10 February, 2009

Experimental Colors

Bright Trees Through
@ 8" x 5.5"
Pastel
Casey Klahn


These experiments are from three weeks ago. Unfortunately, that is the train of getting the picture taken, etc. I am onto some actual works now, and I did a copy of a Wolf Kahn work that I'll post soon, too. I learned so much from that copy that I'd like to share with you. I was "over the moon," as they say. And, since it can't be sold, I get another artwork for my own.

18 comments:

Miki Willa said...

These colors blow me away. I really like what you have been doing with this new choice of colors.

vyala said...

Hi Casey,
this pastel is marvellous - i really love this colour composition. The funny thing is although the colours of this landscape are totally surrealistic still the landscape seems to exist. Does this make any sense? It's just a feeling - when I look at this piece that I could find this landscape somewhere on this planet or another? An amazing effect that probably derives from the incredible luminosity of the trees that seem to be hit by bright sunlight.
Marvellous work!!
Greetings, Petra

Gesa said...

Hm, this is very intriguing. I initially took it as digital art. I am not too sure about the pale yellow, beige but it works very well as part of the palette. The composition is striking. And: I can't wait on the Wolf Kahn copy :)

TSL said...

I love these colors together. Such a great sense of tranquility. Lovely.

Loriann Signori said...

What wonderful colors Casey. And I love the way it straddles abstraction and realism. A beauty!

Jala Pfaff said...

Ooooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jala Pfaff said...

Ooooooohhhh! I love it!!! The light value and color of the second group of tree forms is so unexpected, and yet works so well.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks to all.

Petra, when one gets the values right, any color will work. Even made-up ones.

Gesa, glad you are interacting with this palette. The photo is @ 90% correct, unfortunately. The strong blues should be more intense, and the yellows should be, too.

Tina, thanks for commenting.

Casey Klahn said...

Miki, Loriann and Jala, thank you.

harrybell said...

This is quite subdued for you, Casey, but I think the composition is great. I've been looking at Wolf Kahn again, myself, so am really looking forward to seeing your copy.

Casey Klahn said...

The darn picture is keeping the intensity down. I am looking at the photo on the CRT, and then at the art on the wall, and the sky turquoise is glowing even deep in the room with only north light. I hate cameras...

I'll try to post the wk today.

Seth said...

This is beautiful. Almost dreamy in tone. And I love the composition here as well.

Jala Pfaff said...

I certainly sympathize with your being unable (even if only temporarily, in your case) to reproduce the pastel image in all its glory!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks Seth and Jala.

VJ Ryan said...

Love love LOVE this pastel. It jumped right out at me. The marks, color and composition come through beautifully.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Vicky! It means a lot to me.

Everybody go see Victoria Ryan's new blog, but take the time to follow through to her website. She has been at this a long time, and there is very much to learn and admire from her landscapes.

Look closely at her use of value and of intensity. Very few artists understand intensity the way she does. It helps to see the real painting, rather than the jpeg, though.

Pam Givens said...

These colors together really give an amazing effect...this is so difficult to do in Mosaic but really worth trying. Thank you for this experiment. Inspires me to push the boundaries myself.

Pam

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for looking here, Pam.

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