Monday, September 26, 2016

The Orange Farmer.


Have you ever visited a farm? Have you been to an orchard or a grove? I have been to a few and I love it. First of all it's acres of nature, often miles of natural growing things that just gives me the feeling of wellness.

I miss the apple orchards of New England where the landscape can be hilly and you seem to be walking through a quiet magic garden. Then there are the farmers, who just seem to be so down to earth. I mean they are of the earth really, and owning the science to understand how things grow. They are natural nurturers.

My office uniform is generally a pair of painters pants and a blue denim shirt so the apparel of the farmer appeals to me too. I like casual, no pretense, let's roll up our sleeves look. Let's start a movement of "Farm Couture"

This is a watercolor on board 15" x 20" and I like the simplicity of the movement with the circle space where the farmer's head is and the oranges circling with a line down to the pail and then up around behind him.

I guess it's a case of comparing oranges to oranges?

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Still Life Grille Life


One of the benefits of living on the coast is all of the fresh produce we get to enjoy.

Stripped Bass, seasoned to perfection, stuffed with garlic, scallions, a wee bit of jalapeno and topped with grilled bell peppers as cooked to tenderness and add a very well chilled Chateau Haut Brion Blanc to sip if you are feeling flush!

One of my fine art cooking pieces in watercolor on board, 16" x 18"

A fun challenge with this work was creating the three layers of shallow depth, the peppers and the fish, the grille and the coals. Further adding to the dynamic was getting the glowing coals just right (which I painted first incidentally). The technique I used was to start light and build up the intensity of the chroma a little at a time with the grays and blues and the yellows and reds.

Bon App├ętit !

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Natrural Camo


My job takes me to places where I feel at home. Home is where the awe is I suppose you could say. This beautiful Great Blue Heron is so color perfect in adaptation to it's environment. I have had to learn to be still, to anticipate the waders in their habitat waiting silently around each bend and to stalk them as carefully as they stalk the baitfish, crabs and other dinner delights to get a good photograph of them. Check out those oysters!

This is one of my fine art photography series.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Let's Get Lost.


I dig Chet Baker. One of my favorite songs that he nails is "Let's Get Lost."  written by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

You put the top down on your car. You hit the Pacific Coast Highway or Route A1A and you call up this tune with your favorite squeeze and the concept just enfolds you.

This painting is a portrait of a place where I like to get lost. It is remote, lovely, quiet and the sparkling ocean is behind you as you look up the face of a sensual rolling dune. I feel in awe of it's presence and can imagine I am floating along in the lifting thermals with the gulls.

This is oil on canvas panel 12" x16"

You can find this painting on my website

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All art and photography copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Little Fisherman


Hi everybody! Coming into September and one of my favorite seasons.  Living in the South I don't ever quite get as nostalgic or melancholy like I used too in the North. I attach neither good or bad to this. The mood up North made for some excellent reflective writing.

While tooling around the edges of the salt marsh with my camera and hunting for magic I am often surprised but what I have yet to learn from nature. Who knew a gull could catch a fish, probably it's own body weight and make a meal of it?

I suspect that the gulls were watching the Osprey's work the river.

Here is another from my fine art photography series. There are many more views of my coastal journey for your enjoyment over on my website and I just got my Wrack Line, the newsletter from the Florida Shorebird alliance. If you are into the coastal birds like me it's a great connection for engaging in support and preservation of these wonderful birds.

You can find them at if you like sign up for the newsletter in this issue they have one of my new fine art photography pieces of a laughing gull...check it out!

Thank you for the gift of your presence here today.

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All art and photography copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Surveyor


Crazy beautiful, right? I watch these beautiful Osprey soar high in the sky both in the marsh and the ocean's edge. They always come home with fish.

There have been times that I unknowingly came a bit too close to the nest and although they have their aerie in the treetops one of them deemed my presence a threat and swooped in for a closer look...and you know what? They are so much bigger than they appear!

This is from my fine art photography series. I hope it reminds you to fly high with your ideas today.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Butterfly's Day Out"


Hi everyone. Yo Yo Ma is such a versatile cellist and musician, ever hear him play, listen to his recordings? I often pick up an unfamiliar recording from a favorite artist and see what discoveries I may make.

In this particular instance I saw that he was playing a duet with Edgar Meyer, I had heard play with Bella Fleck and love their rendition of "Blue Spruce". I also noticed that the piece was composed by an American, Mark O'Conner.  "Butterfly's Day Out" is an enchanting work.

Nature, children, musicians and souls among many other elements and hands all
conspired to bring this art, this magic to life.

While out one afternoon on my coastal journey I happened upon this scene with all the lovely wild flowers that bloom in the dunes, and who should appear but this 
Gulf Fritillary

 making sure that they would see another season. Mark's decision to name the piece is an interesting backstory...find it.

Here is another from my photography art series. I hope you will give the music a listen, it's on youtube for free. I hope you will enjoy my version of seeing it....and yes this is what I was hearing while I walked into this lovely rhythmic sight.

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©