Monday, February 29, 2016

Newsletter: February 2016 with Workshops, New Works and Announcing Workshop Dates

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Through the Purple Woods    Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches (cropped here)

February News:

February has been a full one and this newsletter just made publication on the last day of this leap year month.... whew!

I'm in Houston currently and I just delivered a 6 1/2 foot commission for a private collection. Thanks go out to the clients and Arden's Gallery for making it all possible.

I am happy to announce my one person show at the Mirada Gallery. Friday, May 6, 6-9pm. The exhibition will be in Mirada's captivating, log cabin gallery space in the foothills a few minutes west of Denver. Mirada Fine Art5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd, Indian Hills CO 80454  map  (303) 697-9006. I'll be very busy in the studio making exciting works for this exhibit!

New Works:

Gold Progressions II
Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
$10000 framed

Through the Purple Woods
Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
$2150 unframed

Grateful Notices:

A new oil commission is underway, two oils went to a private collections (below) and a number of limited edition giclees have been placed in private and public collections including the Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. Thank you for your support and interest in my works.

Trees in Half Shade
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36
Private collection

Down the Meadow
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30
From the Mirada Fine Art Gallery, Indian Hills CO
Private collection

New Limited Edition Giclee:

Wood at the Lake II ( from the original oil)
In three sizes, total edition of 195, plus 15 artist proofs.

There now are over 90 giclee images available in 3 sizes from $300 - $890. These signed, limited edition giclee prints are also available in custom sizes, with or without borders on paper and on canvas.
View all of the giclee images here

Currently Exhibiting:

Lake Shadows
Oil on canvas 30 x 30   $3700 unframed
Arden's River Oaks, Houston

Edge of the Woods, Autumn
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36    $5100 framed
Mirada Fine Art, Indian Hills CO

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 / collogues 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.

"Making it Fine Art" Workshops in CO and MA, 2016

From the February 2016 workshop in Boulder

Making it Fine Art Workshops in Boulder, Colorado this March and MA in September and CO to be announced, 2016. The Jan and Feb Boulder classes filled before I could announce them here, but there are 2 openings left for the March 19-20 date. Here's a photo from the February class just completed. $390 per person.

Marshfield, MA Sept 9-11 and Falmouth, MA Sept 16-18 venues are now taking registrations. It is an amazing time of the year to be on the East coast and I hope to see you there! 
complete info and registration

After each art Workshop there will be a free lecture / book signing of Ken's new book, Manifesting 123 and you don't need #3. The lecture is open to the public.

Great things happen in these Fine Art Classes and it is information that will last for a lifetime.

A recent Workshop in Ken's studio, an ambitious 2 days!


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 i-book / 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.

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Making it Fine Art Workshops

Take your work to new heights. These workshops will focus on strategies for making better paintings, going to new places in your work and making fine art. Open to all skill levels.  Please inquire

Next Workshops in Boulder, March 19-20; Marshfield, MA Sept 9-11 and Falmouth, MA Sept 16-18 and in Ken's Castle Rock, CO studio to be announced soon.
complete info.
After each class there will be a free lecture / book signing of Ken's new book, Manifesting 123 and you don't need #3. The lecture is open to the public.

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

"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 "

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

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Friday, February 26, 2016

At Auction: Have Fun Watching James Bond's Aston Martin sell at Christie's for £2.4 million

The big art auctions are very interesting to watch. Heck, it's fun to watch just about any big auction. Here's an interesting example with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 sells for £2.4 million
007’s Aston Martin DB10 is the top lot in the first part of Christie’s charity auction of memorabilia from the movie Spectre, with 100 per cent of lots sold.

The first part of Christie’s charity auction of James Bond Spectre memorabilia realised £2,785,500, with ten star lots attracting bids from 25 countries across four continents.
The sale was led by 007’s Aston Martin DB10, the top lot, which sold to a bidder in the saleroom for £2,434,500, after four minutes and 42 seconds of competitive bidding.

Friday, February 19, 2016

New Work: Through the Purple Woods, oil on panel, 24 X 24 inches

Through the Purple Woods  oil on panel 24 X 24    $2150 unframed
In the past I have done some smaller works on wood panels. The surface is smoother and it takes the paint of the brush differently, keeping me off-balance.

Last week I made a few starts, all the same size on this theme. They all have different color combinations and they look pretty rough right now. Happily this is the first to thread the needle and become a finished work.

I'm looking forward to seeing how those other starts end up - I have no idea where oils will go but along the way some very interesting effects and colors will present themselves. It is a real joy to work with the paints this way.... more of these small panels are in my future...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New Work: Gold Progressions II oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Gold Progressions II,   oil on canvas 48 x 60     $10000 unframed

I've been thinking about this oil for about a year now. In early 2014 I painted a 48 x48 version and ever since I've wanted to do it again as a brighter and larger horizontal.

Gold Progressions I   oil on canvas, 48 x 48   $8950 framed
Doing another version doesn't necessarily make it any easier. I did have that earlier template as a roadmap but happily there were some problems to solve along the way. Each difficulty required solutions that took the painting down another path, adding uniqueness to the new version.

Problems came up right away with the background. There is a lot of space running from left to right and to keep it interesting, three ideas were brought into play. The appeal of that original oil was the glowing blue field and it was the primary reason I wanted to do this bigger version.

Once the blue background was in, the painting was insisting on more interest and complexity. After a couple of weeks experimenting with different ideas a simple solution presented itself. I tried painting in a considerable amount of background yellows on the right, covering about half of the background. It was just too much yellow, so on the left I added a hint of barely discerenable trees with the reds and purples.... too much again.

After letting it all dry, I began again by putting the middle blues back in place and carefully watched what effect it was having - a lovely blue haze was appearing. Once I used the blues to subtract the yellows on the right, a nice solution presented itself. I let the blues outline the yellows and submerged the blues into was was becoming hints of foliage into the left.

It is difficult to see here, but I made sure that the yellows on the ground were different from those in the background.

Once the top trees had the mass and weight they required, I added a variety of colors to provide interest with hints of ambient and direct light in that upper mass.

After starts, stops, dead ends, solutions and and hundreds of marks, these delicate trees came to life, surrounded by a glowing blue haze. It was nice to put it into the frame and watch it breathe and glow.

Monday, February 8, 2016

In the Studio: February 8, 2016

Here are three new oils in progress.

On the easel is a 36 x 36, floor left a 36 x 48 and above left a 48 x 60. They are all generating their full share of surprises and problems, but all and all, they are coming along nicely.

It is a great advantage to work on more than one canvas at a time. There are four others in progress not pictured here, including a 40 x 56" commission. All 7 of these canvases are still in play with each  other, calling out for attention and wanting the improvements just added to at the other. It is quite the conversation and in the end, all the canvases find solutions in ways that would not have been possible without the chorus of suggestions from the other artworks in the studio at the time.

The March Making it Fine Art Workshop in Boulder, CO update:
The January Workshop sold out as well as the upcoming one in February, but the March Workshop in Boulder has 2 openings left. (updated Feb 9)

I hope to see you there!