Pink & Green Feathers
4" x 6"
Casey Klahn workshop in Gig Harbor, WA, last weekend. See Differently. Authenticity & Your Art. Hosted by the Northwest Pastel Society, in the studio of Donna Trent. Photos: Denise Champion.
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.
En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn‿ɛʁ]) is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French.