24 December, 2017

Please Have a Merry Christmas

Enjoy this season. The song O Holy Night, written by the French Maestro, Adolphe Adam, celebrates with proper glory the birth of Christ, The Savior. I wasn't moved to post a video with 2 old guys in tuxedos, but the children's choir was just the right touch. Well, I really do enjoy Pavarotti's pipes - he's a singer's singer, to my layman's mind. 

Best Wishes this holiday season, and Merry Christmas. 

Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo - O Holy Night / Cantique De Noel (Christmas-Vienna 1999).

17 November, 2017

Studio Tour

This video was made for Instagram, so I'm running to get it all in! I like Blogger much better, but when in Rome...

10 November, 2017

Is There Room in Your Heart?

I don't know it there's any room in your heart for awe. This video is a litmus test for you.   

02 November, 2017

Le Rêve

Le Rêve. 2017. Pastel, Dry Ground & Vine Charcoal. 12.1" x 19." Casey Klahn.

10 October, 2017

Selling the Savior of the World

The Salvator Mundi.

"Discovering a new da Vinci is...like discovering a new planet," says Alistair Cooke.

Indeed it is. I have personally viewed two and a half of Leonardo's paintings, and The Gates Codex. They are, Ginevra de' Benci, in Washington DC, The Benois Madonna, and The Litta Madonna, in Russia. The latter is thought to be by a talented artist and student of da Vinci's. My own opinion is it lacks the requisite grace of a Leonardo. On the positive side, what I have seen of da Vinci's work convinces me that he was more than the Renaissance master of canonical proportions and style. He was truly an artist's artist. 

Going into what is a little bit of a soft market for art, the auction house Christie's expects a hundred million dollar sale of the painting of the world's most revered individual, by the world's most noted artist.

My previous posts on Leonardo da Vinci, which are a great reference source for art students: Spotlight on Leonardo.

23 August, 2017

Pierre's Adventures

It was a delight to visit with Pierre - Yann Gaidetti in Albuquerque last June. He's the president of Savoir-Faire, the importers of Sennelier art materials.

Certainly it was also a thrill and an honor to be featured in his popular video series of artist's interviews: Pierre's Adventures. But, did I go too far in my praise of the fine pastel surface, La Carte? You decide.

28 July, 2017

For Käthe

For Käthe. 2017. Charcoal & Pastel. 18.5" x 14." Casey Klahn.

This image was a response to the tonal sketch challenge that is sponsored on the Facebook page, How To Pastel. The idea is to take a leaf from the master German artist, Käthe Kollwitz. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work in the style of one of my favorite artists.

For the set-up of this, I placed a harsh flood light clamped to my easel and pointed directly in my face. I feel that line and tone are tremendous tools, if you allow them their voice.

29 June, 2017

Pastellist Interviews

The tireless Canadian artist, Gail Sibley, who blogs at How To Pastel, has collected 19 short interviews of pastel instructors who attended the pastel convention in New Mexico earlier in June of this year. It is a treasure trove. Pour a tall cup of something to enjoy, and do go through these at your leisure. By the way, I am down the dais at video number 14, but I will also post it from You Tube below.

IAPS Interviews, 2017

12 June, 2017

Colors Have a Beauty of Their Own Which Must Be Preserved

Interior. 2016. Pastel, Graphite, Dry Ground & Oil. 18" x 14." Casey Klahn.

Colors have a beauty of their own, which must be preserved.
Henri Matisse.

06 June, 2017

Abstract Expressionism, Art Criticism, Artists, Colorist Art, Drawing, History, Impressionism, Modern Art, Painting, Pastel, Post Impressionism