19 May, 2011

New Image - Hoquiam River

Tree River
14.6" x 19"
Pastel
Casey Klahn


28 comments:

Sonya Johnson said...

This is really beautiful, Casey. I love the little dashes of dark blue you've incorporated throughout - they invite the eye to move around like it's on a treasure hunt of sorts. Really wonderful effect.

Love the colors and textures you've used in the river, too!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Well this one called from the blogroll! What a powerful image.

William Cook said...

HiC --That is one swollen river. A mid spring concern out your way no doubt? Lot's of energy in that water--lots of relief in that sky. A fine effort! Wm

Cindy Michaud said...

The trees are like a beautiful fabric print....love them.

SamArtDog said...

High water, Casey? It's a wet world out there this spring. Love the sparkle in this.
2 questions:
What paper and what color?
Did you underpaint? With what?

Casey Klahn said...

Sam. This is actually the Little Hoquiam River, which is like many coastal rivers affected by the tides. When the tide is high, it may look swollen. When it's low, the banks are wet, brown muck.

My wife commented that it looks like the water is flowing off the back side down a fall or something. I never thought of that. I only thought that I didn't want a dark color at the edge.

It is La Carte paper, in dark brown, I think. Sometimes they call it Brown Earth. There was no underpainting, but I probably wiped down some areas.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Sonya! There are a lot of active marks, especially verticals. I must have wanted to counteract the horizontal nature of the opening and the subject.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for looking in from London, Katherine!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Bill! It seems to be raining, even when it isn't.

Casey Klahn said...

That's an interesting thought, Cindy. I like it.

Donna T said...

Those are honest trees, Casey: lots of stuff hanging down from them and very untamed looking. They make the wild moving water look wilder!

Casey Klahn said...

Donna - yeah, the moss grows on the north, south, east and west there. Did I mention it's wet there?

Debora L. Stewart said...

I"m loving this one and the vertical marks in the water. Great.

Sara Mathewson said...

Love this Casey!

Casey Klahn said...

Deborah and Sara, thanks.

Celeste Bergin said...

this looks so good ...great design!

Takeyce Walter said...

Wow, Casey. Love the way the river dances in this one. The light is absolutely beautiful!

Irina said...

Aaahh! (It is the sound of admiration in Russian)).
Amazing.

Stinson Fine Art said...

beautifully rendered!

Lisa McShane said...

Very nice Casey. I really like this one.

Casey Klahn said...

Celeste, John, Takeyce, Irina, Lisa:

Thanks from the heart.

jmulloy said...

Few images pierce the heavy curtain of my grief. This one augers into that part of me, letting in a glimpse of that NW beauty lovingly rendered by a native. Thanks Casey

Casey Klahn said...

John, you know you are getting into some of the deeper meanings, here. The melancholy of NW light (of which there isn't much to go around, esp. in Hoq.) is what I want to depict, and I want a guy to see fifty years of rain, but have hope for tomorrow.

We'll make this one for Danny.

jmulloy said...

trees appear as sentinals

Adam Cope said...

like :-)

nice to see you going large, Casey

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, again, John. Very cool to see you here.

Adam, I did produce somewhat larger works this year, and only now have the pics. More on the way.

Carrie H. said...

I love those big ragged tree shapes and all the stuff happening within them; their spacing, their scale.
I'm going to have to study how to get this in watercolor.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Carrie. One trick for me with trees is that I work hard to not make a tree shape. I just make a shape.

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