Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Raw Red Apple

Raw Apple Sketch
9.5" x 10.5"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

The first attempt at this sketch failed at the drawing stage, but I colored it in, anyway.  Then, I wiped away the first attempt and satisfied myself, for the most part, with this.  I left it as a sketch, with no background.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ballerina Sketch

Degas Copy - Ballerina Sketch
12" x 8.25"
Vine Charcoal, Graphite, Compressed White Charcoal and Pastel on Paper
Casey Klahn

These Degas copies are helping me on the path towards my own voice with the figure.  Meanwhile, enjoy these, and keep a good thought for the master, Edgar Degas.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Degas Copies - Irrelevant; Not Irreverent

Degas Copy - Ballerina 2
15" x 12"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

Degas copies were done by free-hand copying from Degas' sketches, with some measuring for proportions. The one posted today was then transferred to a La Carte board the old fashioned way by making a charcoal negative and rubbing the backside to leave an outline. The color is added by imagination, and with heavy influence from memories of Degas' style and color choices.

I have decided that he truly was focused on the drawing component of his pictures, and his "candid snapshots" of figures relied on draftsmanship and his realist ideas.

On The Easel

These copies cannot be sold, or submitted for juries, because of their
derivative nature. They may be irrelevant, but they are not irreverent.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ballerina Copy

Degas Copy - Ballerina 1
10.5" x 8"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

If I were to quit landscapes and just spend the rest of my days copying Degas, I would still be a happy man. Photos with a point and shoot - better quality ones to follow.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Skagit Barn

Skagitbarnstudy.jpg picture by caseyklahn

Skagit Barn Study
@6" x 8"
Pastel & Charcoal on Sketch Paper
Casey Klahn

Skagit Barn Sketch
@6" x 8"
Casey Klahn

Who wouldn't want to sketch and paint an image of the Skagit Valley, Washington? This photo is from my collection, and I have been thinking about painting it for a long time. I only had a short hour in the studio this morning, so here is the sketch, a color study on sketch paper and the old photo for reference.