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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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MEXICAN PEON DOLLS Daily Painting #62

Mexican Peon Dolls / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworthMexican Peon Dolls / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

These little dolls from our own collection are represented here at close to life-size. It seems like only yesterday Mexico and the Southwest were filled with people in colorful costumes that were a part of their daily wear. Now, it seems we all look the same in our sweats and t-shirts. Except, of course, at festivals and in parades. Somehow that’s just not the same. I’ll leave it to smarter people than I am to decide which is better for society as a whole. But being a visual sort of guy, I miss the color and vernacular nature of indigenous people’s native costumes. Anyway, there will be lots more of these personal items showing up in coming paintings. I hope they will bring you as much pleasure in their painted form as they have us in their original form.

John

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CARNY (CARNIVAL WORKER) Daily Painting #61

Carny (Carnival Worker) / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworthCarny (Carnival Worker) / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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FRANKLIN Daily Painting #59

Franklin / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworthFranklin / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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WEEDCUTTER Daily Painting #36

Weedcutter / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworthWeedcutter / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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NAVAJO YEI MASK Daily Painting #20

yei-mask / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Navajo Yei Mask / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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