Upon their return to Winnipeg, Phillips taught for another year at his school, and the family lived in a rented house. He was determined to devote all of his time to his art. His increased production and the promotion of his work led to good sales, and he also published a book in 1926 on The Technique of the Color Woodcut. Also, in 1926, Phillips began to write a weekly column on Art and Artists for the Winnipeg Tribune. This was also the year that Phillips first visited the Rocky Mountains with a couple of fellow artists from Winnipeg.