SHALAK MANA / Daily Painting #1130

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

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Thea and I stopped by for a visit with our friend Robert Cafazzo in his Two Graces Gallery on the Ranchos Plaza a couple of days ago. There is always so much to see there, and this time was no exception. Books, paintings, sculpture, antiques, and, yes, Kachinas. This Kachina, in particular, caught my eye, and I could hardly wait to paint it. Thanks, Robert.

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WAKAS (COW KACHINA) Daily Painting #1035

 

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Wakas is the Hopi take on the Spanish word for cattle, vacas. This is definitely a rare version of the Cow Kachina. But an intriguing one.

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MA’ LO KACHINA / Daily Painting #1028

 

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Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Ma' Lo, an ancient Kachina spirit, carries a rattle and a staff tipped with feathers in a prayer for rain and fertile crops.

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SIPIKNE AND MOUNTAIN SHEEP / Daily Painting #1012

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Sipikne is a Zuñi Kachina, but appears in the Bean Dance on the Hopi First Mesa. He is a guard and carries a yucca whip and a bow and arrows. Here, he is accompanied by a Mountain Sheep Kachina, beloeved to have power over rain and spasms.

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WUPOMO KACHINA / Daily Painting # 1005

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Wupomo is a fierce Kachina guard whose job is to keep the crowds away from the power of the other Kachinas during dances.

This particular dancer would be seen wearing a mask made from a yucca sifter basket, which explains the round, flattened shape of his head. The Kachinas, carriers of messages to the heavens asking for rain, productive crops, fertility, all the things of a good, simple life, are represented in these small dolls, carved from cottonwood root, and given to the children as tools for learning the intricacies of the Hopi religion. They have, over the years, also become much sought after by collectors. Their primitive, yet sophisticated design speaks to me much as African art spoke to artists such as Picasso.

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So bid today, and be sure to check back tomorrow!

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COFFEE SHOP / Daily Painting #994

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

I decided it was about time for another painting in my Everyday People Series, and this fellow has been kicking around in the back of my head for a couple of months. I really enjoy working on this series that I started back around 1978 or ’79. For a painter and habitual people watcher it just comes naturally.

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BUFFALO KACHINA / Daily Painting #957

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

This very old baby Buffalo Kachina is from the collection at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. This is the third time I've painted him, from different angles. He's always a challenge, and always a pleasure to paint. While old Buffalo Kachinas are quite rare, there a lot of modern versions, but none of them have the presence or personality these older ones have.

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THE NAVAJO AND THE CRICKET / Daily Painting #944

 

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

On the left is a Hopi Kachina doll, Tasaf Mana, representing a female Navajo spirit, and on the right, is a Sö ́sö`öpa, or Jerusalem Cricket Kachina. I found these Katsintihu in a nicho in the home of friends and was taken by the way they seemed to relate to each other. I knew the space between them would be fun to deal with, too.

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PIPTU-WU-UQTI HOPI CLOWN Daily Painting #917

PIPTU-WU-UQTI HOPI CLOWN

(Ain't she a cutie?)

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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This female companion of the Hopi clown Piptuka, though masked, is not actually a Kachina. As far as I know, no Kachina mask has a nose as this figure does. To learn more about these fascinating clowns and their ribald, sometimes obscene antics, click here for an excerpt from Barton Wright's excellent book Clowns of the Hopi.

Barton was my boss at the Museum of Northern Arizona in the 1960s and no other Bahana has known the Kachinam like he did. His knowledge was truly encyclopedic. I was honored to work with him.

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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THE KACHINAS RESPOND Daily Painting #915

THE KACHINAS RESPOND

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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The prayers are answered, rain comes to the Mesas. Not much rain, but enough for the patient, enduring Hopi farmer to raise his corn, melons, and squash. Not enough, though, to make the people soft and unappreciative, the reason, some say, that they settled here so long ago.

NOTE:

I spent quite a bit of time this morning 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.

Click Here to see my Daily Photographs.

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

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