Phil Starke Studio Newsletter

November  2015  ✦

Passing Through Oak Creek Canyon - oil - 24 x 30 - Available Through "Traveling The West Art Show" - Dallas, TX.

Passing Through Oak Creek Canyon - oil - 24 x 30 - Available Through "Traveling The West Art Show" - Dallas, TX.


Coming up in November I'll be attending the Great American West Show on Saturday, November 21st as well as the Mountain Oyster Show on November 21st and 22nd.

I will be demonstrating at the Mountain Oyster Show on Sunday the 22nd from 2:30 to 5:30 so if you get a chance to attend either show, come by and say Hi.

Below are the 2 images for the Settlers West Show.



and here are the images for the Mountain Oyster Show:

I'll be teaching a workshop for Tucson Pastel Society on December 2,3 and 4th. We'll be focusing on suggesting light with pastels using figurative and landscape subject matter. There are a few spots left, send me an email if you're interested.

Phil Starke
Phil Starke Studio

Greece Workshop Announcement - May 6 - 25, 2016

May 6 - 25, 2016 I'll be teaching a workshop in Greece.  For three weeks we will be painting and touring around the Greek Islands.    The first day everyone will arrive in Rhodes and have time to enjoy the The Old Town with it's medieval cobbled lanes and beautiful old buildings connected by arches, cafes and shops.  We will have Welcome cocktails at 7:00 pm.  There will be plenty of time to explore and photograph during the workshop.  We will be visiting the islands of Rhodes, Symi, Nissiros, Kos, Kalymnos.  There will be lots to paint:  cobbled streets, beautiful harbors with fishing boats, stone walls, and old storefronts, cafes, windmills, and houses.     For more information about the painting part of the workshop, contact me at  If you're interested in more information about Greece and the accommodations, contact or phone: 0412 599 328.  Below are images of just a few places we'll see.

Fall Paintings

The arrival of autumn is more than just a chance to get away from green. The cooler temperature allows more outdoor painting. The 100 degree plus temperatures made it impossible to paint here in Southern Arizona so the cooler weather gets me out of the studio more often seeing real color instead of photo color.

The stronger color in autumn forces us to make color decisions about intense and more muted color. Not everything in the fall is intense, straight from the tube color. We have to mute or gray areas of color to make other colors look stronger so that one or two areas make a color statement instead of everything screaming at the viewer.

Below are 5 Fall paintings showing a variety of muted and strong color.

John Francis Murphy

Murphy was born in Oswego, New York, and moved at the age of fifteen with his family to Chicago. Largely self-taught, he began his career as a stage and scene painter. After returning to New York in 1875, he worked as an illustrator and began to sketch and paint in the Adirondacks and the area around Orange, New Jersey. His first works were detailed, descriptive observations in the style of the Hudson River School, which were based on a direct observation of nature. Later his style became more poetic and tonal.

Murphy's paintings were highly sought-after during his lifetime. He exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and received prizes from the National Academy of Design, the Society of American Artists, and the World's Fairs of 1893, 1901, 1902, 1904, and 1915. Today, his work is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


The Tubac, AZ Golf Resort Plein Air Workshop Is Filling Fast

January 25, - 29, 2016

There are many aspects to plein air painting, but two of the most important are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors.  This workshop will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives you and improve upon it. Focus will also be on how to understand the thought process of mixing color outside, using colors that will give the painting the effect of light not just copying what the student sees.  Students will also work on understanding the painting process in the studio and the importance of setting and achieving goals in their work.  The workshop will take place in Tubac, Arizona’s oldest settlement. Tubac is backed up against the Santa Rita Mountains and is surrounded by cottonwoods, streams and canyons. Old adobe street scenes, as well as theTumacacori Mission, are excellent examples of the old Spanish architecture that will be explored.

The workshop is more than half full at this point, so if you're wanting to join us you should register soon.

Registration is Now Open.  Contact Scottsdale Artists' School at 1-800-33-5707 or click this link:

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Exhibitions & Gallery Shows

Great American West Show
Nov. 21, 2015
Settlers West Gallery
Tucson, AZ

Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western
Art Show & Sale
Nov. 22, 2015
Mountain Oyster Club
Tucson, AZ

American Miniature Art Show
Feb. 2016
Settlers West Gallery
Tucson, AZ

Settlers West Summer Show
May 2016
Settlers West Gallery
Tucson, AZ


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