13 July, 2016

12 July, 2016

21 June, 2016

The Painter

The Painter. 2016. Pastel, Oil, Dry Ground & Charcoal on Vellum. 10.5" x 8.25." Casey Klahn.

10 June, 2016

My Father Used To Say

Self Portrait in Hell, with Vermilion. 2016. Pastel, Oil, Charcoal & Dry Ground. 12.3" x 10." Casey Klahn.

My father used to say, "well I'll be go to hell!" I hope he was only kidding. For you grammar teachers out there, he did not pause after "well." 

This work favors the inimitable Edvard Munch, who did a self portrait in hell. I'm trying to keep the Expressionist fires going.

02 June, 2016

Back Door Italy

By the Back Wall, There is a Cellar Door. 2016. Pastel & Graphite. 16.5" x 10.25." Casey Klahn. Italy.

26 May, 2016

Self Portrait

Untitled. 2016. Pastel, Graphite & Dry Ground. 13.9" x 13.25." Casey Klahn. The artist at age 57. This is the informal photo.

17 May, 2016

The Look

Self with The Look. 2016. Pastel, Oil & Graphite. 12.5" x 13." Casey Klahn.

25 April, 2016

The Gothic. 2016.

It's been a year or so that I've been painting portraits, and here are some personal comments on them. The main idea is to be different each time. This woman is called "The Gothic," because of my observations of frescos in Italy last year. A fresco is a work on plaster, and my desire is to have the muted tones, and the textures, show. Also, the Gothic Era was a particularly spiritual one, and "perspective" was more akin to what the Modernists later wanted to show. This "sign" says that; there is an expression revealed. I notice the colors are muted, but the blue on red treatment reminds me of a celluloid flash from the end of a film reel.

The Gothic. 2016. Pastel, Oil, Charcoal, Dry Ground & Graphite. 16.5" x 13.2." Casey Klahn.

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