29 August, 2015

2015-2017 Workshops Update

This is my calendar of workshops scheduled to date. I also will add those planned but with roughed-in dates.

Sept. 12-13, 2015. DC Area / Gainesville. VA. Openings.
Oct. 7-21, 2015. Umbria, Italy.
Apr. 6-8, 2016. Albuquerque, NM.
Apr. 29-May 1, 2016. Norcross, GA (near Atlanta).
May 12-21, 2016 (proposed dates). Florence, Italy.
Mid Summer, 2016. Proposed Washington State. 3-5 days.
Mid Summer, 2016. Proposed Seattle. 5 days.
Sept., 2016 (proposed dates). Provence, France. 6 days.
Oct. @9-15., 2016. Portland, Maine.
2017. Proposed NYC at PSA. 3 days.
2017. Croatia.

27 August, 2015

Back Online!

After 2 months without internet, The Colorist blog is back in action. Posts to follow!

18 August, 2015

La Romita is in Umbria

Riva Sole Reviso
8" x 9.75"
Casey Klahn

In October I will be going to Italy to teach a 14-day workshop at La Romita.  I first heard about this wonderful art workshop center from a local artist and friend. La Romita was established in 1548 as a monastery. Workshops are housed and catered on site, and logistics for painting forays are supported by the staff.

Here is a blurb from their website:

La Romita School of Art first opened in 1966, under the guidance of Enza Quargnali, as the summer art program of Rockford College in Illinois. For over 50 years people have stayed at La Romita, painting the landscape, people, and towns in the beautiful Umbrian hill country, whose radiant golden light has charmed artists since the days of Perugino and his famous pupil, Rafael.

La Romita.

October 7-21, 2015. Contact me.

26 July, 2015

No Internet? Paint Lots!

Very recent paintings. That I am doing portraits is news to me! I don't plan ahead.

17 July, 2015

Internet, Shminternet

How important is your ISP (internet service provider)? I am finding out as I suffer from the loss of mine. My home without internet? I feel "homeless!"

The Colorist should be back up soon, dear readers. Thanks for your visits.

Meanwhile, here is some art and a silly shopped pic of moi.

29 May, 2015

Blue Nude

Biskra Blue Nude. 2015. Pastel, Charcoal & Graphite. 17" x 14.75." Casey Klahn.

Sketch, White Nude on Blue. 2015. Graphite & Pastel. @6." Casey Klahn.

Blue Nude. Digital Drawing. Large. Casey Klahn.

My inspiration for the blue nudes originates with the 1907 work of the same subject by Henri Matisse, shown below. A disrobed woman in Algeria was his model, and the painting reflects his search for new imagery in north Africa. 

Matisse, in Biskra, Algeria: "I went from one surprise to the next - without being able to tell if my amazement came from the vastness of the country, or the new types of human being I was seeing, or from purely pictorial emotions."

A conversation between Picasso and Walter Pach, while viewing Matisse's Blue Nude: "Does that interest you?" asked Picasso. "In a way, yes...it interests me like a blow between the eyes. I don't know what he is thinking." "Neither do I," said Picasso. "If he wants to make a woman, let him make a woman. If he wants to make a design, let him make a design. This is between the two."

Late in his life, in 1952, Matisse revisited the Blue Nude title with his series of famous cut-outs. 

Henri Matisse, 1907, Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra), Nu bleu: Souvenir de Biskra, oil on canvas, 92.1 x 140.3 cm (36 1/4 x 55 1/4 in.), Cone collection, Baltimore Museum of Art.

26 May, 2015

Good Morning 99

This Day as Memory. 2015. Pastel, Oil, Graphite. 16" x 15." Casey Klahn.

This is #99/100 of my 100 Lives project.

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