31 December, 2010

Top Ten Posts on Artist's Blogs - 2010

Who put the best posts on an artist's blog this year?  The following ten caught my interest, and this is the post where I remember them for their excellence in blogging.  There are no repeat artists from previous years, although I have to note that Claudia Hajian, Museworthy, and Gregory Sullivan, Sippican Cottage, whose blogs won this award in the past, continue to bring forth superior blog posts on a regular basis.

See the Top Ten, 2008 and Top Ten, 2009.

Award winners are welcome to copy and paste the award jpeg on their blog. No attribution is necessary.

Here are my choices for the year 2010, Top Ten Art Blog Posts.

Delta Towns
July 22, 2010
Studio Notes, Terry Miura

A painting trip through rural and small town California.  Oil paintings, summer heat and tonal poetry.

Black Painting#7, 
2010, 20x28, 
Oil on Gessoed Paper
Tracy Helgeson
February 10, 2010
Works by Tracy Helgeson, Tracy Helgeson

Tracy goes to the Vermont Studio Center Residency in the wintertime and paints like a hermit.  She gets in artistic trouble, paints her way out and makes the brilliant.  This post is an in-studio look at The Black Paintings.

May 10, 2010
Stapleton Kearns, Stapleton Kearns

"Ask Stape," is the tag line that Stapleton Kearns uses at his blog. In his own words, "I present some essays on painting, art, and hopefully amuse you some at the same time." More than that, this artist's blog is one of the best teaching blogs out there. Stapleton also received the Making a Mark Award: The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal for being an all-around great resource to artists who blog.

Who's Made A Mark This Week
17th. October, 2010
Making a Mark, Katherine Tyrrell

Every week I look forward to Katherine's report of what has happened in the art world, and on art blogs all over the world.  Her posts tell about important and interesting exhibits, especially those in her home city of London.  Also, she looks at what has been posted on artist's blogs, what's up in the art economy, and on the internet of particular interest to artists, arts professionals and collectors.

The Red Studio
o/c, 181 x 219.1 cm
Henri Matisse

Mattise Works Red (the briefest of fiction)
March 12, 2010
Aesthetic Work, Kelly E. Marszycki

Prose from artist Kelly Marszycki, and an hommage to Matisse in a red theme..  Savor this.

     "I cannot breathe. I feel myself drowning in this desire to create something..."

Woman reading, "Illustre" after Edouard Manet
2010, Oil on 12 x 12 stretched canvas.
Celeste Bergin

Painting over an old painting...again
August 22, 2010
Celeste Bergin, Painter, Celeste Bergin

Celeste is a powerhouse of an artist who lives in Portland, Oregon.  She is great at posting daily, and her process is what it's all about.  She portrays the fun that she has living the artist's life.  I had the pleasure of meeting her in August when I made a road trip to California.

"Painting with black is delicious fun."

May 18, 2010
Art and Music,
Katherine van Schoonhoven

This year I noticed more posts by artist bloggers written as a series.  First up is Katherine van Schoonhoven.    Katherine took a sailboat trip to Alaska via the Inside Passage, and live blogged the whole thing!  That has to be the greatest adventure posted this year, and her paintings, journal sketches and notes are a must see.  I chose one post as representative of her live-blogging series.

Eva im Bad (IV)
2010, Pastel 
© Astrid Volquardsen

Demo With Margaret Dyer
May 31, 2010
Astrid Volquardsen, Pastellbilder, Astrid Volquardsen

Astrid went to Paris and took a long workshop with expert figure artist, Margaret Dyer, of Atlanta, Georgia. What else do you need to know? A dream workshop for an artist. Astrid's wonderful work can be seen here.

Telluride Plein Air - Day Four
July 1, 2010
DEBORAH PARIS, A Painting Life, Deborah Paris

I took an online class from Deborah this year, and have been a fan of hers for many years.  Her annual trip to Telluride, Colorado is live-blogged in this post and others in the series. The prestigious event: The Telluride Plein Air Festival.

Albala Worksop - Foggy Mornings
July 31, 2010
1,000 PaintingsLisa McShane

Washington artist, Lisa McShane is always up for a workshop, and does yeoman's duty reporting her trips on her blog.  This series features the Mitchell Albala workshop in western Washington.  Lisa is a successful landscape artist whose work is a treat to look at, and I enjoy following her blog.

30 December, 2010

Snowed Real In, Again

 Looking North Towards Canada

Back Towards The House

Early this morning, I had to break into my studio, since the door had literally frozen shut!  Someday I will build that overhang so water won't drip on the threshold.  A whole foot of snow fell since yesterday, and it stayed well below freezing all day today.  Brrr.

Happily, my studio is warm, and I feel good about getting back to work after the holidays.  

Best wishes.

Oh, in the next day or two I will be posting my choices for the Top Ten Posts on artist's blogs for 2010.

Photos: Lorie Klahn

26 December, 2010

MAM Awards - Time To Vote

Time to pick one! One from each category, that is.

Katherine Tyrrell, at Making a Mark, has posted the finalists for the Making a Mark Awards, 2010. You have until very early December 30th. to enter your vote for each category.
Vote for the best artwork on an art blog in 2010.

22 December, 2010

I'll Post It Again This Year Since It Has Become My Favorite Hymn Video

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Verses: Rossetti; Music: Cranham, Holst.

21 December, 2010

Washed Light - Year In Review

First published in August, 2010.

Washed Light
5.6" x 12.75"

Casey Klahn

Eastern Washington has tremendous beauty. Much of it is on the grand scale typical of the American west. Here is where immense dry coulees (cliff-rich basalt formations that bookmark dry valleys), deserts, the irrigated Columbia Basin, the Columbia River Gorge, vast orchards, and some of the richest wheat lands anywhere in the world, all take your breath away.

This image isn't of the grand scale, or the Hudson River School genre, as Deborah Paris likes to say. But it hints of that. What peeks through those trees?  What will I find in the next field over? What events await tomorrow? These are some questions I think of when I look at this painting.

20 December, 2010

In Review - Art From 2010

Waterhole 1
@6" x 8"
Casey Klahn

An item of interest: this one is on Townsend paper, which has a hand-applied sanded surface on Rives BFK. I didn't want to travel far from my prairie theme, but did try different surfaces this season.

I am continuing my review of some of this year's artworks.

Make sure to visit Making a Mark, which I'm sure most of you do regularly.  Katherine Tyrrell has reached her 5th year blogiversary!  She shares 12 secrets to blog longevity, and it is worth your read.

16 December, 2010

A Letter for You - Four Years of The Colorist

Text of letter:

Four Years of The Colorist

December 16th., 2010

Dear Readers,

This special greeting is my heart-felt thanks to you for your visits and participation over the past four years.

With over 82,000 page-loads this year, 16,000 per month at this point, and one day with 892, The Colorist continues to grow in many ways!

See more bench marks about The Colorist in the post that accompanies this letter.

All my best,
Casey Klahn

This is the four-year anniversary of The Colorist blog. There would be no blog here without the intelligent, kind and consistent readership that you provide. Please accept this handwritten note as my thanks.

With 847 posts here at The Colorist, and 220 at Pastel, there have been many fun and thought-provoking exchanges between you and I in blogland. When I met artist blogger Celeste Bergin in Oregon this year, she chided me that she had once gotten lost in the loop that is all of my many blogs. Hey, they're free, so I take as many as will fit in my pocket.

I also met and painted with Maryland artist and blogger Loriann Signori this year. Other highlights of the year for me include exhibiting in a new gallery, and receiving a national first place award for my art.

On The Colorist, one post went viral (Jackson Pollock) and the number of Blogger Followers ticked over 300. I introduced The Prairie Series, Mind Mapped my blog and studio direction, and was selected as one of 27 Art Blogs to Watch in 2010.

Popular posts and series' included:

I look forward with joy to the next year of sharing my studio life and art with all of you.

Casey Klahn

13 December, 2010


Green Grass Landscape
7.6" x 9.5"
Casey Klahn

Here at The Colorist, I have been posting some of my paintings from the past year. Kind of a year-in-review.

Upcoming: a blog birthday, more of The Artist's Ideas, and the ever-popular Ten Best Artist's Blog Posts of 2010.

07 December, 2010

Pastel Corner at The Tinman Gallery

Winter Light
11.5" x 14.25"
Casey Klahn

I am pleased to be hanging at the TINMAN GALLERY in Spokane for a group show. Sheila M. Evans sends these photos of the "pastel corner," the bottom one of which features Sheila's works to the left, and mine on the right.

Photo Credits: Sheila M. Evans

06 December, 2010

Aperture Bright

Aperture Bright
11" x 14"
Charcoal & Pastel
Casey Klahn

The Christmas season is here, and the Klahn household is abuzz with activity. My children, ages 9 and 7, are being as good as they are capable of being under the threat of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.

I'm in the studio as much as possible, too. This year, the snow has played havoc with the control of the light in there. It is so bright, even with the windows facing north, and the blinds at half mast, that I am having trouble getting what I want. Maybe I'll have to go nocturnal, when the light is all artificial. I recently added another track light, which is a big help.

I am working on a series, and it has been a real joy. Some finished drawings are included in this, using mixed media of charcoal, chalk, and pastel. Also, there are some graphite works. Pictures to follow, soon, I hope. One direction is that these images are a little bigger than my normal fare, and the last few images have included more neutral colors.

Today I'm picking the kids up after school and together with Lorie we'll be shopping for the tree. Merry Christmas!

03 December, 2010


In The Draw, Green
9.75" x 9.75"
Casey Klahn

Tonight, and through the month of December, see The Best of 2010 at Spokane's Tinman Gallery. My pastels will be there, along with the fine works of multiple Northwest artists.

The reception is tonight 5-9PM.
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