Oil Painting: GALLERY: Josh Elliott's Tone Poems


In the February 2007 issue of American Artist, we explored how oil painter Josh Elliott painted tones and designs in his landscapepaintings. Here, we offer more of Elliott's picturesque scenes, including several of what he calls his "tone poems." "The ideas behind these paintings," Elliott explains, "come from rugs, clothes, or anything with a pattern. The colors are meant to look good together without limiting the palette to just yellows or reds. So, my 'tone poems' are done with tones that I think make a nice color design." For instance, in Outside Radersburg Elliott painted the trees and grasses with autumn golds instead of spring greens. He also tends to search for scenes that are limited in color, such as in February, or crop scenes, as in Afternoon, Hyalite Creek. "There is no formula for these paintings," Elliot explains. "I use my intuition to arrange the colors as a poet arranges words."

Tone Poems




Afternoon, Hyalite Creek
2006, oil, 14 x 14. Courtesy Chaparral Fine Art, Bozeman, Montana.
October Snow
2005, oil, 9 x 12. All artwork this gallery private collection unless otherwise indicated.
Outside Radersburg
2006, oil, 12 x 24. Courtesy Chaparral Fine Art, Bozeman, Montana.




Frenchman Bay Sunset
2006, oil, 30 x 30.
Hyalite Fisherman
2006, oil, 18 x 24.
2006, oil, 18 x 36.
Other Paintings




A Glimpse of Glory, Beartooth Mountains
2006, oil, 48 x 60. Collection the artist. This painting is scheduled to be auctioned off at the C.M. Russell Auction in March 2007.
Blackfoot Summer
2006, oil, 14 x 18.
Last Light
2006, oil, 12 x 24.




Midday, Grand Canyon
2005, oil, 9 x 12.
Terry Ranch
2006, oil, 12 x 24.
Twin Bridges Evening
2006, oil, 15 x 30.


Winter Evening, Bitterroot Valley
2005, oil, 30 x 40.

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2 thoughts on “Oil Painting: GALLERY: Josh Elliott's Tone Poems

  1. Beartooth Mountains is a really master pice.I personelly uona thenk for the great work.,it is very hard to finde the word to discribe those paintings. thanks.ILIR !