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