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.

More to come......

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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More to come......

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

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.

Thank you for coming today. I appreciate all the views. If you wish to see my paintings and have not had the chance you can view them at

More to come

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I Will Remember You.


Listening to some Paul Hardcastle right now. Know it? Right kind of music to view this new 12" x 16" oil on canvas painting. Perhaps a little like a gorgeous white bird floating on the breeze running through the dunes?

One of my art heroes was Bernie Fuchs. He often said that classical music deserved as much of the credit for his work as he did. I love that. In my case it's jazz. Whether it's the hard stuff (Miles to Mingus) or smooth jazz it is a magic carpet for me to rise up into the state necessary to create and be focused for an undetermined amount of time that seems to turn whole days into minutes....yeah, like that.

This is from my coastal series which I am building up enough to do a show.  I adore the soft Florida light in this and what that light does to the colors and then how I get to play with them. Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ocean Life


You all know about Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue right? Have you heard her Ted Talk? Do it. Give it a listen. A million plus of your friends have already heard it.

It's not about getting scared. More about taking a step, any step towards a cleaner healthier planet. Quietly, she says, "There's still time." not a lot of time but we can change the course of things if we are aware and take action. I love that she pointed at a picture of the earth and called it "The World Bank." Right? Isn't that where all of our assets are kept?

This is from my art photo series which I will most likely do a painting of in oils or watercolor. It is a young Loggerhead Turtle in St. Augustine, Florida in the United States.

It is beautiful. It looks healthy and strong, curious and in clean water. What will you do today to keep it that way?

Thank you for stopping by today.

More to come.....

All photography/art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Monday, August 8, 2016

Esperanza's Dream


Summertime and the livin is easy. This summer here in Florida has been very hot and legions of beach lovers are hitting the coast for some relaxing sun and surf.

I have many figure studies I want to do in the future as part of my coastal journey series and they are very playful art about all of us playing at the beach. However, what really captures my imagination are the people who can be among the throngs, yet find a space to drift off into the mesmerizing lull of the sound in the waves, the sun's warmth and the rhythm of the tide.

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This is a study in oil on canvas panel 12" x 16"

Thank you for stopping by today.

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dragonfly Summer


Generally I get to go on a walkabout once a month. My walkabouts , although work related are a study in breathing easy again. These journeys clear my head for days and give me invaluable recharged energies to renew my focus on my mission to portray the transcendental beauty of coastal nature, you know, the work part.

The dragonflies seem to be heaviest in numbers here in August, here being Northeast Florida in the USA. They are beautiful in flight hovering in the landscape or up close with one of nature's most intricate designs.

I hope this art photo from my series brings a respite from any pressures you are feeling today.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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More to come....

all photography/art copyright Alan Phillips 2016 ©

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Come Fly With Me.


Did you hear Sinatra when you read the title? Quintessential in my mind, along with Chet Baker's Funny Valentine.

I envy the gull. It looks so effortless. Perhaps my day, perhaps I can choose to have my day go as smooth as this looks. I intend it.  It has everything it needs. The wind, sun, water, fish, air and beauty in the sunlight that is beyond compare with which to fashion it's days.  It has birds of a feather too, a flock of friends to chatter with and chase in the sky.

Here's another of my fine art photos for you to savor. You can view my paintings over at if you have not been yet. All you painting art fans hang in there I have been working on some new projects an will post them soon.

Thank you for stopping by today. If you have any questions, please ask. I read all my emails and comments sections on all my social media.

All art and photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2016