Ken Elliott Fine Art Newsletter November 2021
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November News:

I ran across an interesting bit of art information the other day. Turns out that Paul McCartney owns a Magritte painting and that it later became the inspiration for the Beatle's Apple logo. Here's a photo of Paul with the unframed Magritte on his wall (left of his head) followed by a photo of Magritte at his easel working while formally dressed as he always did.

In an interview with Johan Ral in 1993, Paul McCartney stated:
"There's a great story about that. I had this friend called Robert Fraser, who was a gallery owner in London. We used to hang out a lot. And I told him I really loved Magritte. We were discovering Magritte in the sixties, just through magazines and things. And we just loved his sense of humour. And when we heard that he was a very ordinary bloke who used to paint from nine to one o'clock, and with his bowler hat, it became even more intriguing."

"Robert used to look around for pictures for me, because he knew I liked him. It was so cheap then, it's terrible to think how cheap they were. But anyway, we just loved him ... One day he brought this painting to my house. We were out in the garden, it was a summer's day. And he didn't want to disturb us, I think we were filming or something. So he left this picture of Magritte. It was an apple - and he just left it on the dining room table and he went. It just had written across it "Au revoir", on this beautiful green apple."

"And I thought that was like a great thing to do. He knew I'd love it and he knew I'd want it and I'd pay him later. [...] So it was like wow! What a great conceptual thing to do, you know. And this big green apple, which I still have now, became the inspiration for the logo. And then we decided to cut it in half for the B-side!"

What an intriguing story...

Back in the studio, I want to express my sincere thanks to the many collectors that have placed my works in their collections and businesses. You all mean a great deal to me and it carries me forward. More paintings are emerging... 

I am enjoying working with other artists in my small, 1-2 person private, in-person workshops as well as the continuing online mentoring sessions. My on-site art workshops at my Castle Rock, Colorado home will resume in the Spring of 2022 with dates to follow. 

Wishing you all a beautiful Thanksgiving!

New Works:

Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Framed, $8950
In the studio
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Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Framed, $7000
In the studio
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Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Framed, $5100
In the studio
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Grateful Notices:

Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Exhibited: Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
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Oil on canvas, 40 X 60 in.
Exhibited: Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
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Oil on canvas, 36 X 60 inches
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Oil on canvas, 36 X 60 inches
Exhibited: Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
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Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Exhibited: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
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Oil on panel, 30 X 30 inches
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Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
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Available Works:

Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches
Unframed, $5100
Exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
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Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
Framed, $6650
Exhibiting: Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
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Oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
Framed, $2600
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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.

View my newest artworks:

Oil on canvas 48 X 36 inches
Framed, $6750
In the studio
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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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LAKE HAZE - YELLOW (cropped here)
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
$5100 framed
In the studio
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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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