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 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

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:

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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 2018

Large (24x30") painting of my wife; still in progress.
April 2018

Studio work for the month of March, into April 2018.

Weekly figure painting sessions at the Baum School have
helped with using a limited palette to produce consistent skin tone and hue.  Much credit is owed to our instructor, Adriano Farinella.  His patience and teaching skills are commendable.

The highlight of the month would have to be a school model wanting to buy a small painting that I did for her.  Very flattering.

Sold to the model in April 2018

Work in progress.  Three more modeling sessions due.

My dog painted in an "alla prima" style.  One session.

Completion of four modeling sessions at the Baum Art School in March 2018

Nearly complete figure study by Adriano Farinella (

Figure study by fellow artist Mary Klunk, Allentown, PA

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 2018


By Brian Phillips /

I've been spending most of the Winter working on portrait studies.

Second pass model study working background and robe

Work still in progress but I'm satisfied with the basic elements

Large work in progress using a limited pallet
First pass concentrating on the model's hair

Completed model study from Feb. 2018

Pre-Show work Jan 2018
Second pass by my instructor Adriano Farenella
The model for it all; the lovely Samira
Recent portrait session, March 2018

An early landscape that I've revisited.  Much to do