Monday, January 17, 2011

Venice Practical

Venice Practical
5" x 7"
Casey Klahn

I've never painted Venice before - at least that I can remember.  This was a practice piece, copied from a detail of a painting in a magazine.


Brian McGurgan said...

Very nice study, Casey - I like the sense of light and the gentle motion of the water here, as well as the softly defined meeting of water and distant buildings.

Laurel Daniel said...

Hey Casey - nice to meet you and find your blogs. Great work!

Casey Klahn said...
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Casey Klahn said...

Hi, Laurel. Thanks for the compliment and the visit.

Hi, Brian. I appreciate your view.

It took me 6 hours to get back to your comment! Internet foibles.

harry bell said...

Very interesting to see you tackle this - for you - unusual subject. I know you said you were uncomfortable with it and I think this may be due to the traghetto being in quite deep perspective which runs contrary to your normal flattening of forms. But what do I know?

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for searching this one out - that's a compliment. I can't even pronounce traghetto, and now I'm painting one.

I am under the heavy influence of Wolf Kahn, who said in an interview in the Brooklyn Rail a few years ago that he eschewed perspective like all good modernists, but not always. That really got me thinking.

The thing I like about perspective is the beauty, and especially the beauty of aerial perspective, which van Gogh pointed out one time.

So, I agree with your astute observation. It is queer of me to paint some perspectives. The other funny thing for me is the hard realism of the object (boat) and I even stood it out with some drama.

What fun.

harry bell said...

Thought I'd pop back for a language lesson ;0) In Italian each letter is pronounced, but to make the "g" hard in "traghetto", the "h" is introduced. So -- "trag-hetto". But I should point out that I paint better than I speak Italian.