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First Friday Art Debbie Phillips – August 3, 2018

FRIDAY, August 3rd, 2018

IDEA PLACE on MAIN STREET

5:30 – 7:00

The featured artist at the IDEA Place for the month of August is Debbie Phillips. Local artist and crafter. Phillips, a relatively new artist began painting in the fall of 2012. Her last child was away in college at CSU in Ft. Collins and she finally had the time to work on things that had always been on her wish list: painting, quilting and sewing.
Her first couple of paintings were a little flat and lacked dimension but it didn’t take her long to begin to paint with more perspective and depth. Because she has still not settled on a favorite medium Phillips works in a variety of formats: oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen/watercolor, mixed media, pastels and recycled materials. Anything that catches her eye or she finds interesting can be the subject of her art.
This last year she has been working in some new mediums like pen and ink sketches with watercolors. “I like to control that the pen and ink give me to create details,” explained Phillips, “but I really like the depth and dimension that the watercolors bring to the piece.” On display are several paintings done in this format: Bent’s Old Fort, a tri of Florals, Youthful Memories, Mountain Cabin and Antique Car.
Another new technique Phillips has been working with is black canvases. Beginning with a dark surface and building up to the image is fascinating. Among the paintings on display that are using this technique are: Aurora Borealis 1, Aurora Borealis 2, Arabesque Dancer and Ocean Sunset. All of these were created with oils and a clear oil based medium.
“Some of my favorite creations have been my Quilted Art Handbags,” said Phillips, “They are all original designs, one-of-a-kind handbags that feature fiber art designs and a surprise lining. They are made with mostly reclaimed and recycled fabrics and have linings created with recycled jeans.” Truly beautiful and versatile handbags made to last.
Phillips has only taken a couple of art classes in her life but discovered that there is a wealth of information and knowledge available through books and the internet. Most of what she has done has been self-taught; some through the process of trial and error, correct and go on; formulate a new plan and even a couple of this is not good – start overs. But each painting and technique is a learning experience.
Phillips has been a photographer for most of her life focusing on family photos until recently. Now as she and Craig, her husband, travel in their motorhome she has lots of opportunities to take pictures of great scenic subjects. Phillips has also recently joined the Southern Colorado Photography Society and is very much enjoying the networking it offers and its monthly meeting workshops. She has prints made of some of her photographs like San Francisco De Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico; The Loretto Chapel and Cathedral Basillas of St Francis Assisi, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibit will also feature some photographs from her photo day at the old Alpha Betta Packing Plant in Pueblo. Phillips has used as inspiration for her paintings several of her photographs.
“I love horses and always come back to creating an abstract horse,” said Debbie, “My latest painting is a golden horse with blue, purple, gold and green mane blowing in the wind.” Her Golden Horse is a 24”x24” acrylic painting.
Pastels make beautifully detailed animals and has become a favorite of hers to work with when doing wildlife, dogs and cats. The exhibit includes several pastels of a variety of animals: Bo, my Shih Tsu puppy, Big Horn Sheep, and Angry Bear.
Phillips’ latest artistic adventure has been working with fluid art. There will be several pieces in a variety of techniques in this new and growing artistic medium. “Fluid art has proven to be a fun and challenging technique which yields uniquely different creations,” said Phillips.
All my barn wood frames are made by my husband Craig Phillips from reclaimed barn wood from sheds and barns at his parents farm in Las Animas. He makes them based on the techniques that his father Charles taught him before he passed away. I very much appreciate the craftmanship that goes into each frame and mostly that he does it in support of my dream to be an artist.
Phillips and her husband Craig have five children: Jennifer, Brandon, Jessica, Brady, and Janae. They have eight grandchildren. They live in the Cheraw area and both have lived in the valley all of their lives.

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