13 February, 2019

Jean Puy

Naked in an armchair. 1910. Oil and pastel on paper. 23.58 inch - 31.89 inch. Jean Puy.

Jean Puy was a Fauvist and a contemporary of Henri Matisse. On Facebook, I have written a response to 4 of his pastel figure works, dated 1904-1944.

06 December, 2018

China Blue Vase

China Blue Vase with Roses. 2018. Pastel. 15.75" x 12". Casey Klahn.

19 November, 2018


19 of 200 figure drawings completed now on week two. Can he make it? 

Since beginning this series, I have adjusted the goal from 100 to 200. The idea is to ingrain the figure into my mind and hand as it once was so many years ago. The difference is, now I am informed by real models and master examples. 

See the progress at Pinterest.

shown on top:

Study for Good Hair and a Russian Bear Hat. 2018. Vine Charcoal on Brown Paper. 24" x 18". Casey Klahn.

shown on bottom: 

Vermillion & Green. After Degas. 2018. Pastel, Dry Ground & Vine Charcoal on Townsend Sanded Paper. 22" x 18". Casey Klahn.

31 October, 2018

100 Figure Drawings

New project: 100 Fine Art Nude Drawings. The concept is to do drawings rather than paintings, mostly nudes but sometimes clothed, mostly framable sizes and on excellent paper. If you know me, you know the paper is as important as the rendering in a lot of cases. Also, these will be mostly from life models, sometimes from computer fine art model sessions, and sometimes copies from masters such as Rodin, Degas, Schiele, and Klimt.

These will be rendered in graphite, or vine charcoal, or they will sometimes be counter-proofs. Sometimes I will use pastel or paint mediums.

I'll be updating the project on Pinterest and on The Colorist blog, and will only be referencing it occasionally on Face-book.

The two below are from life models.

Quartering and Facing, Arms Overhead. Female Nude. 2018. Vine Charcoal on Rust-Colored Mi-Teintes Paper. 10" x 8". Casey Klahn. $200/ Unframed.

Female Nude, Facing Sideways and Seated. 2018. Vine Charcoal and Pastel on White Heavyweight Vellum Paper. 10" x 8". Casey Klahn. $200/ Unframed.

19 August, 2018

Model S in Three Images

The Yellow Odalisque. 2018. 
15.25" x 11.5" 
Casey Klahn

S with the Stick. 2018. 
Compressed Charcoal on Ampersand Board
12" x 9" 
Casey Klahn

Reclining Nude from the Back. 2018. 
Pastel & Vine Charcoal
19" x 12.25"
Casey Klahn

31 May, 2018

Model as History

Mallory As Birgit Prestoe. 2018. Pastel. 12" x 6.5". Casey Klahn.

It's no secret how I admire Edvard Munch, of The Scream fame. His body of work is extensive, and he had a knack for the portrait in the Expressionist style. 

One of his great models was Birgit Prestoe, and in my latest portrait of model Mallory McIntosh, I am paying homage to that historic collaboration. 

I will make a side note that the antique Roche pastels used in the lay-in of this painting date from the time when Edvard Munch was in his prime. Spooky, I know. If only the tools could talk.

Edvard Munch. (1863-1944) Norwegian. 

27 May, 2018

Model in the Studio

Model in the Studio, Orange Burst. 2018. Pastel & Vine Charcoal. 8.25" x 9.25". Casey Klahn.

Mallory is posing in front of her own framed likeness, titled Orange Burst. 
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