18 January, 2011

Tuesday Tree

Tree Rous
3.5" x 3.75"
Charcoal & Pastel
Casey Klahn

On re-claimed la Carte.


Sonya Johnson said...

Wonderful. You are the master of the earth toned landscape, and I always admire your harmonious colors that are subtle and appear effortless in their application. I find that much more difficult with pastel than oils.

I keep working towards the goal of a looser style and less detail in my work, and yours is always inspiring towards that end.

Casey Klahn said...

I will say that attention to intensity helps with earth tones. I just read an entry by Kahn on earth tones in Italy, and since I'm doing some Italian landscapes for practice, I was inspired by that.

My hard pastels by Sakura are both intense or dull - a good assortment. And, for intense earth tones, Unisons work well. Also Diane Townsends.

Anonymous said...

Kahn was the topic of discussion at coffee this week, and I didn't know much of his work, so I came home to study it. Oh my goodness... your pastels rank way above Kahn's in my opinion.
I have decided to branch out with my pastels keeping your suggestions in mind. I only have Rembrandts, which have been great to learn with.
BTW I adore this little piece. Can't imagine working this small, but then I haven't worked smaller than a sheet of Canson. What is your reclaimed card that you are working on?

Casey Klahn said...

You are very kind, Robin. I tried a WKahn in the studio today, and it was awful.

I used Sennelier la Carte sanded card.

Maybe check out the blog pastelsblog,blogspot and see my brand reviews for pastels that I like, too.

Sara Mathewson said...

I guess I am late to the party but wanted to say welcome back1 with your PC that is:)
I love this landscape and thought it was much bigger until I saw the size. you pack a punch in a tiny landscape:)

Susan Liles said...

Love it! So simple, love the earth tones you used. I'm inspired to get out my pastels and try a landscape.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I like the simple shapes. Deceptively simple, I think, because I have to keep looking and looking again. Well done, Casey!

Celeste Bergin said...

Winston Churchill was quoted as saying (about color): "I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns"....well, he hadn't see THIS. Those are some beaaauuutiful browns.

Mindful Drawing said...

I like the charcoal river and your tree. They look solid and dreamy at the same time.

Casey Klahn said...

Hey, Sara! I was happy this morning to see, #1, my internet feed working, and #2, eight comments in my inbox. A joyful thing. Thanks for the boxing analogy - I love those. Painting is a struggle, huh?

Hi, Susan. Do get out the pastels. You will be rewarded, and somewhere a little bell will begin ringing. I appreciate every time you come here to comment.

Kvan, I am happy that you looked at it. Maybe I need to do some more small works - I have been into big, lately.

Celeste. What a high compliment. I am afraid to say you can't get these colors anymore, unless you live in a British Commonwealth or in Japan. Sakura artist's grade hard pastels.

Hi, Paula. It is a delight to have you comment.

Brenda Boylan said...

Casey, Welcome back to cyberspace!
Geesh! How DO you do it? I mean, such simplicity but with a big statement all in one tiny little format! Confidence in stroke? Yeeah, that's the ticket! Confidence.

Anonymous said...

Hi Casey!
Can you comment on 'reclaimed la carte'...how does one reclaim that?

Sorry if you already answered this in a previous post. Figured I'd ask.

Love popping in to your wonderful blog!

Casey Klahn said...

hi kim. reclaimed just means that i re-used a piece of th sennelier la carte sanded card. I have a cunning way of wiping it down, or brushing a solvent over the old pastel.

Bad internet today, folks, but the IT guys come tomorrow, i hope.

Unknown said...

This is a very intriguing design! I can see so many things in it, and - of course - I love the way you handle neutrals. The patch of blue is a great touch.

Linda Packard said...

Wonderful! I agree with the comment "solid and dreamy at the same time." I find often that the best things happen with little pieces!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you Kathy and Linda.

IT guy comes today to set up our new land-based internet. Woo Hoo. The past week and a half or so, we've had intermittent feed.

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