26 September, 2011

22 September, 2011

101 Artist's Blog Topics


Don't tell me you have nothing to post about:

100 Things I Love About Art
Highlight a Master Artist
Compare Two Master Artists
Your Subjects
Review Your Exhibit

Goal Setting
Photo Journal an Event
Studio Description or Photos

Other Social Media Besides the Blog
Museum Visit
Museum Highlight
List of Links Out to Other Art Blogs

You Tube of an Art Topic
Tips On Your Media
Art History Topic


Personal Story
Personal Opinion
Art Lesson That is Authentically Different
How To Do a Blogger (Wordpress) Task, such as embedding a hotlink in a comment

Guest Blogger
Art News
Take Apart One of Your Paintings

Your Drawings
Group Drawings On a Topic
Post Off Topic (Cuisine/Auto Repair/ Target Shooting/Macrame)
Your Bio

One Sheet

604 Ideas
Book Review
Highlight a New Blogger
Write an Essay

Make That Essay Into a Series
Take a Poll
Find Out What Your Social Objects Are and Post Them

Meet Another Blogger (Post a Picture)
A Local Attraction
An Obituary

Mind Map Your Blog
Post About Your Mother
Foreign Country
A List of Your Favorite Posts

Your Other Blog(s)
Your Website
An Orginization or Society

Casey Klahn

Technique That You "Own"
An Art Goal
Your Works from Art School

Art Materials - Something Obscure
Anything That Really Interests You
Something That Happened To You That Was New, Odd, Unusual or Funny.

Newsletter Update
Holiday Greetings

Another Art Form - Not Your Own
An Art Genre, Such as Portraiture
Participate in a Blog Project
Become an Authority Blog

Any Event That You Find Interesting
A Magazine Article
Research That You Have Done

A Movie Review
Report On An Historical Art Movement
Your Upcoming Exhibit
Post a Fantastic Photoshop of Yourself on the Banks of the Seine with van Gogh

An Interesting iPhone App
A PANO Outside of Your Studio 
Highlight a Great Post on Another Blog and Make a Link

Make Up a Silly Prize and Award it to Someone
Any Excuse to Post a Link List of Your Blogger Chums
Your Insights on the Business of Being an Artist

Your Sketchbook
Write a Formal Critique

Your Influences

Small Studies
The Art Festival 

Your Slideshow
Your Video

Details About Your Palette
Your "Take" on the Color Wheel
Tricks for Establishing a Value Composition
Studio Tips

An Art Tool You Made Yourself
Patrons or Collectors
Your Faith and Art
Why You Paint or Draw in Your Style

Art and Health
Art Philosophy
Your painting Holiday or Road Trip

Press Release
Motivational Words, Sentence or Essay
Photos  or Paintings of Snow

Another Artist's Studio That You Admire
Any List That is Topical
The Year In Review

Post Your Latest Artwork

21 September, 2011

la Différance

A Landscape About Blue
Blue Trees in the Middle Distance
7 - 3/8ths" x 5.75"
Casey Klahn

You can make a different painting - a painting and an idea that the world has never seen before.  Here are some ways to make it different.

Be authentic.  Have a new idea, and think of subjects that evoke a response in your own self.  I like to make images of the Hoquiam River that aren't sunny, but that do evoke a feeling of hope and resolve.   

Work with some amount of personal involvement.  That has happened when you have struggled with an image.  Perhaps you lost track of the time.

Don't think; see.

Keep your ideas and your shapes big.

How do you work to gain authenticity?

Next:  101 Blog Post Ideas.  You will have no more excuses.

19 September, 2011

I Guess By Now You Know That I Don't Have a Method


Lose The Conventions.

There isn't any magic method for working in the colorist style. So, what is there to teach in a workshop setting? Much! Because in your pastel bag, in addition to your supplies, you also carry around a set of conventions. They are your tried and true, "works every time," methods of working on your pictures.

I want to press those out of you.  The things you see when you search for painting subjects are ever new and fresh.  Can your paintings be new, also?

Hoquiam River Bright 10" x 14.75"Pastel & CharcoalCasey Klahn

Henri Matisse wrote, "We move towards serenity through the simplification of ideas and form.......Details lessen the purity of lines, they harm the emotional intensity, and we choose to reject them. It is a question of learning - and perhaps relearning the 'handwriting' of lines. The aim of painting is not to reflect history, because this can be found in books. We have a higher conception. Through it, the artist expresses his inner vision." Reference.


Next Workshop:  Oakland (El Cerrito), California.  November 5 & 6, 2011. Contact me via e-mail.

16 September, 2011

Workshop Demands

The following few posts will be my after-action review of the workshop that I held in the Portland area last Spring.  The axiom goes that the teacher learns as much, if not more, than the students in the process of teaching.  Here is my chance to express what I learned at my own workshop titled "Never See Your Pastels The Same Way Again."

Workshop Photos.

Our workshop goals were these:

  1. Produce a pastel (painting) that says something new.
  2. Gain an appreciation for universal elements of art via Modernist and Colorist ideas.
  3. Lose something precious; find new strength.

Art workshops can be demanding on the artist-student, and I have attended ones where I have lost sleep at night because of the challenges to integrating new ideas that the instructor introduces.  So deep and integrated are our creative ideas and patterns that grafting truly new knowledge onto them is an emotional move. 

I liked the advice I read from Wolf Kahn about teaching.  He said, "make demands" of your students.  If you don't bring anything new to the table, why teach at all?

Find out what happened in the posts to follow.


Next Workshop:  Oakland (El Cerrito), California.  November 5 & 6, 2011. Contact me via e-mail.

Photo credit: Katherine van Schoonhoven.

12 September, 2011

Workshop in Oakland, CA November 5 and 6

See Differently.
Authenticity and Your Art.
Oakland, CA
November 5, 6

To sign up, e-mail me at caseyklahn (at) gmail.com with the attention line: workshop.

09 September, 2011

Sausalito Report

Sausalito is over and I am back home, now.  This was my best year to date, even given the worst economy.  I had to work twice as hard, and "show up to market," which means I had to have the right mix of works to offer.

I will be returning to the Bay Area in early November to teach a workshop.  More on that soon.

One popular event in my booth was a "Flat File Sale."  That is, I sold loose and unframed artworks, both pastels and drawings, at set prices and at make-a-bid prices.  Would you like to participate in that here at The Colorist?  Maybe I can film the file drawers and contents and the bidding can begin.  Just an idea for now, but you could own a Casey Klahn for less if you don't mind doing the framing later.

04 September, 2011

Illumination at Sausalito

Orchard Illumination
25" x 39.5"
Casey Klahn

Some of the rewards of exhibiting are unexpected and very dear.

Here is one of the notes I received on Facebook, today:  

Hi Casey, my friend and I just got back from the Sausalito show. We agreed that your work was some of the most beautiful/interesting/professional work there. I'm so glad I got to see these stunning pastels in person, thanks so much!

02 September, 2011

01 September, 2011


My friend, Seattle artist Teresa Saia, did the artwork for this year's Sausalito Art Festival Commemorative poster.  It is the best one I've seen.

Sausalito Art Festival.
Commemorative Posters.
Sausalito Art Festival app.

If you don't happen to get the app., you can find me in Booth 302.  The art will be real, not virtual, like here on the blog.

59th Sausalito Art Festival
September 3-5, 2011
Marinship Park, Sausalito, CA
Abstract Expressionism, Art Criticism, Artists, Colorist Art, Drawing, History, Impressionism, Modern Art, Painting, Pastel, Post Impressionism