26 February, 2011

Stop Thinking About It

Silver Forest & Clearing
Pastel
6 3/4 in. x 5 3/5ths in.
Casey Klahn


Stop thinking about your artwork.  This is the message I say to myself.

17 comments:

Donna T said...

Hi Casey, I am usually a lurking fan of your work but have to tell you how much I admire your abilty to simplify. You and our mutual friend Loriann have a gift! Thank you so much for the Wolf Kahn quote from the other day. I did write it down and I did put it in italics!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for surfacing today, Donna. I have to tell you that I am in the third day of emptying out an artwork, so I am suffering from the opposite of simplicity this week!

Glad you liked the Kahn quote. I am re-reading the Justin Spring monograph on Kahn, and grooving on his early works for the first time. Why did I look past them at first?

Kim said...

Yes!! When I can do that, and get into that incredible, automatic zone...it produces such good work! It's then when I stand back and think: I did that?

Celeste Bergin said...

beautiful painting....that...you....didn't.....think.....aboout!

Kathy said...

Oh ... your comment makes me laugh! My mother always used to tell me that I think too much. She still says it!! But, I can't help it and don't expect to stop. Your work is very bold ... the dominant blue sky really grabs the eye.

Kathy said...

I think I forgot to add the word verification (again!) so my comment may have been lost. I'll try again:
My mother always (and still does) told me to stop thinking so much. I can't help it and don't intend to stop. So, your comment "stop thinking about it" made me laugh! Looking at your piece, the dominant blue sky really grabs the eye.

Casey Klahn said...

I know the feeling, Kim. It is the incredible thing that I think all artists get to experience. That standing outside of oneself.

Thank you, Celeste. I am appreciative.

Hi, Kathy! They both went through. Sometimes the internet feed burps, and you think it's is your fault. Darn thing. Thank you for the story and thoughts. Listen to your mother.

Sonya Johnson said...

It does seem that the more I think about a painting, either what to choose or how to approach it, the more mechanical and forced it seems...both the process and the result.

So, we could borrow from Nike and say: "Stop thinking about and just do it!"

Love the harmonious palette in your painting.

Casey Klahn said...

Sonya - thanks.

Randall David Tipton said...

Excellent!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Randall.

Your paintings are incredible, in my opinion.

Jala Pfaff said...

Love love love love it.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank, thank, thank, thank you, Jala.

Bob said...

I love the very emotive nature of your work, I really admire your ability to minimize the distractions which leaves os much room to infuse an emotional connection to your work. It is something I am starting strive more towards but have a long ways to go. Thanks for the sharing your work with us.

Casey Klahn said...

Very kind remarks, Bob. I'm happy you are reading here.

Irina said...

The paintings like this one move my learning/feeling of painting process in the right direction. Thank you for your comments, it is feels so good to be watched by the master.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for looking here, too, Irina.

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