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. 

25 April, 2018

Seated Nude


Seated Pose. Foot. 2018. Counter Proof Highlighted with Pastel and Charcoal on Revere 300# Paper. 22" x 18." Casey Klahn.

22 April, 2018

Drawing Degas









Here is the trailer for my video featuring a large scale easel drawing. That longer video is available to my Patreon subscribers. It is a full start-to-finish of a 3 foot by 2 foot vine charcoal drawing where I respond to one of Degas' bather figurines.

As a result of seeing the Edgar Degas, A Passion for Perfection exhibit in Denver, I am on fire to adopt some of his techniques and moves. One thing I took away from his pastels was that I have been working too hard! What I mean is his shorthand for skin tones with pastels was earthshaking for me. 





Details of Edgar Degas pastels showing technique.


Your hand knows how to draw. Get out of the way and watch the magic.




29 March, 2018

The Mods



From the top left:
Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo, 
Francis Bacon, Maurice de Vlaminck, Pablo Picasso,
Helen Frankenthaler, Marcel Duchamp, Mark Rothko,
Edvard Munch, Amedeo Modigliani, Sonia Delaunay.

16 February, 2018

Flowers Video

Enjoy this demo of my recent floral work, Flowers for February.


08 February, 2018

Glamour Portrait



Glamour & Light. After Degas. 2018. Pastel on Paper. 19.75" x 16." Casey Klahn.


A painting of a model in my studio.

06 February, 2018

Mallory in a Red Coat



Mallory in a Red Coat. 2018. Pastel & Oil. 24.5" x 18.5." Casey Klahn.


Full sheet studio work, with model Mallory McIntosh.

05 February, 2018

Studio Session, The Cocktail Dress



Cocktail Dress. 2018. Pastel. 14" x 13.75." Casey Klahn.


I retooled my studio to allow me to have models come to pose. This is the first work, with Mallory, in her black cocktail dress. Her talent is extraordinary, and she's very pretty, as well. 

Please return for the next few paintings I do of her. 
Abstract Expressionism, Art Criticism, Artists, Colorist Art, Drawing, History, Impressionism, Modern Art, Painting, Pastel, Post Impressionism