Friday, August 7, 2009

The Lighthouse Keeper

The Lighthouse Keeper
5" x 7"
Pastel
Casey Klahn


This was posted previously, but only as a scan. It is a studio finish from a plein air painting made on the Oregon coast.

Did you know that lighthouses, back in the day, would burn whale oil or kerosene? And, what's more, they were as popular for tourists in the nineteenth century as they are now. Except, of course, the travel there was harder.

The gift store by this lighthouse had paper models of the lighthouses. I imagined using these, well lit, as studies for more paintings. Some day you'll see those here.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

4 comments:

loriann said...

Casey,your use of color/value to make the shape of the lighthouse and sky allows your painting to reach far beyond "normal" lighthouse paintings. Beautiful controlled palette as well. I am glad you reposted. Can't wait to see what comes of the paper light houses.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Loriann.

Sonya Johnson said...

I really like this, Casey. Atmosphere perfect and befitting of a lighthouse. Thank you for sending the link!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Sonya. maybe I'll revisit this scene some time.