25 October, 2011

Art Is What?


Is It Art?

Wolf Kahn said, "Each painting has its own dignity, its own requirements."

"But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: 'It's clever, but is it Art?'" Rudyard Kipling.

"The air one sees in the paintings of the masters is not the air one breathes." Edgar Degas.

"Why don't you bore a hole in yourself and let the sap run out?"  Groucho Marx. 

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer.

Fauvist Forest, Casey Klahn

"To sum up, I work without a theory. I am conscious above all of the forces involved, and find myself driven forward by an idea that I can really only grasp bit by bit as it grows with the picture." Henri Matisse.

"Always do whatever's next." George Carlin.

"Information is cheap, meaning is expensive."  George Dyson.

"I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way -- things I had no words for." Georgia O’Keeffe.

"A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to." Banksy.

"Each new situation requires a new architecture." Jean Nouvel.

Pierre Bonnard said, "There is also submission to the picture."

This page, and other quotes pages, are available for free download here.

24 October, 2011

22 October, 2011

High Prairie

High Country
6" x 19.5"
Casey Klahn

This image was originally published in May.

19 October, 2011

Bill Me Now - de Kooning Retrospective


Artist Willem de Kooning's legacy is currently on display in a milestone exhibition of his works rendered over seven decades.  de Kooning, a Retrospective, is open at the Museum of Modern Art from September 18, 2011 through January 9, 2012.

Dutch-born de Kooning emigrated to America in 1926 the way he felt he had to, via stowing away on a merchant ship.  Inhabiting the kind of artist's flats in Manhattan that are part and parcel of the great romantic 20th Century American art story, the young de Kooning labored over his canvases.  The results are now part of the art history canon, and yet for me personally, WdK's art challenges me to struggle.  How can I leave well enough alone when there is more to say?

"Ambiguity prevails in an art and in an age where nothing is certain but self-consciousness." Willem DeKooning.

Shaping de Kooning's Legacy

MoMA Exhibit

New Yorker, Fresh Paint.

Shifting Picture.

Smithsonian Magazine - Willem de Kooning Still Dazzles.


13 October, 2011

Bright Trees Ker'sploshun

Bright Trees Through
@ 8" x 5.5"
Casey Klahn

There is a viral-like event going on at my new Tumblr page involving this image.  I am surprised and pleased that many bloggers at Tumblr want to feature this image.

11 October, 2011

MATISSE & PICASSO: The Titans of the Twentieth Century

Charlie Rose interviews the curators of the Matisse & Picasso exhibit that was up at the MoMA in 2003.  These videos were posted this year.

Kirk Varnedoe and John Elderfield are the curators.

10 October, 2011

Bellevue Demo Image

Hotel Sol, Italy
@7" x
Casey Klahn

This is the painting I did for the demo last week in Bellevue at Daniel Smith.

There will be two workshops next week in Bellevue, on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19th and 20th.

07 October, 2011

Upcoming Workshops


Seattle area artists who are interested in taking up pastels will enjoy my Beginning Pastels workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 19th., from 10 till 4. Bellevue Daniel Smith, 15112 N.E. 24th Street, Bellevue -(425) 643-1781. Pre-register, $75.

Those with some experience in using pastels can take an Intermediate Pastel workshop at the Bellevue Daniel Smith store on Oct. 20th., from 10 till 4. Pre-register, $80.


In November, I will be in California's Bay Area to teach the See Differently workshop.  It is in El Cerrito and is almost full.

Over the calender horizon and over the border into Canada, I have a workshop arranged at the Pastel Studio.  The date is to be announced, and because of winter weather I'm thinking of mid summer.

03 October, 2011

Demo in Bellevue on Wednesday, 10 - Noon.

Pastels are the premier way to get color down on paper with boldness and intensity. This drawing medium acts like anything you want it to – even like a painting medium if you so desire. Artist Casey Klahn will demonstrate his pastel technique, and field your questions during this two hour event.

This is a great FREE pre-view to Casey Klahn’s Pastel Workshops:Beginning Pastel on Wednesday Oct. 19th, and Intermediate Pastel on Thursday Oct. 20th, 2011.

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