Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Grateful Notices: Saccades IV oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Ken Elliott  Saccades IV  oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Exhibited Sorelle Gallery, New Cannan, CT   private collection

It is a pleasure to paint this series of forest scenes. I was thinking of something a bit more abstracted and then I came across the name Saccades. It gave me the idea of making a painting without a focal point, a departure from what landscapes usually do.

I liked the challenge of it and there will certainly be more variations in the future.

My thanks to the buyer of this oil and the encouragement it gave me!


About the Saccades Series:
"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 Errol Morris, NY Times

Friday, April 12, 2019

New Work: Summer Sunset, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Summer Sunset, oil on canvas, 36 X 36 inches   $5100 framed


Sunsets create fascinating opportunities for artists and I never tire of them. I use them to play out different color combinations and shapes without the worry of trying to represent a realistic scene.

To start the painting, I first set up the bright orange sky and set them again the darks at the bottom. Instantly, the painting had power, at least in 1/2 of the oil. The upper part needed to be compelling on its own, but instead of continuing with more warm colors, I opted instead to use a much lighter, almost white sky.

The dark and light areas were made more interesting by adding a variety of colors to create depth and  patterns. This is essentially an image of land and sky made with strips of color but to make it more engaging, care was taken to vary the edges on the shapes and all the colors as they move across the canvas. The options were unlimited, and it made for a delightful puzzle.




Monday, April 1, 2019

New Works: Sun on Snow I and II, oil on panels, 24 x 24 inches

Sun on Snow I, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Sun on Snow II, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

I have been doing a lot of traveling in snow country lately, particularly in vast, open landscapes with unlimited sky in all directions. The simplicity of these snow covered fields called out for interpretation and I happily took up the task.

As a colorist, I was free to explore the possibilities but I still wanted to keep to a somewhat limited palette. That doesn't mean that the sky has to be blue or the snow is always white, but whatever the result, my goal was for the oils to be stark but nonetheless interesting.

It was a pleasure to sign these and share them with you.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Workshop: Ken Elliott and Casey Klahn 4-day intensive Art Workshop, April 25-28, 2019

Ken Elliott Summer Sunset, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches


Ken Elliott and Casey Klahn 4-day intensive Art Workshop

Castle Rock, CO (Denver metro)

Thurs-Sun, April 25-28, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm daily

workshop flyer
Limited to 8 artists, $750 each, 4 spaces left
Contact Ken

Open to artists in all media. This is a two-instructor workshop for artists wanting to make advancements in their techniques and strategies.

Casey and Ken will have ample time to give very focused attention to individuals and offer a number of provoking ideas to the group and they will do demos in oil and pastel.

Also, Ken will present simple Photoshop techniques for taking your works to the next level and creating better pathways for finishing your artworks.

You will be given a Photoshop instruction guide and have access to Ken's personal photo file of over 1500 inspiring images by various artists.

These workshops typically sell out, so sign up soon!
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From a recent Casey Klahn / Ken Elliott Workshop



Casey Klahn  Long Remembered, New Vision Pastel, 13 x 21 inches


Ken Elliott  Evening Light, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Casey Klahn  The Rain, the Light & the River, pastel, 11 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches

Ken Elliott  Gathering Light II  oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches


Monday, March 25, 2019

Making It Fine Art Workshop / Castle Rock, March 2019

Some of the results from the sold out class.  More photos below

We just finished up the latest Making it Fine Art Workshop: Moving to the Next Level class last weekend. It was a pleasure working with this wonderful group of artists and watching the breakthroughs emerge!

Thank you all for filling the class and I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

Here's what's coming up next:

My next Workshop with be with Casey Klahn and me in Castle Rock, CO, Thurs-Sun, April 25-28 Complete info and registration workshop flyer
Limited to 8 artists, $750 each, 4 spaces left
Contact Ken

Open to artists in all media. This is a two-instructor workshop for artists wanting to make advancements in their techniques and strategies. Casey and Ken will have ample time to give very focused attention to individuals and offer a number of provoking ideas to the group.

More photos from the March, 2019 Workshop:








Thursday, March 21, 2019

Grateful Notices: Contrasts at the Creek, oil on canvas 47.5 x 47.5 inches

Contrasts at the Creek, oil on canvas 47.5 x 47.5 inches

It is always a pleasure to hear that a sale has come through, and in this case from an esteemed art consultant in the Boston area. This is a favorite work I did some years ago using a strip landscape as a backdrop for the overall tree patterns. 

There is plenty of bright color coming through the darks and everything is further accentuated by the band of sky and even brighter glow from the creek. 

I was very happy to hear that the oil went into a private collection and they sent me a photo of the installation. Thank you!



Monday, March 4, 2019

Ken Elliott Making it Fine Art Workshop: Moving to the Next Level / Castle Rock, CO / March 23 -24, 2019


Winters Morning  oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches

Ken Elliott Making it Fine Art Workshop: Moving to the Next Level

Denver Metro / Castle Rock, CO
Sat-Sun, March 23-24, 2019
2 1/2 days



Limited to 6 artists, $390 each   sold out


Open to artists in all media. Ken will discuss strategies for creating better artworks with a variety of common and creative tools.


The workshop will focus the strategies for making better artworks, going to new places in your work and how to make fine art. He will use informative videos and pass on strategies not the literature, but handed down from the very best teachers.

Also, Ken will present simple Photoshop techniques for taking your works to the next level and creating better pathways for finishing your artworks. You will be given a Photoshop instruction guide and have access to Ken's personal photo file of over 1500 inspiring images by various artists.







in the class


in the class / oil


in the class / pastel