08 June, 2010

Prairie Understory

Tangled Color
7.4" x 12"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

Here is where I'm keeping my point of view close to the ground.


Lisa McShane said...

Lovely Casey. And I love the boulder one from last week.

I just noticed that I've been blogging for exactly one year and that you were the first to comment on my new blog. Thank you! That was so kind of you and very encouraging for me.

Stan Kurth said...

Very very nice. Again, for the reasons I admire your work so much; it is the abstract quality of juxtaposition: color, shape, value and texture.

Kim Rempel said...

Fantastic Casey!!

Unknown said...

I like this viewpoint because it engages the viewer (me) and makes me feel like I'm there. It's transporting. The touches of yellow are especially effective.

bridget Hunter said...

Amazed at how large this work is considering the materials used. I love its immediacy and use of colour.

Barbara Benedetti Newton said...

I love this!

Sara Mathewson said...


This is beautiful!

i love the perspective:)


SKIZO said...



Casey Klahn said...

I love getting lots of comments. Andrew Wyeth, whose work I have begun to study, once said that if somebody gives you a negative comment, that's bad. OTOH, he also followed with: "positive comments are bad."

He never let visitors in his studio - such was his desire to be completely authentic. Here in blogland, the interaction the scheme is ordained that comments drive readership and patronage. It is a "must do," and I enjoy the feedback. But, in the spirit of A. Wyeth we must remember to keep our own counsel first.

Having said all that, i am surprised at the good reception of this one. I believe in it 110%, but I am amazed that anyone else does. There is no telling what receptions one will get, which is part of the challenge of showing one's art.

Lisa-I commented @ your blog, and congrats on the birthday!
Stan-you are very kind. We share a kinship in our love of drawing.
Kim-thanks for the enthusiasm.
Kathy-the yellow fell from the green, but was intended. Thank you for the support!
Bridget-immediacy I think comes from gesture and quick rendering. Then, I try to intuit the color more than think about it. Although, of course I do think about it!
Sara-thanks, I tried to come up with a split perspective, too. Something I have been thinking about.
Barbara-great to see you. I finally found the follow button at your blog! I look forward to seeing what is new.
SKIZO-welcome, and thanks for commenting here. Love the Dali twists in your original drawings. Very good work!

SamArtDog said...

Having recovered from yesterday's computer-fry, I return. Unfortunately, my witticisms did not survive. Suffice it to say... light only happens when it finds its target. Bullseye with that luminous pink, Casey.

Casey Klahn said...

Computers don't fry up very well, Sam. Try bacon, instead.

Thanks - the pinks/violets are fun to work.

Jala Pfaff said...

P.S. Amazing how that one spot of intense blue pulls everything together and is essential.

Jala Pfaff said...

Love it, Casey! A sense of wild tangles waiting to ensnare anyone who approaches too closely... Love the purples too.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for this, Jala. Maybe more elements are essential, eh? Or, look at this - anything extra would overcook it. As it is, the ultramarine/violet and the electric greens are the outliers, but they harmonize.

Dan Kent said...

I love the free flowing lines and colors! Very well done! This picture reminds me of sea oats - I do not know if that is what you intended or not. Excellent!

Casey Klahn said...

We have these roadside bushes in eastern WA. My father-in-law would identify all of them by Latin name, but they vary. Scrubby and they adorn road cuts a lot.

Thanks, Dan. Did anyone pick out the golden mean? Or the Fibonacci spiral?

loriann signori said...

beautiful rhythm and color...no surprise there!

Casey Klahn said...

10Q, Loriann!

Anita Stoll said...

First time on your blog, I find your sense of dearth (rhymes with earth) and by that I mean you have chosen but one clump on a vast prairie and have made it shine. Your work is exquisite as is your pallet.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Anita! Great to see you.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

You've done a great job showing the elements, the smallest bits that make up the prairie. I like it!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Katherine. I appreciate you looking in from the Inside Passage. How amazing is it that one can accomplish a mighty trip like you are, and still be connected to the net?

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