Thursday, July 30, 2015

The 88 chance to soar......Esperanza.


Right now I am listening to an older Jon Lucien piece, "Esperanza", do you know of a tune, a lullaby, a love song, a joy evident in singing that is more inspired? This song touches every part of the memory my soul knows of love, kindness and hope.

Piano, as many of my friends know is my favorite instrument and there are times I have sat down to play what I call 'Dialogues' and there are those who will sit and listen even though I have never had any instruction yet, this beautiful magical music carpet allows me access to other worlds and a journey that fills every vibration in me with divine. "Esperanza It's like that. I express it here, order and freedom united. Another of my word/art series this one is 24" by 18" acrylic and type on paper. It will become an oil on canvas approx. 3' x 5'.

It is indeed a soulful soliloquy....I send you love....and hope.

More to come.....

All art and words copyright Alan Phillips

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Little Bob Fosse Please.....


Isn't movement great? Although I don't dance that much anymore other than to jump for joy at one time it was an essential part of my day. I love movement. Among the great choreographers, I admired the cool of Bob Fosse. There was a certain fluid, jazz, economy of movement but a gestural groove in his lines.

Another of my word art paintings here. This original copy is 15 x 20 inches acrylic on paper and the final will be approximately 3' x 5'.

More to come...

All art and words, phrases copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

In the Hunt.....


Polo anyone? This is a small study from the Greenwich Polo Club series. It was sold some time ago to a pal who looked right at home in the thick of The Palm Beach Polo Club! 

This was a 11 x 14 oil on canvas.

I love the three figures as a central point of interest and the dynamics of the diagonals that lead in and up as well as that one pop of red against the green field. 

More to come...

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015



I read that the great painter and illustrator Bernie Fuchs who I admire greatly once remarked that he owed a good portion of his painting to the gift of classical music. In my studio it has been jazz for as long as I can remember. I love so much music but jazz seems to be my magic carpet to a zone where I can 'be' in the painting. Right now it's an album called Flute Flight with Herbie Mann and Bobby Jasper. I owe a great thanks to jazz and jazz musicians who have elevated my art with their music.

This portrait of Miles is my favorite.

Hands down Miles Davis is a genius that I consult on a regular basis. Not only did he add a few chapters to the American Jazz legacy, he was a champion for creative freedom, exploration and extraordinary innovation. When I hear the tune  "So What" all of my cosmic rhythm aligns and it's like I'm wearing a custom tailored Caraceni suit walking down Fifth Avenue in NYC heading towards an art deal that's gonna make my year, all smiles.

This was an oil on board. It was approximately 20 x 30 inches. A very talented photographer and saxophone player owns it now. 

More to come

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Terracotta pot full of geranium and marigold dreams......


This was always one of my favorite watercolor pieces. 

It is 15 x 20 watercolor on board and was sold about 15 years ago and created five years before that. I love flowers and especially dig how color is reflected and picked up by white surfaces. The composition in this one is rather striking. There is so much action going on in the angles of shadows, stairs and molding and yet the central focus helps keep the simplicity and poetry of the piece.

I had been at a tennis camp up in Hamilton Massachusetts, USA and wandering around one evening spotted this little vignette on a porch and snapped a shot of it to paint from later.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lovely Autumn Along The Saugutuck...Breathe Deep.


This painting has been on loan for about 15 years and just came home. Like an old friend it brings me a familiar comfort. There is a stretch of The Saugutuck River that is just about to empty into The Compo Basin in Westport Connecticut which merges into Long Island Sound.

It never fails to lift my spirits when I am here, it is quiet, flowing, colorful, alive and generally at this time of year pictured a nice 60 degrees or so, you wear a light sweater and a smile.

The size is 20 x 30 inches watercolor on board. It is available for sale $5,000.00 US unframed plus the cost of shipping. You can contact me Alan, to discuss the particulars if you are interested.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am...Gunga Din.


Gunga Din!

Do we all carry the idea of service beyond ourselves, 'our brother's keeper' as it were these days? What incredible measure of respect Kipling reveals to us in his poem about the soldier that served 'Er Majesty the Queen in a regiment in Injia and finest man he knew was bhisti, Gunga Din.

This was an illustration piece I did some time ago for the Easton Press. It is oil on canvas and about 20 x 30 inches I believe. I sold it eons ago. The book was a collection of Rudyard Kipling. What an amazing amount of fun he had with the language!

In my own life I have been at times humbled and honored to have known people who are perceived to be of a station socially lower than mine and yet the content of their character is what I one day hope to evolve to in my own life and I view them as highly elevated beings.
I am grateful for them. 

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sandy Lyle and Seve Ballesteros at The Tournament Players Club


It doesn't matter to me what or who, fact is, I love grace and form in every variety of people, sea, land and nature in general. Among the great golfers that I was admiring back in my 'illustrating sports' days (mostly football, golf and tennis) Seve Ballesteros was as elegant as they come. 

This was a shot of Seve teeing it off from the 4th hole at the TPC in Ponte Vedra Florida during a practice round with his partner Sandy Lyle.

I used oil on canvas for this, the size was 30 x 40 inches. It was sold last year. I developed a very sensual feel for this particular piece. It is a nice combination of edges of crisp and soft and a juxtaposition of shapes that give it a kind of rhythm that flows into the central figure.

More to come.......

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Joys of Summer


Wow. Hard to believe we are into July already. High time for the ocean and cooling down with the kids. This was a day where the little ones were introduced to the surfside art of 'butt busting' as one firmly and resolutely places one's posterior in position to break that wave!

I do love the Floridian waters as there is such a muted gray range within the color that is beneath, within and that which reflects. There are many points and counterpoints within this simple design from the diagonal of the first wave, the flatness and depth of the waves simultaneously. The basic primary colors against the gray green ground.

This one just drips with the sun splashed saltlife in a bravura fashion.

It was sold about 6 months ago 11 x 14 inches oil on canvas. 

Happy summer thoughts.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015