17 May, 2011

Upcountry Companion

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By The Orange Butte
7" x 3.3"
Pastel
Casey Klahn


Here is the companion piece to yesterday's painting.  The studio is abuzz with activity.  My two grade schoolers come out and play on the computer, Lorie organizes and designs the framing for my next shows, and I *supervise*.

Yesterday, while we were looking at frames and Lorie was crunching numbers for the frame order, I took apart an old work in the frame, wiped it down, and remade it to my liking.  Wolf Kahn talks about painting as a struggle.  He says, of a painting, that it is complete "when its potential no longer  requires articulation."  Chew on that tidbit for a while.

So, Lorie comes into the room, next, and says, "quit making paintings!"  She knows we have to get ready for the shows.

16 comments:

Deborah Paris said...

Love this one Casey!

Celeste Bergin said...

LOL "quit making paintings"! that really made me laugh. Well, it is a stunner, so I am glad you made it!
That Wolf Kahn quote is too much for me right now..but if I think about it I know I will appreciate it. I like your blog so much because of how much to refer to the people who were big thinkers!

Robin said...

I love Wolf Kahn as much as I love Matisse. And I have a very new found love for pastels, glad I can learn more from your blog.

Mary Zeran said...

I have a "Lorie" too! He is my Mr. and my editor. Many times I have read something that I have released for public consumption and thought "what the?". When I complain to Mr. Editor, he always says "did you run it past me? Where was the editor in this?". God love our staff!
Nice tidbit too!

loriann said...

Love these last two paintings!!! How exciting! ALways love a WK quote!

Donna T said...

These last two paintings must look stunning side by side. I hope some lucky person buys the pair (wish it was me.) I can never get enough Kahn-isms ... keep them coming!

Jala Pfaff said...

Love this one, its simplicity and bold statement composition- and value-wise, but subtle gentle colors. Bravo! The two paintings must be stunning together. I like the WK quote. I agree.

Chris Bolmeier said...

Casey, Your paintings are beautiful! I can't express how exciting it is to see the goodies coming to my inbox almost every day. Thank you! I love your colors, they're lovely. Lots of great information on your blog.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Deborah. As always, I value your input.

Celeste. After your coffee, the WK quotes come into focus. Thanks for the compliment, too.

Robin, we share the same tastes.

Casey Klahn said...

Mary, I worked my staff hard in the studio this evening, designing and recording frame orders. Now, I'm wiped out, too. I also did several things at the easel, including a start on a Degas copy, and some artwork re-dos.. What a long day!

Casey Klahn said...

Donna, they will be framed soon, and I'll see how they look together. Thanks for the good vibes.

Loriann, thanks for the comments!!

Casey Klahn said...

Jala, thanks for looking closely.

Chris, I appreciate your reading faithfully.

Carrie H. said...

Framing...........
Now the fun stops - for a little while.

Casey Klahn said...

It is a drudgery, but I try to make it fun. And, the result is I get to see what the art looks like framed.

SippicanCottage said...

This is like a shot of visual espresso.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Gregory. Or, maybe a Bloody Mary? Gotta work on that...

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