Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Through the Enchanted Forest Painting



Through the Enchanted Forest, 16" x 12", Acrylic/Mixed Media © Robin Phillips Studio

I created this small piece for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Art Show curated by Kelly Williams, currently on display at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts through May 31. Each participating artist chose a scene from one of the Grimm's Brothers stories to illustrate. If you're in the Portland area and haven't seen it yet, do check out this magical show!

My piece is based on a scene from the story Twelve Dancing Princesses:

“Then down they all went, and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees; and the leaves were all of silver, and glittered and sparkled beautifully…. Then they came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds… On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle.”


To me, this is one of the most magical scenes in the story. The princesses escape through an enchanted forest of silver, gold and diamonds to meet their princes and dance all night long. I hoped to capture a sense of excitement and wonder in this painting.

Through the Enchanted Forest prints (photo or giclee) are now available in the RPS shop! Wouldn't this print be adorable in a little girl's room? Or it would add a whimsical touch to a feminine/antique room. :)

Behind the scenes, painting in the studio...




I approached this piece with a vision of an old German book cover opening to illuminate the scene. The princesses are descending down the cellar stairs and through a doorway into the magical forest. To create the figures, I referred to images of bridal and Victorian models. One of my favorite Victorian fashion sources is the classic Godey's Lady's Book. 




For the scrollwork, I traced design templates and then filled in the filigrees with a tiny brush. 


I hand-stitched metallic-foil glass beads through the canvas to create the effect of diamonds in the trees. 



On opening night...I became a princess myself :)






Framed and hanging at the show on the 'Wall of Maidens'...  








"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale" - Hans Christen Anderson


♥ Robin

Monday, March 14, 2016

Yucatan, Mexico


Time has really flown by since my last post, but now I have Mexico pictures for you! Recently, I've been immersed in a busy stretch of new website projects and paintings- which I am excited to share soon. Anyway, without further ado...


We started off our trip in Cancun, then drove around the entire Yucatan Peninsula visiting small towns, ruins, cities and everything in between for two weeks.



Historical town of Valladolid



A beautiful church in Izamal, and the most wonderful lunch there...




Stunning Mayan ruins with many carvings still intact at the large site, Chitzen Itza....






Next we were on to the capital city of Merida...




Every neighborhood has a central plaza...



We stayed in the sweetest boutique hotel with homemade meals...




Came home with the teal blue one the left! Saw so many beautiful textiles....






Mayan displays and artifacts at Museo Cultural de Maya, the artistic detail is just astounding


Of course I found my way into a fabric/crafts store.... had a challenge testing my Spanish :)


But, left with a full bag!



Next we were off to see more ruins....


The grand site of Uxmal.... Can you imagine what a large city center this must have been?




At Sabah, a small remote site, we saw the most stunning relief sculpture still intact...


Along the way, we lunched at a beautiful hacienda in the country...




An exquisitely carved pineapple...


And stayed the night at another one....






The next morning we were off to Calakmul, a large jungle site who's first leader was the powerful  Jaguar Paw



At the top! We saw monkeys in the trees...



And then back to the coast/ Riveria Maya for several days on the beach....
We stayed in Akumal at the main beach, which is known for sea turtles. Got a chance to see several while snorkeling!




Agave and Ginger at the Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barerra Marin



More ruins on the coast at Tulum...







My favorite art galleries by the beach... :)




And finally  Artesanias Mexicanas   Some of the treasures we brought back :)












And a tiny sketch from the beach....




♥ Amo a Mexico!