Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Work: Radiant View, oil one panel 24 x 24 inches

Radiant View
Oil on panel 24 x 24 inches $2450 framed

As I often do, I saw a nice sunset while stopped at a red light and took a photo of it through the windshield. It wasn't one of those OMG shots but I did like the way the sun lit up a small slice of the sky behind the foothills.

What you see here is a tiny, vertical slice of the wider photograph that is focused on the band of bright light that caught my attention. The composition is set up in an unusual way with the land and sky dividing the painting equally. The top portion has a very wide range of color and is fully illuminated, leaving a compositional problem for the bottom.

My focus was on the sky but the land mass needed to be interesting and fully contribute to the painting as well. While trying out a number of ideas, a blue-mauve color combination began to emerge and with it the feeling of mass. It made a great counterpoint to the delicate sky and created a more powerful oil.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Workshop completed: Casey Klahn and Ken Elliott May 2017

Casey Klahn and I just wrapped up our recent Workshop at my home / studio last week.

This was a 4 day Mentoring class and a lot of ground was covered. Casey and I demonstrated in oil and pastel, did intensive work with everyone, provided focused Photoshop instruction, and the results were terrific. We also got 5" of snow but it didn't slow us down. 

There was abundant instruction, new ideas and 4 days of fun with wonderful artists.

We will be doing it again in the Denver metro, October 2017. 
Full details will be posted on Ken's Workshop page.

The Worksop attendees and Casey (Ken not pictured)
In the Workshop

Ken Elliott oil demo, 60 x 36 inches. In progress

Casey Klahn pastel demo  approx. 11 x 10

In the workshop

Casey doing a critique

Bonnie's oil 36 x 24 inches

Pat's pastel

Cheri's oil, 24 x 30  Nice to have a frame handy!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Works / Exhibiting: At the Ponds Edge and Saccades VII

I will be in a group show that opens this Friday, May 12th at the Saks Galleries.

Annual Spring Fling, Group Exhibition of New Works
Opening Reception, Friday, May 12, 5-8pm
3019 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 map
Continuing through June 30

Here are two new works from the exhibition:

Oil on canvas, 48 x 60  $10950.
Exhibiting: Saks Galleries, Denver

This is the largest work of this series. I'm drawn to the intersections of sky, land and water and particularly how the trees come into contact with each of those elements. There is an amazing amount of hours that went into the making of this one. It shows in the painting texture with all those strokes and successive ideas as layers upon layers. This oil first had an incarnation as an autumn scene but I became enamored with the blues and slowly brought them to prominence, shifting into spring. More time in the studio with innumerable color experiments and before you know it, fall became spring.

When viewing it close up, it is a painting with literally thousands of lace-like marks with each color uniquely contributing to the whole. Everything is done with restraint and a light touch.  The end result is a line of trees with substantial mass. Except for the base of the trees, all of the foliage and sky edges are delicate and barely there with the early spring light diffused everywhere.

Oil on canvas, 40 X 40  $6650 framed
Exhibiting: Saks Galleries, Denver

The idea of the Saccades series is to create a more abstracted forest scene that works without a singular point of focus. This oil is pattern and color with equal interest everywhere. The greens and yellows are pushed but contained by the irregular verticals and the blues. I found that the more those colors were increased, the more attractive the oil became, creating a greater need for more powerful contrasts.

This cycle carried on for a month until a completed the painting emerged, a window into a forest that is alive with the yellows animating the scene and projecting everything forward in the space.

About the word Saccades:
"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."

Monday, May 1, 2017

Article: Artists on Art, May - June 2017

Ken was just profiled in Artists on Art, an online art magazine. This is a very high quality, commercial free, bi-monthly artist showcase by subscription.

There are incredible artists profiled here and I'm honored to be included here.

The article is about motivation and keeping the bar high as an artist.

It's entitled Thrill.
Hope you enjoy it.

View the May -June 2017 article here with text and photos.

Award: 2017 Colorado Governor's Art Show

Yellows at the Two Creeks
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches    $6800. framed
I'm happy to announce that I was honored with an Award of Merit at the 2017 Colorado Governor's Art Show last week. There was one Best of Show that went to Mark Bailey and then a handful of Merit Awards. I am fortunate to share 'second place' with the others awarded as well as the 55 other exhibiting artists juried in from almost 300 entries.

Earlier I blogged about the making of this work. You can read about it here.

The show and sale continues through May 28.
Here is all the info:

Governor's Art Show and Sale at the Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
The exhibit is free and open to the public through May 28.
503 N. Lincoln Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 map
view all the artists juried into this showSaveSave

Also in the exhibit:

oil on canvas, 48 X 48      $8950 framed

oil on panel 24 X 24 $2150 unframed

oil on panel 24 X 24 $2150 unframed