17 January, 2011

Charcoal River


Charcoal River
@9" x 14"
Charcoal, Chalk & Pastel
Casey Klahn



Charcoal, chalk and pastel on Rives BFK Heavyweight.


These tools allow me to express more than any other media.  Maybe they are the reason for the deep, dark passages in my finished pastel paintings.

14 comments:

Sonya Johnson said...

Rives BFK seems to lend itself to gestural, energetic paintings such as this (another favorite pastelist of mine - Dawn Emerson - uses it as well) - I must try it some time!

Does this post mean your feed/computer/connection woes are over? I look forward to seeing more of the paintings you've promised to post.

Art of RetroCollage said...

It is noteworthy how much depth can be shown in with essentially one color, i.e., charcoal. Amusing, too, for a website called "The Colorist." :)

Casey Klahn said...

That's a good point about the Rives paper. I also use Diane Townsend paper, which is hand applied, sanded Rives. My internet feed is still hinky, so I am putting up quick posts whenever the feed is working. New ISP guy coming Thursday, and we are going to try ground based instead of satellite service.

Eric, here's a quote I read, once. "A colorist makes his presence known even in a single charcoal drawing," Henri Matisse.

Jean Spitzer said...

Beautiful composition.

Carol Lee Beckx said...

I do enjoy the strong gestural marks - adds welcome drama to the drawing.

Laurel Daniel said...

Nice sketch!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Jean!

Hey, Carol and Laurel - two first time commenters. Thanks for reading my blog!

Celeste Bergin said...

I love the addition of the color to this predominately charcoal-y drawing/painting...it really makes it. I wonder why I have never thought of this..... That's why there is a you--to show me what I'm missing. lol

Kathy said...

This is a very strong composition, and especially striking because you didn't spend lots of time working on tiny details. Gestural work allows the viewer to use his/her imagination more.

Casey Klahn said...

I think that is a cool gray pastel stick. I lay out my drawing tools when I'm in the drawing mode, and they present themselves to me as needed. The color there is richer in person, too. You teach me, too, Celeste.

I value your comment, Kathy. Sometimes I think the gesture is hackneyed, but then I notice many don't rely on it. I wanted to be a gesture guy early on, and can't get away from it.

Maggie Latham said...

Just love this....so free...wonderful.

Casey Klahn said...

I value your comments, Maggie. Thank you very much.

Jala Pfaff said...

Awesome sketch! As well as the lovely brown-toned painting above.
I see you're back up and interneted.

Casey Klahn said...

Only just now, Jala. Ffffaaaasssst!

The guys just hooked us up. I feel a video of the easy Riders coming on, vrrroooooommm.

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