Friday, November 9, 2018

New Work: Color at the Edge of the Lake, oil on canvas, 48 x 30 inches

Color at the Edge of the Lake
Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 inches  $6400 framed
Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

I was visiting a friend in the Baltimore area some years ago and came across a photo from that trip, a small stand of trees at the edge of a lake. The photograph was very different, with even lighting and all green foliage.

Regardless, I liked the composition and began the painting with a somewhat subdued palette. After a few sessions, the painting evolved into scene with the light coming in from the back, accentuating the dark trunks in the foreground,

There is a lot of color involved, each with its own part of the tapestry. Earlier, the foreground was darker with more blues but I later opted for a soft carpet of jewel tones spaced among the slightly glowing greens. 

At this point the subdued palette idea went out the window once I added the more powerful colors to the wall of trees beyond the lake. It was a delight to push the color back there and now I'll pass it onto you.

Grateful Notices: Edge of the Woods, Autumn, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Edge of the Woods, Autumn, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Private collection
Exhibited: Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

This is a canvas demonstration from a workshop I did in Kansas City. I wanted to do a simple, red line of trees, somewhat abstracted and with varying degrees of complexity to make it convincing.

As it turns out, this oil is much more than red trees because the reds are supported and amplified by a variety of other, non-red colors. The orange and pink notes at the base of the trees provide an unexpected light source and interest.

The white clouds on the upper right were accidental. When I was painting in the sky, I left that area open, leaving the white canvas. My intention was to add some kind of tree highlight into that space but the bit of white was much more interesting, so clouds it became with the white contrast helping the reds stand out even more. It was very helpful to have an interesting element on that side of the oil.

The black trunks on the bottom left boost the reds further and add a much needed contrast and definition to the composition. 

Again, this is a simple idea but as the painting progressed in class, it became apparent that it would take additional sessions in the studio back home where I continued my own painting lessons until it was complete.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Grateful Notices: Saccades VII, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Saccades VII, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

What a surprise and thrill to have a dear friend purchase a large artwork for their home... I felt much honored. I really enjoy the freedom of these somewhat abstracted forest scenes.

The idea of this Saccades series is to create a more abstracted forest scene that works without a singular point of focus. This oil is pattern and color with equal interest everywhere. The greens and yellows are pushed but contained by the irregular verticals and the blues. I found that the more those colors were increased, the more attractive the oil became, creating a greater need for more powerful contrasts.

This cycle carried on for a month until a completed the painting emerged, a window into a forest that is alive with the yellows animating the scene and projecting everything forward in the space.

About the word Saccades:
"Since the late 19th century, researchers have been aware of the phenomenon of saccades, the rapid movement of the eye as we shift our attention from one thing to another. As a result, vision itself is discontinuous. We construct a “map of reality” from saccades much as a film editor puts together a scene from individual camera takes."

From an article by the film maker Earl Morris, NY Times

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT, Nov 8 - Dec 10

Forest Sequence I, oil on  two, 48 x 60 inch canvases, total size, 48 x 120 inches  $29950 unframed

I am pleased to announce an upcoming, 2-person show, Light Effects with Alina B. this November 8 at the Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT.
A number of new works with be exhibiting, including my 3 x 10 ft. oil, Forest Sequence I (see below). The show continues through Dec 10.

View my works in the exhibition

Oil on canvas, 36 X 60      $7500 unframed
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color
Big Pond and Sky
oil on canvas, 40 X 60    $9950 unframed

Lake Palette II
oil on canvas 36 x 60   $7500  unframed

Monday, October 22, 2018

New Work: Iridescent Lake Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Iridescent Lake  Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches  $2150 unframed

I was very interested in red today, or more precisely, red on red on red. This oil was started with that in mind and once finished, the ambient light bathes everything in saturated red tones. For a colorist painter, it is a happy day.

One red won't do, otherwise the oil would become monotonous like one note over and over again on the piano. Instead, slightly different reds create an attractive disharmony, like a chord containing a sharp or flat note... a bit complicated and more orchestral or jazzy.

It did make a noise hanging in the studio!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Currently exhibiting: Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art

Here are works currently exhibiting at the Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Left to right:

SACCADE XI    enlarge
Oil on canvas, 40 X 40 $7550 framed
More about this oil

Oil on canvas, 40 X 40 $7550 framed
More about this oil

LAST COLORS    enlarge
Pastel on sanded paper, 18 x 12 $1350 framed
Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
More about this pastel

Oil on canvas, 36 X 60 $8450 framed

Oil on canvas, 48 X 48 $8950 framed

Oil on canvas, 36 x 36   $5100 framed

Pastel on sanded paper, 14 1/2 X 14 1/8   $1450 framed

SACCADE XI    enlarge
Oil on canvas, 40 X 40   $7550 framed

Friday, October 12, 2018

New Work: Winter Contrast, pastel on paper, 15 1/4 x 19 inches

Winter Contrast  pastel on paper, 15 1/4 x 19 inches  $2250 framed
Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
In this pastel I've revisited an idea from some years ago. The colors are accentuated except in the middle snow and the foreground trees.

Every part of this pastel has interesting notes and to get there, I kept working the different areas to bring them to life with rich color and soft overlays.

The pastel looks fairly bright but it really is how the richer colors are emerging from the grey tones. It was a bit of an adventure, although on a smaller scale to pull it all together and I can honestly say that it was years in the making. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Ken Elliott and Casey Klahn Workshop Intensive October 4-8, 2018

Casey and I just completed our 4 day Workshop and we are proud of all the hard work put in by the attendees and the great results they had.

Throughout the 4 days, a number of different concepts and images were created by the artists. We sought inspiration, explored possibilities and even copied the masters.

Much was learned and we had a remarkable time together.

Casey and I will do it again in 2019, Thurs-Sun April 25-28. Sign up information will be on Ken's website in a few days. We hope to see you there!

Photos from the class:

Casey's pastel demonstrations:

Ken's 36 x 36 oil demo:

Artworks by the attendees:

Friday, September 28, 2018

Newsletter: September 2018

Ken Elliott's Fine Art Newsletter September, 2018
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September News:

It is so enjoyable being in the studio and making things happen. I just completed new oils for two Group Shows: September 21 at the Saks Galleries Denver and November 8 at the Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT.

Coming up next week, Casey Klahn and I will put on our 4-day Mentoring / Intensive art workshop. Welcome back Casey! Location: my studio / home in Colorado October 1-4. More info follows at the bottom of the newsletter or on the website.

In the meantime, work continues on this 6' x 18' commission for an East coast hospital... almost finished!

Also, my thanks to those that placed my limited edition giclees in these public spaces: Avista Hospital, CO and to Boston Art for placing my art with the Birch Hill Investment Advisors.

Back to the easel!

New works:

Water, Land and Sky in Flow
Oil on canvas, 36 X 60      $7500 unframed
Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color

Evening Song, Foothills (click for full image)
Oil on canvas, 48 x 48      $10400 framed
From the opening at Saks Galleries, Denver
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color

Currently exhibiting:

Light Effects
Oil on canvas, 36 X 48     $5800 unframed
Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color
Video:  Ken discusses the making of this oil

Forest Surprise
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches  $9150 framed
Saks Galleries, Denver
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color

Blue Skyscape
oil on canvas, 36 x 60   $8450 framed
Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
Video: Ken discusses this making of this oil

Green Dream II
Oil on canvas, 48 X 48     $8950 framed
Exhibiting: Saks Galleries, Denver
More about this on Ken's blog, For the Color

Workshops / Private Sessions /Studio Visits:

Here's a video about what happens in the Group and Private Workshops

Contact Ken to arrange a studio visit or Workshop. Let's have a conversation and make it happen!

This October 1-4, Casey Klahn and I will offer a 4-day Mentoring / Intensive, Fine Art Workshop. Amazing things happen in these workshops! $750.  There will be some serious information impacted and serious breakthroughs will result!  Limited to 9 artists, $750 each. There are a few spots left.  Flyer  Complete info on my website

Photo from a Casey Klahn / Ken Elliott 4-day workshop. We filled the room with a number of very good artists, good information and laughs. Breakthroughs happen here!

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. We will be going deeper into making better and more appealing artworks with a variety of strategies including Photoshop insights made easy. all workshop info

Hope to see you at these Fine Art Workshops. You will receive information that will last a lifetime.


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 Landscapes coffee 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

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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.

View my newest artworks:
This monthly newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with my new works and events. You can also follow me on Facebook and go more in depth with my blog, For the Color. To view the total of my works in all media and in all my galleries, go to

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Image top (cropped):
Water, Land and Sky in Flow
Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

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:

"I had a clue what might be in store for my friends, but it went WAY beyond. You have a real gift. What a FANTASTIC couple of days!!!’


"Your painting demonstrations and the information you gave us  was invaluable- no wonder your paintings are so moving. I so enjoyed meeting you. Thank you for coming to Virginia."   Sally

"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 "