An informal behind the scenes look at Koch's paintings, storys about his life and career, and posts about what he admires in the work of his favorite artists.

As of August 2019 the blog has had over 895,000 page views.

 

To read Philip Koch's Blog click here-

 philipkochpaintings.blogspot.com

 

Some sample posts-

September 12, 2019

A happy result from an unhappy beginning. The landscape work that resulted from the wettest week Koch has ever seen.






September 9, 2019

Where do artists get great ideas? 

Koch writes about his new painting of Edward Hopper's home in Nyack, NY and the impact childhood memory has on both himself and on Hopper.




September 3, 2019


Philip Koch's wife Alice didn't know he was taking her photograph. He didn't know she was in the middle of making a life-changing decision. A post about the outsized role this doorway at Edward Hopper's Truro, MA studio has played in both their lives.





August 29, 2019




"Three Things Edward Hopper Wants You to Know." A post Koch wrote inspired by coming across an early painting of the model from Hopper's days in art school.



August 6, 2019




Koch visited the new exhibition of paintings by N. C. Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. He writes about two of the paintings that strongly affected him. Pictured is the Wyeth's Nightfall.



July 28, 2019





The Rhythm of the Studio- all of us have to discover the work habits that click with our inner personalities. A post about how Koch benefits from changing back and forth from one in-progress painting to another. The two canvases in this studio in the photo above prompted this new post.




July 24, 2019




A detail of the early "blocking-in" stage of Koch's latest painting.


It Takes a Long Time To Grow Art. Koch writes about how he builds up his large studio paintings by placing layer over layer of oil paint, giving him the maximum control over how crisp or how blended each brushstroke appears.






July 19, 2019

  

A second installment about Koch's response to seeing the major exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts From the Schuylkill to the Hudson on the early history of American landscape painting. One of the topics Koch takes up is influence these pioneer artists had  on his own work

(Right above:Philip Koch, Mountains by the Sea, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches / Left above: engraving by Smillie after a painting by Jasper Cropsey).




July 16, 2019




A blogpost about the personal tour Koch and his wife received from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' Curator Anna Marley of the exhibition she organized on the beginning roots of American landscape painting, From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic. Above is a Thomas Doughty painting from the exhibition.


July
9, 2019



Is Edward Hopper A Poet of Loneliness or a Master Colorist? A look at the old question of what is Hopper's most distinctive achievement as an artist.



June
10, 2019




In the June 10 post Koch shows several different paintngs he has made over the years from the same sand dune on the Pamet River in Truro when he stays and works in Edward Hopper's former painting studio. Above is his most recent version, Bright October Sun, oil on canvas, 36 x 54 inches, 2019.



May 22, 2019

Recent posts have told about Koch traveling from Baltimore to Cleveland to view the Cleveland Museum of Art's exhibition Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes 1915-1920.



Another post told some of the background included background on the work by Philip Koch that was purchased this spring by the Allen Memorial Art Museum for its permanent collection.

December 29, 2018



Koch wrote a new post about his visit earlier this week to the Winslow Homer exhibition at Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. Here he is with the Homer painting that had a big impact on him as a child, The Artist's Studio in an Afternoon Fog from Memorial Art Gallery's collection in Rochester, NY.

September 21, 2018



A post about the talk Koch is giving Sept. 23 at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE comparing the Museum's works by Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield. Pictured is Burchfield's oil Lilacs currently on display at the Museum.

September 13, 2018



K
och writes about his connection to the Swope Art Museum in Indiana and his experience jurying the Swope's current juried exhibition for the 5 state region around Indiana.

September 1, 2018




As my paintings return from the exhibition the Burchfield Penney Art Center held of the work I made during my 3 years as their Artist in Residence, I summarize what I think the best lesson the artist Charles Burchfield's work has given me.

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An informal behind the scenes look at Koch's paintings, storys about his life and career, and posts about what he admires in the work of his favorite artists.

As of August 2019 the blog has had over 895,000 page views.

 

To read Philip Koch's Blog click here-

 philipkochpaintings.blogspot.com

 

Some sample posts-

September 12, 2019

A happy result from an unhappy beginning. The landscape work that resulted from the wettest week Koch has ever seen.






September 9, 2019

Where do artists get great ideas? 

Koch writes about his new painting of Edward Hopper's home in Nyack, NY and the impact childhood memory has on both himself and on Hopper.




September 3, 2019


Philip Koch's wife Alice didn't know he was taking her photograph. He didn't know she was in the middle of making a life-changing decision. A post about the outsized role this doorway at Edward Hopper's Truro, MA studio has played in both their lives.





August 29, 2019




"Three Things Edward Hopper Wants You to Know." A post Koch wrote inspired by coming across an early painting of the model from Hopper's days in art school.



August 6, 2019




Koch visited the new exhibition of paintings by N. C. Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. He writes about two of the paintings that strongly affected him. Pictured is the Wyeth's Nightfall.



July 28, 2019





The Rhythm of the Studio- all of us have to discover the work habits that click with our inner personalities. A post about how Koch benefits from changing back and forth from one in-progress painting to another. The two canvases in this studio in the photo above prompted this new post.




July 24, 2019




A detail of the early "blocking-in" stage of Koch's latest painting.


It Takes a Long Time To Grow Art. Koch writes about how he builds up his large studio paintings by placing layer over layer of oil paint, giving him the maximum control over how crisp or how blended each brushstroke appears.






July 19, 2019

  

A second installment about Koch's response to seeing the major exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts From the Schuylkill to the Hudson on the early history of American landscape painting. One of the topics Koch takes up is influence these pioneer artists had  on his own work

(Right above:Philip Koch, Mountains by the Sea, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches / Left above: engraving by Smillie after a painting by Jasper Cropsey).




July 16, 2019




A blogpost about the personal tour Koch and his wife received from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' Curator Anna Marley of the exhibition she organized on the beginning roots of American landscape painting, From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic. Above is a Thomas Doughty painting from the exhibition.


July
9, 2019



Is Edward Hopper A Poet of Loneliness or a Master Colorist? A look at the old question of what is Hopper's most distinctive achievement as an artist.



June
10, 2019




In the June 10 post Koch shows several different paintngs he has made over the years from the same sand dune on the Pamet River in Truro when he stays and works in Edward Hopper's former painting studio. Above is his most recent version, Bright October Sun, oil on canvas, 36 x 54 inches, 2019.



May 22, 2019

Recent posts have told about Koch traveling from Baltimore to Cleveland to view the Cleveland Museum of Art's exhibition Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes 1915-1920.



Another post told some of the background included background on the work by Philip Koch that was purchased this spring by the Allen Memorial Art Museum for its permanent collection.

December 29, 2018



Koch wrote a new post about his visit earlier this week to the Winslow Homer exhibition at Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. Here he is with the Homer painting that had a big impact on him as a child, The Artist's Studio in an Afternoon Fog from Memorial Art Gallery's collection in Rochester, NY.

September 21, 2018



A post about the talk Koch is giving Sept. 23 at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE comparing the Museum's works by Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield. Pictured is Burchfield's oil Lilacs currently on display at the Museum.

September 13, 2018



K
och writes about his connection to the Swope Art Museum in Indiana and his experience jurying the Swope's current juried exhibition for the 5 state region around Indiana.

September 1, 2018




As my paintings return from the exhibition the Burchfield Penney Art Center held of the work I made during my 3 years as their Artist in Residence, I summarize what I think the best lesson the artist Charles Burchfield's work has given me.

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