Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Oil on panel 24 x 24 inches $2450 framed
As I often do, I saw a nice sunset while stopped at a red light and took a photo of it through the windshield. It wasn't one of those OMG shots but I did like the way the sun lit up a small slice of the sky behind the foothills.
What you see here is a tiny, vertical slice of the wider photograph that is focused on the band of bright light that caught my attention. The composition is set up in an unusual way with the land and sky dividing the painting equally. The top portion has a very wide range of color and is fully illuminated, leaving a compositional problem for the bottom.
My focus was on the sky but the land mass needed to be interesting and fully contribute to the painting as well. While trying out a number of ideas, a blue-mauve color combination began to emerge and with it the feeling of mass. It made a great counterpoint to the delicate sky and created a more powerful oil.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Casey Klahn and I just wrapped up our recent Workshop at my home / studio last week.
This was a 4 day Mentoring class and a lot of ground was covered. Casey and I demonstrated in oil and pastel, did intensive work with everyone, provided focused Photoshop instruction, and the results were terrific. We also got 5" of snow but it didn't slow us down.
There was abundant instruction, new ideas and 4 days of fun with wonderful artists.
We will be doing it again in the Denver metro, October 2017.
Full details will be posted on Ken's Workshop page.
|The Worksop attendees and Casey (Ken not pictured)|
|In the Workshop|
|Ken Elliott oil demo, 60 x 36 inches. In progress|
|Casey Klahn pastel demo approx. 11 x 10|
|In the workshop|
|Casey doing a critique|
|Bonnie's oil 36 x 24 inches|
|Cheri's oil, 24 x 30 Nice to have a frame handy!|