23 August, 2017

Pierre's Adventures



It was a delight to visit with Pierre - Yann Gaidetti in Albuquerque last June. He's the president of Savoir-Faire, the importers of Sennelier art materials.

Certainly it was also a thrill and an honor to be featured in his popular video series of artist's interviews: Pierre's Adventures. But, did I go too far in my praise of the fine pastel surface, La Carte? You decide.






28 July, 2017

For Käthe



For Käthe. 2017. Charcoal & Pastel. 18.5" x 14." Casey Klahn.


This image was a response to the tonal sketch challenge that is sponsored on the Facebook page, How To Pastel. The idea is to take a leaf from the master German artist, Käthe Kollwitz. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work in the style of one of my favorite artists.

For the set-up of this, I placed a harsh flood light clamped to my easel and pointed directly in my face. I feel that line and tone are tremendous tools, if you allow them their voice.



29 June, 2017

Pastellist Interviews

The tireless Canadian artist, Gail Sibley, who blogs at How To Pastel, has collected 19 short interviews of pastel instructors who attended the pastel convention in New Mexico earlier in June of this year. It is a treasure trove. Pour a tall cup of something to enjoy, and do go through these at your leisure. By the way, I am down the dais at video number 14, but I will also post it from You Tube below.

IAPS Interviews, 2017




12 June, 2017

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.





06 June, 2017

14 April, 2017

10 April, 2017

April. Apple.




April. 2017. Pastel, Dry Ground & Graphite (Acrylic Varnish). 6.75" x 9." Casey Klahn.



18 March, 2017

13 March, 2017

After Degas (from Memory)




The Little Sculpture, aged 14. 2017. Pastel & Dry Ground. 11" x 7.5." Casey Klahn. Memory of Degas.

08 March, 2017

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