Monday, April 30, 2018

New Work: Light Diffusing, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Light Diffusing, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches  $6650 framed

Typically I'm working with pretty bright colors, but in this oil I purposely greyed down all of the chroma to create a softer image. Parts of the painting still appear to be bright but it's a nice illusion. There are brighter colors in reserve - they are not used here, but more vibrancy can be brought in if needed.

Since the colors are not a full strength, it allows for the delicate purples and blue-greens to play a prominent role here and there, breaking up the line of trees and making this part of the forest more interesting. It's a good strategy for making every color count and creating a softer mood.

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Work: Light Moving Across, oil on canvas 36 x 60 inches

Light Moving Across, oil on canvas 36 x 60 inches  $8450. framed

In this oil I'm revisiting the earlier, square versions of this scene. For this painting the clouds and land masses are softer and the light spreads across the entire canvas in a left to right band. All of that glow is supported with a large variety of colors that add to the drama and movement.

When I'm working on sunset images my goal is to make the entire image interesting with each part yielding something more than the yellow light of the setting sun. It's quite the puzzle because I'm insisting on so many different colors outside of the yellow range.

The eye moves around a lot to take it all in but overall, a sense of calm emerges. It's an interesting balance and it took a lot of moves to make it happen. In the studio other canvases are patiently waiting their turn tomorrow.

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

Open to artists in all media.
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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.
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