Thursday, December 31, 2015

May 2016 Blossom Like Fresh Garden Roses!!


Last day of the year! 2015 has been very good to me..the grace I have received is beyond words. I salute you with roses! I salute you also who are looking at my art and reading my posts. Happy New Year. I wish you every desire you hold in your heart come true.

This is a 10 x 10 inch square oil on gallery wrap canvas. It is by far one of my most gestural florals yet.  (This is a good thing, a happy intention realized in case you were wondering) And if you think it might be a salute to the immensely talented Mr. Manet, you are correct!

This is a work that is in a private collection created specifically for my very good friend Melissa who is a constant gardener. Thank you for all of the nurturing love you give to the earth and the humans who are lucky enough to be in your orbit.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

"SURRENDER" revisited


Ahhh, now that's just right. I have liked this painting since creating it and it did not take a lot of revision. However the cloud/sky  photo that I was using as reference was in a much more grey tonal mode. It felt as though the boy might be surrendering to a storm...that was not my intention. It is the surrender of the day, one's trials, one's choices to the sand, sky and sea to be washed clear in meditation.

Giving the background sky a bright day color of blue sets it apart I think. There is a bit more color overall in this version and more depth.

This painting is 12 x 16 inches and is framed in white board 1 inch thick by 4 inches wide. It is oil on canvas and is available for purchase to add to your collection. The price is $1,200.00 USF plus shipping. If you are interested you can contact me, Alan at

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ryan's Watch


My nephew Ryan is an Atlantic Beach lifeguard. This is an interpretation of what a solitary morning might look like on a day that was not precisely a 'beach day' where he would be surveying his territory. However, every day is a beach day for me and I am always on the lookout for interesting things to paint and make art from that occur on the beach.

This is an oil painting on a watercolor canvas panel that is 12 x 16 inches. I find so much color available in what many see as a gray and tonal world. If you look closely and with receptivity you too will find a universe of color at the beach. And, do I just dig that bounce of red in the chair and orange in the flag against the more subtle color!!??

Just a short mention here that I do accept commissions for paintings like this that are beach related. Just contact me, Alan at to discuss your specific ideas.

Ryan's Watch is now in a private collection.

More to come......

All art copyright  Alan Phillips 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Epiphany


This is a stretch of my favorite beach. It's lonesome and peaceful and I like it that way. I get ideas out here. I mean I get ideas anyway, all day, every day. However they seem to be more elevated, a higher quality when I am walking with the waves, the sand and sky as my companions.

I really dig the configurations of these tide pools often leaving behind small fish, shells, crabs until the tide comes back up.  It is also a comfort to have a warm splash for my bare feet when I have traveled a few miles or more.

This is oil on canvas and is 14 x 17 inches gallery wrap.

This piece is available for purchase for your collection. Please contact Alan at to inquire about price and shipping.

More to come......

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Whispering and Secrets Among the Adirondacks ( a Giclee!)


It's great to see prints of my art out and about in the world. Often, when I am visiting a collector from years gone by or a friend who owns a 'Phillips' I just smile with gratitude as I spot one of my works hanging in a prominent place in their home or conference room. They are like old friends themselves.

Yet, I get even more satisfaction when it's a piece I want for myself and by having high quality giclees I get to have some of these favorite pieces to hang on my walls as well since most originals are purchased. This is the second painting I have now produced as a giclee print along with "The Pink House Woody"

This art is painted in oils on canvas twenty inches by forty inches. It is a cozy inlet in Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA. I used to go there with friends to enjoy the sunrise, sunset or a conversation that required an environment of quiet beauty.

The Giclee of "Whispering Adirondacks" is priced at $650.00 US plus shipping outside the Jacksonville, Florida USA area. It is gallery wrapped with a uv coating finish and is 20" x 40"
The original is available for sale as well and is the same size for $3,800.00 USF plus shipping.

Please contact Alan at if you are interested in a purchase of this beautiful work of art for your collection as a giclee or original.

More to come...

Art is copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Jetties in Spring ,A return to Return to Forever


Ok, so Claude Monet had his haystacks and I have the jetties! 

There is something a little more lush about the springtime version don't you think? I like them both. I dig the contrast of the field and the trees with the Autumn colors.The Fall version "Return to Forever" was sold and so I went back because I like the view and the composition.

 Maybe for Winter and Summer versions I'll have the Egret flying from another position or better yet an Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Marsh Heron, or a gull or pelican....

"The Jetties in Spring"  is an oil on canvas framed in white barn style wood 1/2 inch thick x 4 inches wide on the frame and the size over all is 12 x 16 inches.

 It is available for sale. If you are interested please contact Alan at

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Heading Back To The Beach......


The first painting above "Heading To The Beach" was the the first finished version of this painting. The second is with revisions. 

One of the obvious differences is that the second appears much warmer and has a more harmonious and balanced feel to the warm, cools and the varied shapes. The second is also a bit more simplified, has more movement, and emphasizes the point counterpoint of the composition in addition to a generous helping of depth. 

In most instances I feel a painting is good and stop. However that doesn't mean it is finished. More often than not I need to think about about what else is needed even though I am not quite sure what that is, yet it is an intuition that speaks to me and let's me know there is more to do so that it "feels right" which is different to me than 'looking right"  the first one essentially looked right to me probably because that was what was there.

What I advise most students is, paint what you think is there, what you think you see, what you see and then paint what you want to see. You see?

This is a 11 x 14 inch oil on gallery wrap canvas and is available for sale. Please contact me Alan Phillips at for details if you would like to purchase this classic Neptune Beach scene for your collection.

More to come......

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Marsh Master


It seems in the steamy summer when I take a break in this spot that it is ten degrees cooler than anywhere else. The quiet here is like a soft melody and you can always feel a breeze, I take a deep breath and give thanks. When I am here at sunset I laugh because it is so joyful to me that the earth itself could be so stunningly beautiful, every day. It is communion with the earth and my soul.

Capturing the golden light and the iridescence of the sky with those candy colored clouds was imperative when I stumbled upon this scene on the way home one evening. Even though this is a majestically simple scene it plays on so many artistic levels of using tone, color, composition, shapes and light to make a statement. There is a terrific harmony don't you think?

This is an oil on gallery wrap canvas that is 11 x 14 inches. It is available for sale. Contact Alan at if you are interested in purchasing it for your collection. This is a study for a larger piece (36 x 48 " or larger) of an ongoing coastal series.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015