Tuesday, November 16, 2021

November 2021 Update

A recent upturn of work has resulted in the following paintings and drawings.  I owe so much to Michelle Tully of Studio Escalier and my multi-year art teacher Adriana Farinella.  Thanks

All works are for sale.  Please contact Brian Phillips for information.  And additionally, see all my available works at BrianPhillipsArt.com.  Thanks

A profile of "Phoebe", one of several.  9x12" oil on linen.

"Profile of Marco". Oil on canvas.  Background unfinished

Sketch of "Samira".  11x14" Gray paper, graphite and chalk

"Samira"; painting in progress

"Alyssa", 9x12" oil on linen, in progress

"Florence" 11x14", oil on canvas

Alyssa, quick study

Caravaggio insert from "The Entombment of Christ"

"Marco looking up" 11x14" Gray paper, graphite and chalk.

"Supper at Emmaus".  Insert from Caravaggio painting

"Florence Looking Up",  9x12", oil on canvas

Marco Looking Up", 9x12", oil on canvas

Insert from Caravaggio's "Madonna Dei Pellegrini" 9x12", oil on canvas

Friday, April 2, 2021

 Spending time with Studio Escalier
April 2021

Having taken advantage of a number of Zoom classes during the Pandemic, I've hopefully improved my skills in painting various parts of the human face.

The human eye has always been challenging for me to get right on the canvas. The online courses offered by Michelle Tully of Studio Esclier offered interesting lectures and demonstrations that helped lend a little respectability to my optical attempts.

The is categorized by Michelle as a "fun" task.  I'm not at the "having fun" stage but I'm much less intimated.

Another model, another eye.

Tell me you haven't struggled with a nose or two.

An ear with jewelry

And finally, putting it all together: the nose/muzzle, eyes, and ears combined with proper color and tone; you have a finished face and more confidence.  Thanks

Brian Phillips
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Late May 2019 News

Late Spring 2019 Postings for brianphillipsart

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An early 2019 "commission" of sorts.
I never painted a parrot, and as I learned, these two had been together for over 20 years.
After learning of their long relationship, putting the pose together wasn't too difficult.
My first and hopefully, my last parrot commission.
It took no less than six work sessions and a number of minor sessions
to bring this one to an acceptable conclusion.

Dogs and women owners; I can't leave them alone.
My affinity for fashion can always fill the time.
A much-needed return to daily sketching.

Turning fashion sketches into short oil studies.
A favorite of mine.
First pass of a 12x16" commission titled:
"The Traveler"
Somewhat more difficult is turning model pencil sketches
into oil on canvas studies.  Multiple sessions are required.

Finished work titled: "The Traveler"

Monday, January 21, 2019

January 2019 News

January 2019 News

Welcome to monthly post.  I've been spending some time and money on a DVD from Juliette Aristides entitled: "Secrets of Classical Painting".  The DVD contains approximately 8 hours of demonstration from Ms. Aristedes and is well worth the time and financial outlay.  Those mentioned 8hrs of demonstrations has helped me to begin my paintings in a more classic way thereby making the second and third pass to be more productive and satisfying.  Thanks, Juliette.

Completed 3rd pass of "Bev".  16x20", oil on canvas.
Not for Sale.  Part of the artist's collection.

Alyssa #2, 16x20", oil on canvas.  Property of the model.

"Bev Sunbathing" 24x30", oil on canvas.  Not for Sale.

Alyssa #1 pose.  16x20" Oil on canvas board.  For Sale

Alyssa #3, 16x20" Oil on canvas board.  For sale
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Monday, December 24, 2018

December 2018

December 2018

Just a short note to finish out the year; three works that I was able to complete.  All three are from models which is my preferred method.  Also, all three are portraits which make for limited interpretation on my part.
Going forward I hope to use the same model and paint from poses used to imply emotion.

Thanks for stopping by.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Alyssa pose #1
Available for purchase
16x20" Oil on canvas

Alyssa Pose#1
16x20" Oil on canvas.  Available to purchase

16x20" Oil on canvas
Not for sale

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 2018 News

September 2018 Newsletter

I had been hoping that I'd be able to find a model to use for a Fall 2018 show emphasizing “athletic yet feminine women”.  The task has proven more difficult than expected. Even though I'm looking to paint a fully clothed model, I have no candidates at present.
If you know of someone that might be appropriate for an “athletic women” portrait, drop me a line at brianphillipsart.com under the "contact" page. By the way, my studio is eastern Pennsylvania. Thanks for stopping in.

Looking for a model to paint a similar pose.

Portrait coming soon

Reworked my version of a Kenton Nelson classic

Started another Samira portrait 1st pass

2nd Pass

3rd Pass

Sketch for another painting emphasizing the hair and neck

"Bev" 2018 finished and ready for varnish applications

Young Samira with a Zorn palette

Older Samira using a Zorn palette

Another sketch prior to painting.  I like this one but can't seem to get it going.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August 2018

August 2018
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After a multi-week, make that a multi-month layoff, I started painting again.
I have a problem with procrastination.  If there was a 12 step group for procrastinators, I'd be involved.  Maybe not, I'd probably put it off.

I'm fortunate to be involved with the Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA.  If I sign up for a summer course, it makes you gather your gear and go paint.  This summer I took on some plein air work which got me excited about putting paint on canvas again.

What really helps me is bad weather.  Whether it's raining, hot, ungodly humid, buggy or whatever, I find I'm more inclined to paint in the studio.

I've also found, quite by accident, that going through previous year's work you'll find unfinished pieces begging for attention.  I've started work or rework with a new sense of purpose.  Hoping to get some things finally marked "FINISHED".

So, if you're stuck, feel you're just not getting anywhere, wondering why you paint, put the phone or laptop down and sign up for an art course or art group meeting where you live.  It helps to be around other artists and to have a mentor that will not only encourage but provide honest critiques of your work.
Listen to this 29-minute audio by my mentor, Adriano Farinella.  It really helped jump-start my enthusiasm to paint. Click: https://www.adrianofarinella.com/blog/2018/8/15/i-am-not-a-plein-air-painter

A plein air of my mind.  I add to it all the time.  It's like the "never-ending" painting.

Plein air right outside my front door.

Working on skin tones.

A work in progress for a friend.

A quick study for a pending angel painting

A second option for the above painting

A continuation of a dog painting.  I love dogs.

A plein air that had great and not so great aspects.  Love the skyline.

Reworking the skin tones.

Becoming one of my favorites.