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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. And, my timing was impeccable. 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.
But still 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" 2013
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 painting in New York City with NAWA exhibition July 11 – August 28, 2013
My fauve painting, "Mediterranean Beach at Sunset" is on its way to New York City. As a Fauve, often I make up the colors or exaggerate the colors. This is what I love about painting. I can work fast, spontaneously while I search for colors and shapes. It is this impression of what I see and feel that I want to transform into paint.
I have been a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists for fourteen years and always enjoy the opportunities to exhibit paintings with them. NAWA was founded in 1889 by five innovative painters. At that time they called it the Women’s Art Club. In 1913 they changed the name to the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. Many recognized women artists have been associated with NAWA including Mary Cassatt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Louise Nevelson, Alice Neel, Miriam Shapiro.
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.
Kathleen Elsey painting
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.
Twelve Paintings for Creative Holiday Gift Giving
This year, give a meaningful gift to someone special. Paintings make wonderful holiday gifts for your art loving friends. Some of my favorite paintings are on sale here. Each one is hand madein the USA by this Santa Barbara Artist. I hope you find something you love. Or, let that special person chose their own special painting by giving them a gift certificate. Kathleen Elsey, Santa Barbara artist
”Sanctuary San Miguel”
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 about ten plein air painters outside, he invited us to come into the sanctuary (yes, with easels and oil paint and water buckets and drippy rain coats) to paint this beautiful sanctuary. I finished the painting after returning home to my studio.
“Award of Excellence” for Kathleen Elsey 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.
Above painting was made in the Kathleen Elsey painting workshop, "Pilar, Summer."
Cuyahoga River with Falls
Sept. 5, 2013 Kathleen Elsey painting, "River with Falls," Limited edition of ten giiclee prints available
Kathleen Elsey painting
”Sunny Beach, Yellow Umbrella,” painted in Kathleen Elsey signature bright colors and quirky perspective.
”Sunny Beach, Yellow Umbrella”
June 25, 2013
”I don’t want my paintings to be perfect replicas of the scene before me. I would rather let my emotions speak through paint.” This painting was begun as a sketch at Stinson beach and then completed in the studio.
I like to paint junk.
Join the Kathleen Elsey painting workshop in Santa Barbara in April 2014 and paint old stuff like this. I work the entire canvas at once, not getting too detailed in any one area but rather, painting big shapes of colors. I want a fresh spontaneous look to the canvas and I want to see the brushwork in parts of the finished painting.
Plein air painting can be very challenging. With the heat, the bugs, the wind, I sometimes have to work quickly to capture the essence of the scene. I try to forget what objects are before me and instead see shapes and colors and light. Stroke by stroke, I transform the shapes into paint on canvas.
If you approach your painting this way, sometimes you are done before you know it. More about Kathleen Elsey painting workshops in Santa Barbara.
Kathleen Elsey painting,
painted in Taos, New Mexico
Kathleen Elsey painting, "Rio Pueblo" was made while on a painting holiday in Taos, New Mexico. Kathleen Elsey painting workshops are offered in New Mexico, California, New York, and Ohio.
Santa Barbara painting:
”Mission Santa Barbara”
September 3, 2013
I made the Santa Barbara Mission painting ten years ago today--and it is one of my all time favorites. It was my first painting after moving to Santa Barbara from Sonoma, California. I have painted this Queen of California‘s Missions ten times - one per year and more to come.
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