31 December, 2011

Happy New Year - 2012!

My well wishes go out to all of the readers of The Colorist!

This holiday, I probably won't do the popular Top Ten post, but there is a new one waiting in the wings!  I will point out the hot blogs and the blogs that roared!  Stay tuned, please!

30 December, 2011

2011 - The Blog and Art Year in Review


The Year 2011, In Review

All choices made here are based upon my own opinions, and not upon readership or statistics.

My Top Six Paintings Posted in 2011.

Dusk With Orange
@ 5" x 7"
Casey Klahn

Shadow River
11" x 19"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

The Rain, the Light & the River
11.75" x 18.25"
Casey Klahn

Orchard Grass
5" x 6.5"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

Fauvist Forest
12.3" x 10.75"
Casey Klahn

Green Tree
6" x 4"
Casey Klahn

My Top Six Posts.

Do You Mind?
101 Artist's Blog Topics
Summer 2011 ( My 1,000th. Post!)
Leonardo The News Hound
Potty Talk - Marcel Duchamp's (ahem) Art
Colorist Methods - My Thoughts On The Subject Of Color

My Top Six Art Events.

Oakland Workshop
Battleground Workshop
Participated as a Jurist in Sausalito
Sausalito Art Festival
SFMOMA Visit to See Matisse
Online Sale

Finished Practice

Practice:  Head Facing Right
14" x 13
Charcoal, Pastel & White Chalk on Drawing Paper
Casey Klahn

28 December, 2011

Charcoal and White Chalk

WIP - Facing Right
@14' x 15" 
Charcoal & White Chalk on Drawing Paper
Casey Klahn

For a hobby, I am re-learning the figure and the head from various sources, such as instructional books and You Tube videos.  Before I took up the landscape, this was all I did on an amateur basis.  It is crazy how much I have lost over time, and it makes the road back a little bumpy. But, fun.

24 December, 2011

In a manger for His bed

For He is our childhood's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad. 

21 December, 2011

The Hundreds

Lists are fun when the topics are fun.  Here are the hundreds lists from The Colorist.  101Blog Topics and 100 Things.

Enjoy your holidays!

17 December, 2011

Green Tree

Green Tree
6" x 4"
Casey Klahn

$150, unframed

Direct Color

Direct Color
8" x 10"
Casey Klahn

$300 SOLD

Italian Scene Unframed

Hotel Sol, Italy
7" x 6.5"
Casey Klahn

This original pastel is also available, but I want you to note that it is a custom size.

Field Reflections

Field Reflections
4" x 6"
Casey Klahn

Unframed: $100
plus tax.

Yesterday was our birthday at The Colorist!  I wrote you readers a letter.

Here is another unframed work that is available:  Remnant Snow.  For all inquiries, write me an e-mail with the subject line Purchase.  Thank you.

16 December, 2011

Five Years of The Colorist

Five-Year Letter.  Click twice to read.

Kind Readers,

Today marks five years of this blog!  Thank you to the smart readers who have participated in this blog about art and art topics.

In this time, The Colorist has published 1,063 posts.  Artist's blogs don't get the huge audience of many blog genres, but we are happy for what we do receive in the form of an audience.  The audience here includes artists, art patrons and university students throughout the world.  Statistically speaking, there have been about a half a million visits here since 2007, when this all got started.  Daily visits range from 250 to almost 600 hits.

Readers come here looking for Jackson Pollock and his masterwork, Galaxy.  They seek news about the recently attributed painting, Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci.  They are directed here by following links from other kind bloggers, among them Pin Tangle and Loriann Signori.

Of course, numbers at an artist blog are not very big as far as the broader world of the internet is concerned.  Perhaps it is the depth of images, writing, conversations and ideas that attract visitors.  Content is always cited as the key to successful blogging, and I try to follow that advice.

Very popular features at The Colorist are the Top Ten posts by artist bloggers, awarded at the end of each year.  Quotes posts and the 101 Blog Topics were also well received.

Thanks again to the readers of The Colorist for five stimulating and fun years.  The future will carry more art, interests and interaction and I look forward to it with excitement.

15 December, 2011

Now, Unframed Works

Some Unframed Pastels Seen "Fitted" But Not Assembled

Stop Me Before I Frame This Pastel!

Remnant Snow
5" x 7"
Casey Klahn


Here is one of the few times I have ever offered a pastel, unframed. 

To make a purchase inquiry, follow these instructions, or get me on Facebook.

The updated list of available works will be posted at caseyklahn.blogspot.com.

Some Snow 2011

14 December, 2011

Works Still Available This Season

Public Utility Road
6.25" x 9.5"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

plus tax & shipping 

Today begins the posting of the few works still available in my studio.  To make a purchase inquiry, follow these instructions, or get me on Facebook.

The updated list of available works will be posted at caseyklahn.blogspot.com.

11 December, 2011

Miserere mei, Deus

An itty-bitty pastel trims the tree.

Follows is a heartfelt prayer and carol as only the high church can perform.  I don't belong to the high church, and am a middle to low church kind of guy.  But, there is no replacing the beauty of the seasonal carols sung by a proper choir.

10 December, 2011

Music as Art - Bob Dylan & Tom Petty

These are how YouTube videos would've been like in the 60's if we had them then.  Or, maybe I mean the 80s.  Whatever.  

You know I love Bob, and see him as the fine artist of music.  I actually saw this concert at the Tacoma Dome, and the music mixing was tremendous.  TP&TH were excellent at creating that wall of rock sound fans love.

I wanted to post these before somebody decides they need to come down at YOUTUBE.  Enjoy.

08 December, 2011

Pastels Blog Now Pastel Workshop

Breaking News.

My long-established blog, Pastel, is now Pastel Workshop.  I will continue to post about the pastel medium, but you will now also find art instruction and workshop materiel at this feature blog.

Pastel Workshop blog.

07 December, 2011

The Art of the Landscape

Screenshot of TAOTL blog by Katherine Tyrrell

It is lovely to get one's artwork shown at various websites outside of the blog.  Here is my pastel, Remnant Snow, at Katherine Tyrrell's The Art of the Landscape.  Recently, she gave exposure to various artist bloggers who have done autumn images, and now is making a showcase for winter images.  I rarely do snow scenes, so felt pleased to submit Remnant Snow.

Katherine's well-known blog is Making a Mark.

We now inhabit a cyberspace where your artist blog is not the only way to get your artwork out.  There is a constellation of online venues, and it pays, I think, to spread your cyber bits around.  My advice is to study and discern which internet venues will provide the most appealing space for your art.

Remnant Snow also appears on Facebook, here, and on Tumblr.

06 December, 2011

New School Color

There are enough inquiries about potential workshops that I need to re-tool my studio and, at least for this week, give more focus to the desktops than the easels.  I have to buff up my workshop lesson plans, and create some flyers and press releases to give you a better idea of what I will be doing.  Preview:  I will be offering a workshop soon in New Jersey, and there is talk of teaching a workshop in Germany.  I may also be doing one in eastern Canada, but the scheduling on all of these is not established.

Looks like this workshop thing is catching fire, and maybe one will be coming to your area in the near future.

Workshop page.

02 December, 2011

Reception Tonight - Spokane

There are fifteen pastel landscapes hanging downtown throughout this month, and the reception is tonight, 6-9 PM, at the Arbor Crest Tasting Room at River Park Square (third level).  Come and enjoy First Friday downtown:  lights, shopping, wine tasting, Santa, and fine art.

Arbor Crest.

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