Snapshot to Photograph

IMG_4581.JPGI took this quick snapshot from the hip and without thinking much about it. I noticed the scene as I was walking past, and just shot reflexively.

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I shot again as I got closer, and then a third time. All the images were way off level, badly cropped and not especially interesting. I was tempted to delete them, but decided to let them be while I went on looking for something better.

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On another day, as I was looking through my shots while in less of a hurry, I was first attracted to the bright colors of the flag, but when I looked more closely, I began to zero in on the relationships of the figures, and the color in the sunglasses on the figure on the left. Those great boots, also interested me.

I zoomed in for a closer look, and when I saw the center figure’s eyelashes, and all three expressions, I was hooked. I wasn’t entirely sure it would work, but decided to try rotating the image to level it up. It worked, and I liked what I was seeing.

I then cropped it, and began playing with it in Snapseed, using the TuneImage/Ambiance, and other sliders to open up the shadows and sharpened it a bit using the Details/Structure slider. I framed it with Frames, changed it to black and white, added a blue filter to lighten the sky, then, back in the Tune Image menu, I added some warmth, and there it was, the photo of the day for my Instagram gallery, @johnfarnsworthphotographer.

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I’m glad I didn’t delete the original. I do wish I could give a more blow by blow account of the way I proceeded with it, but I don’t keep a record of the steps I take, and seldom repeat myself exactly, preferring to just play with the sliders, dodging, burning, adjusting, caressing and manipulating until I find the photograph lurking in the snapshot.

As Ansel Adams said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

FLAMENCO MEXICANA / Daily Painting #1266

Flamenca Mexicana / Painted on my iPad Air / Art Rage3

Still exploring the possibilities in the ArtRage app. I like this more traditional work, too, but I miss the lines of the other pieces. Because I again worked alla prima on this one, the few lines I used were either eliminated or absorbed into the painting as it progressed. In other words there simply was no separate line drawing layer. The drawing was almost entirely done with the paint.

Tomorrow is train day, back up to Sevilla, so I'd better get some sleep.

¡Hasta mañana!

 

SARGE / Daily Painting #1209

Sarge / Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

I ran into this handsome fellow while visiting Galleries down in Santa Fe a couple of days ago and got the owner's permission to take a few shots of his dog, Sarge. I enjoy painting dogs, and especially Bulldogs.

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CRUZ IN THE MILPA / Daily Painting #1197

Cruz in the milpa / Mixed Media / 6 x 9 inches

Cruz Valerio, born in what is now our house, was delighted to know he could continue farming our milpa, or corn field, as he had done since childhood. In exchange, Thea askrd only for a share of any “chocolate corn” he might raise. We did receive, instead, an annual supply of chicos (pit roasted, dried corn. Cruz and his wife Rosabelle have become our dear friends and good neighbors

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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:

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
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We are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

SEPIA / Daily Painting #1190

SEPIA / Watercolor / 6 x 9 Inches

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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:

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
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We are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

DOE / Daily Painting #1162

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

HOW TO BID:

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 wbid 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:

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
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  • Schedule a workshop

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

NAVAJO KACHINA / Daily Painting #1141

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

Tasaf, or Dasup is the Navajo Kachina. No, not one of those Kachinas, the ones made by Navajos getting on the commercial bandwagon, but a true Hopi Kachina representing the Navajo spirit.

There are several reasons this is one of my most favorite Kachinas to paint. When I left my job with McGee's Indian Den and Museum in Scottsdale to work as a trader on the Navajo Reservation, at the Greasewood Springs Trading Post, near Lukaichukai, my boss, Bill McGee, gave me a beautiful Dasup Kachina as a going away present. It remains the star of my Kachina collection.

Later, when I began painting full-time, that was the first Kachina I ever painted. I have since painted a variety of different Tasaf Kachinam in many different ways, and in watercolor, acrylics, and, of course, oils.

This is the latest, but definitely not the last of my Navajo Katsintihu paintings.



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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.

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DECISION TIME / Daily Painting # 1123

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

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One more from my long running series of paintings of everday people. What do you suppose they're deciding? What to do next? Where to go?or is it something larger, more important or pressing?

What do you suppose they're thinking, doing, or saying? You are invited to share your thoughts in the comments, join in and have a little fun.


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ESTANCIA GROUP / Daily Painting #1077

Pen and Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 8 inches

Here's another in the popular new series, “Confections”. I'm having a great time with these, and apparently so are many of you. Be the first person in with a $100 bid, and it's yours! That's right. The first hundred takes it.

Don't wait! Send your bid in an email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com, or call Thea at 505 982-4561

Please remember that if you would like to commission a larger version of your favorite subject, if you would like to check on the availability of a given image, or if you would like to schedule a workshop, we are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

 

CHAKWAINA (WARRIOR KACHINA) / Daily Painting #1062

Apologies, folks. I just discovered that both my blogs, although built last night, or rather early this morning, somehow never got posted. Sorry they're late. John

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

This Kachina represents the warrior Kachina that protected the ancient clan migration from the Rio Grande region to First Mesa, in Hopi country. To learn more about the Kachinam, and to see other, larger Kachina paintings, click on Kachinas.

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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 together of my Kachina paintings the first of September at David Anthony Fine Arts, here in Taos. I hope to see you there!


Please remember that if you would like to commission a larger version of your favorite subject, if you would like to check on the availability of a given image, or if you would like to schedule a workshop, we are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com