Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Newsletter, May 2017

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May News:

It has been a an eventful month with exhibits, meeting fellow artists in the workshops and making new works. Please note that I have a public exhibit this week and a great charity fundraiser in June - hope to see you there!

I am honored to be part of a printmaking exhibit opening this week, Paper on paper: The Art of Chine-Colle at the Arvada Center for the Arts, CO.
More info below.

Much is going on currently with my group exhibit at the Saks Galleries Denver Spring show, continuing to work on a large commission, and creating additional oils for my new gallery in the Boston area, Renjeau Galleries.
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Award: Last month one of my oils received an Award of Merit at the prestigious Governor's Art Show at the Loveland Museum and Gallery, CO.

Yellows at the Two Creeks
Oil on canvas 36 x 48    $6800 framed
Exhibiting: Saks Galleries, Denver
Received Award of Merit
Governor's Art Show and Sale at the Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

There are more workshops coming up:
In August I'll be holding a workshop sponsored by the North River Art Society in the Boston metro.  More info and registration

Also, Casey Klahn and I just complied our 4-day, intensive art workshop this month and another is in the works for later this year. Watch for more details: More info and registration

Works in progress at Casey and Ken's May workshop with eight artists.

Coming up: I completed a pastel to pair with this beautiful woman's art for the 2017 Memories in the Making, Art Auction, Saturday, June 10, 6-9pm. The Broncos are hosting the event at their Pat Bowlen Field House, UC Health Training Center. Please come and bid on the artworks.

Many patients and artists have donated to help support the Alzheimer’s Association and you can be a part of it. Register now for this important fundraiser.  Note: No spiked heels in the training center soft floors.

Glowing Cottonwoods
7 1/8 x 9 1/2  $875 framed

Come and bid on our artworks to support the Alzheimer’s Association!

New Work:

Radiant View
Oil on panel, 24 x 24      $2450 framed

Currently Exhibiting:

On display at Arden's Gallery, Houston

Currently exhibiting at Saks Galleries, Denver

Upcoming exhibits:
Paper on paper: The Art of Chine-Colle at the Arvada Center for the Arts
June 1st, opening reception 6 - 9 p.m

The exhibit continues through Sunday, August 20th.
6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO map
more information and photos

The exhibition features the works of Mark Lunning, Ken Elliott, Jane Braley, Lynn Heitler, and Amy Metier - printmakers who utilize the technique of chine-colle in various ways. Chine-colle is a printmaking process that transfers a print onto both a support surface and thinner, more delicate papers which become a part of the printed image.
Here's a video of one of Ken's exhibiting prints being made

Blue Skies III
image: 23 1/2 X 17 7/8 inches, paper: 41 3/8 x 29 3/4
available as limited edition giclee print
The Art of Chine-Colle at the Arvada Center for the Arts

Saks Galleries Annual Spring Fling Exhibition of New Works. Opening Reception, , 5-8 pm
The show will continue through June 30, 2017

Grateful Notices:

Gold Progression I
oil on canvas 48 x 48     Private collection, IL

Workshops / Private Sessions:
Take your work to new heights. These workshops and private sessions will focus on strategies for making better paintings, going to new places in your work and making fine art.

April Making it Fine Art Workshop at Ken's studio / home

Marshfield, MA
Making it Fine Art Workshops / Advanced Strategies
2 1/2-Day Workshop

August 26-27, 2017
Sponsored by the North River Art Society
Fri - Sat, 9-4pm
Sat evening after break, 4:30 -6, Photoshop Tools

Members $425, non-members $465. Payable to the North River Art Society
Register by contacting Peggy Bruno 781-837-8091 or email

Open to artists in all media. 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!
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Additional Workshops with Ken and dual Workshops with  Ken and Casey Klahn be scheduled soon.Contact Ken to have a workshop in your area.
all workshop info

Great things happen in these Fine Art Classes with information that will last a lifetime.

Ken's work at the Denver International Airport

Should you find yourself at the Denver Airport, take the time to view my work and those of my gifted Expand artists / colleagues reproduced in the Main Terminal. You will see the images between the baggage claim areas and behind the car rental counters. This “Here to There” themed display was curated by the DIA Art and Culture Program. The airport desired more color in the main terminal spaces and happily, we were allowed to use it as our playground. Many thanks to my fellow artists and everyone that made this possible!
Our EXPAND artist group is comprised of five artists from the Denver metro area: Victoria EubanksJanice McDonaldCarol Ann WaughMary Williams and myself.


A Survey of Paintings and Prints at the PACE Center
with works in oils, pastels and monotypes. This exhibition catalog can be purchased online here.
30 color pages and text by the artist. $10 plus $4 postage.

Ken Elliott American Landscapescoffee table book:

Ken Elliott book, American Landscapes
This large coffee table book reprises 25 years of my works in oil, pastel, monotype, etching and collage. Large, coffee table hardback version, 11 x 13 inches, 94 color pages with essays. Book and a signed giclee print of the cover image: $150 or just order the book for $115.

Also available as an iBook / download on Apple devices for $9.99. You can preview the complete book and how to order your electronic or hardback versions from my website.
My Blog, For the Color

Want to follow along in my studio?
Come across some interesting art bits and intriguing posts from elsewhere? Check out my artist's blog: For the Color and on the right of the blog under Followers, click Join this Site. Right now you can view vintage videos of Renoir, Degas, a Piet Mondrian video montage, comments about my works and observations about museum artworks from some recent trips.

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Rediant View
Oil on panel, 24 x 24
(cropped here)
American Art Collector Magazine:
"Elliott's canvases display the strikingly vivid modern hues in which he chooses to render his contemporary landscapes." 

Southwest Art Magazine:
Although his paintings loosely reference photographs and plein-air sketches, they refuse to exist within the confines of already-prescribed images.

Rather, they stand independent of any specific place or time, the fulfilled pursuits of the artist’s visual and intellectual explorations.

Elliott wields color boldly, creating sizzling, vibrant shapes that are at once kinetic and placid, grounded in unifying illumination, and focused compositions.

He has a fascination with line structure as well, believing that “edges empower colors.” 

Private Lessons:
I have really enjoyed giving private lessons over the years. It is casual, focused and fun.

There will be a big result in your approach to making fine art and clarity on your career strategies. Give me a call and we'll discuss what works best for you.

Lodging and transportation can be provided for the Castle Rock Workshops.

What they are Saying:

"Thank you so much for the wonderful, thought compelling workshop. You rekindled my love for making art. Your enthusiasm is contagious and felt throughout the room. You set up a stimulating environment that provided continuous visual images and your generosity in sharing those photos was much appreciated. I found you to be humorous, supportive and kind. I would recommend you as an instructor to anyone who would like to take their art to the next level."

"I can't thank you enough for coming to Boulder! Thank you for your clear eye, your hard work, your beautiful color and your careful feedback. I'm now a different Painter...maybe a different person?

I loved the weekend. And I can't wait until we get to soak up your love for the work, for Wolf Kahn, for COLOR -- yet again (note that I'm greedy). You are an amazing addition to our lives."

"Thank you so much for lighting up our lives and our paintings at this past weekend’s workshop! I loved hearing about your time with Wolf Kahn, your thoughts on painting, the beautiful demo, and of course the great feedback you provided us on our own paintings.

You really reignited my desire to paint freely. Thanks also for your generosity in sharing the numerous links.

I hope to spend another weekend painting with you sometime soon."

"Thank you for the workshop! It was a great two days. You are an amazing host and instructor, (two things that don’t always work together).

You pulled something from each of us and it was wonderful to be a part of it. Thanks to the moon and back,"

"Thank you Ken. It was a wonderment! I learned so much."

"I so enjoyed meeting you and being part of the workshop. You got me on fire!!!!!"
"Wow! My weekend of private lessons was fabulous! While I was there I stepped into a whole new world that my soul was calling for.

Wonderful conversations, a beautiful time with great art everywhere and artistic success!"

"It was a fabulous workshop! I know we all had a lot of fun and really enjoyed having you here. We would love to have you come back again next year!"

"Just wanted to thank you again for a very inspiring, informative, and fun workshop. I worked LARGE today!"
"Thank you for all your inspiration!"

"Thanks SO VERY MUCH, Ken, for such a fun, informative, and energetic workshop. Your enthusiasm is contagious. What a wonderful weekend!!"

"When I signed up for a painting workshop, who knew that it would be so much more.Thank you Ken. For your kindness, generosity of spirit, and sharing your knowledge and skill of painting with us.

Thank you to everyone for making our time together a magical weekend which will be cherished. Fortunately the universe provided me with what I needed, whether I knew it or not."

"Love the class, you are a great teacher!"
"I feel so enriched and on fire to paint big and glowing colors. If you ever get a chance to study with Ken Elliott, I highly recommend him. If you need help getting to his workshops just read his book Manifesting 123"
Francine "



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Work: Radiant View, oil one panel 24 x 24 inches

Radiant View
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

Workshop completed: Casey Klahn and Ken Elliott May 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

Pat's pastel

Cheri's oil, 24 x 30  Nice to have a frame handy!