HOMBRE DE PATZCUARO / Daily Painting #1231

Charles and Kay picked us up this morning and off we went to Patzcuaro. They wanted to pick up some chairs from a local craftsman, I wanted to revisit a favorite place, and Thea was ready to see a new one. We had a pleasant drive, roughly the same distance as Taos to Albuquerque, through the farm lands and fields surrounding Celaya, with a brief pit stop on the edge of Morelia, on past the lakes and volcanic hills surrounding Patzcuaro, up the tree lined road into the town and through some of the narrow, very narrow, and winding streets to the central Plaza.

 

It was almost like being in another country than in San Miguel de Allende. Far more crowded than I could have imagined, packed with tourists, but scant few Gringos. Here, the buildings are almost all white, with terra cotta tile roofs. All signage on the buildings is in the same style, black with red capitals. The main plaza is large and filled with tall trees and large fountains.

 

After a nice lunch among friendly, welcoming locals, and after a brief walk around the plaza, we went looking for our hotel. On the way, Kay stopped to ask a friendly car park attendant for directions. While they were talking, I managed to get a couple of shots of him, through the car window with my iPhone. What a face, and in the late afternoon sunlight, even better. I knew immediately what my subject for this evening had to be.

 

We settled into our nice, comfortable rooms (much colder, though, than we've grown accustomed to) and went back out for a stroll around the two plazas, exploring the shops, and chatting briefly with people on the street. We had a nitecap, then Charles and Kay headed back to the hotel, while Thea and I walked around a bit more, then stopped for a plate of pasta before returning to the hotel, ourselves.

 

Like everyplace we've been on this trip, little has changed, just a lot more people. And cell phones, and computers. But the same families and laughing, running, playing children everywhere, even late into the evening.

 

Altogether a great day on the way to and in Patzcuaro, Michoacan.

 

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BARREL RACER / Daily Painting #1050

Pen / Ink / Watercolor / 4.5 x 9 inches

Due to the great response to Ride.'Im Cowboy on Saturday, I decided to again suspend the regular auction for a day. The second “Confection”, Team Work, also turned out to be a big hit, as well as a lot of fun for me to create. So here we go again, with the third in what could become a regular feature here, going to the first person in with a $100 bid. That's right, the first hundred takes it. Don't wait!

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It’s time to start getting ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big Kachina show Thea wil be putting on of my Kachina paintings the first of September at David Anthony Fine Arts, here in Taos. I hope to see you there!

David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson, Taos, New Mexico, September 01 to October 05, 2012. Reception September 6, 5 to 7pm

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BOTTLE STUDY Daily Painting #790

BOTTLE STUDY

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Old bottles. A great excuse to play with colors, textures, shapes and shadows. These were in a four shelf unit full of odds and ends in an antiques mall in Riverside, California.

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ROSE AND BOOKS Daily Painting #768

ROSE AND BOOKS

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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FOUND STILL LIFE

Not too many words tonight. The computer gremlins are on the rampage, again. Had to switch over to my iPad and post this in Blogsy. I should be using my iPad full time soon, so that's no problem. I'm just exhausted, so it's off to bed for me.

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MEXICAN TOY GUITAR Daily Painting #749

Mexican Toy Guitar

MEXICAN TOY GUITAR

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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MY FORMER STUDIO

A little reminder of my sixtieth birthday party twelve years ago in Cuernavaca and all the great friends and family who joined us there. My books, too, many of them gone, many more packed away, since closing my studio in Santa Fe. I still miss that studio, the best I ever had. Some were better located, one, at least, was majestic by comparison, a couple of others more unusual. I’ll never forget any of them. But this one is my favorite, because it was my most productive.

But I finally had to make a choice. And travel won.  My renewed passport arrived a couple of days ago. I’m wrapping up as many of the projects started over the summer as possible,packing  and getting my gear ready. I’ll be hitting the trail again, soon. No set date, yet. Before the first snow, I hope. No set plan, either, other than to go to Victorville, California, to rescue Betsy, and to Los Angeles for the Southwest Museum Kachina Show at the Autry Museum.

I’ll keep you posted, of course, and you are invited to ride along.

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BOXES Daily Painting #638

BOXES

BOXES

The end of an era. The sunlight striking these boxes as I was moving out of my Santa Fe studio, in order to travel more, caught my eye. This little painting feels like it could be the start of something. I’m not sure just what. But there are several elements in it that suggest the need for further exploration. Some new series has been planted in my brain. We’ll see what comes of it over the coming months. Whatever it turns out to be, you were here for the beginning. Fun, huh?

PASSING

PASSING

Did you know Betsy has a sister? Yep, a younger sister. She’s a 1996 GMC Safari. A white mini-van. When Thea first saw her she said Humph! Looks like a refrigerator. Hence her name, Kelvinator. No, that’s not a reference to cannibalism for you younger viewers. Kelvinator, like Frigidaire, was the name of a brand of refrigerators back when we were still having a hard time not referring to them as ice-boxes. She’s a pretty nice rig. I like her. Like to drive her, but she’s pretty useless as a camper. Oh, I could sleep in her, but not stand, or even stand bent over, like in Betsy with the top down. I seriously considered getting a hitop installed, and building my own camping arrangement. She has power windows and seats, runs great, is an all wheel drive wonder in snow, has air conditioning, etc. But a top would have cost at least a thousand bucks, and Betsy, dear old Betsy was crying to go bye-bye.  You know how that went. I spent even more on Betsy, and there she sits in Victorville. She can’t be trusted to cross the desert, and she won’t cooperate, yet, anyway, with the mechanic, by showing him what’s ailing her.

So anyway, this morning I called AAA because Kelvinator’s battery was dead. I think the dome light somehow got turned on or left on. By the way, I love AAA. Couldn’t have made it through the past month or so without them.  K started right up, and seems to be doing just fine. I got her going because I had to make a quick run down to Santa Fe today, and Thea needed her Isuzu.

I didn’t get away until around 2:30, got to Santa Fe at about 4:00. Stopped at the bank, moved some funds to my other bank, grabbed a few groceries, including half a duck to put on some penne pasta, one of my favorite dishes, picked up my order of six x six panels and some M. Graham oils at Artisans, then to Lowe’s for some shade cloth for the ramada, here at the house. By the time I got out of Lowe’s, the sun had dipped behind the store, leaving K in the shade. It was getting late, so I decided to just get to work. I set up a makeshift easel using some foamcore, a couple of push pins and a strip of balsa wood. Darned if I wasn’t more comfortable than when painting in Betsy! Less setup involved, too. With both windows open, I had a nice cool breeze, and if anyone noticed the goofy artist painting in the parking lot, no one said anything.

Maybe I should just find a place to leave Betsy in Southern California where she could be my winter headquarters. It’s a thought. One among many.

I finished today’s painting in time to run over to Best Buy to research solutions relative to my upcoming switch from AT&T to Verizon (more about that later) stop by Olive Gardern for a Vodka Martini and a bowl of Tuscan Soup, my kinda fast food, and back to Taos by 10:30, in time to get started on this post. Oh, and I got a lot of good cloud research while I was at it. All in all a pretty good day! I caught, or rather my iPhone caught the above image as we flew past the scene at Johnnie Meier’s Classical Gas Museum in Embudo. Check it out on Youtube, or, better yet, stop by when you’re in the area. I never seem to have time to stop there. But tomorrow, since I have to go back to Santa Fe to finish up, I hope, with the phone transfer, I just might stop and spend a while there. If I do, you can bet you’ll be seeing more of what’s there on here.

BOXES Daily Painting # 589

I’m finally on the road! and you’re invited. I left Taos yesterday, the 22nd, at 4:15 pm. In Santa Fe last night, and on to Albuquerque this evening after running some errands, meeting my good friend Gregg Allbracht for lunch at La Fonda, amd finding a shady spot to do tonight’s painting. I let darkness catch me yesterday and had to take a room in order to paint. Tonight, I’ll be able to dry camp as soon as my posting is done., Tomorrow, it’s off to hmmmm, who knows where? To learn more, visit Under a Wandering Star, above.

BOXES / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth

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This collection of boxes was on a shelf in the Four Graces Shop in Ranchos when we visited there recently with our friends Gari Smith and Kayce Verde. Of course I wanted all of them! (And there were more.) But with our storage full and Betsy bursting at the seams, I resolved to limit my collecting urges to friends, photographs and memories for now. We’ll see how long that lasts. !~)

I went into the Apple Store in Albuquerque this evening, to get help with my Pages app that had somehow gotten itself hung up in the middle of a recent update. Final diagnosis: too many apps!?! Can there really be such a thing? Apparently so. I deleted a few apps that I hope were not really needed, and voila! pages reloaded, including all my documents and it’s working just fine again.

It’s turning cold now, after a beautiful summery day, so I’m off to make camp. ¡Hasta Mañana!