Ken Elliott Fine Art Newsletter October 2022: New Works and About Inspiration
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October News:

“Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Chuck Close

As successful artists do, Chuck Close created a large number of works. His were oversized portraits, uniquely made by breaking up the face into individual squares. Something as common as faces, often his own, became his creative space and motif.

From Wikipedia:
Close was an American painter, visual artist, and photographer who made massive-scale photorealist and abstract portraits of himself and others. Close also created photo portraits using a very large format camera. He adapted his painting style and working methods in 1988, after being paralyzed by an occlusion of the anterior spinal artery. He died on August 19, 2021

When I began as an artist, a lot of time was spent looking for that inspirational scene. I also realized that sometimes it was an excuse to put off painting. But a shift occurred some years ago and I found that it was the small portion of the scene, rather than the sweeping landscape view that compelled me to work. I suddenly saw interesting subjects to paint everywhere. This idea of inspiration has reversed. Instead of waiting for lighting to strike, I am more focused on creation and when all goes well, it is the viewers that are inspired. 

Next time you are in Santa Fe, I hope you will visit my new gallery, Bill Hester Fine Art on Canyon Rd. and I am looking forward to our association there. You can see my works exhibiting in the gallery here.

Please note that I'll be hosting a 3-day Intensive Workshop in the Denver metro, Friday-Sunday, November 4-6. More info follows below.

For a number of months now, other artists have joined me in my studios to "paint along." They have already attended my formal classes and now we spend the day on our individual paintings. The important part is how we compare notes and problem-solve throughout the day, making for a rich, hands-on learning experience. The price is $50, including the use of my paints.

Also, my sincere thanks to the recent New Mexico and Colorado collectors of my works and to my dealers that made that possible! It's always a good day to create more.
New Works:

Low Lights
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
In the studio
Framed, $6650
About this oil

Colors Running Uphill
Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
In the studio
Framed, $2450
About this oil

Green Haze at the Creek
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
In the studio
Framed, $5700
About this oil

Light in Flow
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
In the studio / on reserve
Framed, $6650
About this oil

Sold Works:

Cloud and Veils
Pastel on sanded paper, 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches
Exhibited: Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Private collection, Santa Fe, NM
About this pastel

Yellow Stand Essence
Private collection, CO
Exhibited: Breckenridge Gallery, Breckenridge, CO
About this oil

Available Works:

Saccades III
Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches, in a pure gold float frame
Exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
About this oil

Fall Arrayed
Oil on canvas, 30 X 40 inches
$5250 framed
Page + Waterman Gallery, Wellesley, MA
About this oil


Diffused Forest
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches
Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY,
$9150 framed
About this oil

Workshops and Mentoring Sessions:

Take your work to new heights. My Workshops and Mentoring Sessions will focus on strategies for making better paintings, colorist tools, going to new places in your work and making fine art. We will be going deeper into making better and more appealing artworks with a variety of strategies and in some sessions, there will be time for Photoshop insights made easy. all workshop info

Here's a video about what happens in the Group and Private Workshops

Ken Elliott American Landscapes coffee table book:

Ken Elliott book, American Landscapes
This large coffee table book reprises over 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: $160 or just order the book for $125.

eBook versions available for Amazon Kindle Fire®, Apple iOS devices, and macOS computers for $14.99. You can preview the complete book and how to order your electronic or hardback versions from my website.

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Red Borders
Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
$2400 framed
About this oil

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. To view the total of my works in all media and in all my galleries, go to Pass this onto a friend and they can sign up for this newsletter here.

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Colors Running Uphill (cropped here)
Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
In the studio
Framed, $2450
About this oil
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 and studio visits:
I have really enjoyed giving private lessons individually or with groups over the years. It is casual, focused and fun. It is always a pleasure welcoming collectors into my studio, please email me a call to arrange a time.

The workshops are very stimulating and you will see a big result in your approach to making fine art and clarity on your career strategies. Let's discuss what works best for you.

What they are saying:

"I had a clue what might be in store for my friends, but it went WAY beyond. You have a real gift. What a FANTASTIC couple of days!!!’


"Your painting demonstrations and the information you gave us  was invaluable- no wonder your paintings are so moving. I so enjoyed meeting you. Thank you for coming to Virginia."

"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."

"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!!"

"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."

"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"


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