SILVER BELL / Daily Painting #1027

 

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Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Here's another subject from the window at Richardson's Trading Post and Pawn in Gallup, New Mexico. Not really a found still life, it's more of a study. I know one thing; it got under my skin and I just couldn't wait to paint it.

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CLEMENTINES AND DESERT DRIFTWOOD Daily Painting #883

CLEMENTINES AND DESERT DRIFTWOD

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Here's something I don't often do. A set-up still life. While camped on the desert a while back, I found this piece of desert “driftwood”, and wanted to use it in a painting. I had just finished eating a clementine for breakfast, and dipped back into the bag for these three. I put them, with the piece of wood, on top of Betsy and as soon as I saw them against that clear, bright Southwestern sky, I knew I had a winner.

I usually prefer doing “found” stills, but since the driftwood was newly found, a setup seemed worth doing.

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TWO HORSE STUDY Daily Painting #791

TWO HORSE STUDY

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Ahhh, that felt good! It's been a while since I last featured horses as the subject matter of one of these daily paintings.

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ROSE AND BOOKS Daily Painting #768

ROSE AND BOOKS

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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FOUND STILL LIFE

Not too many words tonight. The computer gremlins are on the rampage, again. Had to switch over to my iPad and post this in Blogsy. I should be using my iPad full time soon, so that's no problem. I'm just exhausted, so it's off to bed for me.

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ZUÑI SHALAKO KACHINA Daily Painting #657

Zuni Shalako Kachin

ZUÑI SHALAKO KACHINA

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

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HOUSE BLESSER

Shalako, the tall, 12 foot monster Kachina, with his great clacking beak, comes, accompanied by the Salimopia to bless all the new construction in the village of Zuñi in Western New Mexico.

IT’S THAT RODEO TIME OF YEAR Daily Photograph #1628

Rodeo Gear

RODEO GEAR

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SAND HILLS, NEW MEXICO Daily Painting #656

Sand Hills, NM

SAND HILLS, NEW MEXICO

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

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ADIOS, AT&T

This will be a short post because when I finally got over to Verizon today, they were closed until 2:45 for lunch. I had not been terribly impressed with the service there on my first visit, so I decided to go to Santa Fe to make the switch from AT&T. Three hours of drive time, two and a half hours with Verizon, a few minutes in Best Buy, dinner and some grocery shopping has left me with a shortened evening. The good news is that the switch seems to have gone without a hitch. I traded in our old phones for two new phones and a new 860L mifi device. Got out, after a mail in rebate, forty bucks ahead. I was very satisfied with AT&T. No complaints. Good coverage, no problems with their tech support. But there is no AT&T coverage in Taos, so they decided since I’m a fairly heavy user, they would just as soon drop me as a customer. This has been a major inconvenience, but I have hopes that I will be even more pleased with Verizon. We’ll soon find out.

RANCHOS MOON Daily Photograph #1627

Just a snapshot, but this was the view from our kitchen door a few nights ago, and I felt like sharing it with you. Enjoy.

Ranchos Moon

RANCHOS MOON

Oh, by the way, we ran through a beautiful cloudburst around Tesuque on our way to Santa Fe, and just miss another on our way home. Love the rain. We need it.

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CLOUD OVER THE SANGRES Daily Painting #655

Cloud Over the Sangres

CLOUD OVER THE SANGRES

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

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STUDIO VIEW

This was the view from my studio window in Santa Fe. It wasn’t easy to leave it. But when I think of all the views travel can offer, the sting is lessened. I’m making plans for a summer studio here in Taos that will have an equal or better view. Of course that’s going to take time and money. But there’s no need to hurry, and the less we hurry the less money it will take. We’ll start with what is now the garage, an adobe structure on the edge of the ridge that drops down to the valley of the Rio Pueblo de Ranchos, across to the Llano Quemado and on to the Picuris Mountains. It’s a simple but a sturdy building, and a small addition to the front will provide working space, while the original part will be used for storage and display. I’ll post ideas and progress as they occur.

I’ve nearly finished downloading some 50,000 photos from my iPhone4s onto my desktop and backed them up to an external hard drive. Now it should be safe to begin the transfer from AT&T to Verizon. That’s something I’m getting anxious to have behind me. Next, I need to go through all those photos, weed out any duplicates, and I expect there will be a lot. Then, I’ll need to get to work sorting and managing all the photographs that remain. I’ll have to tackle that a little at a time, so that I can get on to some other projects that are needing my attention.

Next on my agenda is an extensive overhaul of this blog. There are several areas that don’t flow the way I’d like them to. Some features need to be added, some retired. I’m open to suggestions, as always. What changes would you like to see?

CANYON CALL Daily Painting 1,626

Canyon Call

CANYON CALL

Because my Father was the engineer on the train from Williams to the Canyon, I lived a couple of summers at the Grand Canyon as a boy. Then, following my high school graduation, my first job was as dishwasher at the El Tovar Hotel. So, when I returned to the Canyon on my recent trip, I just couldn’t resist the idea of a night’s stay at the El Tovar. There were, of course, no rooms available when I arrived. I asked if I could be put on standby in case someone didn’t show up, and was told there was little chance of success, and that I would have to just come back around 6:30 and take my chances. I did, and I won. Dinner in the dining room, with someone else doing the dishes, a good night’s sleep, and I was able to get up in time to catch the shuttle out to the Easter Sunrise Service. On my way down the stairway to the shuttle, in the pre-dawn darkness, I came face to face with a very large lady elk. I could have reached out and touched her nose, but I didn’t. Instead, I took her picture, which I can’t seem to locate at the moment, and, when she made a coughing or snorting sound and took a step toward me, I decided it was time to get on down to the shuttle.

I was able, however, to locate this photograph of a Raven yelling into the depths of the Canyon the evening before, in front of the Bright Angel Lodge. I wonder what he was saying and who he was saying it to. I would really like to know. What’s your guess?

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YOUNG WADDLES Daily Painting #652

YOUNG WADDLES

YOUNG WADDLES

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

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DOG TIME

I just realized that I hadn’t painted a dog in a while. Not since January, in fact. I used to do a lot of full-sheet watercolors of dogs.Dogs are fun to paint. I photograph dogs on the street, in people’s homes, in cars and trucks, wherever I find them, and, eventually, most of them end up as paintings. I’m kind of getting the itch to do some more watercolors again.We’ll see. These daily oils are keeping me pretty busy, or at least the blog is. Did I mention I’m having the time of my life painting these little six-by-sixes?

UNION STATION, LA Daily Photograph #1623

Union Station LA

UNION STATION LA

One of my favorite places to photograph. Lots of people, interesting architecture, great light, flowers sunshine and palm trees and blue skies. Part of my Amtrak Series. This one is from my trip from Santa FE to California to show in the Randy Higbee 6×6 show in Costa Mesa in April of last year.

Know how sometimes a song gets stuck in your head, or part of a song, and won’t go away? For me it’s usually Frosty the Snow Man or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. But recently I started hearing a song that I couldn’t quite identify. Over and over. For days. Da da da dum skies of blue da da da dum it’s a beautiful day. Over and over. Slight variations, but never right, never whole. Certainly better than Frosty or Rudolph. Finally, it occurred to me to Google it. And there it was: Satchmo, Louis Armstrong, singing…

IT’S A WONDERFUL DAY

Songwriters: DIETZ, HOWARD / SCHWARTZ, ARTHUR
I see trees of green…….. red roses too
I see em bloom….. for me and for you
And I think to myself…. what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue….. clouds of white
Bright blessed days….dark sacred nights
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
Are also on the faces…..of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands…..sayin.. how do you do
They’re really sayin……i love you.
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/louis+armstrong/what+a+wonderful+world_20085347.html ]
I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more…..than I’ll never know
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world

(instrumental break)

The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
Are there on the faces…..of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands…..sayin.. how do you do
They’re really sayin…*spoken*(I ….love….you).

I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
*spoken*(you know their gonna learn
A whole lot more than I’ll never know)
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself …….what a wonderful world.

Wow, that one can stay in my head as long as it likes.

 

CLEMENTINE WITH DORMIENDOS Daily Painting #648

Clementine with Dormiendos

CLEMENTINE WITH DORMIENDOS

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

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I SAW A PAINTING

I can hardly believe how much fun I had painting this one. Unlike most of my still life paintings, this one was a setup, rather than a found still life. It is, of course, a formal arrangement. Deliberate. Thought through. Planned. Not simply stumbled across. But not formal in the sense of bread and grapes and blue and white dinner ware on an expensive tablecloth. As far as lighting, it could almost be considered a found setup. The dormiendos, sleeping Mexican, salt and pepper shakers were sitting on a shelf in our kitchen, and I had just finished another painting of the clementine that I was quite pleased with. So I was messing around with ideas, moving the clementine around in various settings throughout the kitchen, when this arrangement sort of fell into place. I photographed it and moved on, hardly giving it a thought. I’ve looked at that photograph many times since and always felt there was something there. I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I could see it, but I couldn’t see it. Then, today, I ran across it again, and thought, I’ll probably never get a painting out of this.

But then I began to imagine painting it. All those little decisions that are usually made during the painting were occurring to me as I sat and looked at the photograph. At last, I not only saw it, I saw through it to the painting it could be.

This doesn’t often happen for me. But, thanks to this practice of doing a painting every day, it is happening more and more often. And when it does, the actual laying on of the paint, the exploring of the forms, the realizing of the vision, all that is sheer pleasure. Life really is grand!

 

A PHOTOGRAPH I ALMOST DIDN’T POST…

 

The View the Cactus and the Dragon

THE VIEW, THE CACTUS, THE DRAGON

Technically, this is really a lousy photograph. Yet, I find it intriguing. With a better camera, definitely with a better camera operator, this might have been quite a photograph.

It is a shot of our bedroom window, from the outside. From inside, we have a beautiful view of Picuris Mountains, the valley of the Rio Grande de Ranchos below, and the clouds above. Here we have just a dark hint of that. Complete with a telephone wire. That scruffy old cactus is one that we hauled all the way from Arizona seventeen or so years ago. It used to be beautiful. Now it looks even worse than in the picture, but I worked a little computer magic on it. It could use a lot more. The little rubber dragon, left there years ago by a grandson, could have been an interesting third feature, but look how his nose just touches the diagonal edge of the shadow of the window frame. A definite no-no! It will take more than a casual glance for anyone to even notice the dragon. And if they do, the resolution is so lacking that they may not be able to make out what it is. But my focus keeps landing on the drgaon’s head, and remaining there, and going away and  returning there. If the head bisected the line, leaving the head in stark contrast to the dark shadow it would definitely create a strong focal point.

I don’t know, there’s just something about the wrongness of it all that makes it seem more right to me than if it were perfect.

It’s an awful photograph. But I think it’s kind of a neat picture. So I posted it. So there.

By the way, I’m sure Thea would like you to know that the window frame has been repaired. The dragon is history. The view is till beautiful. The cactus, like me, ain’t gettin’ any prettier!

I hope to have more Betsy news tomorrow, and Atticus Catticus is sleeping after a long, hard day of play

TABLE FOR TWO Daily Painting #639

TABLE FOR TWO

TABLE FOR TWO

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

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After the dust has settled, I’ll try and bring you up to date on my current headaches with AT&T. For now, let me just say that it’s taking way to much time to resolve. I spent all day until time to paint working on getting it all straightened out. The good news is that I didn’t have to go to Santa Fe today. The Classical Gas Museum can wait until my next trip.

When the time finally came to paint, I went out to the Kelvinator, opened both windows, and set up shop. Again, I was more comfortable than in Betsy, or in my current make-shift studio in the garage.

OIL PAINTING GEAR

MY PAINTING KIT

My painting kit has been narrowed down to, really, just the essentials. I can now paint just about anywhere that I have good light. And in K, because she’s on wheels, I can arrange for the best painting light available in a given place, or on a given day. That’s it. That little box contains everything I need for a week or more of daily paintings, with room left over. Four tubes of M. Graham paints, a bottle of their Walnut Oil Alkyd Medium and a bottle of their plain Walnut Oil Medium, one brush, a 31/2 x 5 sketch pad, some paper towels or a roll of toilet paper, and nine or ten panels and I’m set for adventure! Almost.

There is still the question of how to travel. Once Betsy’s fixed, if she can be, she will work out fine for travel in the states. If she can’t, K can do the job, except that she’s not equipped for living. I learned quite a bit about myself and about how I want to go about van camping on my recent trip, but I still need to sort it all out in my mind. I know that I’ll be shooting for some combination of urban stealth camping, canping in nature, rivers, lakes, woods, desert, etc., following the weather, and three months or so in various base camps. Oustide the U. S. especially, I’ll want to be able to rent a house or apartment. sometimes in big cities, sometimes in small towns for two or three months, and rent a car for short excursions.

I guess I’d better not try to figure it all out tonight, as I need to get ready to go shoot the Taos Rodeo tomorrow.