Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Horizons


One of my favorite places and times of day are on the  surface of our great blue green friend on a blue sky sunny day. I forget there is anything else in the world when I am there save a dolphin breaking the surface or a row of pelicans in rhythmic pattern working the updraft of a wave.

I breathe deeply, I feel the warmth of the sun on my bare back and the cooler water when my feet are in the water. The sound is perfect, the fragrance fills my nostrils with the flavor of the earth, the taste of salt on my tongue and I know a huge belly laugh is mine when I catch that perfect wave, again.

This painting is 24" x 36" oil on canvas and is available for purchase. You can get the details from my website: and find contact information if you are interested in adding this work of art to your collection.

I dig the simplicity here. Whenever I use these colors with a high chroma, though not in an influential way I can remember Jasper Johns commenting that he liked to use red, yellow, blue. The colors here are what I saw and what I wished to see. The ocean is always transforming in color and shape and is varied in it's dimensional  sculpture form by the light and shadow.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Snow Play.......


I hope those of you who live in the colder climates are feeling warm and toasty today.

Main Street was my first address on this planet. I can recall walking down Main Street just after a huge snowstorm and I swear it was so deep it was up to my chest. I was however no more than five years old so it was a relative depth. The truth of what I really remember was that I was in heaven, jumping, running falling and sledding (yes, Rosebud).

My long standing friend Stevie has a daughter who is a huge fan of horses and riding and although I only saw her ride once, it was impressive. This is one of her horses. I did not know how much horses like to run around in the stuff until I saw some of her photographs which were delightful and beautiful and pure play. This is an adaptation of one of Hollie's photographs.

This is a 16" x 20" oil on gallery wrap canvas.

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Thanks again for all of you who check in over at under sunnybeachman and purchase my watercolor art and cards, t shirts, and other fun items.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016