Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New Workshop Video: What Really Goes on in Ken Elliott's Fine Art Workshops

Ken talks about his Fine Art Workshops

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Next workshop: Colorado / May 26-27, 2018



Next Workshop:
Castle Rock, CO  2018
Sat - Sun, May 26-27
Making it Fine Art / Advanced Strategies
2 1/2-Day Workshop with Ken Elliott in his Castle Rock home/studio

$390 per person
Workshop Flyer   Contact Ken

Sat - Sun, 9am-4 pm
Sun evening after break, 4:30 -6, Photoshop Tools

Open to artists in all media.
Contact Ken about possible lodging and transportation arrangements
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This is a new, advanced version of Ken's Making it Fine Art Workshop. We will be going deeper into making better and more appealing artworks with a variety of strategies and with Photoshop insights made easy.
Limited to 6 artists, $390 each.
Contact Ken

Monday, March 26, 2018

Videos: Bringing Alexander Calder’s Sculptures to Life

“Hanging Spider” (circa 1940)2017 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Bringing Alexander Calder’s Sculptures to Life

This is a portion of the 2017 article. 


N.Y. Times video / article
By DANIEL MCDERMON
Video by DAMON WINTER
June 26, 2017


ALEXANDER CALDER is famous for having made sculptures that move, but conservators and collectors are cautious about showing them that way. “Calder: Hypermobility,” a new exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is a rare chance to see several of his works as intended.

To bring them to life, several of the Whitney’s art handlers, who ordinarily work behind the scenes, have been cast into a new role as performers. At scheduled times during the run of the show, a handler will “activate” a sculpture in the gallery with the prod of a gloved finger or the poke of a wooden stick.

Alexander S. C. Rower, a grandson of Calder’s who is president of the Calder Foundation, has trained the crew members to activate the sculptures, a delicate procedure that is, the museum would like to emphasize, only for authorized museum professionals. I spoke to several of the “activators” about their work.

In motion, the sculptures show a different disposition.

“What I understood as the Calder mobile was sort of a passive thing,” said Rob Lomblad, one of the handlers.

And Calder’s signature elements — twisted wire and painted sheet metal — can move in unpredictable ways.

“You’re actually holding something that has this almost spiritual quality to it,” said Tom Kotik, who has been working as a handler at the Whitney for two decades. “Blizzard (Roxbury Flurry)” is one of his favorites. “It does have this playful side to it,” he said, “but then again, you think about it in terms of the cold and the snow, and there’s almost a — I wouldn’t say grittiness, because snow is not gritty — but there’s a yin and a yang.”



Monday, March 19, 2018

Exhibition: Edgar Degas / About the Line

Some thoughts from the Degas show...
The Denver Art Museum is the only venue for this show and it is certainly worth the trip.

Edgar Degas, Passion for Perfection
Through May 20, 2018
 

While I was taking in this great exhibit, I began to notice the strength of Degas' lines and his use of darks to create more interesting works. He pushes those dark values to great effect. 

A great artist like Degas is notable for many things and it is typically the color that receives all the  attention. These works have a lot of presence when viewed in person and part of that success is his use of accenting lines and darker notes.

Degas' work has so many great qualities, but for now, here is a selection of works from the exhibit along that theme.

Also note that many of these works were completed over a span of years. Even for the great Degas, he didn't create the best possible artwork straight through every time.
Ken 




Female Nude Drying Her Hair
Charcoal on tracing paper, 1903 


Four Ballet Dancers
Pastel  1885-90 


Nude Standing Beside a Chair
Charcoal with touches of blue on tracing paper  1990


Standing Woman Fastening Her Corset,
Seen From the Front
Oil  1883

Degas' Studio replicated


The Conversation
Oil  1885-95



The Milliners
Oil  1898


Race Horses at Longchamp
Oil 1871-74


Race Horses at Longchamp  (close up)
Oil 1871-74

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Exhibit: PACE Center, Hand-Pulled: Mark Lunning's Open Press




It's a great honor to be in this show with other remarkable artists. I have 5 monotypes in the exhibit and they look great on the PACE Center steel walls.

Perhaps you can take a look and tour the incredible public space for the arts that has been created in Parker, CO.

Here are the details:

Hand-Pulled: Mark Lunning's Open Press
Artist's reception, Friday March 2, 6pm
PACE Center, Parker, CO
20000 Pikes Peak Ave. Parker, CO 80138 map
Through April 30

A group show highlighting a selection of print makers who have worked with Master Printer and artist Mark Lunning at Open Press:
Patricia Branstead, Dale Chisman, Brian Comber, Patti Cramer, Joellyn Duesberry, Ken Elliott, Joe Higgins, Homare Ikeda, Viviane LeCoutois, Chuck McCoy, Janice McCullaugh, Geoffrey Ridge, and Daniel Teitelbaum. Also featuring recent works by Mark Lunning.

The exhibit was curated by Rose Fredrick, Denver.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Video: Green Dream, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches


Green Dream, oil on panel, 24 x 24   $2150 unframed
Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color


In this video Ken explains what is behind his 24 x 24 inch oil on panel, Green Dream and the small details that brought it to life.

Video: 2 minutes

Video: At the Ponds Edge, Emerging Spring, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

At the Ponds Edge, Emerging Spring, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Ken describes how the 4' x 5' oil, At the Ponds Edge, Emerging Spring evolved. This work took about a year to make as it went through a number of changes.

Video: 2 minutes

New Works at the Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT


These five oils just arrived at the Sorelle Gallery in New Canaan, CT.

I want to thank everyone at the gallery for their enthusiasm and the many kindness they have showed me as a new artist there. Thank you!

....hope you will take the time to tour this remarkable gallery online.


LIGHT EFFECTS
Oil on canvas, 36 X 48 inches     $6950 framed
Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT