Downpour

DOWNPOUR

Daily Painting #725 / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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CAREFREE DAYS

Friends go riding through the grasslands of the American Southwest with a gully-washer off in the distance, relishing the smell of rain and wet grass and damp earth. The hot sun and cool breezes of the monsoon season add to the joy of flying across the landscape, free of life’s daily demands.

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LONE RIDER Daily Painting #715

Lone Rider

LONE RIDER

Oil on paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 inches / ©John Farnsworth

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AN EXPERIMENT

This painting depicting a lone horseman in front of the red rocks near Gallup, New Mexico, is a departure from the oil on panel paintings that I’ve been doing. This one is on paper, mounted on panel. It’s soon time to go get Betsy and hit the road again. I’ll be camping for a while, but before long may be going farther afield. Mexico, Central America, South America and Spain are all tempting me at the moment, and the panels would can be quite heavy when carrying enough for weeks or months at a time. Also, I had enough trouble finding panels in California, and wouldn’t want to try finding more while out of the country.  Paper would be so much easier to carry, and I like to travel light, very light.  Three months of paper should weigh less than a week of panels. They would also be much easier to send home.

This first try is encouraging. I enjoyed painting on the paper. It’s of course more absorbent, which makes for a bit faster drying. I like that, but it will take a little getting used to.

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CLANDESTINE Daily Painting #702

Clandestine

CLANDESTINE

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 inches / ©John Farnsworth

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TAOS PEARS AT NIGHT

My friend Walt Gonske told me recently that he’s been setting up floral still lifes outdoors. I haven’t had a chance to see any of them yet, but I guess the idea has been working its way around inside my noggin. Another friend and neighbor, John Kulhanek, brought us some pears from his tree. In order to be sure I could paint them, I hurried to take some photos before we broke down and ate them. I’ve been wanting to do some more fruit and bone images, so I took them out on the portal and posed them with some skulls and antlers. Then I thought, why not use some of that glorious sunshine and see if what I’d been missing. So I took them out into the sun and shot several photos.

Wow! That sun was so bright, even though it was late in the day, that the images were all burned out. Bland and blah. Oh well, it never hurts to play around a bit with photos that didn’t work out right. I opened one in ACDSee and started messing with the exposure. Its a good idea sometimes to take the slider in an editing feature all the way to the extreme far end and work your way back to the sweet spot. I moved the slider all the way and  found the inspiration for this painting. Suddenly what had been not only a terribly over exposed photo, but a boring one as well, became the secret night time rendezvous of three conspiratorial pears!  I couldn’t wait to paint it.  I can almost hear their hushed voices.

Thea said the other day, wouldn’t a group of these small paintings of fruit be an exciting addition to someone’s kitchen? I sure think so. What do you think? What sort of groupings do you have, or would you like to have of these daily paintings? We would love to hear your ideas.

 

NIGHTMARE Daily Photograph #1,672

While shopping in an antiques warehouse in Tucson a couple of years ago, we came across this East Indian hand carved wooden horse.

NIGHTMARE

NIGHTMARE

I upped the contrast, added the moon and eliminated some clutter in the background.

The Kachinas are Coming

It’s time to get ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big 43rd Annual 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 1, 5 t0 7pm

See the August/September issue of the SANTA FEAN magazine, page 90 for a write-up on the show.

 

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ESCARAMUSAS Daily Painting #574

I’m hitting the road! And you’re invited. Click Here to learn more.

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

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

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These side-saddle riders in their precision drill team maneuvers are always a crowd pleaser during a Mexican Charreada, or rodeo.

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

HORSE KACHINA Daily Painting #545

HORSE KACHINA / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth
HORSE KACHINA / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth

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DOLLY Daily Painting #278

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

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

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BUDS (TWO HORSE STUDY) Daily Paintings #186

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Buds (Two Horse Study) / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©John Farnsworth
Buds (Two Horse Study) / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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VIEW FROM MY STUDIO Daily Painting #106

View from My Studio / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©John Farnsworth

View from My Studio / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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