September 29, 2009

figure value studies

This assignment involved painting a black and white study first, and then painting the same pose in color. I changed the background a little; my main focus was in getting the values in the figure to read correctly.
“Connect the lights and darks so your eye can move through the painting without interruptions"...Peggy Kroll-Roberts

September 27, 2009

value studies

One of the highlights of my summer was participating in a Peggy Kroll Roberts workshop, but I have not taken the time to sort through notes/photos/what-I-learned until now. One of the things I like most about Peggy is that she still gives herself "assignments" in order to keep her work fresh and interesting. These are my still life studies from the first day of the workshop. Determining value relationships is an excellent reminder to ask yourself "what is my darkest dark, my lightest light?" before picking up the brush.
"The object of art is to give life a shape"...William Shakespeare

September 25, 2009

push to play

My one and only sister and I live too far apart to see each other as often as we would like, so we decided to keep in touch through a photo-blog. It is our version of a sisterly cyberhug. Because we are still kids at heart, our format is "tag, you're it!", so when one of us chooses a subject to post, the other is required to respond in kind. If you are interested in visiting our site, or leaving us a comment, you can find our "sandbox" here...shootin' sisters

"Life must be lived as play!"...Plato

September 24, 2009

Kreativ Blogger...

Thanks to Edward Burton for this award. I am honored to be in the same category as the others chosen. Please click here to see Edward's post. As a recipient, I am asked to reveal 7 things about myself, which I had fun with in a previous post here. Edward had already been tagged also, so he chose to list 7 things that he loves this time around, which I think I will do as well:
1. I love mornings, don't need an alarm clock, even in a foreign country when day is night, and night is day. I suspect that my brain must have a setting called "first light".
2. I've always loved dogs. When other children slept with their teddy bears, I preferred a real live puppy. Still do.
3. I adore anything lemony, the fragrance (fresh), the tartness (the best) and the color (Monet's gorgeous kitchen table and chairs)
4. My favorite colors are the colors of the ocean: blues, teals, turquoises and purples. My closet and home are full of them.
5. I love Pilates; the whole concept of core strength, the story behind it's origin; the focus it requires,and the fact that, like yoga, you exercise in your bare feet...and well, just everything about it.
6. I love people with a great sense of humor. It is a very important quality to look for in a mate, and an added bonus when both your children and your husband keep you in stitches. Laughter really is the best medicine.
7. And 7th on the list is my favorite number... 7- it just fits me, always has, even literally (ring, hat and gloves...)
And I am passing this award onto these artists...

Becky Joy ,an Arizona artist who paints the most inspiration sunsets. I just want to step into her paintings!
Rhonda Hartis Smith , a Kentucky artist, whose portraits and figures are full of charm and character
Mona Jones Cordell-wow, I love how she captures the energy and attitude of dancers in her gesture drawings
Carolyn Finnell-I adore this Louisiana artist's paintings that have luscious brush strokes, wonderful composition and color. Congrats on the new studio, Carolyn!
Deborah Paris, an artist who is a master of stunning, ethereal landscapes
Ann Salness- an Oregon artist who paints people, places and things with equal finesse
Bobbi Heath- a Maine artist whose landscapes are fresh and never overworked

September 21, 2009


(330) 12 x 16
“We're not here to leave a mark, bro. Monuments, legacies, marks - that's where we always go wrong. We're here to revel in the world, to soak in the awesomeness of it, to enjoy the ride. The world's maximum perfect as it is, beauty from horizon to horizon. Any mark any of us tries to leave - hell, it's only graffitti. Any mark anyone leaves is no better than vandalism"...Dean Koontz

September 14, 2009

the art of life

I have received a plethora of email about where I saw Dr. Oz, is the answer. He was part of an anniversary celebration held for Central Baptist Hospital. I happened to be in the right place at the right time and serendipitously scored front row seats to his lecture. Ted Turner was pretty happy to be there too-and sitting only 4 or 5 seats away! He graciously smiled for this picture after he saw how excited I was to see him (AGAIN, apologies to my mortified family sitting next to me).
Anyway, like Dr. Oz; Central Baptist's progressive thinking includes a wellness center with a focus on the patient working as an equal partner with healthcare providers. And that, if you think about it, is quite a stretch from the old way of thinking where, unfortunately, many patients have long expected doctors to deliver a magic potion that would nullify decades of unhealthy living choices. As Dr. Oz has pointed out, "the current healthcare controversy will NOT be won in Washington, but in our own kitchens, homes and communities" because, while only a third of health issues are genetic, the other two-thirds are a direct result of lifestyle choices that include the mind, body and spirit. And what does that have to do with art? Absolutely everything, I would suspect. Dr. Wayne Dyer would call these choices "reenergizing our surroundings" with this advice:
"Choose to be in the company of those who hold a space for you to achieve the joy of maximizing, rather then minimizing, your highest human potential. Make your surroundings a temple of love and kindness. Pay attention to the music you listen to, the art you view, even the arrangement of your furniture and flowers—all of it!"

September 13, 2009

Land of Oz

Oprah calls him "America's favorite doctor"... Dr. Mehmet Oz. His new TV show starts tomorrow! His "You" books have made it "cool" to be healthy by connecting the mind, the body, and the spirit; and his enthusiasm and love for his work are contagious. I love his innate curiosity and belief that we must look within and understand ourselves in order to comprehend and appreciate the world around us...
"What gave Einstein the idea that there were particles or waves in physics? Is it possible that he was colored at all by looking at Impressionist paintings that had been done for the past 30 years, which created light from dots? And just as in that example, art colored perhaps the thinking of, if not Einstein, other physicists of the time. Medicine and physicians- We have an understanding of energy. We have a digital world. We have insights into technologies that we haven't yet applied in the context of the human body that we probably, one day, in this next generation, will gain insights to."...Dr. Mehmet Oz

September 5, 2009

New Website!

In an effort to be more efficient, I have tried to organize, categorize, classify, and straighten STUFF this summer. And as the summer draws to a close this Labor Day weekend, I am happy to say that I actually completed a few projects, including archiving all my paintings into a new website; dividing them into categories for easier viewing! I plan to continue this blog, but needed the website as an added tool for more efficient sorting. It was indeed a Labor of Love...You can check it out here: Faye Christian Phillips:

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”...Albert Einstein