Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Art at the movies: Ken's art appears in the film Concussion


Here is a still from the just released movie Concussion showing Alex Baldwin and Will Smith with Ken's artwork in the background.  (Image: Sony Pictures)
Click to see movie trailer

Well this doesn't happen everyday. I was contacted by the Concussion production company last year to get permission to use my art in their film. I was told about the story line and that it would star Will Smith and Alex Baldwin. I was told that they were filming in a client's home and they wanted to use my existing artwork there.

I was delighted to accept and they paid me a reasonable license fee. You never know if they will use that scene with the art in it but months later on Christmas day I saw the movie and there it was.

The scene is when the two characters, both doctors, talk outdoors at the Baldwin character's home.  Just after the outdoor scene, they enter the home and the artwork is behind them, just inside the entryway. Don't blink or you will miss it. No 15 minutes of fame here. :)

Concussion is a remarkable movie, more than a sports story and one I would heartily recommend seeing.


About the film:

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Director: Peter Landesman
Writers: Peter Landesman, Jeanne Marie Laskas (GQ article "Game Brain")
Stars: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks

Disclaimer: No artworks or artists were harmed in the making of this motion picture.




Monday, December 28, 2015

Art article: Surreal photos of crashing waves caught in motion on Lake Erie




By Washington Post writer Kenneth Dickerman December 28 at 8:35 AM
 View the complete article and more amazing  photos here:  Washington Post


Canada-based photographer David Sandford has been making pictures for more than 18 years. During that time, he has mostly been able to pay his bills by shooting sports. But his true passion lies in making photographs about anything to do with water. Sandford explains what draws him to water: “Oceans and lakes beckon me. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved to be on, in or around water. I’m fascinated by the sheer raw power and force of it, captivated by the graceful movement of a wave and mesmerized by light dancing across it.”

With this passion for water in mind, Sandford set out at the end of November to document the violently crashing waves on Lake Erie. He keeps an eye out for the weather conditions that come together to create the incredible wave formations he captures. Those weather conditions usually coincide with 65 mph winds that send the water of Erie 25 to 35 feet into the air. And that’s when Sandford heads to the shores of Erie with his 400mm and 70-200mm lenses, sometimes shooting for six hours at a time in air as cold as -2 to 14 degrees Celsius. His dedication and passion have paid off with incredible, surreal images of the roiling waters that Sandford calls “liquid mountains.”


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Fun: Celebrating at the Cupcake ATM in Houston!




I'm celebrating my successful art exhibit at Arden's gallery list night with a high tech treat, the Cupcake ATM!

But first a quick coffee at Rice University, a look at a piece of the Berlin wall, over to the Apple store and around the back - the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM! 

www.sprinkles.com
www.ardensgallery.com
3:48 min

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Article: Painter Ken Elliott Knows that Rewards Come with Risk


Autumn Diagonal   oil, 30 x 40


Denver Westword article by Jamie Siebrase


You can find art all over town — not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town.


“Wishes come true,” says artist Ken Elliott of his slow migration from Texas to Colorado. What's not to love about the state he now calls home? “Four seasons and no bugs and wild summers in a little-big town,” Elliott points out. And for an artist, Colorado also offers a sense of place that has inspired most of his colorful oil landscapes.



Video: Artist Ken Elliott in his Colorado studio


“I do a lot of trees, a lot of sky, and I’m bringing in more water,” Elliott says about elements that allow him to bring in the color that gives his large-scale paintings such vitality. “The landscapes are really just an excuse to do whatever you want to do with color," he explains. "You can be low-key or outrageous, poetic or shocking. What I’m really trying to do is thrill myself.”

He does that working primarily in oils. “You have to work more to get the color you want,” he says, and that's a challenge Elliott appreciates: “There’s some mixing involved, and also if you’re working it right, there’s more risk involved — but you can use accidents.”

Lake Shadows   oil, 30 x 30
Having expert teachers has helped him learn how to use those accidents. “I was fortunate enough to get to study with Wolf Kahn for a month,” Elliott says. “I’ve been fortunate to have the best mentors in a lot of different fields.”

Elliott says his painting gets better with every canvas because “I’m going to take it further than I’m comfortable with.” He’s been painting since the late 1970s, and he isn’t afraid to admit that he’s still honing his craft, learning as he goes.

Elliott works with pastels, too, and has done etching and collage work. “All of these mediums have helped me to become a better artist who is willing to take more risks,” he says. "“Pastels are essentially chalk, and they are already mixed. You pick up what you want, and then you layer. They can be lovely, and very powerful.”

Of Two Hearts   collage
As for collage, “You get exactly what you want since the lines are already there," Elliott continues. "When painting, I have an idea in my head, and then I have to get it to travel down my arm and onto the stick and out of this gloopy glob of paint.”

Rio Chama View     oil, 34 x 48
“I’m doing large formal landscapes in the tradition of contemporary American painters," he continues. "I’m trying to get over the bar and then raise it and jump over it again."

Elliott started showing his work in 1990 and has been represented by over a dozen galleries, including Mirada Fine Arts Gallery; his work can be found around town in local businesses, hospitals, hotels and event centers. Earlier this year, Elliott had a solo retrospective at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center, and several large reproductions of Elliott’s landscapes are currently hanging in the main terminal of Denver International Airport as part of the semi-permanent group show Here to There. For more information on his work, visit Ken Elliott's website.

Follow Jamie Siebrase on Twitter.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Exhibit: One-man show, Arden's Gallery River Oaks, Houston



Here are most of the works from my One-Man Show at the Arden's Gallery, River Oaks, Houston.

Artist's Reception, Saturday, December 5 and continuing through December 31.
2143 Westheimer, Suite B, Houston, Texas 77098 map

It was a very successful show and many thanks to all that attended and purchased works!

Also my sincerest thanks to all at Arden's framing, W. Alabama and Arden's River Oaks Gallery director Amanda and gallery assistant Marie for making it all possible.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Exhibit: Group Show with the Expand Artists: Lone Tree Arts Center, CO, Sat, Dec 5, 5-7pm





Here we are at the Lone Tree Arts Center Wed morning for our Running Dialogue exhibition, Dec 3- Jan 6, You are all invited to the Artist Reception, Sat. Dec, 5, 5:30-7:00, 10075 Commons St. Lone Tree. CO 80124. It is a knock out show for the EXPAND artists!

Here's the info:
Group Show with the Expand Artists: Lone Tree Arts Center, CO
Artist's Reception: Saturday, December 5, 5-7pm

Running Dialogue with the "To Expand" group of artists exhibiting together again: Victoria Eubanks, Janice McDonald, Carol Ann Waugh, Mary Williams and Ken Elliott.
10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO. 80124 map

Article about the exhibit by Penny Parker for Black Tie Colorado. Thank you Penny!

I'll be in Housotn the same night for my One-Man Show at the Arden's Gallery River Oaks, Houston.
Artist's Reception, Saturday, December 5, 6-9pm
2143 Westheimer, Suite B, Houston, Texas 77098 map

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fun: The Light Switch from Improv Everywhere


An artful Christmas treat!

A mysterious red light switch allows unsuspecting New Yorkers to turn on over 50,000 Christmas lights.

What fun!
Ken

Monday, November 30, 2015

New Pastels: Trees in Shadow, Winter and Yellows in Full

Here are two pastels that I began in my last workshop with the Colorado Pastel Society. These are simple compositions really but I made a real effort to push the color and complexity to create vibrancy and interest.

Both will be exhibiting at the Lone Tree Arts Center, CO with my fellow 'Expand Artists.'
Here are the exhibit details:

Group Show with the Expand Artists: Lone Tree Arts Center, CO
Artist's Reception: Saturday, December 5, 5-7pm

Running Dialogue with the "To Expand" group of artists exhibiting together again: Victoria Eubanks, Janice McDonald, Carol Ann Waugh, Mary Williams and Ken Elliott.
10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO. 80124 map



TREES IN SHADOW, WINTER
Pastel on sanded paper, 14 1/2 X 14 1/8 inches     $850 unframed



YELLOWS IN FULL
Pastel on sanded paper, 14 5/8 X 14 5/8 inches     $850 unframed

Exhibit: Mirada Gallery Colorado, Saturday Nov. 28


It was a big crowd for the Annual Gallery Anniversary and Holiday Reception at Mirada Fine Art in the foothills just west of Denver. This is an amazing gallery in what was formerly a log cabin trading post. All of the gallery artists were exhibiting and you can see a number of my oils behind the patrons here. Note the log ceiling in the photo. The gallery owner, Steve Sonnen is in the center wearing glasses. 

Hope you will come out, meet Steve and see the show....
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd, Indian Hills CO 80454. Just minutes from Denver map

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Work: Wood at the Lake II, oil on panel 24 x 24 / Two December exhibits



Wood at the Lake II
Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches



Wood at the Lake
Pastel on sanded paper, 15 1/2 x 14 inches
Sold, private collection

Wood at the Lake is the pastel I did as a demo for the Pastel Society of Colorado and it turned out to be the study for the 24 x 24 oil on panel.  After I got the pastel home, I began the oil and almost finished it before bringing it to the Pastel Society Workshop the following weekend. The workshop was for oils and pastels, so I brought the unfinished oil along.

I got very close to the finish but kept making it too tight. It was illuminating to discuss and work on it wth the class, pointing out the problems and possible solutions.

Once the oil was in the studio I let it dry and with a very concentrated effort, I resolved the transition between the background and the left edge of the trees. I kept adding more complexity but not in an illustrative way. Both of these images are now available as limited edition giclee prints.

It is unusual for me to do an oil this small but it is part of a display for my upcoming exhibit in the Denver metro. I'll be in Houston for my one-man show on the same December 4 date.




Group Show with the Expand Artists: Lone Tree Arts Center, CO
Artist's Reception: Saturday, December 5, 5-7pm
Running Dialogue with the "To Expand" group of artists exhibiting together again: Victoria Eubanks, Janice McDonald, Carol Ann Waugh, Mary Williams and Ken Elliott.
10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO. 80124 map


One-Man Show: Arden's Gallery River Oaks, Houston
Artist's Reception, Saturday, December 5, 6-9pm
2143 Westheimer, Suite B, Houston, Texas 77098 map


A very large canvas of this image will be in the works soon.
My happy  thanks to the buyer of the pastel!



Monday, November 16, 2015

New Pastel, Wood at the Lake and Workshop, Denver Metro, Nov. 21-22, 2015


Wood at the Lake
Pastel on sanded paper, 15 1/2 x 14 inches
Sold, private collection


This is a pastel I did as a demo for the Pastel Society of Colorado. It was stimulating to work in front of a group of pastellists. Frankly, it came together slowly as I was discussing the process and digressing on other topics. But in the last few minutes, big moves were made and all came out well.

There are a few spaces left for my last 2015 workshop in the Denver Metro. The information follows below. I hope to see you there!
Ken

Sat - Sun, November 21-22
The Pastel Society of Colorado, sponsor
Workshop flyer and supply list

Location:
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226
Open to artists at all skill levels and media
An indoor, two-day workshop, 9-4 pm
Limited to 20 participants, $225 payable to the City of Lakewood.

Register online at http://www.Lakewood.org/Register
(keyword search Ken Elliott) or a much easier way by phone:
303-987-7845, workshop #379401-01

Thursday, November 12, 2015

FYI: Interactive Art Auction Feature - Are You Smarter Than a Billionaire?

Here's an interactive quiz from the NY Times

Take the quiz here

It's always interesting to see what the current art auction markets are doing. Have fun with the interactive quiz. The questions follow below.
Ken
By DANIEL McDERMON Nov. 10, 2015

Via Christie’s
A painting by Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu Couché,” sold on Monday night for $170,405,000, placing it among the most expensive artworks ever purchased at auction. The sale, at Christie’s in New York, saw 34 works change hands for a total of $491 million, including fees. But auctions can be unpredictable. See how you match up below. RELATED ARTICLE

Which of these works of art sold for more at auction in New York in the last week?

PABLO PICASSO

“La Gommeuse,” 1901

OR

PABLO PICASSO

“Nu aux Jambes Croisées,” 1903

YAYOI KUSAMA

“Infinity Nets OPRT,” 2004

OR

DAMIEN HIRST

“Rhodanine,” 2008-11

HENRY MOORE

“Mother and Child With Apple,” Conceived in 1956 and cast during the artist's lifetime

OR

JEAN ARP

“Squelette D'Oiseau,” Conceived in 1947 and cast in 1968

MARK ROTHKO

“No. 6 / Sienna, Orange on Wine,” 1962

OR

MARK ROTHKO

“Untitled (Lavender and Green),” 1952

CLAES OLDENBURG AND COOSJE VAN BRUGGEN

“Leaning Fork With Meatball & Spaghetti III,” 1994

OR

MAURIZIO CATTELAN

“Frank and Jamie,” 2002

ROY LICHTENSTEIN

“Crying Girl,” 1964

OR

ROY LICHTENSTEIN

“Nurse,” 1964

HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC

“Au Lit: Le Baiser,” 1892

OR

LUCIAN FREUD

“Naked Portrait on a Red Sofa,” 1989-1991

Note: Listed sale prices include auction fees.


Image credits: Pablo Picasso, “La Gommeuse”: Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, via Sotheby’s; “Nu aux Jambes Croisées”: Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Yayoi Kusama: Yayoi Kusama; Damien Hirst: Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2015; Henry Moore: Via Sotheby’s; Jean Arp: 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Mark Rothko, “No. 6 / Sienna, Orange on Wine” and “Untitled (Lavender and Green)”: 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: 1994, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen; Maurizio Cattelan: Maurizio Cattelan; Roy Lichtenstein, “Crying Girl” and “Nurse”: Estate of Roy Lichtenstein; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; Lucian Freud: Via Christie's


Produced by Jon Huang, Alicia DeSantis, Laura O’Neill, Cornelius Schmid

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

FYI: Who Are the Top 100 Most Collectible Living Artists?

A very interesting article from the Christie's Auction house and ArtNet News by Elieen Kinsella using auction data from ArtNet.

The art market is a Very Big Place.
Ken




Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994-2000). Photo Credit: Indechs.
Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994-2000). 
Photo Courtesy of Indechs.
With the help of the artnet Analytics team, we present the current list from the artnet Price Database, tracking four years' worth of sales data
Presented below are two two intersecting lists. The first presents the highest-selling individual lots for living artists, which contains a number of entries by Jeff KoonsGerhard RichterPeter Doig, and Christopher Wool, to name just a few. (Yayoi Kusama is the only female artist to make the cut.)
Guatier Deblonde, portrait of Yayoi Kusama in her Tokyo studio, 2013
Guatier Deblonde, portrait of Yayoi Kusama in her Tokyo studio in 2013. 
Photo: Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY.
The second list shows the top 100 living artists based on the total value of secondary market sales from January 2011 through mid-October. It ranks artists by the total value of works sold and indicates the number of individual lots. The handful of female artists on this list include Kusama, Cindy ShermanJulie Mehretu, Cady Noland, and Vija Celmins, among others.
This list also features a number of Chinese contemporary artists who have proved to be top earners in recent years, including Zeng Fanzhi, Cui Ruzhuo, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhou Chunyu accounting for four, or roughly half, of the top ten.
Also notable is the ranking of Howard Terpning, a painter who is prized by Western art collectors. Terpning is known for creating realistic, highly detailed historic paintings depicting 19th-century Native American life. He ranks at number 91, with cumulative sales of over $22 million for just 83 works.
See the artists who made the list below.
Top100LivingArtists-Lots
Top100LivingArtists-cumulative
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Grateful Notices: Field with the Orange Tree

Field with the Orange Tree
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Private collection

Looking back on this canvas, I remember that it went through a lot of variations before reaching this finished stage. In the end, the canvas came together when I  first increased the brights and darks. The contrasts made it more interesting and it was the same for the colors once they changed in hue across different parts of the canvas. 

The painting is a simple arrangement with a minimum of detail, a bit of poetry with notes in yellows, golds and blues.

My sincere thanks to the collectors that selected this work for their home.
Ken



Monday, October 19, 2015

Grateful Notices: Autumn Diagonal oil, 30 x 40 inches

Autumn Diagonal
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
Private collection

I enjoyed the effort with this oil. There were at least three times when it was 'good enough' but it was not enough. Both times I was satisfied about the work and was ready to sign it but when I saw it in the studio the next day, it seemed to be lacking something. 

The sky changed a number of times as well as the light and color coming through the trees in the background. 

What made it all come together was when I hit the right side hard with the blues and greens. The earlier version of the oil was a fairly continuous line of orange and red trees. The dark blues added punch and counterpoint to the red trees on the left.

Within a few days a wonderful couple, one is an artist, bought it. It's always a thrill for people to take your artworks home or into their offices, thank you!



Sunday, October 18, 2015

Abstract Painting blog: Artist Daily


Artist Daily.com
If you’re a reader of the Artist Daily blog, you probably already know that abstract painting is one of those sneaky art forms that tends to look easier than it is. They created this series of exercises for those times when you’re staring blankly at the canvas wondering where to begin. The 12 exercises included are not only a good place for inexperienced painters to start; they’re also a simple way to stimulate creativity in those of you that might be seeking inspiration.

It’s free to anyone and it may take our artwork to an even better place.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Grateful Notices: Fall Imposing, Sunset in Pinks and Orange and Field with the Orange Tree, oils on canvas



Fall Imposing
oil canvas, 36 x 60 inches
Private collection, Texas




Sunset in Pinks and Orange
oil canvas, 36 x 60 inches
Private collection, Texas




Field with the Orange Tree
oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches
Private collection, Texas


It's a great pleasure to meet new people and this Texas couple was a delight! My good friend here in Colorado is the daughter of the woman that visited. We had a lively time before they left and three works were selected for their home. 

I couldn't be more happy to have met them and I was honored that they took a number of oils back to Texas.

Thank you!
Ken 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Workshop: Sat - Sun, November 21-22 The Pastel Society of Colorado

Making it Fine Art Workshop, Marshfield, MA

This will be my last Making It Fine Art Workshop of 2015 and I am honored to be invited and sponsored by the Pastel Society of Colorado.  I hope you can make it!

This will be an indoor, two-day workshop open to artists at all skill levels and in all media.
Because of the Society sponsorship, this workshop is over $100. less than the usual price.

In these Workshops new artistic paths are offered and strategies for making fine art. It is an inspirational weekend with information that will last you for a lifetime.


Sat - Sun, November 21-22
Making It Fine Art Workshop
Pastel Society of Colorado, sponsor
Workshop flyer and supply list

Location:
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226
Open to artists at all skill levels and media
An indoor, two-day workshop, 9-4 pm
Limited to 20 participants, $225 payable to the City of Lakewood.

Register online: http://www.Lakewood.org/Register
(keyword search Ken Elliott) or a much easier way by phone:
303-987-7845, workshop #379401-01

In this workshop:
This workshop is open to artists are all skill levels. 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 paintings, going to new places in your work and how to make fine art. Much attention will be given to improving your own artworks and career.

Ken will demonstrate painting using oil and pastel. He will discuss the idea of making strong starts and keeping the way open for more interesting and dramatic finishes. Ken is a very hands-on teacher, so there will be some collaboration if you are open to it.

In addition to making art works, Ken will talk about business and promotion, which are necessary to be a successful artist in the marketplace.

There will be serious discussions, laughs, and your questions. We will all come away with new tools to take your art to the next level.

Attendees are invited to bring whatever they wish to paint with and work on. Bring works to start, works in progress, and finished works to evaluate. There will be a lot of conversation about the mental aspects of making good art by design and experiment. The mental aspect is the quickest way to get the breakthroughs to the next big success in your art.
Ken will bring some finished works to share with the group.

The feedback from the "Making it Fine Art" Workshops has been very positive. People are saying they are getting much more than they expected and for many, a real boost to their careers. Some have experienced tremendous breakthroughs.


People are saying:
"So, when my friend, Ken Elliott, told me he was co-teaching a workshop on color with Casey Klahn, I immediately said sign me up! Ken's work is simplified impressionist landscape with an emphasis on bold color like reds and yellows. Casey's work is influenced by the cloudy days of the northwestern part of the United States, and his paintings are simplified, abstracted landscapes. Casey uses subdued colors like blues and purples. Both artists' style and color sense are so dramatically different than mine that I knew I would be challenged by this workshop. And indeed I was! I have to smile when I see the work I produced in this workshop. It's so unlike my usual work."

Lee McVey website

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

"Thank you so much for including me in the wonderful weekend workshop at the Castle Rock Artist "Retreat" :D I found all of you to be a delight and am so happy to meet each of you! Ken, you are a wonderful teacher & inspiring person!! The one day with you in your B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L home & "artist sanctuary" was "exactly" what I needed on so many levels !!! Thank you for your generosity, great color sense, sharing of your artful knowledge & supply resources. I came away with a renewed art spirit and also w/ some new artistic ideas for applying paint to the canvas! Very inspiring indeed!
Jeannie Paty website

"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. And 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

"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


"You are so gracious. Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop and ALL that you shared. It was a great weekend."
Suzanne

"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 "

Great class Ken! Thank you for all the good tips and inspiration. So glad you came to Houston."
Kay

You are so gracious. Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop and ALL that you shared to inspire us. It was a great weekend in Alaska.
Suzanne

A good time was had by all! Thank you!
Barbara, Workshop organizer and attendee

It was a great work shop, I highly recommend Ken's workshops.
Scott

Monday, October 5, 2015

Art Workshops: Colorado Springs Art Guild, October 2015


Here is a photo from the Colorado Springs Art Workshop with some of the participants. I'm working on an oil demonstration as the class looks on. One of the lessons here is to make a good start on this 36 x 36 canvas. So far, so good!

My thanks for the Colorado Springs Art Guild that sponsored this event. I throughly enjoyed myself and we put a lot of new ideas into effect during that weekend. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Work: View to the Foothills, High Contrasts, oil on canvas, 40 x 40

View to the Foothills, High Contrasts, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

This is an interpretation of the view behind my home and studio. I'm so happy to be free from making a portrait of landscapes. My view barely resembles what you see here. In this oil the colors and contrasts have taken over, bringing the artwork to a dramatic edge.

Here's the best part. I picked up a canvas that was a problem child. It had been sitting in a stack of unfinished canvases for about three years. I put it up on the easel and in fast, broad strokes painted this new image over the old one. It felt great as I covered up that unsolved mess with a bright, new idea. Some of the old came through and created wonderful effects in places, a nice bonus!

Now I have a study for a larger idea and I'm back to the studio to make a bigger horizontal version.