Category: Limited Palette

TEXTING Daily Painting #72

Texting / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Texting / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Texting. Or is he? He could be searching for a restaurant, or a dry cleaners. He could be checking the news, or checking a map. He could be calling a taxi, or calling his girl friend. Or playing a game, or looking up a word in a dictionary. From pay phones to cell phones, from telegrams to texting, from galleries to blogs, the world is changing. This little painting is timely today, will be outdated tomorrow, and historic the day after. But with all the changes, the man will be, for the most part, the same.

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STAMPEDE Daily Painting #71

Yeguada Stampede / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Yeguada Stampede / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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BACTRIAN CAMEL Daily Painting #70

Bactrian Camel / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Bactrian Camel / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

I went, one day, to the Buenos Aires Zoo. It was closed. So, I walked all the way around the outside of the fence, looking for a possible way in. The only entrance, at the rear of the zoo, was blocked by a guard who wasn’t buying any of my great reasons for needing to get inside to photograph the animals without interference from crowds. So I found a small opening in the fence, and zoomed in on this fine fellow enjoying his day off. I decided to paint him where he would surely prefer to be, on the flat, empty Gobi Desert, under a clear, blue sky.

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SELF PORTRAIT IN A MEXICAN HOTEL Daily Painting #69

Self Portrait in a Mexican Hotel / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth
Self Portrait in a Mexican Hotel / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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SACRED VALLEY BURRO Daily Painting #65

Sacred Valley Burro / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Sacred Valley Burro / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

While on the train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the way to Machu Picchu, I spotted this little guy on the banks of the Urubamba River, watching the train pass by. Or maybe he was just taking a siesta. ¿Quien sabe?

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KWAVAHU (EAGLE DANCER) KACHINA Daily Painting #64

Kwavahu (Eagle Dancer Kachina) / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworthKwavahu (Eagle Dancer Kachina) / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

While the Kwavahu Eagle Dancer Kachina is seldom seen, and then usually in a night dance with the Koyemsim, or Mudhead Kachinas, it is nonetheless a favorite among carvers and collectors of Kachina dolls. The small feather hanging from the beak represents the breath of the Eagle, which carries the prayers of the Hopi for moisture, good crops, and abundance up to the clouds. Along with the Ogres, the Mudheads, the Wolf Kachina, and Crow Mother, the Kwavahu, or Kwa Kachina is also a favorite of mine that I have painted many times. I especially like the intimacy of this close-up version. This Kachina is also sometimes referred to as Kwa Hu or as Kwaa.

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SNOW ON THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS Daily Painting #63

Snow on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworthSnow on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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