Phil Starke Studio Newsletter

January 2015  ✦

March Morning - oil - 9 x 12

March Morning - oil - 9 x 12


Happy New Year!  I hope 2015 will be a wonderful year.  I've added in some new workshops and shows this year, so it should be a busy year for sure. 

I'm a little late getting this month's newsletter out. I had a workshop in Green Valley, AZ and a few deadlines for art shows coming up that have really been keeping me busy. 

I'm beginning to put together the info for the New York Workshop.  This year I'm going to be doing the workshop in September.  More information will be coming out at I firm things up.  

I've got an online workshop coming up pretty quick with the Tucson Art Academy Online.  The dates are Feb. 2 through Mar 2, 2015.  You'll find the links to that information in the right-hand column of this newsletter.  This online workshop has limited seating, so make sure you register soon if you enjoy working with me online.

Phil Starke
Phil Starke Studio

Painting Evening Light

The color of the sunlight in the evening or late afternoon is different than the light during the day. It has a very warm, orange look to it that saturates everything. The shadows are longer and more of a blue and reddish violet.

The morning light is a little cooler, midday light is muted and flat, but evening light is warm and orange.

If I'm painting outside in the late afternoon I will pre-mix an orange with alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow light, and use it in all the sunlit areas along with the local color. For example, a green tree in evening light will have orange added to it. The shadow areas will be affected with ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson, along with the local color.

In this painting by Edgar Payne you can see the really saturated orange in the cliffs and green grass.

Edgar Payne

This is a painting by Hanson Puthuff and all the colors in the sunlight are effected by orange, even the purple mountains are effected with the orange light.

Hanson Puthuff

This is a painting I did in Tucson, I applied orange or yellow orange to all the local colors in the low sunlight.

Phil Starke

Colin Campbell Cooper

Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856. His father was a wealthy physician and recognizing his son's artistic talent, encouraged him to become an artist. In 1876 Colin Cooper attended the Philadelphia Exposition and was inspired by the art he saw there. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins and in Paris at the Academies Julian; Vitti, and Delecluse. Colin Campbell Cooper spent considerable time in Europe painting figure and architectural subjects but unfortunately many of these paintings were lost to fire in 1896.

Colin Campbell Cooper (also known by his signature as C. C. Cooper) resided on both the East and West coasts and became a prominent American Impressionist artist through his masterful paintings of landscapes, florals, portraits, gardens, interiors and figures. He is especially noted for his street scenes and skyscrapers in New York and Philadelphia. In the 1890s, the artist met Frederick Childe Hassam in New York and was influenced by Hassam's impressionist style and the delicate handling and atmospheric qualities conveyed by Hassam's canvases.

From 1895 to 1898, Colin Campbell Cooper was instructor of watercolor at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. He then moved to New York City from where he and his artist wife, Emma Lampert, traveled throughout the world in search of subject matter. One art critic wrote: "Colin Campbell Cooper recently returned from the Far East and has exhibited Indian paintings in New York. Among his architectural works which are said to possess such charm as to make them dreams of beauty are: Taj Mahal, Agra, White Mosque, Bombey, and Maharajah's Palace, Udaipor (Venice of India)".

The Coopers' first trip to California was in 1915 and they spent most of the winter in Los Angeles. In 1921 they settled in Santa Barbara and Colin Campbell Cooper served as the Dean of Painting at the Santa Barbara Community School of Arts. In his later years, Colin Campbell Cooper focused on West Coast subject matter and espoused "The California Style" of watercolor painting. This style of watercolor painting employed a bold, aggressive look - more like an oil-painting. He painted extensively in Santa Barbara but also painted in Taos, New Mexico and in Arizona including the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.

Colin Campbell Cooper passed away in Santa Barbara, California on November 6, 1937.

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Exhibitions & Gallery Shows

American Miniatures Show
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Settlers West Gallery
Tucson, AZ

Settlers West Summer Show
May 2, 2015

Settlers West Gallery
Tucson, AZ

California Art Club Gold Medal Show
March 29 - April 19, 2015
USC Fisher Museum of Art

Los Angeles, CA  

Grapevine Gallery Annual Drunch
June, 2015
Oklahoma City, OK

Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
September 21 - 28, 2015
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody, WY

Traveling The West Art Show
October 22 - 24, 2015
Southwest Gallery
Dallas, TX


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