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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunny Nap At The Beach

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Shorebirds are one of my major focal points on my Coastal Journey. They have an infinite variety of shapes , sizes and behaviors in addition to their simple beauty. Isn't it amazing how relaxed this lady is enough to close hers eyes and enjoy the warmth of the sun?

You can see more of my coastal journey, please stop by https://alanphillipstudio.com/
where you will find a range of beautiful oil and watercolor paintings for purchase. Follow me on Facebook too as there is even more fun about the Coastal Journey there! https://www.facebook.com/

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come....
All art/photography copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Feelin Good


Welcome.

Hi everybody. I first heard the song "Feelin Good" when I was a kid in my mother's house. Nina Simone was the vocalist. I believed every word she sang.


Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel
It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life for me yeah
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me
And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea, you know how I feel
River running free, you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel
It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Songwriters LESLIE BRICUSSE, ANTHONY NEWLEY


Thank you for looking at my art today. See more Coastal Art at https://alanphillipstudio.com/

More to come.....

Photography/art copyright Alan Phillips © 2107

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rainy Day

Welcome.

Hi everybody. I love a rainy day. Rainy days at the beach offer a wealth of joy in different ways than a welcome day of bright blue sky sunshine does.

In my art photography here muted tones come together to create softer palettes in color hues. I enjoyed seeing these ochre, red, subtle green, blue colors collaborating in a peaceful harmonies. It's like you could float in the air, right?

You can catch a whole bunch more beautiful scenes from the coast done in oils on canvas and watercolors on my fine art site https://alanphillipstudio.com/ please come by and have a look around. The works for sale are listed as available and those sold with a red dot if you are looking for something special to add to your collection.

Now if you like to wear your favorite art or coastal scene come on by over at https://www.zazzle.com/happy_hibiscus_t_shirt-235103447150040707 and have a look at this beautiful hibiscus painted in oils featured on a black t-shirt.. Your friends will be wondering where you got it!

Thank you for looking at my work today.

More to come......

All art/photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2017


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Little Thrill At Pete's Bar & Grille.

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Well, it is nature after all! I like to step outside the lines occasionally just for fun with my art photography. This is one of those times!!

It’s overwhelming.  I’m exhausted. It’s the work, the stress, the POTUS tweets
My remedy is to grab my baby and head on down to Pete’s


I say “Darlin, the madness is too much and we’ve got to get out!!”
She smiles. “I’ll put on my red dress and my high heel sneakers lover. No need to shout!”


I say “Honey, you are lookin’ so tempting and sexy  tonight
You better wear some boxing gloves in case Doug Oakes might wanna fight.”


We waltz right in,  greet our tribe and hoist a few
Most nights it’s the nest over which the cuckoo flew
We lay our quarter down,  pick up a cue
The eight ball is my pal tonight. Stick and ball know what to do

Now we’re feelin ahh-right,  a full adjustment from our week of troubles
Staggering outside we laugh out loud at the sunset in our beer goggle bubbles!


Photography and words copyright Alan Phillips © 2017

Have a look around at https://alanphillipstudio.com/  to see and enjoy my watercolor and oil painting art featuring my coastal journey!!

Thank you for looking at my art today.

All art/words/photography ©2017 Alan Phillips





Sunday, July 9, 2017

Benevolent Beauty of the Sunday Morning Sunrise


Welcome.

Hi everybody. I like things that are subtle. I like the other more high impact stuff too but in views like this one you have a chance to take a moment, breathe and look around. It's understated.

This is from my photo art series. If you would like to view my fine art oil paintings of my Coastal Journey. C'mon over to https://alanphillipstudio.com/ and feel free to sign up for my newsletter.

If you are on Facebook you can follow me there or send a friend request! https://www.facebook.com/

And it's just the beginning! You can now buy some of your favorite Alan Phillips art over at https://www.zazzle.com/jacksonville_beach_t_shirt-235314703419033433 

Thanks for looking at my art today.

More to come.....

All art photography © copyright Alan Phillips 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea.

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Freedom is among the greatest gifts that I enjoy. Happy 4th of July.

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come....

All art/ photography copyright Alan Phillips ©2017 https://alanphillipstudio.com/

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Soaring Soul

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Wouldn't it be fun to be a bird? Just for a minute, an hour? Lift off and fly wherever you want. I see the kite boarders and the folks with the power parasailing-gliders and boy does it look like a blast having all that air time and being in control of it.

I have experienced air time at different occasions in my life. It is exhilarating and peaceful at the same time. This is one of my art photographs expressing the idea of freedom in gliding over the land and the beauty of the coast.

You can catch many more of my Coastal Journey ideas in oil on canvas fine art at https://alanphillipstudio.com/ I invite you to join my newsletter email group too where I post my newest works first and have offers exclusive to my friends.

Check out my Zazzle shop called  Sunnybeachman to dig some of the cool Coastal collection of posters, prints and T-shirts! https://www.zazzle.com/loggerhead_sea_turtle_print-256306279864958402

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come......

All art photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2107


Friday, June 30, 2017

Where The Doves Fly

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Doesn't this photograph make you want to take a deep breath? It does for me. Breathe in, breathe out.

This is one of my favorite places to take a moment to appreciate this planet we call home. I am frequently stopped in amazement in the beauty I find here.

If you are liking my photographic work here or the original oils and prints you can find at https://alanphillipstudio.com/ please be sure to include your friends-share the love!

Do you like to find new ways to express yourself? Tuck into some of my designs and art on t-shirts, note cards and coffee mugs or a nice canvas print stop by at https://www.zazzle.com/in_the_channel_canvas_print-192854924650554091

Are you a Facebook fan? I share much more of the journey and you can follow me on
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Thank you for looking at my art today.

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All art photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2017


Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Chevron Of Egrets Heralding Summer.

Welcome.

Hi everybody.

This is such a wonderful sight. It lifts my spirit immediately when I am at the shore and I look up to see these beautiful creatures lit by a brilliant sun.

It makes me wonder where they have been, where they are going.

Please stop https://alanphillipstudio.com/ see more of my coastal journey painted in oils on canvas.

And by the way there is some pretty cool beach bags, sneakers and tee shirts and more with my designs on them at https://www.zazzle.com/sunnybeachman stop by and have a look around!

If you like what you see please share with others and if you like let's connect on Facebook.

Thank you for looking at my photographic art today.

More to come.....

All art/photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Skipping Ruddy Turnstones



Welcome.

Hi everybody. This oil painting on canvas of Ruddy Turnstones is 11" x 14" and another of my recent studies of shorebirds here along the Atlantic coast.

Yes it is available for sale at www.alanphillipstudio.com. come on over and give your eyes a little refreshment for a working wellness Wednesday!

You can also find some new treats on t shirts, sneakers, mugs and stationary at https://www.zazzle.com/sunnybeachman with my artwork decorating your favorite items!

Please come on over to Facebook and connect or you can find me and connect on LinkedIn.

Thank you for looking at my art today. Happy Wednesday.

All art copyright Alan Phillips © 2107

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Taking A Breather



Welcome.

Hi everybody. I love these little Sanderlings. Seldom do they stop and this one took a shine to me and posed.

I have many shorebirds for you to peruse on my website this one is Oil on Canvas
14" x 11" x 1.5 $400.00 USD (shipping and handling additional contact me if interested alanlovesart@gmail.com) and is called "Taking A Breather" www.alanphillipstudio.com

If you are liking what you see here on my blogposts and might want to find a special gift or a favorite work of my art on a shirt, coffee mug, poster, greeting card or even a pair of sneakers! Please visit me at https://www.zazzle.com/sunnybeachman

It's going to be a brilliant coastal summer!

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come......

All art copyright Alan Phillips ©2017

        
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In The Channel

Welcome. Hi everybody.

We here at the beaches all love St. Augustine. I was out on a Sunday morning walkabout down in Vilano beach with my feet in the perfect blue green water just breathing in the fresh salty air and this sloop came up the channel to head out towards the open water passing the St. Augustine Lighthouse and I was inspired to make a painting of the moment. The sailor looks like he is in command of his ship and heading to his freedom.

Now you can have a gorgeous print on a canvas of this 6' x 4' oil painting on canvas in a range of custom sizes!!! Here-
https://www.zazzle.com/in_the_channel_canvas_print-192854924650554091

Thank you for looking at my art today. Please, stop by www.alanphillipstudio.com for more of the Coastal Journey

More to come......

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©



Monday, May 29, 2017

Hibiscus State Of Mind



Welcome.  Hi everybody.

One of my classic hits with my friends is this pink  hibiscus oil painting on canvas the original 36" x 36" Now it's available on cards, t shirts, sweatshirts and other fun collectibles at https://www.zazzle.com/sunnybeachman have a look around and have some fun.

I grew this flower from a tiny plant cutting in my backyard which grew to 7 feet tall and produced these enormous, colorful, delicate and smile growing blossoms! It called to me to paint it!

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips ©2107




Sunday, May 28, 2017

In memory with gratitude

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Being of service to others is the greatest gift to mankind. Thank you to the veterans and those who are now protecting freedom.

Thanks for stopping by today.

More to come.

All photography and art copyright Alan Phillips © 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May your dreams lift you higher today.

Welcome.

Hi everybody. This is one of the beautiful citizens in the photographic part of my Coastal Journey series allowing me to participate in the generosity of it's presence. Happy Sunday. May your dreams lift you higher today.

Thank you for looking at my art today. Please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com to see more of my Coastal Journey.

More to come....

All art/photography copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

She Listens to Seashells by the Sea Shore


Welcome.

Hi everybody. This is my watercolor 22" x 36" on Moulin Du Roy cold press 300lb watercolor paper. It is the first in a series of watercolor paintings for a children's book I have written about a little girl and her adventures living by the coast.

I like the composition and the tones very much in this painting as well as a slight view from above. It also captures a very Floridian ambient soft sunlight. The upper right area of blue was left open to be able to accommodate a block of type.

If you would like to see more of my coastal art please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com
Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come...

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Greeting

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Simple things can add so much to our lives. Take flowers for example. Although I must admit that the creation of flowers seems like no simple feat to me. I do enjoy the color, the delicate flesh of the petals and often a heavenly fragrance. Think Magnolia blossoms.

I spotted these Geraniums and Marigolds on the front steps of a beautiful home. Combined with the design that the sun splashed railing created with shadow, the terra cotta pot and the nuances of reflected color on the white wood and the texture on stone stairs made for a stunning little vignette.

It is a nice little 'hello' to come home too...don't you think?

This is a watercolor on board 15" x 20" and is sold.

If you would like to see more of my art and the journey of my coastal adventures, please stop by at www.alanphillipstudio.com.

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ride The Tide And Go With The Flow

Welcome.

Hi everybody.  My watercolor on Arches paper is called "Ride The Tide And Go With The Flow" 15" x 15" It is one in a series of a larger project. This whelk is the ultimate in marine design suited to it's life. They have been here on earth for 30 million years.

I have been reading lately about innovation in form and function with Nike, Cole Haan, IoT and many more. I remember reading about Christian Dior and his forays into nature for inspiration.

On my studio wall there is a statement. "If you can dream it, you can do it." Perhaps we could collectively dream of a bigger peace, a healthier sustainable life in collaboration with our planet and to my earth tribe, "If we can dream it, we can do it."

Thank you for looking at my art today.

Please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com to see more of my coastal journey.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips ©2107


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pecan Pie Anyone?

Welcome.

Hi everybody.

Ok, so let's say you are responsible for creating the art for the food page every month of a popular local magazine. How are you going to make it a little different? How in the world are you going to do pecan pie differently?

One of the first things I would do with an assignment if I didn't have an instant 'eureka' moment was to research the subject. One of the things I found out was that among two of our founding fathers, Washington and Jefferson thought that pecans would be and were a profitable agricultural cash crop.

And...when enjoying a leisurely dinner discussing oh, let's say a constitution, a declaration, the price of tea we come to the coffee and dessert and there is one piece of pecan pie left..uh, oh! It's a duel of the fastest fork!

Art and humor are such a wonderful visual device. This was watercolor and ink on board.

Thanks for looking at my art today, to see my coastal journey artwork please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips © 2107

Monday, April 10, 2017

Conductors of Sumptuous Symphonies!


Welcome.

Hi everybody. Ok. So, I am gone off the reservation here for a bit until my new coastal pieces are finished!

Stay tuned I have not forgotten my mission.....several pieces are in progress on my drafting table and easel, in the meantime a tad more fun! Wouldn't that be a great name, Tad Morefun?

Here is another from the food page series from Water's Edge Magazine in my humor style illustration. This story was about all the groovy gadgets you can have fun with in your kitchen. Williams Sonoma lookout!

I am all for great kitchen appliances and tools, great knives, Sabatier and Henckels for me along with the utensils that actually have a reason to take up space on my counter.

Do you have any that you love, can't live without? This piece was created in pen with watercolor and ink on watercolor board.

If you want to see some great coastal art please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com.

Check in with me on LinkedIn if you are in business!

Your comments are welcome.

Thank you for looking at my work today.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips ©2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

And now for something a little different....!

Welcome.

Hi everybody. OK, OK I know this blog is about the coast and wildlife, so we have a least some fish caught from the ocean in this one and the chicken was of nature's wild origin!

I used to have the food page of a magazine to illustrate every month and although I chose to alternate from straight realism to humor when the story warranted it I like them both approaches equally.

My artist pal once said to me that he didn't think any artist on the planet, in the USA anyway hadn't done some version of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" and here's mine.

The article was about locally grown food for our tables, organic, and the healthier ways we can feed ourselves and support our communities.

Thanks for looking at my work today. When you want some of my tasty coastal journey realism please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips © 2107

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Willet Morning

Welcome.

Hi everybody. This oil painting on canvas panel is another in my series of coastal shorebirds and traveling companions on the beach!

You can find more coastal art at www.alanphillipstudio.com and you can find me on LinkedIn as well.

Thanks for looking at my art today.

Mote to come.

All art copyright Alan Phillips ©2107

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coastal Repast!

Welcome.

Hi everybody.

This was my watercolor on watercolor paper 20" x 30" for the magazine Water's Edge of a low country boil.

Actually the piece was about crawfish. I chose to make it about the low country boil.

The reason for that choice was to celebrate a friendship and a discovery. I had a neighbor who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. He came over to my porch one day and said, " My family is celebrating my birthday out in Fort Caroline. Our family home is right on the river. I'd like you to come out and enjoy yourself." "Done." I said without missing a beat. This is similar to the feast we shared. It was a grand day. I became a fan of this delicious traditional southern dish.

Thank you for looking at my art today. You can view more coastal art at www.alanphillipstudio.com.

More to come.
 
All art copyright Alan Phillips ©2107

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Royal Day At The Beach

Welcome.

Hi everybody.

"A Royal Day At The Beach"​ is my 11"​ x 14"​ oil on canvas panel painting of one of my favorite denizens of the coast. I am amazed at the aviary of airborne acrobats at the beach. I am dazzled at how dynamic the pelicans, osprey, red tailed hawks, gulls, gannets and common terns display their prowess in the sky. It is the Royal Tern however that gets my vote as the most elegant warrior on the wing. Thank you for looking at my art today. See more coastal jewels at www.alanphillipstudio.com

If you are into connecting on other social media you can find me on LinkedIn, check in, say hello!

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017©



Monday, March 6, 2017

The Finishing Touch


Welcome.

Hi Everybody. I have a friend who is an artist that says , "Put a tie on it and call it sir." he was referring to framing a work of art. These days with the coastal and informal looks of much of the interior design I see and consult on there seems to be a consensus that art does not need to always be framed to have the right feel for a space.

What do you think?

Personally, I like frames. I like the complete look of a beautiful work 'contained'. However in my piece here "Glowing In The Coastal Drift." oil on canvas 36" x  48" lives in harmony in my studio with the cotton duck sofa and linen pillows, the coffee table with the charming patina and the jute rug and of course the sea shells without a frame.

This work is on loan at the moment in a palace of a home in Ponte Vedra Beach and may have a frame in it's  the future! If it does I'll post it and do a comparison. Feel free to leave a comment below if you are of a mind to.

Thanks for stopping by today. You can see more of my art at www.alanphillipstudio.com for more of the coastal journey art.

More to come....

All art and photography copyright Alan Phillips © 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Summer Sanderling

Hi everybody. Welcome.

"Summer Sanderling" is a 9" x 9" oil painting on canvas that I just finished. These little guys amaze.

Industriousness, persistence and devoted pursuit to an end are characteristics I admire in them. When you watch them, they are all business. They are one of the reasons our beaches are so clean. They are never deterred by human foot, dog, wave or sun, wind and rain. They circle around and find a new route. I'm a fan.

I once told an art friend that you sometimes need to sneak up on a painting. He looked a little confused. My point was not to make what you are doing so important to your mind. Concentrate with focus but be loose, hold it loose, gently in your heart and mind. Work with what you see. Enjoy it. All of my paintings begin with this sort of gestural burnt sienna sketch. Then I block it in. When I have everything where it should be I shift my gaze to precise, intense deliberate actions with intention.

Please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com for more coastal art to add to your collection. Please let's connect on LinkedIn if you are a member and think we may have insights to share:)
You can reach me at alanlovesart@gmail.com if you want to connect by email.

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Tricolored Heron.

Welcome.

Hi everybody. Here is another of our local wading birds.

This is an oil portrait on canvas 11" x 14"
She had lovely markings and was very healthy and strong. That's always a good indicator of the health of the ecosystem where I find them.

I liked the warm color palette in this painting it was late afternoon and the pinkish color in the foreground water came from the sun and the sky reflected as the tide was outbound. I also like the design in this composition and the way he commands the space.

She was gracious enough to pose for me when I approached her. Confidence is always attractive!

Thank you for stopping by today to look at my work. You can find this painting and other coastal subjects painted in oils and watercolors at my website www.alanphillipstudio.com with the prices and contact information.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Friday, February 10, 2017

White Ibis

Welcome.

Hello everybody.

Listening to Pat Metheny right now playing solo on an acoustic guitar, "And I love her" by the Beatles. Want some quiet? Want some ease and beauty and loveliness to start your day? Have a listen on Youtube.

Even if I do not have my headphones on I often hear melodies that are reverent and quiet when I come upon scenes in nature. This Ibis was going about it's business without regard for me. That's how I like it. I simply get to observe and often make art about the beauty like this that I discover on my coastal journey.

I dig the creamy white contrast against the gray blue of the water streaming out at the end of the high to low tide transition. The small snails give this photograph a counterpoint of detail and then there is the red around the eye and the pink legs for just a touch of color. The Ibis has such an interesting shape, don't you think?

If you want to see more of my art you are welcome to come over to www.alanphillipstudio.com and enjoy oil paintings about my coastal journey.

Thank you for stopping by today.

All art/photography copyright Alan Phillips© 2107

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bubba Duval In The Shallows Of The Flats



Welcome.

Hi everybody.

This is an area on the way out to Amelia Island in Florida. It was early in the morning and I saw this young man in his skiff heading back home. I just love that old boat marked by years of adventures and journeys navigating the waters to find the treasures that nature gives so freely.

There is something wonderful and intimate in a  relationship between the salt marsh, the ocean in an old well worn, hardy skiff. The waterways are wide open, uncrowded and lift my spirits completely when I'm out on the flats. Bubba was heading home from dawn patrol with some flounder, shrimp, crab and oysters. Happiness!

In addition to the grace and connection I feel to old and functional art like this boat I am drawn to the color shifts on the water from faster moving water to slow and the reflections of light along with the color of what's in the water and what's beneath it.

If you would like more information on this art please give me a shout at alanlovesart@gmail you are welcome to come over to www.alanphillipstudio.com to view more of my coastal journey.

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017©


Monday, February 6, 2017

A Very Fine Feathered Friend


Welcome.
Hello everybody. This is my portrait of a local Great White Egret, one of many done and I expect many more to come as I find eternal and magical grace in their form and flight.

The word "egret" comes from the French word "aigrette" that means both "silver heron" and "brush", referring to the long super fine feathers that flow down an egret's back during the breeding season as they are shown here..

They were endangered at one point in the United States because over hunting them for their plumes for adornment on hats.

There seems to be a healthy population where I live in Florida. I am grateful for that.

Thank you for stopping by today.

If you would like to view more art from coastal journey please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com for oil paintings and watercolors featuring the coast.

You can get in touch alanlovesart@gmail.com if you would like to discuss a work of art. Please connect with me on LinkedIn if you would like to or think we can collaborate in business together.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Attraversiamo

Welcome.

Hi everybody.

And yes, I really dig the search (and the writing) by Liz Gilbert in her book, Eat, Pray, Love.
"Attraversiamo" is a word I learned from her.

One of my favorite daydreams is that I could cross over the salt marsh as gracefully as one of the many species of wading birds from herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and wood storks to cranes and hawks that I frequently enjoy seeing there.

I love the spilt in the channels that run through the tundra of the spaces that have been left undeveloped. It's like a haven of redfish, shrimp and mullet spun into a maze of cordgrass and fishing birds.

This double painting is called a diptych for you who are not familiar with the term the art world gives it. They were small panels 11" x 14" each oil on canvas done in a very gestural painterly style, one I use when I want to give an overall feeling of the energy of nature in my brushwork.

This one is sold (even though it's two paintings it is considered one work). If you are looking to add to your art collection of coastal or wildlife art please visit me at www.alanphillipstudio.com you can also connect with me on LinkedIn you can make a comment below or contact me at alanlovesart@gmail.com please feel free I enjoy hearing from you!

Thank you for looking at my art today.

More to come......

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nature's Design

Welcome.

Hi everybody. These are a brace of Striped Bass I caught on Long Island Sound. They were just posing for me for a second and then I let them go.

This was a soft, beautiful moment. It was near dusk. I had the moon rising on my left shoulder and the sun descending on my right. I cast near the riff of the eddy near the reeds on the opposite bank of the little sand bar and BAM! These guys like to hit that fly hard and then run. I always do a slow easy retrieve as to not injure them. I was using a Gray Ghost in case you were wondering

Are they not just the most handsome in their appearance? I remember reading a biography about Christian Dior. Part of his process in his designs was to take a vacation or a working sabbatical and just spend time in nature often with sketchbook in hand. Do you think he would have found a new kind of silvery shimmer here? Perhaps he would discover a new kind of pinstripe, herringbone pattern?

Nature fascinates me. It is the design and it is in the engineering and the connectedness. I love this planet!

Thank you so much for looking at my art today. You are welcome to see more of my coastal journey at www.alanphillipstudio.com or connect with me on LinkedIn. I would love to hear your thoughts if you would like to comment just drop a line in the comments section below!

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©


Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Land Of The Loggerhead


Hi everybody. Welcome.

This is my watercolor study of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

We get our fair share of them on our shores as they come annually to nest here. They are exceptionally beautiful creatures in and out of the water. When I studied them I was surprised to find their are only 7 species of Sea Turtles on the planet. Most of them are classified as endangered. They are a fundamental link in the health of our marine ecosystem.

I hope you are fortunate and get to see one in the wild. Thank you for looking at my art today. www.alanphillipstudio.com is where you may see more of my Fine Art Coastal Journey. If you are in a related business like interior design or publishing reach out to me at LinkedIn.com I really enjoy meeting new people.

Thank you for stopping by today to look at my post.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Tender Moment In Larchmont Manor.

Welcome.

Hi everybody.

My painting is titled "A Tender Moment In Larchmont Manor" it is oil on canvas 26" x 32" The Manor was a comforting refuge for me when I lived in New York.

This is an isolated cove called Horseshoe Harbor in NY. Founded in 1888 The Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club is still a place where you can find great camaraderie in sailing and the salt life in a relaxed community. This is one of the wooden launches that served as tenders of a pair that ferry members out to their moored boats.

Larchmont Manor is tucked into  Long Island Sound and offered beautiful views in all four seasons. Even in the deepest winter chill with ice glazing the generous allotment of rock and the gazebos covered in snow there was a special and breathtaking beauty to experience on a visit there.

Overseen and generously maintained by the elected trustees of property owners of Map 610 my hat goes off to you for your keeping this wonderful treasure intact and available for the public to enjoy.

If you would like to see more art please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com or get in touch via LinkedIn. Thank you for stopping by today.

More to come....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©
  
 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Coastal Legacy

Welcome.

Hi everybody. This is a scene from Mayport Village in Mayport, Florida in the Jacksonville area. These boats and the fisherman are what remains of a bygone era when so much of life was engaged in the handmade, organic, fresh caught, grown livelihood whether it was the farm or the vast ocean. I miss it. There seem to be fewer of them each year.

When I need to catch a glimpse of it I head out to this little fishing village where there used to be lumber mills. You can get you some fresh caught shrimp too. I would call them Mayport shrimp as some do but it is difficult to label them as there are many varieties. I get mine from a wholesaler and they are as tasty, rich, wholesome and flawless as though I had reached into the sea and pulled them out one by one. Perfect.

My painting of it here is a 15" x 20" watercolor on board.

The boats themselves are beautiful. I imagine they have seen so many adventures, gorgeous waters, fed so many families and could tell you outstanding stories of their journeys were they to speak. I love the lines, the patina, the sea and geographic related names on the hulls. Whether under way or at rest they are works of art to me.

Here's what I do with the shrimp. I put them in water and heat until just before a boil. I take them out, cool them down in cold water. Then I take of the shells and clean them. I heat a little extra virgin olive oil with fresh sliced garlic on a warm temperature until you can smell the garlic throughout the kitchen. When the garlic and olive oil are hot I put the shrimp in with fresh cut basil and cook for no more than two minutes. I eat them with veggies or pasta or in a salad. The way I cook them ensures that you will have a mouthwatering tender flavorful and flavor- filled shrimp every time.

Bon appetit!

Thank you for stopping by today. If you would like to see more art or connect you can find me at www.alanphillipsartstudio.com or on LinkedIn.

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017©


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Blossom Dearie.


Welcome.

Hi everybody. This is a hibiscus blossom. It is a flower that does extremely well here in Florida. I find something so elegant and exquisite in their form and color.

I have used elements of both refined realism, abstraction and the gestural mark in this piece along with a dynamic composition which I feel holds your interest.

The original is 24" x 24 " oil on canvas and was sold a few years ago.

I titled it Blossom Dearie, because, well, I like her music and her voice so delicate and lilting while rendering great jazz classics just makes me think of these flowers.

Thank you for looking at my art today. If you would like to see more please visit www.alanphillipstudio.com  connect with me on LinkedIn.com I love to make new connections with art appreciators!

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All art copyright Alan Phillips 2017 ©