31 July, 2013

What Does Yellow Taste Like?

Canola Flavor
7" x 11"
Casey Klahn
Please click on the image to see the whole cropping

24 July, 2013

On Color! Resolutions at The MADDEN

Artists Ken Elliott and Casey Klahn taught On Color! Color Breakthrough at the Denver MADDEN Museum of Art July 20 & 21st. 25 artists participated. 

16 July, 2013

One Oh One - Blog Topics


Don't tell me you have nothing to post about:

100 Things I Love About Art
Highlight a Master Artist
Compare Two Master Artists
Your Subjects
Review Your Exhibit

Goal Setting
Photo Journal an Event
Studio Description or Photos

Other Social Media Besides the Blog
Museum Visit
Museum Highlight
List of Links Out to Other Art Blogs

You Tube of an Art Topic
Tips On Your Media
Art History Topic


Personal Story
Personal Opinion
Art Lesson That is Authentically Different
How To Do a Blogger (Wordpress) Task, such as embedding a hotlink in a comment

Guest Blogger
Art News
Take Apart One of Your Paintings

Your Drawings
Group Drawings On a Topic
Post Off Topic (Cuisine/Auto Repair/ Target Shooting/Macrame)
Your Bio

One Sheet

604 Ideas
Book Review
Highlight a New Blogger
Write an Essay

Make That Essay Into a Series
Take a Poll
Find Out What Your Social Objects Are and Post Them

Meet Another Blogger (Post a Picture)
A Local Attraction
An Obituary

Mind Map Your Blog
Post About Your Mother
Foreign Country
A List of Your Favorite Posts

Your Other Blog(s)
Your Website
An Orginization or Society

Illuminated Umber Slope
10" x 16"
Casey Klahn

Technique That You "Own"
An Art Goal
Your Works from Art School

Art Materials - Something Obscure
Anything That Really Interests You
Something That Happened To You That Was New, Odd, Unusual or Funny.

Newsletter Update
Holiday Greetings

Another Art Form - Not Your Own
An Art Genre, Such as Portraiture
Participate in a Blog Project
Become an Authority Blog

Any Event That You Find Interesting
A Magazine Article
Research That You Have Done

A Movie Review
Report On An Historical Art Movement
Your Upcoming Exhibit
Post a Fantastic Photoshop of Yourself on the Banks of the Seine with van Gogh

Vincent et Moi

An Interesting iPhone App
A PANO Outside of Your Studio 
Highlight a Great Post on Another Blog and Make a Link

Make Up a Silly Prize and Award it to Someone
Any Excuse to Post a Link List of Your Blogger Chums
Your Insights on the Business of Being an Artist

Your Sketchbook
Write a Formal Critique

Your Influences

Small Studies
The Art Festival 

Your Slideshow
Your Video

Details About Your Palette
Your "Take" on the Color Wheel
Tricks for Establishing a Value Composition
Studio Tips

An Art Tool You Made Yourself
Patrons or Collectors
Your Faith and Art
Why You Paint or Draw in Your Style

Art and Health
Art Philosophy
Your painting Holiday or Road Trip

Press Release
Motivational Words, Sentence or Essay
Photos  or Paintings of Snow

Another Artist's Studio That You Admire
Any List That is Topical
The Year In Review

Post Your Latest Artwork

This post was bumped from 2011.

14 July, 2013


The MADDEN Museum of Art
Denver, CO

July 15 - August 30, 2013.

I won't have my art up until after the 20, 21st.

13 July, 2013

On Color! Quotes

These pages are jpegs, and may be copied and printed for your studio.  Assembled by Casey Klahn.

09 July, 2013

Colorists Coloring With Colors

What follows is a post first published in August of 2012.

This is the second post of an undetermined number of posts about the subject of color use.

There is some danger in this subject for both of us. For me, I risk either writing inanity, banality or nonsense. For you, probably the worst risk is that you will become convinced that these theories I write will impart some method. There will be no methodology about color use here. Just ideas, tips, and histories. That is about as good as it can get, because we enter this aware of the personal nature of one's color use, called color sense, and it is known by many who study color that people see and respond to color in a manner different each from the other. If there is any commiseration on color feelings, then these ideas are already widely known.

Some Thoughts:

  • Starting with a color idea involves, for me, either choosing one bright, pure color, or designing a color triad in my mind at the very first part of the process.
  • Reacting to the previous color involves intuitive choice, and/or some reference to known color properties, such as what compliments or what harmonizes the colors already laid down.
  • Keep looking at the work and making adjustments as you progress.
  • Respond to problems to create the harmony that you seek.

Fauvism is the first school or movement we think of when we are faced with funny color in artwork. The Fauvists were a crazy bunch of Frenchmen, mostly, who painted in the Modern era. Among their ranks were Vlamink, Rouault, Derain, and the King of the Fauves, Henri Matisse. The ideas they shared involved a reaction to earlier movements and the late  Impressionist school of thought. They wanted bright, pure colors versus enhanced local color and an explanation of light. Their work was also considered painterly in the use of bold brushstrokes.

There will be no methodology about color use here.

I don't seek color that is a response to local color, meaning that that I don't choose a color that is purposefully not the actual (local) color. I just choose the color I want, and usually for personal reasons. It may often be the local color, and that is perfectly okay with me, especially because I am now set to react to the color I just used. I am a terrible reactionary in the artistic sense!

This approach, I think, is better than aiming for the "wrong" color or the opposite of the local color, because these methods can be formulaic.  One is required to prejudice his choice when he will not choose the local color.

06 July, 2013

Atelier Of Ellen Eagle

Phyllis, 2002
11 3/4" x 7 7/8"
Pastel on Pumice Board
Ellen Eagle


 Atelier is the French word for that place where you do your painting. It feels more intimate than the word, "studio." In her new book, Ellen Eagle has invited you into her atelier and offered you a look at her expertise and practicesPastel Painting Atelier covers basics, such as studio set-up, pastel choices, brands, and pastel tools and surfaces. But the real experience of reading her book is like that of participating in a Japanese tea ceremony. You are made to feel special  and revelations abound.


 Ellen spotlights both historic and contemporary artists working in pastel. A favorite section of the book for me was the in-depth walk through of her process where she unpacks her thoughts, feelings, and methods while showing progress on portrait, figure, and still life works.


 The following is what Ellen wrote to you, the readers of The Colorist and Pastel Workshop.

Pastel Painting Atelier is my first book. I began the writing by entering my studio. I looked into my work environment and the treasured tools of my trade. My opening preface emerged naturally, and that personal statement set the tone for the whole book.  Throughout, I wrote about my inspirations and hands-on working practices.   My goal was to suggest to the reader ways to open up his and her own path. 
I also reached beyond my studio, into the ever-evolving history of our gorgeous medium. It was very important to me to exalt the magnificent lineage of artists who, across centuries and continents and styles, continue to  bequeath to us breathtaking works in pastel, artists who daily transform powder into monument. I closed the book with an index of public collections in which to view firsthand the enduring beauty of our collective endeavor.  
Ellen Eagle.



03 July, 2013


Pastels and Anticipation!

Have a great Independence Day week, and when you return here in a few days, I will have an exclusive greeting for you from artist and author Ellen Eagle, written just for the readers of The Colorist!

01 July, 2013

ArtHamptons! July 11-14, 2013


Start making plans for your road trip to The Hamptons, on Long Island, NY.  If you make it you'll get to see up to nine of my recent works, most of which are dated 2013. The Galerie LuCo, which is hosting my pastels, is anchored by the incredible glass sculptures of Marlene Rose. Also, see exciting mixed media pieces by Carolina Cleere.

Casey Klahn


Galerie LuCo (Booth #112)

Marlene Rose, of Galerie LuCo.

Bridgehampton, NY
Abstract Expressionism, Art Criticism, Artists, Colorist Art, Drawing, History, Impressionism, Modern Art, Painting, Pastel, Post Impressionism