Monday, November 16, 2015

Man's Best Friend

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Man's Best Friend
oil on linen

The little French Bulldog, Nika jumps up into his lap
and enjoys a lovable and endearing hug 
from her best friend!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Oyster Creek, a new Toogoodoo 365 painting by Rosie

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Oyster Creek, November 11, 2015
5 x 7 oil on canvas panel
Toogoodoo 365 painting

It's early fall and I'm out fishing with Bruce on one of my favorite creeks. 
Oyster Creek, a little creek tributary off the Toogoodoo Creek.
I'm sure that is not the real name but that's what we call it because there are tons of oyster beds 
in the creek and there is an oyster farm towards the end of it. 
It was late afternoon and the sun was starting to go down. 
The fishing was slack so I pulled out the paints. Got a good start on it there 
but the gnats came out so had to put the finishing touches on the painting in my studio. 
But before this, the fishing was good!
5 Reds (Spot Tail Bass) and 2 Trout

And then.... the tide slacked out and the fish stopped running 
so I pull out my snacks and paints!
A good day on the Toogoodoo!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shrimp Season

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Shrimp Season
or ???
Mr and Mrs Shrimp
Can't decide on a name! any suggestions?
11 x 11 oil on linen panel
Framed in 1"black sleek frame to show off the sunset.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September Moon

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September Moon
5 x 7 Oil on linen panel
from my Toogoodoo 365 series

It's almost a full moon and it will be a Super Moon in a day or two! 
This was at about 6:35 PM and there was still a lot of light in the sky and 
a few fluffy clouds hovered below the moon.  The marsh and trees are in their early 
fall deep greens still. 
But I think it will be changing soon! 

Below is a photo just after I started the painting. If I paint from a photo reference
I just bring it on my iPad and have it close by.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September Blues

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September Blues, September 18, 2015
6 x 8, palette and brush work on panel
Toogoodoo 365 Series,
The photo for this painting was taken at 5:45 pm. 
The sky had so many colors of blue and it had floaty white and light gray clouds. 
The trees and marsh are still vibrant green as the days are still warm. It is low tide now and 
2 of the docks across the creek sit in the mud which is turning purple with the late day reflections.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September Sunset

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September Sunset
5 x 7 
palette knife oil painting on panel

The sky just lights up in the fall and even though it is still summer in September, 
the sky is showing it's beautiful colors already. 
My friend, Anne took a photo for me from our dock since I didn't have my phone with me. 
The sky was awesome with pinks and light purples and the water was alive with the sky colors. 
Many of my small paintings are palette knife paintings on panels which is what this one is
and I often use these smaller paintings as studies for 
larger brush or palette
knife paintings.

Here is the reference photo I painted from.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer Storms

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Summer Storms
24 x 30, oil on canvas

The marsh greens were vibrant and the trees were
a deep green on this mid summer day.
The clouds were building quickly as they do
in the summer storm season.
Within a few moments of this,
that purple cloud burst into a 
summer storm!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Carolina Marsh And Creek

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Carolina Marsh And Creek

This is one I did about a year ago and I decided to update the sky.
Prior to the "sky redo", the clouds were a bit grayer.
I do like the softer clouds.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Going Crabbing And Fishing

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Going Crabbing And Fishing

5 x 7 palette knife oil on panel, unframed
Two fishermen setting a crab pot on the creek. 
They also have their fishing poles ready! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Socked In!

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Socked In!
from my Toogoodoo 365 series
August 30, 2015
4 x 6 palette knife oil on canvas panel, Unframed
It's a gray, rainy day in the lowcountry! 
The sky is gray and the dark summer greens of the trees are obscurred by the rain. 
The dock across the creek sits in low tide with the floating dock in the mud. 
You would think the marsh would fill up with all this rain! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

All Lined Up On Pier I (Bohicket Marina)

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All Lined Up On Pier I
(at Bohicket Marina)

The last pier at the marina is Pier I. 
These sailboats are all lined up. 
This version is a palette knife painting and I simplified the background 
a bit to give more emphasis on just the sail boats! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bohicket Marina At Sunset

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Bohicket Marina At Sunset

Leaving Bohicket Marina 
just as sunset was casting a light purple pink glow 
over the sky and water. 
Looks like the row of sailboats sit just watching the sunset.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Sunrise

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September Sunrise
September 1, 2015
from my 
Toogoodoo 365 Series

The sunrise this morning was vibrant yellow, red and purple 
and the creek water glowed with the same colors. 
I painted this from a photo I took at 6:42 AM!
I was not quite awake enough at that hour to actually paint!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Just Before The Rain

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Just Before The Rain
from my 
Toogoodoo365 Series

6 x 6, palette knife oil on canvas panel, unframed
Palette knife painting of the creek and marsh as the dark gray, purple, pink clouds 
crept their way in, just before the rain came! 
The dark sky made for some pretty greens in the marsh and trees.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Queen Street Window Blooms

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Queen Street Window Blooms
8 x 10
palette knife on panel

Charleston is such a charming city! If you get a chance to walk
around downtown, you will notice the great architecture, iron gates
and the charming shuttered windows and flower boxes.
They are especially spectacular in the spring and summer 
but many homes decorate year round.
Recently, I was walking around and even though this is a window
I have painted before, it always looks different....
depending on the time of year and flowers in bloom.
Today, the flowers were lush and colorful!
Queen Street Window Blooms!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunset On The Creek

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Sunset On The Creek
5 x 7 oil on panel
One of my Toogoodoo 365 series

As we came home after being out n the boat, 
we came home just as the sun was setting. 
At the fork of the creek, the sunset was glowing all over the place! The sky and the water.....beautiful August evening.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Casting For Bait On The Creek

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Casting For Bait On The Creek

June 11, 2015
Toogoodoo 365 Series painting
5 x 7 oil on canvas panel, A studio painting! Framed
painted on July 28, 2015 from a photo
A local fisherman in his small creek boat casting for bait along the marsh bank. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Little Gems! Mini sail boat paintings.

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Red, White And Blue
4 x 4 palette knife oil painting on panel
Two sail boats at anchor in the late afternoon. 
Red sail boat and a white sailboat with a blue sail cover. A small gem, 4 x 4 framed in black.

Mellow Yellow
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 oil on panel
A yellow sailboat at anchor in the late afternoon. 
A mini oil painting, 2 1/5 x 3 1/2 framed in black. 
Palette Knife painting.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Storm

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Summer Storm, July 22, 2015
The summer storms come every afternoon right now. They come fast, rain hard, thunder and lightening and then it is beautiful afterwards. Today, the dark clouds hovered behind the tree line... must have been storming in Seabrook! Not a drop here! But the sun was starting to set and the afternoon sun glow was on the marsh. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bobby's Dock

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Bobby's Dock, July 20, 2015

5 x 7 oil on canvas panel, painted en plein air, unframed
Today is a typical hot summer day in Charleston, though there was a great breeze on the dock! I sat out there and painted my neighbor' dock. I titled it Bobby's Dock though it's owned by 2 families. It was about noon and the sky was a light hazy blue and it was close to high tide. 
To see more about this one or other of my

Saturday, July 18, 2015

July Sunset, Oil painting Charleston SC

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July Sunset July 15, 2015
One of my special studio paintings from the 
5 x 7 oil on panel, Framed. A special studio painting!
On this night, we kayaked out into the marsh at high tide. It was a beautiful and peaceful time. 
The summer nights are still long and the tide was perfect. 
When we got back to the dock, the clouds were glowing in pinks, purples, yellow and the marsh grass 
was aglow as well. I ran in to grab my camera. Definitely a Toogoodoo 365 painting but also a special studio one.  I have been struggling with a different painting and I was able to redeem myself with this one. 
Plus it was the first time I was able to use my new easel!

iPhoto image that I used as a reference.

My new wall easel! It gives me so much more room in my tiny studio. 
I've got NEW inspiration!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hazy Morning

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July 13, 2015, Hazy Morning

5 x 7 oil on canvas panel, unframed
This morning, there was a cloudy haze across the creek, almost fog like but not quite. But wait, there's no smog out here, so yes, it was fog. By the time I set up to paint en plein air, it was almost 10 AM and most of the foggy haze was gone except for the way back of the field. The summer greens were starting to brighten up and the birds came out. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2 new Toogoodoo 365 paintings

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Storm Rolling In Fast!
June 28, 2015
Toogoodoo 365 Series

I set up to paint the dock across the creek in low tide with the water coming into the marsh area. There were some dark clouds building fast and before I knew it, there was lightening and the scene changed from this to a complete wash out. Couldn't even see the dock! Then it stopped and was beautiful again but the creek had come into the marsh already. So I stuck to my original plan of painting the dark clouds and reflecting into the mud. 

Airstream On The Toogoodoo
June 27, 2015
Toogoodoo 365 Series

Then I painted a second one. (I think I'm avoiding getting back to my large boats in the Charleston harbor painting). Just across and around the creek from us is this adorable Airstream trailer. Do you still have one of these? Every time we go by in the boat, I take a photo and say I'm going to paint it. So yesterday, I took the photo and here it is! Just adorable. I may need one of these!, Rosie Phillips Fine Art​

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Charles and Spice

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Charles and Spice
NOT quite the same as Sugar and Spice, but close.... just saying!

While visiting in Asheville last week with my sis and hubby,
we rode horsies, hiked ..... had a great time.
I took my paints in anticipation of some paint time though I never have time!
This time, we pulled the paints out, my sis worked on reviving
an old one of hers and I did this from a photo she took a day before. 
I tried to capture him on the horse in the woods without detailing the 
trees and leaves.... but wanted it to be a forest, like it is.

So what do you think? The hardest part was the background!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Old Friend 2

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 Old Friend 2

Old trucks have always intrigued me. Don't know why?
I don't like driving them..... I just like painting them!
This is my second old truck to paint, the first being 
a watercolor many years ago now.
Since I saw this one, delivered and not moved 
(very much or far) for a while now,
I have been wanting to paint it. It is part of the 
Toogoodoo 365 Series 
because it can be found on a property
on the banks of Toogoodoo Creek! Fair game... right?
Old Friend 1 (click here to view) was fun and challenging, 
with the light filtering through the trees and the old 
glass on the truck. I waited for a day that I had time to paint this one with the same lighting. 
 I love the old still shiny black with the faded black, rust spots, 
sun highlights.... and with the 
great sun we had on this day, it helped to make the "black" truck shine in a sea of green in the yard.

Below are photos of my view and set up.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Going Sailing

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Going Sailing
5 x 7 on canvas panel
from my Toogoodoo 365 Series

Leaving the dock and still picking up the boat bumpers, 
Namaste is headed out for a day's sail with the guys.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Early Morning Sunrise

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Early Morning Sunrise
6 x6 on Linen Panel
From my Toogooddo 365 Series

The sunrise in June is light pinks and yellow 
under and this morning, 
there was a canopy of darkness leaving the sky with clouds. 
The summer greens are strong and vibrant and the all the colors reflect in the water. 
Lowcountry sunrise in the summer!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Creek Marsh At Low Tide

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Creek Marsh At Low Tide
April 8, 2015
from my
Toogoodoo 365 Series 

The creek was at low tide and the afternoon sun was glowing purple in the 
pluff mud! And the spring greens were in full force. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hydrangeas On The Creek Bank

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Hydrangeas On The Creek Bank
From the Toogoodoo 365 Series

This hydrangea plant is on the bank of the creek 
and is really interesting because it can't decide if it wants to 
be a blue or pink. It has pink and blue blooms, some that are both pink and blue and some that are purple.
So in case some of you say... yeah right! Here is the actual
photo of the plant!

Sunday, May 17, 2015


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May 13, 2015, "Red"
5 x 7 oil, paper mounted on panel
There are lots of crab pot floats on the creek and most of them are white 
but we came across this red one. 
The tide was pretty slack so it wasn't pulled too tight.  
And it was close to the marsh so the grass reflections were strong. 
One of the Toogoodoo 365 Series

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Perfect Wind For Sailing

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May 6, 2015, "Pefect Wind For Sailing"
One of the Toogoodoo 365 series,  5 x 7 canvas panel

Just a perfect wind for sailing a boat like this one! But no sailers today. 
I started to paint this from my dock but the wind was so strong that it was hard to paint while holding my pochade box and tripod with one hand. So I had to come in to finish. 
Would've been a fine sailing day though!
I took my time with this one and is a studio painting and is framed in 3" gold frame. Ready for the gallery!  
For a more impressionistic version done with a palette knife, here is the April 21 painting

To see more of the series, visit the website below!
Toogoodoo 365 Series

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morning Anchor by Rosie Phillips Fine Art

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Morning Anchor
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
20 x 16

It’s spring in the lowcountry and the morning light is luminous! 
This is a small wooden boat I saw recently and it just captured me.
I painted it at anchor on a spring morning with the beautiful light.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Late Spring Afternoon by Rosie Phillips Fine Art, Charleston SC

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Late Spring Afternoon
oil on linen panel, 5 x 7

It’s spring in the lowcountry and the spring greens have sprung! 
The late afternoon sky is also full of color.  
A studio painting from my Toogoodoo 365 series. April 4, 2015.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Charleston Artist Guild Juried Signature Exhibition 2015

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Pleased to be juried into

The Charleston Artist Guild Juried Signature Exhibition 2015
April 6-11, 2015
Reception, Saturday April 11 at 6 PM
Charleston Visitor's Center
375 Meeting Street

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuscan Farm

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Tuscan Farm
6 x 8 oil on panel, 3" gold frame

A typical scene from Tuscany! 
Along the roads, there will be hill
after hill with farm houses after farm houses and
vineyards after vineyards!
Rolling hills, vineyards and wild flowers....
all for good wine! 
And cheese!
And breads!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Toogoodoo 365

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WHAT is Toogoodoo 365????

Toogoodoo 365 is a project I have been thinking about for a while.  
This project is/will be 365 daily paintings comprising of either quick paints, studies or even studio paintings. I have put this project off over and over again as I have not been able to get myself started on Jan 1 (again)and then I thought, why not paint the daily creek paintings as I can, log them and end up with 
365 daily paintings of the Toogoodoo Creek.
images ...
A little creek history...
and more info, just in case you would like to have one of these  little gems. 
I'm thrilled to be able to share these scenes with you. 
The Toogoodoo 365 website is accessible via my website and through this blog.
Our beautiful world is a gift to us all.  Enjoy.