14 November, 2016

Colors Have a Beauty of Their Own Which Must Be Preserved

Interior. 2016. Pastel, Graphite, Dry Ground & Oil. 18" x 14." Casey Klahn.

Colors have a beauty of their own, which must be preserved.
Henri Matisse.

11 November, 2016

Severe Light

Hard Very Severe. 2016. 
Pastel, Oil & Chalk 
16" x 9.75" 
Casey Klahn

29 October, 2016

Snapshots from My October Workshops

Shown from the top are: New Mexico, Provincetown and Cape Cod, a sketch from Boston, and Freeport, Maine.

I'm always too busy teaching to stop and take a photo of the class. I rely on students sending their pics, so if you can, please send me some and I'll post them.

20 October, 2016

When Bloggers Meet - Thug Life version

Casey and Sippi. Meeting Sippican Cottage in the Intertunnel. 

Sometimes, there's a Blogger. A Blogger whose words you cannot ignore. A Blogger of Bloggers! A man whose wordsmith chops are unparalleled. 

Bloggering is a lonely avocation; you find yourself wondering whether anyone other than robots read your heart and soul thrown-up against the wall. 

If you are one of the cool kids who've read the guy pictured to my left above, then you will be as thrilled as me to know he's a real guy. Yessir - no bot is he. He's an authentic human, and as a matter of fact he's a whole family of authentics: man, wife, 2 sons and one fiancee for wonderful measure.

Last week I met none other than the famous Sippican Cottage! The best blogger of all time, and that includes the Ancient Near Eastern and Classic eras. It includes the Golden Era, the Cinematic Era, and the Yogi Berra Era. 

Although we did have to meet in a red cavern in the intertunnel, we did manage to pull it off. An actual when bloggers meet meet-up! Sippi insisted on a disguise in the photo; he actually wears a cowboy hat. 

Sippican Cottage has, in my estimate, civilized the blogger world and made our days in the unterorb meaner and palatable. If none of that last sentence makes any sense to you, then I suggest you read Sipp's award-winning blog, Sippican Cottage. The rewards will be self evident. Also, drop my name when you get there. He seems to know who I am, too. 

Sipp and family: meeting up in deepest Maine was a highlight of my days, and my hope is that we'll keep in touch. I hear they have comment sections on Blogger.

04 October, 2016

12 September, 2016

New Mexico Late October

Albuquerque: Reserve today - Spots still available.
Spend 3-days learning from our National Show Judge.

PSNM: Casey is a dynamic artist who will challenge you and provide thought-provoking information you can incorporate into your own work.

“Casey Klahn’s workshops open your eyes to newways of thinking about the elements of painting. He’s not a techniques man. He’s a concepts man. If youwant a good challenge to bring freshness and verve to your work, Casey will not disappoint.” 

Pastel Society of America (PSA) Board of Governors, Arlene Richmond.

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23 August, 2016


M. Cézanne. 2016. Pastel, Dry Ground & Graphite. 9.5" x 9." Casey Klahn.

16 August, 2016

Room to Breathe.

Morning Forest. 2015-16. Pastel, Oil & Graphite. 14" x 11." Shown with mat. Casey Klahn.

04 August, 2016

Dream Workshops!

I have to pinch myself at the prospects of the workshops that are coming up. Croatia! New Mexico! A demo at IAPS! Also, I am in the planning stages for Indiana, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City. Planning is going out to 2018.

First, let's talk about the beautiful European gem, Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea. Instructors Ellen Eagle, Karen Margulis and others have reported wonderful experiences and I feel we're in for a treat when we go there in June, 2017. 

Croatia and its setting in Europe.

Porec and Villa Gloria, in Istria, are the popular travel spots where we will be for 10 days. Our host is Mario Vukelic, who publishes the blog, Pastel News.

Pastel Workshops in Istria. Aria Workshops.

Porec looks like maybe 40 plus miles from Venice, as the crow flies. Or the dolphin swims. Or - you get the idea.

Remember I mentioned that Georgian artist Karen Margulis just returned from Croatia? Here is her recent post reviewing her workshop and the trip. Warning! If you are on the fence about coming, this will seal your decision. It is a truly beautiful workshop locale, with great accommodations.

A Week in Croatia.

Mario Vukelic and Karen Margulis and her artists in Croatia. Can you say: "Wow?" 

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