08 July, 2010

White Bunkhouse

White Bunkhouse
8.75" x 9.5"
Pastel
Casey Klahn
Nikon D-80


I seem to be doing about one building a year, and here is this year's.  This out-building is part of a neighbor's farm, and used to be the bunkhouse, I think.  

The fuel  tank I used in another picture a couple of years ago, but this is the actual scene as it appears in life.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it! Once again, truly a work about color--and drawing and design.

Sonya Johnson said...

This is so vibrant! To use a tired cliche that is nonetheless apropos, I love how you think out of the box as far as color goes. I wish I could shortcut getting to that point with my own work, but in the meantime, I'll keep being inspired by others that can.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Anon!

Kind words, Sonya! I would advise that one way to get out of the color box would be to forget about all local color. Put down any color but the real one. See how that works.

Also, pick a triad of colors and use those instead of a local color as the starting point.

SamArtDog said...

Interesting cool reds in the back and hot ones up front. Also, great abstraction. Very exciting!

Thanks for the tip about triads. I'm curious; what's yours for this one? Red, green and ?

Casey Klahn said...

10Q, Sam. I would evaluate the image this way: it is flat, but not completely so. An homage to Matisse and the Modernists (but drives my wife crazy - she can't understand why I like to flatten perspective). Hey, it's visual art.

True about the temperatures, but look at the intensity/lack thereof. Also, the pink/green high key in the front, vs the lower key red/blue wall in the back (that is a road cut on highway 2),

I guess I see cobalt blue and red/orange and pink, and green. And some neutrals. The green is olive colors in varying degrees of intensity and value.

First hue, then value/intensity together. Then, temperature, maybe.

Irina said...

Great reds, I like it very much. And great color manual in the comments:-).

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Irina.

I appreciate your reading my poorly built sentences. I should remember my international audience and clean up the punctuation and grammar!

Barbara said...

Wow Casey. Love all that color!

Sara Mathewson said...

i like this Casey!
Of course love the colors but it is a departure from your usual and refreshing:)

Don't take that to mean I'm tired of your paintings as I love them very much. I am learning so much from you!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for looking and commenting, Barbara and Sara.

last year I had less colorist works - I am working that out this year and happy about it.

Celeste Bergin said...

Cheerful and lonely at the same time..it is like someone who is comfortable with themselves and who doesn't need company. I love the design and color.

Casey Klahn said...

You should see the Heins' farm where I drew this. It is unusually aesthetic - a real treasure trove. Thanks, Celeste.

I painted an on sight view of the whole farm and gave it to the owners, who have helped me so many times.

Casey Klahn said...

This in from Angela Taylor:

Can't leave a comment on your blog.It won't let me see the letters to put in so I'll leave a comment here. Great work Casey! I love it!

Cynnie said...

What color!!! I just found your blog...love it...just subscribed :)
www.galerie46.blogspot.com

Casey Klahn said...

Good to meet you, Cynnie, and thanks for reading. Hi, Angela!

Jala Pfaff said...

Hot reds, red hot.

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