18 May, 2009

The River Bend in Half Light



Half Light River
@6" x 12"
Pastel
Casey Klahn
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"I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it cost." Henri Matisse

14 comments:

Miki Willa said...

Great muted colors. The river shows the calm of an early morning or just at dusk. Really nice painting.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Miki!

Petra Voegtle said...

Like this painting very much Casey - it seems to be so simple but that is not the case - just like in the quote. Very well realized!

Deborah Paris said...

Another beauty! I love this series and your interpretations of the river- bravo!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks very much, Deborah. I'm happy you like these.

Petra, thanks for reading closely - I appreciate it.

Watercolorist said...

You have created a mood with the colors - you can feel the light fading away.
Jean

Casey Klahn said...

Great to meet you, Jean. I'll be at the Sausalito Art Festival in Sept.- I hope you'll say hi.

Jeanette said...

This is beautiful. I love the blocks of colour and how they work so well to provide the image.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Jeanette! The blocks-of-color thing will be present in a lot of these water pictures, now. A cool way to do abstracts, I feel.

Jala Pfaff said...

Oh... took my breath away.

Jala Pfaff said...

P.S. Do you work on different colored surfaces depending on the subject, or do you tend to stick to a certain color surface that you use regardless of subject matter?

Casey Klahn said...

Jala, the La Carte Sienna (a middle brown) is my mainstay. I vary sometimes to the dark gray or the antique white, which cover darker or lighter. For a warm dark paper, i use the dark brown.

Also, if I want detail, or a particular under painting, or pure white, I use Kitty Wallis' paper.

For abstracts, I can't do better than Diane Townsends's paper. It allows for better erasing and rubbing.

Thanks for the question.

loriann said...

Casey, Your recent work has been awesome....what beautiful, bold, yet emotional work. I love them all water dance, naked tree and this one!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Loriann!

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