Friday, November 28, 2014

A Thank You for 2014

Teaching an impromptu lesson at a student's easel, in Goshen, New Jersey (on Cape May). This barn is the studio of Stan Sperlak at his Crow Creek Farm art school.


Thanks to all of my hosts, venue organizers, and especially all of the artists I met this year at workshops and demo events in Everett, WA, New Braunfels, TX, Ann Arbor, MI, Ponte Verde Beach, FL, Spokane, WA, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, Kemijärvi, Finland, Florham Park, NJ and Goshen/Cape May Courthouse, NJ.

In the next two years I look forward to scheduled and proposed workshops in France, Germany, Italy, Dakota Pastels in Washington; also the DC area in Virginia, New York City, Boston, Denver, southern California, South Carolina, Maine and I may be forgetting some.

Friday, October 3, 2014

iMovie Colors

This is my first effort with iMovie. I had lots of fun! The artworks are late 2014 works; the "paint on them is still wet."

Monday, September 29, 2014


Pastel Gems: A Monthly Round-Up, by Gail Sibley.

Thanks, Gail, for curating my work, The French Modernists, into your blog post.  There are some lovely works to see in the post!

The French Modernists. 2014. Pastel, Oil & Graphite. 11" x 9." Casey Klahn. Note: soft pastels, oil bar (which is oil paint - not oil pastel) and pencil, on archival rag paper. I think I put some gesso on there with my fingers, too.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hatless Russian Busker

The Russian Photo Busker Who Wore No Hat. 2014. @11" x 9." Graphite, tinted with Compressed White Charcoal, Conté, and Pastel, on Blue Saint Armand Old Master Drawing Paper. Casey Klahn.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Russian Busker

Russian Picture Busker. 2014. Graphite tinted with white compressed charcoal, conte and pastel on rough brown paper. 12" x 9." Casey Klahn. Sold.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bidding on Artworks - June, 2014

Trace Mountain
3" x 5.5"
Casey Klahn

I never knew that selling art on eBay would be this fun! This one, being the smallest one I've posted to date, is only listed for 24 hours. Larger ones I may list for 3 days.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Month of Posts In June

Green Grass Knoll
6.5" x 5"
Casey Klahn

I will be posting daily here, on The Colorist, and on Facebook. Each work will be auctioned at eBay.

My eBay auctions.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Atlantic Ocean

Relief at the Atlantic. 2014.
5.25" x 8"
Casey Klahn

There isn't much in the way of terrain relief in Florida, and so when I saw this upswell of sand, it caught my attention. Florida is beautiful, though, and has inspired several paintings so far.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

First Coast Pastel Society - Florida Workshop

Demo in Florida. casey Klahn.
Photo by: Debbie Cusick

My See Differently workshop was held in the Jacksonville, Florida area this past weekend. It featured a Friday night demo at the Hilton Hotel, and a 3 day workshop with both indoor and outdoor sessions.

Thank you to Debbie Cusick for her blog posts, and to the First Coast Pastel Society of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, for their wonderful reception of me. I had a truly enjoyable workshop. Thanks to FCPS officers Lyn Asselta and Rick Petersen.

Here are the posts from the FCPS blog:

Quote: He certainly had (the) participants' attention, and what he had to say was often so different from things folks had heard before that they really needed to pay attention to make sure they'd heard it right!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ann Arbor - Brushed and Polished

Casey Klahn in Ann Arbor, MI.

Don't forget to stand back and look at your work from a larger perspective.

The Ann Arbor workshop, which I taught April 7-9, was a 3-day version of the normally 2-day See Differently workshop, with the additional day spent exploring color.  Eighteen artists plus two hosts & I all had a great time struggling through new concepts, and rediscovered old concepts, buffed-up and shined-up to relate to our contemporary day. 

I took the same opportunity to make sure my teaching was more informative and better illustrated than ever before. I use a lot of visual description, and the verbal lectures and explanations are offered with brevity. I conducted three demos.

There were breakthroughs by artists, and it was rewarding for everyone to explore their own ideas and vision with their artwork. I enjoy teaching art workshops and my reward is seeing new things being created by so many artists.

Some upcoming workshops news.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Italy in 2015!

We have enough interested artists on the list to secure a date, but there is still much room.
Contact me to get on the list for further information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Want To Go To Italy With Me?

Upper Church
4" x 6"
Pastel & Conte Pencil
Casey Klahn

In 2015 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.

I am gathering interest for October or July, 2015. Contact me.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Resolving Someone Else's Work

I have resolved works for someone else only twice at workshops.  In Denver, an artist asked me where I would take her half-finished work from a colorist viewpoint. This time, in New Braunfels, TX, I was given the opportunity to take an already finished work that Rita Kirkman had done, and give it a new treatment as a colorist work. Rita was both generous to allow this, and inquisitive and open about new possibilities. That seemed to be the group attitude, too. Hooray for New Braunfels and Texas!

The goal is to see differently with color as a means of replacing other formal tools, such as line, shape, and form.

I cropped the bottom to focus more on the main passages, and experimented with colors that felt contradictory and unusual.

I just work here.

Expressive Tree
@10" x 8"
Casey Klahn

Rita Kirkman


Monday, March 3, 2014

Self Portrait

The Fauvist. 2014.
14.25" x 13.5." 
Pastel, Charcoal and Graphite. 
Casey Klahn

Friday, February 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Elbow

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Les Nabis
@14" x 9"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 Calendar

You may now purchase a calendar of my art.  

A 15-month Calendar Book, with calendar pages from January 2014 through March 2015. The book features 27 paintings by artist Casey Klahn, who is a prolific Blogger at, and an international workshop teacher. Published as a paperback book, this calendar can serve as a wall calendar, a carry-along calendar, or a coffee table book. Many of the paintings are paired with a sampling of Casey's favorite personal and collected musings on art and color, bringing beautiful images and thought-provoking words together for an inspiring and illuminating presentation.


CreateSpace Link.