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.

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Some sample posts-

February 26,

Some of Koch's favorite paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Abbott Thayer are discussed in the new post about Koch teaching a drawing workshop in the museum galleries of the Freer Art Gallery on Sat. Feb. 24 in Washington, DC.

February 12, 2018

"What I learned about color from Henri Matisse" - a survey of some drawings in black and white and in color Koch made on a trip to visit his father's birthplace in North Dakota.

February 1, 2018

Koch wrote an essay about his experience over the last 2 1/2 years as the Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. During that time he spent many hours studying literally thousands of original drawings by Charles Burchfield. He wrote "Time Travel in the Burchfield Archives" to underline the unexpected ways this led him to reexamine the course of his own career and how he goes about making his paintings.

November 30, 2017

Some recent posts include a photo survey of Montclair Art Museum's exhibition Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event and photos of Koch's recent visit to view the Edward Hopper House Art Center's shows in Nyack, NY.

August 27, 2017

How to be Influenced by a Master Artist
Koch writes about how he has been influenced and how he has resisted being influenced by the famous American painter Charles Burchfield during his 2015-2017 stint as Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.

Above, one of Koch's paintings made during the Residency- Late Autumn Sun, oil on canvas, 36 x 38 inches, 2017.

August 16, 2017

A spread of photos from Koch's visit to the Andrew Wyeth exhibitions at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA and the Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, DE.

July 12,

A two sentence lesson on how to enjoy art (my shortest blog post ever).

29, 2017

A surprising similarity between a Winslow Homer oil and a Charles Burchfield watercolor.


December 23, 2016

A post about the 10 year long history that lies in back of my newest large oil painting Truro Studio: Two Rooms.

June 12,
Koch writes about the current exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Finding Aid: Making Sense of the Charles E. Burchfield Archives. Burchfield Penney has a 25,000 piece collection of Burchfield's notes, drawings, sketches, doodles, and memorabilia. This exhibit gives a glimpse of somehighlights of that along with showing rarely seen Burchfield drawings.

May 31, 2016 

A portfolio of nine drawings Koch made this year as the Artist In Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. As part of his Residency he is painting on location in areas that were important sources for Charles Burchfield's landscapes. All these drawings focus on Chestnut Ridge Park just south of Buffalo.

May 29, 2016

A visit to a wonderful show at Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, Delaware, American and European Masters.

May 20, 2016

Why the sky is so powerful in a Charles Burchfield watercolor in the collection of the Wichita Art Museum.

May 15, 2016

Comparing a painting by Charles Burchfield of his yard in his Gardenville, NY home with the yard in the home where he had grown up in Salem, Ohio.

May 9, 2016

Koch talks about his working on a drawing in the field of abandoned coke ovens that impressed Charles Burchfield as a young artist.

April 25, 2016



Philip Koch has been invited to have a 16th residency in Edward Hopper's former painting studio in S.Truro, MA on Cape Cod. In his new blog post he compares what he learned on his frequent stays in Hopper's studio to what he has learned about Hopper's friend and fellow painter Charles Burchfield while he has beeen the Artist In Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center this last year. Here is the link.


March 10, 2010


A gallery of Koch's earlier landscape oils from the 1980's and 1990's.


February 15, 2016

A blogpost about Koch making this painting of the backyard at Charles Burchfield's boyhood home in Salem, Ohio. This is one of the most art historically important houses in the US as Burchfield made dozens of his watercolors looking out through its windows at the neighboring yards.


December 24, 2015


A photo spread of Koch's visit on Xmas Eve to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

November 7, 2015


Koch's new post describes the impact being the Artist In Residence at Bruchfield Penney Art Center is having on his own paintings in his Baltimore studio.




"Ghosts in the Closet." A blog post about Koch's trip in August as part of his being the Artist-In-Residence at Burchfield Penney Art Center to the painter Charles Burchfield's family home in Salem, OH. The blog compares the Burchfield watercolor above to Koch's photographs of the young artist's bedroom where it was painted.


August 22, 2015


Koch writes on his blog about the trip he made to Salem, Ohio last week to visit the Burchfield Homestead Museum, the boyhood home of the painter Charles Burchfield. This was part of Koch being the Artist-In-Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center this year. Read the post here.


August 6, 2015



As Artist-In-Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Koch is continuing his stays working at this major Buffalo, NY art museum. A new July 28 blog post talks about some of the new work he made there during his July stay at the museum. He talks about what he is learning from studying Charles Burchfield's Archives. Above is one of Koch's new works from the most recent visit of the Residency, Chestnut Ridge Sunset:Cool, pastel, 12 x 9", 2015.