Thursday, April 26, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines"

Now Available from Brooke Butler Fine Art
"Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines"
oil painting by Charles Philip Brooks
Price Available on Request

Monday, March 12, 2012

"To be a painter is to enjoy a precious state of life."

"To be a painter is to enjoy a precious state of life."
  Charles Philip Brooks
- Letter to the Student of Painting

Friday, March 9, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

"The Communion of Creation"

"No pain or doubt can invade the honest soul engaged in the communion of creation. We artists must love the world with our deepest selves and forgive it at every turn." 

an excerpt from "A Letter to the Student of Painting" by
American Tonalist Painter  Charles Philip Brooks

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Letter to the Student of Painting

"A Letter to the Student of Painting"

Your day contains a great measure of freedom. Your responsibility as a painter is here within the walls of the studio and in the setting of the landscape. You have the opportunity to exercise genuine mastery at every step, and it is in this spirit of grand possibility that I hope you will reflect on the advice made plain here.

Do not grieve too long for the troubles of the outside world. There is important work to be done here. We can best express our care for all others by attending to our work well.

Allow yourself the peace of purpose and the knowledge that to make another attempt with the brush is a noble thing. If you accept the discipline of the truest principles of art, then yours is the reward of an unbroken line of tradition.

Therefore, you may earnestly free your mind of all heartaches, sadness, and transitory despairs. Creation is above these things.

Your vocation is as real and as true as any other. Those who denounce the artist as idle manifest a deep ignorance of the nature of art. Have faith that the civilized will somewhere, at some time, value your well-wrought works. It is a miracle that the world keeps its havens for art and yet it does. Know that to create art is to do a necessary piece of work. The most noble pleasures and measureless joys result from such endeavors. True art is undeniable and it is a gift for all humanity.

The threefold responsibility of the artist is: to creation, the individual talent, and to humanity. For creation, the whole of nature, we must cultivate prayerful awe. This is our source of work and our refuge as well. We should seek harmony with nature. For the individual talent, long hours and years of steady industry hope to find our abilities fulfilled, our minds, hearts, and hands put to valuable service. In this way, we maintain the sanctity of art. Lastly, we make to humanity a willing gift of all we do. Our control over the material world lasts only a lingering moment and it takes a generous soul to build the ambition of a lifetime and then to hand it over in trust to the future.

Painting requires the bravery of solitude. Painting requires disciplined labor. To be a painter is to search the world with a benevolent eye for every subtle beauty that the infinite world offers.

Here is the opportunity to give your honest effort and to add in any small way to the legacy of art. Cultivate patience in your heart and you will improve. Learn to see well and your hand will become sure.

No pain or doubt can invade the honest soul engaged in the communion of creation. We artists must love the world with our deepest selves and forgive it at every turn.

To paint even a little passage with a measure of quality is to achieve a life’s triumph.

Spend your days wisely with the best thoughts and works of those who have walked the road before you. Search their paths, their timeless inspirations, and the lineage of their genius. Learn your craft well and your talent will mature into its full possibility. Keep an obedient heart before nature. She is the master above all other masters. Nature is the concrete manifestation of all that remains true and sublime. Let us always be thankful for her abundance and hopeful that we might approach her in our art. Nature will renew every generation of painters, ready to illuminate the minds of those who practice the art with what is calm, rational, beautiful, sublime, and eternal.

Such is the purity of your vocation. Treat every moment before the easel as a quick and tender opportunity. Invest your most noble self. Give your most noble self. To be a painter is to enjoy a precious state of life. 
                                         by Charles Philip Brooks - 2002

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Statement on Painting by American Tonalist Painter Charles Philip Brooks

The tradition of Tonalist painting is one of intimate and nuance-filled art. The aim of my predecessors has been to reach ever-heightening subtleties of form through the poetic rendering of nature. In this spirit, my work is a continuation of a century-old tradition of American landscape painting. Many of my paintings reflect humble subjects, which I return to often and work from with great care. My interest lies in landscapes that remain largely untouched by modern development, but instead preserve the quiet aspects of the natural world. I paint the landscape of North Carolina because it is natural for a painter of landscapes to admire familiar places and to make them the foundation of his work.

Featured painting "A Gray Day at Sea" by Charles Philip Brooks

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

. . . . . . American Tonalist Charles Philip Brooks . . . . . .

Charles Philip Brooks, born in North Carolina, studied in New England in the studio of highly respected Boston School authority Paul Ingbretson and with the renowned American Barbizon painter Dennis Sheehan. He is widely known for his evocative Tonalist landscapes. His early work incorporates elements of impressionism and firmly rooted in the American Barbizon tradition, as established by such artists as George Inness, Alexander Wyant, Bruce Crane, John Francis Murphy, Dwight William Tryon, and North Carolina’s own Elliott Daingerfield. Further influences include the painters Eugene Boudin and Charles -Francois Daubigny, as well as the many other masters of the French Barbizon School.
His recent works include paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures reflecting a highly emotive and personal approach, informed by a deep reverence for the history of art.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Artist of the Month "Charles Philip Brooks"

Each Month, Brooke D. Butler Fine Art will showcase an artist of the month.
For the Month of March we will be featuring:
American Tonalist Charles Philip Brooks!

Friday, February 17, 2012


Brooke D. Butler Fine Art represents a selection of Contemporary Artists, specializing in a range of styles and forms, including Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Drawings and Works On Paper. Brooke D. Butler Handles Individual, Private Sales of Fine Art by Appointment as well as acting as Agent and Exhibitions Liaison for a growing and prominent roster of Artists.