviary of airborne acrobats at the beach. I am dazzled at how dynamic the pelicans, osprey, red tailed hawks, gulls, gannets and common terns display their prowess in the sky. It is the Royal Tern however that gets my vote as the most elegant warrior on the wing. Thank you for looking at my art today. See more coastal jewels at

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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Finishing Touch


Hi Everybody. I have a friend who is an artist that says , "Put a tie on it and call it sir." he was referring to framing a work of art. These days with the coastal and informal looks of much of the interior design I see and consult on there seems to be a consensus that art does not need to always be framed to have the right feel for a space.

What do you think?

Personally, I like frames. I like the complete look of a beautiful work 'contained'. However in my piece here "Glowing In The Coastal Drift." oil on canvas 36" x  48" lives in harmony in my studio with the cotton duck sofa and linen pillows, the coffee table with the charming patina and the jute rug and of course the sea shells without a frame.

This work is on loan at the moment in a palace of a home in Ponte Vedra Beach and may have a frame in it's  the future! If it does I'll post it and do a comparison. Feel free to leave a comment below if you are of a mind to.

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All art and photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Summer Sanderling

Hi everybody. Welcome.

"Summer Sanderling" is a 9" x 9" oil painting on canvas that I just finished. These little guys amaze.

Industriousness, persistence and devoted pursuit to an end are characteristics I admire in them. When you watch them, they are all business. They are one of the reasons our beaches are so clean. They are never deterred by human foot, dog, wave or sun, wind and rain. They circle around and find a new route. I'm a fan.

I once told an art friend that you sometimes need to sneak up on a painting. He looked a little confused. My point was not to make what you are doing so important to your mind. Concentrate with focus but be loose, hold it loose, gently in your heart and mind. Work with what you see. Enjoy it. All of my paintings begin with this sort of gestural burnt sienna sketch. Then I block it in. When I have everything where it should be I shift my gaze to precise, intense deliberate actions with intention.

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Tricolored Heron.


Hi everybody. Here is another of our local wading birds.

This is an oil portrait on canvas 11" x 14"
She had lovely markings and was very healthy and strong. That's always a good indicator of the health of the ecosystem where I find them.

I liked the warm color palette in this painting it was late afternoon and the pinkish color in the foreground water came from the sun and the sky reflected as the tide was outbound. I also like the design in this composition and the way he commands the space.

She was gracious enough to pose for me when I approached her. Confidence is always attractive!

Thank you for stopping by today to look at my work. You can find this painting and other coastal subjects painted in oils and watercolors at my website with the prices and contact information.

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Friday, February 10, 2017

White Ibis


Hello everybody.

Listening to Pat Metheny right now playing solo on an acoustic guitar, "And I love her" by the Beatles. Want some quiet? Want some ease and beauty and loveliness to start your day? Have a listen on Youtube.

Even if I do not have my headphones on I often hear melodies that are reverent and quiet when I come upon scenes in nature. This Ibis was going about it's business without regard for me. That's how I like it. I simply get to observe and often make art about the beauty like this that I discover on my coastal journey.

I dig the creamy white contrast against the gray blue of the water streaming out at the end of the high to low tide transition. The small snails give this photograph a counterpoint of detail and then there is the red around the eye and the pink legs for just a touch of color. The Ibis has such an interesting shape, don't you think?

If you want to see more of my art you are welcome to come over to and enjoy oil paintings about my coastal journey.

Thank you for stopping by today.

All art/photography copyright Alan Phillips© 2107

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bubba Duval In The Shallows Of The Flats


Hi everybody.

This is an area on the way out to Amelia Island in Florida. It was early in the morning and I saw this young man in his skiff heading back home. I just love that old boat marked by years of adventures and journeys navigating the waters to find the treasures that nature gives so freely.

There is something wonderful and intimate in a  relationship between the salt marsh, the ocean in an old well worn, hardy skiff. The waterways are wide open, uncrowded and lift my spirits completely when I'm out on the flats. Bubba was heading home from dawn patrol with some flounder, shrimp, crab and oysters. Happiness!

In addition to the grace and connection I feel to old and functional art like this boat I am drawn to the color shifts on the water from faster moving water to slow and the reflections of light along with the color of what's in the water and what's beneath it.

If you would like more information on this art please give me a shout at alanlovesart@gmail you are welcome to come over to to view more of my coastal journey.

Thank you for looking at my art today.

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017©