17 April, 2009

Goodbye, Snow!

Primitive Road Thaw
10.5" x 15"
Casey Klahn

Hello, Spring!

This year I am doing landscapes. That's one big change for me. Also, for the very observant, my other big change is the landscape format versus the "portrait" format. Longer, instead of taller, rectangles.

Time marches on, you know.

Some news:

After several years (ten?) of doing art fairs at the pace of about four to seven a summer, I have cut back to only one for this summer. I knew my health issues and operations over the past three years were slowing me down, and that I wouldn't be making enough art to be at several shows. And, the physical requirements of
doing art fairs are significant, too.

This year, I am accepted into what is, for me, the ultimate great art fair, the Sausalito Art Festival. I have visited the fair, but until now haven't gotten "in." Peer juried, this event features artists from all over the country, and from foreign countries such as Japan, Israel, Hungary, the UK, Turkey and France. It takes place about Labor Day weekend, and Sausalito is in the San Fransisco bay area.

I did participate in another art fair in Marin County, which also provided me an introduction to the Barefoot Art Gallery in Mill Valley, where I had one of my solo shows. I love the area, and am looking forward to the event at sunny, bay side Sausalito. Where did my tuxedo go, and does it still fit me?

Is there anyone in the Marin area that wants to heft my gear and/or sell art with me in the booth? Probably my wife Lorie will be with me, but the extra help is always good to have.

Back to work for me...

A Messy Studio is a Happy Studio
Casey Klahn


Jala Pfaff said...

A messy studio is my only studio.

LOVE this new painting! Gorgeous color harmony, and that sparkly light-tan effect is really cool.

Congrats on the art show acceptance!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks kindly, Jala.

I had to bring up the lightness to get it to read correctly - I am happy it came out well on the monitor.

I forgot to mention another new thing for me this year is browns.

Deborah Paris said...

Lovely painting Casey and congrats on the Sausalito show. I think you'll do very well there.

Diary of a Madd Weekly Painter said...

Hey,love that landscape! I love pastels, I don't use them, but I love a pastel painting. I've been getting your newsletters for a while now, but this is the first time I felt compelled to comment. And yes, street festivals are killers. Have a great weekend

Casey Klahn said...

I appreciate it, Deborah! Glad you see the merit in this painting. As you can tell, I am unhappy with the photo - the "pop" that really exists in the pastel doesn't quite show.

Hey, Sue! Glad to meet you. It seems that 2 or 3 regular readers have "de-lurked: recently, and that makes me glad.
Very perceptive of you to see that The Colorist is a newsletter - exactly right.

Eden Compton Studio said...

Beautiful painting Casey! You certainly captured Spring. Congrats on getting into the Sausalito Festival!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Eden!

Patrice said...

I really like this painting.
So much energy - and an interesting palette...

Best wishes at the show - and congrats on getting in!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Patrice.

Brian McGurgan said...

This new landscape looks great, Casey - I love the color and gentle shaping of the land here. it's exciting to see brown join your palette. Congratulations on getting in to the Sausalito show.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Brian.

Especially with pastels, there are a number of full intensity browns. And I find these especially in Diane Townsends and in Unisons. I assume this is because they are natural, or unmixed, pigments.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the colors in this, Casey. Your abstract-ish landscapes look fantastic!

Casey Klahn said...

Hey, meg! I'm glad you see the abstract part!

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