CAMILA / Daily Painting #1225

Camila and her amigo were working the crowd on Saturday night.

This morning, gari made a tasty fritata for breakfast, then Thea and I caught a cab and went to check out a shop that Rosa asked us to look into as a possible outlet for her jewelry. Mixta, on Pila Seca is the most beautifully displayed shop we have seen in San Miguel de Allende.

The selection of items on display are also the best we've found.

We stumbled into another shop, this one filled with designer purses and clothing, but the most exciting things we found there were two large paintings by Oaxacan Artist Irving Herrera. Drawings, really, in charcoal with some color augmentation.

We had a delicious lunch in a small bistro / café across from the Bellas Artes, (sorry, I've forgotten the name, but I'm sure we will go there again.)

Then we went to see if our favorite shop from thirteen years ago was open. It was not.

By then it was three o'clock, so we went to the movie theater I mentioned yesterday, to make reservations for the 5:30 showing of Night Train to Lisbon, with Jeremy Irons. There were only two seats left; office room arm chairs, not the comfy looking theater seats everyone else had beaten us to. The three o'clock showing had been packed and the eight pm showing had only one seat left. There was only enough room for about twenty five people. We made our reservation and had just enough time to walk to a money exchange for some pesos and back before the start of the film.

The price of admission included a drink and a small bag of popcorn.

The sound made it difficult to hear, as did the heavy accents in the film, and for the first few minutes, the loud rustling of popcorn bags. Ah well, it was a good film and an intriguing story.

At some point during all this, we finally caught the above mentioned favorite antiques store open. On our first visit, we had purchased the lamp that hangs above our dining table, and a nice silver pen and Thea's favorite antique silver bracelet. This time, though, no such luck. Not a single thing of real interest. And much higher prices.

Another nice long walk, follwed by a crisp shrimp appetizer and a bowl of soup at Berlin and a taxi ride back to Casa Laura, topped off another busy day in San Miguel.

¡Hasta Mañana!

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Winning Paintings will be shipped as soon as the funds clear and the paint is dry. Wet paint can take up to two weeks to be safe for shipping.

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CALAVERA CHARRO / Daily Painting #1217

Calavera Charro / Watercolor and Ink / 6 x 9 inches

Casa Laura, where we are staying with our dear friends Gari and Kayce, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is awash in Katrinas and Calaveras. Of course I will be sharing some of them with you. This Charro and his Señorita are dancing in a nicho in the stairwell, and they are, so far, my favorites.

We went into the center of town today, for lunch, I had chiles en nogado, a meal I especially enjoy, amd the rest had enchiladas in mole poblano. Next, we went to the Jardin to watch children running through the crowd, smashing eggshells filled with colorful confetti on each other's heads and even occasionally on the heads of adults seated on the benches surrounding the park. Gari and Thea, for instance. By the end of the day the plaza was covered solid in eggshells and confetti, all a colorful part of Carnaval in San Miguel de Allende.

The evening found us huddled around plates of macaroni salad and roast chicken while watching the Oscars.

A beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable first day in SMA!

¡Hasta Mañana!

HOW TO BID: (see below)

Bidding opens when a painting is posted and ends at midnight one week later (MST) Mountain Standard Time.

Send your bid (Minimum $200.00) by email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com

Highest bid wins. In case of a tie for highest bid, the earliest wins. If payment is not made within 1 week, sale goes to second highest bidder. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call 505 982-4561 for assistance.

The winning bidder will be notified by email the following day.

We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Winning Paintings will be shipped as soon as the funds clear and the paint is dry. Wet paint can take up to two weeks to be safe for shipping.

If you're not 100% satisfied with your new painting, for any reason, send it back and we will send you a full refund along with a free box of chocolates!

Please consult the artist prior to any reproduction or other use of the image. See also: Use an Image page above.

If you would like some expert help with framing your purchase, just call Thea, 505 982-4561, and she will take good care of you.

Also, please remember that if you would like to:

We are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
  • Check on the availability of a given image, or
  • Schedule a workshop.

THE PROSPECTOR Daily Painting #916

THE PROSPECTOR

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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The clouds come rolling over San Jacinto and into the Coachella Valley from the Pacific. A lone prospector and his burro make there way across what would later become Palm Desert. And I am reminded of the paintings of Clyde Forsythe that I so enjoyed and admired in my youth when I used to find them in Desert Magazine.

NOTE:

I spent quite a bit of time yesterday responding to comments on previous posts. For some unknown reason, most of them never showed up on the blog. I'm working on a solution. In the meantime, I hope all of you who have left comments here and on whenapaintersnaps know how very much your comments are appreciated and how important they are to me, especially when I'm tempted to falter.

It can be especially difficult to keep both blogs going on a daily basis while traveling. I can't always respond, but I always read and appreciate them.

I would love to see more dialog forming between those who follow my blogs and comment on them. Hint, hint.

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K.C. BURRO Daily Painting

K.C. Burro

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Austin Stockdale, who fixed Betsy for a fraction of what other mechanics wanted to charge just for a diagnosis which may or may not even find the problem, suggested that I should visit the ranch where he lives and shoot some photographs. I'm glad I finally listened. It's a really beautiful site and I did take a ton of photos. And I couldn't resist painting K.C. burro, as he reminded me of Grady, a burro I owned years ago.

When I was in Argentina, I visited a couple of very special horses, Gato y Mancha. That story may be found by clicking here.

I stayed another night in Victorville so that I could visit another famous horse, Trigger. Well, I'm afraid I was a day late and a dollar short

Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger were a prominent part of my childhood, and I had known for many years that, when Trigger died, in 1965, Roy had him stuffed and put on display at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Victorville. However, that museum, I just learned, was closed in 2003, and moved to Branson Missouri, then closed in 2009. A TV station in Omaha, Nebraska bought Trigger at auction for $266,500, and plans are to display Trigger in their lobby.

So, if I ever find myself in Omaha, I hope I'll remember to drop in.

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