Palhik Mana Kachina Maiden / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage 3

I just had to do another kachina on my iPad. And who better than the beautifl Pahik Mana for my model. Unlike the Qõqõlo that I did recently, I wanted this one to have the sketch lines showing. I like this effect. I would love to hear your opinions.

On another note… Yipee! I have finally managed to get my Lumix Link wifi app working so I can move images from my camers to my iPad Air. I won't bore all of you with the details, but if any of you have questions abou this, just shoot me an email and I will be happy to help you any way I can.

Happy Easter, everyone. Monday marks the beginning of my revisit to the famous Pueblos Blancos. I think you're going to enjoy this. As much as I've appreciated this past week of rest and work and routine, it will be good to be moving again.

¡Hasta mañana!


FLAMENCO JEREZ / Daily Painting #1264

Flamenco Jerez / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Nah, Still no Flamenco here, due to all the Semana Santa activities. This is done from a photograph I took on my first visit to Jerez de la Frontera, back in 2001. I'm just getting a little anxious, I suppose.

I tried going for a colored inks effect. I'm not too happy with the result. I like Flamenco SMA from a couple of days ago much more than this one. So much still to learn with even this one app.

I'm really excited about the ability to maintain the original sketch with all its searching and wild, uncontrolled exploration of the subject along with the more careful, refined paint application. My early thinking and preliminary work has always been obliterated by the finished work. Except in watercolor, that is, in which, until recently, i did no preliminary drawing just went directly into the painting with no guide lines at all. Then there were the confections. Loose, spirited line drawings with touches of watercolor. Here the original line work remained, however these were more sketches than developed works.

I can hardly wait to see what develops tomorrow.

¡Hasta mañana!


FAUXTOGRAPHER / Daily Painting #1263

Fauxtographer / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Ah, the fauxtographer, you see them everywhere. Gearheads all. Thousands of dollars worth of cameras and lenses hanging from neck and shoulders, searching, searching. Yet seldom does the camera come into play. Are they waiting for the perfect image to appear before them? Are they too tired to see? Afraid that even with all that equipment they still might fall short of the perfect photograph?

Shoot I say! Shoot because by shooting you will learn to shoot better. Fail, because by failing and learning from your failures you will grow.

More processions again this evening.

I finally managed to transfer a couple of images from my camera to my iPad via wifi. The process is not for the faint of heart. At least now I know for sure that it can be done with the Lumix app that I already have. Just in time, too, as my sd cards are almost all full. Now to sort, delete, and transfer to make way for more.

I guess I'd better get some rest.

¡Hasta mañana!


FLAMENCO SMA / Daily Painting #1262

Flamenco SMA / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Due to all the Semana Santa activities, there is little or no Flamenco activity this week in Jerez de la Frontera. But I've been itching to paint Flamenco. So, I decided to start by doing a painting based on a Flamenco dance that Thea and I attended last month in San Miguel de Allende.

i started by doing the first sketch (see above) which I rejected. I did the second sketch, and decided to build on it. I worked on it as you can see in the next two images, then I blocked in the darkest areas, followed by the lightest areas.

Once the background was fairly well established, I added color to the central figure. i then merged all the existing layers, and created a new layer above the image. On this layer, I did all the tightening up, shading, and general fine tuning that resulted in Flamenco SMA.

Following a slow start, catching up on email and some reading, I walked up to the Korean Sushi restaurant on the other side of Plaza Arenal for lunch and had a nice meal of fresh water eel and rice with some grass-like green and Korean sauce. Good eel, but not as good as at AJ's on Lincoln in Scottsdale.

After lunch, i picked up my laundry and came back to the room to change. Around four, I decided I would do my painting, and then go out for a light dinner around eight. Just as I was wrapping up, ArtRage crashed, and I lost three hours of work. So I stayed in, made a sandwich, and started over.

The good news is that I think the piece came out better the second time, and I now have a good new habit of backing up my work in ArtRage every few minutes.

It's suddenly 1:15 in the morning, and I can still hear the drums of the processions. But I don't think they will keep me from a sound sleep.

¡Hasta Mañana!



I decided to keep things on the light side for a while. I really enjoy sketching on the iPad, and then to be abe to paint on a separate layer beneath the drawing so that none of the drawing need be lost is a real delight. i'm still using ArtRage3, and I know I've barely started to explore all of its possibilities. Still, though, other apps are crying out, try me, try me.

Meanwhile, I'm keeping pretty busy with things like taking my clothes to the laundry, finding a bank to change some dollars to euros, finding less expensive places and ways to eat, and trying to get photos from my camera to my iPad via wifi. I was able to move them using the card reader adaptor on my older iPad, but it doesn't seem to work in the iPad Air. Any ideas, anyone?

Oh, by the way, I also just spent another four and a half hours on my feet, photographing the Semana Santa processions through the narrow streets. All those images, however, are currently trapped inside my camera.

Oh, and while the rest of Spain took a siesta, I made a painting just for you.

¡Hasta Mañana!


ROOM 104 / daily Painting #1260

OK, that last one, Mexican Street Musicians, was a lot of work. I felt like I had earned the right to play a little. The result? This happy little, light-hearted, funny found still life of the groceries that have accumulated on top of the little desk here in room 104.




MEXICAN STREET MUSICIANS Part 3 / Daily Painting #1258

OK, here it is. The hardest part. The part where the painting is in danger of being erased. This is the point at which I can stop, step back, and see the whole thing, rather than just its parts. It is the point at which the wind slips right out of my sails. What a mess. All I can see are faults. Many of them. Groan.

But tomorrow I will go back in there with a fresh eye, and buff and polish and fix and do whatever I can to salvage it.

Thank goodness I moved to a much nicer hotel this morning. I'm looking forward to a good night's rest and that should help a lot. As will a comfortable place to work. And a loot less noise.

¡Hasta Mañana!


MEXICAN STREET MUSICIANS Part 2 / Daily Painting #1257

Well, we're closing in on it. Should be able to finish it tomorrow, then one more day to clean it up and polish it. I'll be moving to a better hotel tomorrow, and that should help a lot. More comfortable, more rest, less noise, better location. Almost the same price, even. With Semana Santa starting tomorrow, the town is packed. There are almost no rooms left anywhere.

¡Hasta Mañana!



I hope you will bear with me awhile. I've started another sequential piece. In other words, this one will come to you as a work in progress. I have been doing a completed painting every day, now, since beginning this blog in 2010. That is, until I decided, with Calakas Dancing, to teach myself to paint on the iPad Air, using just my finger.

Those daily paintings were small, six by six and five by seven inches, and were each done in a single day, no matter what else I was doing. The first of these daily paintings took several days, as the medium was completely new to me. When that was finished, I did a few that could, like my traditional pieces, be done in a day.

The one I've started on today, however, is going to be an exercise in technique. I want to approach this one by working the way I would if I were working in a dry meduim like Pastels or Oil Pastels on a large panel, say forty by forty inches. This will take a couple of days, but I hope you will find it interesting to see it develop.

It may not look like much at this stage, but I have been working on it since five this morning and it's now ten o'clock. It should go much faster once the personalities are established, and as I learn and become more proficient with this new way of working.

Now, while I'm in Spain, I would like to see something more than the inside of my room. Breakfast is starting to sound pretty good, too, or at least a cup of coffee and some toast.

I don't have wifi in my room, so it will be a while before I post this. Thanks for your patience, gang…

¡Hasta Mañana!