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Kathleen Elsey Painting the Grand Canyon & Rio Grande
October 12, 2013
”I visited many stunning painting locations while at the Grand Canyon South rim and Taos, New Mexico. Perfect weather, beautiful light, superb color, not too windy, and I had planned to check out of the Grand Canyon hotel Monday morning, which ended up being just twelve hours before the government shut down.
Quite possibly, I was the last artist to make a painting before they closed the gates! I was in paradise painting my heart out. And if that wasn’t enough, I was even more fortunate to get an upgrade at El Tovar on my final night, September 29th. I moved into ”The Painter’s Suite!” I had to drag myself away the next morning, well, more like noon, saying good bye to the canyon only after making one more color study of the Temple Rock area. You may like to see all five of my Grand Canyon paintings on the paintings 1 page.
Feeling very fortunate, I was on my way to Taos, New Mexico, another magical place for a painter. Two of my plein air New Mexico paintings are in the Millicent Rogers Museum with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico exhibition which, by the way instigated this entire two week dream of a painting trip. I did attend the opening reception October 4th and my good fortune continued with a ribbon on one of my paintings and a bag full of prizes!”
Kathleen Elsey painting, "Rio Grand Morning" New Mexico
Kathleen Elsey painting, "Trail's End, Rio Grande" 1999
This is one of the five paintings I made at the Grand Canyon in September 2013.
Kathleen Elsey videos— my painting process, my passion for painting
I am always learning and I enjoy sharing my thoughts, tools and techniques with you whether it be in reference to paintings or art. Select any of the thumbnails below to watch a video of each painting. The top thumbnail is a discussion about laminating canvas sheets to hardboard.
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Kathleen Elsey painting, "Valdez in the Hondo Valley," made during the painting workshop in Taos, New Mexico. This painting is inspired by the French Fauves and the New Fauves at newfauves. com.
”Valdez in the Hondo Valley”
Kathleen Elsey painting
”Rio Pueblo” in Taos, New Mexico
Kathleen Elsey painting in Taos, New Mexico before a painting workshop. "This is how I begin a painting. Map out or divide the space of the canvas, determining the composition searching forcolors and shapes.” More Kathleen Elsey paintings of New Mexico on Old & Sold Paintings page.
Kathleen Elsey painting,
painted in Taos, New Mexico
Kathleen Elsey painting, "Rio Pueblo" was made while on a painting holiday in Taos, New Mexico.
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“Sisters with Cake” 16 x 20
at Casa Exhibition March 2014
“East Beach, Hot Day with Yellow Clouds"
by Kathleen Elsey
Santa Barbara Painting Workshop ”Mountain Meadow”
Plein Air April 27, 28 & 29, 2014 details
Plein Air Painting “Flower Farm, Sonoma”
Painted in the Kathleen Elsey painting workshop "Flower Farm, Sonoma Mountain"
Kathleen Elsey paintings, “Into the Woods“ and “Come to the Table,“ at Casa
exhibition January 2014
”Sanctuary San Miguel”
by Kathleen Elsey
December 2, 2013
This painting was made on location inside of the historic Mission San Miguel. It was a rainy day and when the priest noticed ten plein air painters outside, he invited us to paint in the sanctuary (with easels and oil paint and drippy rain gear) to paint this beautiful sanctuary.
Kathleen Elsey Wins “Award of Excellence” in
Taos, New Mexico Museum October 4, 2013
Two Kathleen Elsey New Mexico paintings have been accepted for the Millicent Rogers Museum exhibition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico through November 4th, 2013.
Made in the Kathleen Elsey painting workshop, “Pilar, Summer."
Cuyahoga River with Falls
Sept. 5, 2013 “River with Falls,” Sold giclee prints available
Kathleen Elsey painting
”Sunny Beach, Yellow Umbrella”
June 25, 2013
“Sunny Beach, Yellow Umbrella,” painted in Kathleen Elsey signature colors with quirkyperspective.
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