MOON AND TWO YÉÍ

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I’m having computer issues tonight, so there won’t be much in the way of words. Hasta mañana. Or, in Navajo, Näkemiin.

 

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Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

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Taos Pow Wow Moon

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Moon rising over trade booths at the 32nd Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow on July 8, 2017.

 

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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WARBONNET / Daily Painting #939

 

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Case in point. Two cases, really. Gumballs! from a couple of days ago, and today's Warbonnet.

The first is all about the subject, the realistic representation. Light, shade, colors all faithfully rendered.

The second translated, rendered, realistically, yet not “photographically”.

Someone once said: To translate a book, read it. Then read it again. And again. Then write it. In other words, not a literal, word for word, translation. That's what a computer can do, often with comic or even tragic results.

There is definitely an amount of skill needed to render a super realistic depiction of an object or objects, and I love doing it. I hope I manage to bring a little of myself to the piece, though. I certainly try.

But what of the second example. There's no mistaking what it represents. Most of its component parts are recognizable. But it's slightly more expressionistic, the language of the paint different, more important.

Or maybe I could put it this way: One is like words carefully printed, the other, words done in calligraphy. Both valid. Both justifiable. So what's the big deal? I've done both styles in the past, as well as variations of both.

For me, it's a big deal because through the recent series of abstractions I'm learning to exercise this handwriting deliberately, comfortably and with an authority that I have not previously had in oils.

I find the Gumballs! exciting the way they are painted. But I had avoided painting the Warbonnet ever since I photographed it at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, because I felt it would be boring if rendered in that way. When I came across it again, but with the abstracts fresh in my mind, I couldn't wait to paint it in this language that I'm finally getting comfortable with.

OK, maybe it's not such a big deal, but it is a step in the right direction!

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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