Cotman colours on Arches 140lb not

An exercise in loosening the brush and freeing the colour.

Buy it, I’m already well into my 60’s and if I’m going to be famous, well, I’m running out of time. I like to think my work has been influenced by the great impressionists, although my wife says it’s because I won’t go and get my eyes checked. At any rate, I do love to paint watercolour and acrylics and it’s a true wish of mine that you enjoy viewing my work. Go ahead and let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. (Well….the good ones anyway.)

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 3 years ago

    An absolute favourite! That elusive looseness that escapes us so easily! This is wonderful Jim, just love the way the eye flows over it! And the black contrasts really bring it alive!

  • I know why you like this one so Maree. If I had to pick one painting of mine that looked like it was modeled after a Maree Clarkson this would probably be it…..LOL Thank you for that wonderful comment.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 3 years ago

    Wow….a real eye popper. I have to agree with Maree’s comment. It’s just so hard to loosen up the way we’d like to sometimes. Being right handed, I’ve even given thought to doing a painting using nothing but my left hand sometime……that should really be interesting as it should loosen things up a bit….probably to the point where everything would be unrecognizable! ha!

  • Marsha, I’ve actually tried that (doesn’t work.) Try this – find an artist who’s work represents the style or looseness you’re seeking and emulate one of their works. Don’t make it a study, change it up as much as you like, just emulate the style. Make take several efforts, but it does seem to work.

    – Jim Phillips

  • narayan
    narayanalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent work!! I agree with the comments above it is so hard to loosen up..this has turned out very well.

  • It seems to me that any artist who models themselves with any degree of impressionism in mind will share this struggle. Thanks Narayan.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...almost 3 years ago

    Brilliant work Jim, seems like you had a lot of fun with this painting. It’s a bright explosion of wonderful colours jumping of the screen here!! Like Maree says, the black is also so well added for the contrast, and it’s just enough!

  • I admire your ability to give details in your comments Arie. Wonderful observations on this one, thank you very much.

    – Jim Phillips

  • kappisan
    kappisanalmost 3 years ago

    BIG FAV!!:D
    Love it!!:D
    Very well done!!:D

  • Thank you, thank you and thank you again.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Jennifer Ingram
    Jennifer Ingramalmost 3 years ago

    Autimn is my favorite time of the year. Love the loose brush strokes and how you contrasted the trees but not too much to let the warm colors pop. Great painting, Jim :)

  • You should know that’s one of the biggies of those three C’s I go on about so much. Thanks Jennifer.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 3 years ago

    lovely loose brush strokes Jim …bursting with colour and light…we all need to loosen up now and then…I find it hard not to add detail…and have to talk to myself to stop lol…

  • I tell my students often that we find it surprising that the outcome of a good painting is not our ability to pick up a brush, but rather when to put it down. Thanks Linda.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Jennifer Ingram
    Jennifer Ingramalmost 3 years ago

    oops. I meant autumn!

  • I rather liked that phonetic spelling. LOL

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely autumn scene Jim…glad you are relaxed enough to paint again after last week…

  • Aaaaaah, but you know Janis that the relaxing is in the painting. Yeah, I told someone on Facebook earlier that when I closed my eyes at night I still felt like I was holding a chainsaw. Grandgirls have gone home, storm debris slowly dissappearing, and I’m painting again….. it’s getting back to normal around here Janis.

    – Jim Phillips

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 3 years ago

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stylish Jim ! Love your Fabulous loose style to this compelling Abstract ! wonderful Art my friend ..Paul

  • That’s really a kind and wonderful comment Paul, thanks so much.

    – Jim Phillips

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