26 July, 2015

No Internet? Paint Lots!

Very recent paintings. That I am doing portraits is news to me! I don't plan ahead.

17 July, 2015

Internet, Shminternet

How important is your ISP (internet service provider)? I am finding out as I suffer from the loss of mine. My home without internet? I feel "homeless!"

The Colorist should be back up soon, dear readers. Thanks for your visits.

Meanwhile, here is some art and a silly shopped pic of moi.

29 May, 2015

Blue Nude

Biskra Blue Nude. 2015. Pastel, Charcoal & Graphite. 17" x 14.75." Casey Klahn.

Sketch, White Nude on Blue. 2015. Graphite & Pastel. @6." Casey Klahn.

Blue Nude. Digital Drawing. Large. Casey Klahn.

My inspiration for the blue nudes originates with the 1907 work of the same subject by Henri Matisse, shown below. A disrobed woman in Algeria was his model, and the painting reflects his search for new imagery in north Africa. 

Matisse, in Biskra, Algeria: "I went from one surprise to the next - without being able to tell if my amazement came from the vastness of the country, or the new types of human being I was seeing, or from purely pictorial emotions."

A conversation between Picasso and Walter Pach, while viewing Matisse's Blue Nude: "Does that interest you?" asked Picasso. "In a way, yes...it interests me like a blow between the eyes. I don't know what he is thinking." "Neither do I," said Picasso. "If he wants to make a woman, let him make a woman. If he wants to make a design, let him make a design. This is between the two."

Late in his life, in 1952, Matisse revisited the Blue Nude title with his series of famous cut-outs. 

Henri Matisse, 1907, Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra), Nu bleu: Souvenir de Biskra, oil on canvas, 92.1 x 140.3 cm (36 1/4 x 55 1/4 in.), Cone collection, Baltimore Museum of Art.

26 May, 2015

Good Morning 99

This Day as Memory. 2015. Pastel, Oil, Graphite. 16" x 15." Casey Klahn.

This is #99/100 of my 100 Lives project.

18 May, 2015


Hush Your Mouth and Hold Your Breath. 2015. Pastel on Paper. 11.5" x 9." Casey Klahn.

05 May, 2015

No Discord

Colors as Pickets Bouquet. 2015. Pastel. @18" x 13." Casey Klahn.

02 May, 2015

Life Painting

Wanda. 2015. Pastel, Conté Crayon, Charcoal & Graphite.12" x 8.5." All rag brown Stonehenge vellum. Casey Klahn.

27 April, 2015

Sean Scully on Henri Matisse

Moroccan Paintings by Henri Matisse at The State Hermitage Museum, Russia.
Photo: Casey Klahn.

Moroccan Cafe. 1912-13.
o/c, 176x210 cm
Henri Matisse
Four Dimensions

This older, 40 minute video of Sean Scully's commentary on Henri Matisse is well worth seeing. His particular understanding of Matisse's time in Morocco provided brilliant insights for me. I have always been challenged by the paintings done in the North African country, such as Moroccan Café, which Scully takes apart in this video. Remember that Matisse's Blue Nudes were all generated by his North African experiences. Enjoy.


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