Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Work: Red and Orange Merging, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Red and Orange Merging, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

First off, thank you Lynn for your sunset photo.

This finished oil is a cropped-down and brighter version than the source photo. My intent was to create a large sunset oil without too many of the cliche light effects. This work is almost pure composition and color. 

I got off to a good start with this one and on the second session a number of different blues, reds and oranges went into clouds. Then I did the same with the land below by adding a variety of unusual colors. The composition was still in place but now a considerable amount of unnatural colors will have to be dealt with. During this second session it became apparent that the big cloud form was going to need a lot of work to keep it interesting in every direction, all 3 by 4 feet of it, presenting a new challenge to make it happen.

During the second session I purposely departed from the blacked-out land area and the big "God light' vertical streams in the photo. Instead I painted in an abstracted scrub landscape at the bottom and opted out of the upward light streams, the "God light" as a compositional element. Because the reds and oranges are prominent in this work, I chose a glowing, green field with other colors for green support. Every element in this oil is there to enhance the radiance of the clouds.

The last painting session was primarily two things. First to make the cloud form interesting as it moves horizontally and upward and to do the same for the field as it moves left to right. Then it was about pushing the oil to a more interesting place and perhaps to a finish.

Rather than just adding more bright color, I put in a number of different grey tones because they have the effect of adding complexity as well as making adjacent colors appear brighter. That turned out to be a really good move.

More interest at the edges were added and last, virtually every color on the canvas was given another brighter layer of a similar color, creating glowing effects throughout the scene.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Work: Marsh Tones, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Marsh Tones, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

First off, I want to thank Ed Chesnovitch for his great photo of this marsh. Living in Colorado doesn't allow for much marsh scenery, so I am grateful to Ed and the composition he captured.

Ed Chesnovitch, pastel
Ed is a very accomplished Cape Cod artist and I would encourage you to visit his website and sign up for his newsletter.  He is also represented by the Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet, MA.



2014 Workshop at the North River Art Society

Workshop:

I will be teaching a 2 1/2-Day Making it Fine Art / Advanced Strategies nearby in Marshfield, MA August 26-27, 2017. It is sponsored by the North River Art Society.
Register by contacting Peggy Bruno 781-837-8091 or email northriverarts@gmail.com 

Open to artists in all media.


About the oil Marsh Tones:

At the beginning of this oil I wanted to use colors I haven't used before and to keep everything fresh. This scene is very atmospheric with a haze everywhere that is also reflected in the water. There is a sun effect in the photo, but early on I decided to play that down.

It was important for me to begin with a variety of colors, not knowing exactly how they would come together. There isn't a lot of visual information here, so the plan was to use color as a key interest. The land and tree masses are essentially three bands of color, so it felt essential to add more chroma in unexpected ways.

As the painting developed it became apparent that the contrasts and clarity in the foreground would be important to this work and as the scene receded, just enough detail was maintained to carry the viewer's interest back to the trees and sky. Since this is a horizontal landscape, care was taken to simultaneously keep it interesting across the entire left to right space as well. 

There is much to see here but without high detail and a glow suffuses everything, bringing the oil to life. To make a work with this amount of subtlety is a bit like a minimalist poem with the point clearly made. It is so easy to overwork something like this.

Turns out, this oil will be a prelude for a much larger one beginning this week. I'm really looking forward to revisiting this scene.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Work: Green Dream, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Green Dream, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches  $2450 framed
Some years ago, I purchased a number of wood panels. The idea was to experiment with more abstracted ideas. As experiments go, some worked out nicely and the less successful ones were stacked in dark corners, waiting for another day and better ideas.

A couple of months ago I pulled the worst out of the stack and painted over it quickly, using less detail but with the same, experimental idea in mind. It was a horizontal band of trees, unbroken from left to right. At least I changed things but still wasn't very compelling. A poor start is not what I needed.

So back in the corner it went, but visible to me every day now. It was a reminder to do better and to get there by any means possible.

Thinking back to my original plan with these panels, I had planned on using whatever oils were on the palette at the end of the day to make some small scale, interesting starts. Instead of throwing the paints out, they could be applied to the panels without a formal plan, creating interesting challenges to work out later.

It was the end of the painting session last week and I had just added a bit of Oriental Green to a large canvas. Looking across the studio, that 24 x 24 panel was calling out for something new and this powerful green might be just the thing.

Bring the panel to the easel, I took the green and quickly put in the dark line of trees, fading it out as it moved downward to the right. It made me smile because I was reminded of the chef on the cooking shows, "Boom." That's more like it!

At the end of a painting session days later, another unplanned move resulted. I was clearing the palette for the day when I noticed I had a good bit of white and yellow left. Putting the panel back to  the easel, I started putting in the right row of trees with that yellow and white.

The light color was picking up a bit of the almost-dry green from the days before and giving the yellow-white an other-worldly glow in places. I decided to play it smart and stopped for the day.

The original painting still showed through in the sky and foreground areas, so I painted over them but not completely, trying out various color ideas. All of the colors experimented with are visible, but to various degrees and it adds a nice complexity. In the sky a pale, acid green was used but it struck the wrong note. However it was very useful as an interesting remnant when overpainted wth the lavender tones. Finally, the oil was finished after a long journey of about 2 years.

That felt good. 

I took a little time to go back over the process, took a break and came back to the studio with a pre-stretched 48 x 48 canvas. On to the palette I squeezed out large amounts of Oriental Green and Perylene Black (a green-black), then started work on the bigger version. 

That felt really good.


Monday, June 26, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter

Ken Elliott's Art Newsletter, July 2017
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July News:

Sometimes the business of art is absolute fun! I just delivered a large commission and happily sold a number of works to collectors this month... an honor and a joy.

It is a privilege to be exhibiting in the expansive Paper on paper: The Art of Chine-Colle exhibit at the Arvada Center for the Arts, CO. This is a Big Show with amazing artworks on paper by a large number of impressive artists. I hope you can get by to see it. More info below.

More workshops are coming up:
Sat-Sun, August 5-6
In my Castle Rock home / studio (Denver metro)
and
Marshfield, MA, 2017
August 26-27

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 last month and another is in the works for Oct 2017. Watch for more details.
More info and registration


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

New Work:


Saccades VIII
Oil on canvas, 40 X 40    $6650 framed
Exhibiting: Renjeau Gallery, Natick, MA


Currently Exhibiting:


Paper on paper: The Art of Chine-Colle at the Arvada Center for the Arts
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



Descending Trees II
Exhibiting: The Art of Chine-Colle at the Arvada Center for the Arts
image: 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
paper: 29 3/4 x 22 1/4    Sold
Available as limited edition giclee


Grateful Notices:


Gold Progression I
oil on canvas 48 x 48     Private collection, IL
Available as limited edition giclee



View to the Foothills
oil on canvas, 40 x 40    Private collection
Available as limited edition giclee

Far Blue Hill
oil on canvas, 30 x 40    Private collection


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

Denver, CO, 2017
August 5-6

Making it Fine Art / Advanced Strategies
2 1/2-Day Workshop with Ken Elliott
Complete info and register online
Sat-Sun, 9am-4 pm
Sat evening after break, 4:30 -6, Photoshop Tools
Open to artists in all media

$390 per person
Workshop Flyer  Contact Ken
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.

Marshfield, MA, 2017
August 26-27

Making it Fine Art / Advanced Strategies
2 1/2-Day Workshop
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 www.northriverarts.org
Register by contacting Peggy Bruno 781-837-8091 or email northriverarts@gmail.com

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!
Workshop flyer  Contact Ken

A dual Workshops with Ken and Casey Klahn are tenatively scheduled for October 2017.

Contact Ken to learn more or to schedule 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.

Publications:

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


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.

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 www.kenelliott.com

Thank you,
Ken

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grateful Notices: Gold Progressions and Far Blue Hill, oils on canvas


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

My deepest thanks to the purchasers of these two oils, Gold Progression I and Far Blue Hill. Each of these landscapes are straightforward compositions where the color is the prime element.

With both oils, the color becomes a part of the complexity and experience, weaving in and out, creating glow and motion.

Here is a bit more about Gold Progression I on my blog.


Far Blue Hill
oil on canvas, 30 x 40  private collection, CO



Monday, June 12, 2017

New Work: Sun Behind the Foothills oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Sun Behind the Foothills  oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches
This is my most colorful version of the foothills nearby. After getting halfway into this 5 foot canvas and the complexities of the sky, I decided to start a smaller version shown below, Radiant View, 24 x 24 on panel. In Radiant View, I began to work out some of the sky ideas started on the larger one and quickly got myself into another set of problems. Now I had another painting that was half sky and the lower half had a considerable amount of land mass that required an interesting solution.

I had to laugh at myself, now I've created two problem canvases, but that's the nature of all the other artworks currently in the studio.

Continuing to work on the smaller oil, I opted for a mountainside at the bottom with slight details in order to make the sky the prominent feature of the oil. Surprisingly, I had to add another line of hills at the very bottom to make that land portion more interesting. It also gave the mountain above it even more mass and created a nice counterpart to the illuminated sky patterns.

Getting back to the larger oil, I went the other direction with the land mass, adding considerably more detail and brighter colors to the sky and the foothills. As the panting developed, I pushed the brights, setting up more contrast and drama.

With both of these oils the primary motivators were the painting themselves. Although they are similar, I followed where each painting took me, working through options unique to to each oil and striving to reach the best result.


Radiant View  oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches

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.
Scroll down for more info

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

Continuing:
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 www.northriverarts.org
Register by contacting Peggy Bruno 781-837-8091 or email northriverarts@gmail.com

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!
Workshop flyer  Contact Ken
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.

Publications:

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.

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 www.kenelliott.com

Thank you,
Ken
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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."
M.

"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."
B.H.

"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,"
V.

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

"I so enjoyed meeting you and being part of the workshop. You got me on fire!!!!!"
Ed
"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!"
Kate

"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!"
Donna

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

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

"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."
Linda

"Love the class, you are a great teacher!"
Betsy
"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 "
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