Category: Special Message

ESCARAMUZA IN PINK / Daily Painting #1068

Pen / Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

Here's another in the popular new series, “Confections”. I'm having a great time with these, and apparently so are many of you. Be the first person in with a $100 bid, and it's yours! That's right. The first hundred takes it. Don't wait!

Escaramuza (Skirmish), is an important part of the Mexican rodeo, or Charreada. Young women, dressed in colorful, flowing costumes, riding side-saddle, perform thrilling precision drill team maneuvers.

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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.

 

PAINTED BISON SKULL / Daily Painting #1,000

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Here it is! Daily Painting Number One Thousand!

And a special offer just for you. Be the winning bidder on today's painting and help us celebrate this milestone by accepting our invitation to Taos, New Mexico and our home for two days and a night.

Be treated to a free one-day workshop, a photography walkabout, or a driveabout. Your choice. Or just kick back and relax. It's up to you.

We will do all we can to make this a visit to remember.

But wait, there's more…

Tomorrow, I will be announcing a week long special offer for all the wonderful collectors, friends and followers who, through their support and encouragement, have made this blog a success.

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

This Bison skull was given to me by my special friend, Greg Guymon, who brought it all the way from Wyoming to Arizona. Greg was a real Mountain Man, philosopher, horseman, enthusiast, and truly one of a kind. He painted the decorations using traditional, natural earth pigments, and packed the eye sockets with dried grasses. Though he's been gone more than thirty years, I miss him still. The good do die young.

If you would like to own today's painting, just send your bid in an email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com, or call Thea at 505 982-4561

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NOTE! I have a special new WORKSHOP coming up in July. Click HERE for details. I hope you can join us. Materials included.

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.

 

I COUNT THESE RARE MOMENTS / Daily Painting #978

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Well, it felt like it was about time to lighten up the abstactions, bring them into a higher key. So that's just what I did. Now, let's see where this takes us.

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NOTE! I have a special new WORKSHOP coming up in July. Click HERE for details. I hope you can join us. Materials included.

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.

 

NIGHT CLERK / Daily Painting #976

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Late night check in, two rooms left, two queens or a king. Upstairs or down? Breakfast in the lobby from seven to ten. One key or two?

Click Here to see my Daily Photographs.

NOTE! I have a special new WORKSHOP coming up in July. Click HERE for details. I hope you can join us. Materials included.

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.

 

TEAPOT Daily Painting #675

Teapot

TEAPOT

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

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EXTRACTION

I’m often asked if I paint from photographs. I sure do. Here’s an example of a painting extracted from a small part of this photograph, taken in our Taos kitchen during the fall of 2001:

Kitchen Photo 2011

It was just a quick snapshot, taken more to test the capabilities of my (then) new Sony Cybershot P150 Camera. Click on the image if you’d like to see it full-size. I did, and that’s when the teapot caught my eye. I played around with some croppings, and finally chose this one:

PHOTO2-kitchen-2-crop

I straightened it and resized it, then I isolated it on my computer monitor, positioned my mini-easel astraddle my keyboard, opened the drawer in my desk, and the palette in that drawer, and painted TEAPOT.

Teapot Setup

I found two more compositions that I like inside this original image. One involves the dish rack, and the other is concerned with the green bowl and white cups and the space around them. I may paint them next, or I may wait days, weeks, even months from now. I have to tell you, though, they are really tempting me.

Yes, I use photographs and computers. They’re tools. I used to write using a typewriter. They’re just tools. I do remind my students of the need to argue with photographs, not just replicate them. Teapot is an example that is about as close as I like to come to a direct, unchanged response to a photograph. But if you look close, you’ll see quite a few small, subtle differences. Most of the creativity this time  took place before I ever picked up the brush.

I’d be happy to hear your thoughts regarding the use of photography by painters. The more of you who comment, the more fun we can have.

 

THE LESSON Daily Photograph Snapshot #1,646

Atticus Napping

ATTICUS NAPPING

Here you see Atticus Catticus teaching me how to nap. He’s growing so fast, I’m afraid he’s going to need a new bassinet soon. Hmmm, I wonder how he’d like a cat size hammock?

He still has the face of a kitten, but his body is looking very grown up, especially from behind.

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And start getting ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big Kachina show Thea wil be putting on of my Kachina paintings the first of September at David Anthony Fine Arts, here in Taos. I hope to see you there!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

Congratulations Melissa! She’s passed the half way mark, both in time and in the amount already pledged.  Check it out.

 

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MANZANOS Daily Painting #674

Manzanos

MANZANOS

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

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APPLES IN A SIMPLE EARTHEN BOWL

I found this still life arrangement in the colonial hacienda at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Did you see yesterday’s daily photograph of the chapel at Las Golondrinas? Did you click on the link to learn about it? If not, here’s your second chance. Just click on El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

EVENING SUN ON BRUSHES Daily Photograph #1,645

Brushes

EVENING SUNLIGHT ON BRUSHES

See the brushes in front, on the right? These are the only brushes I have used for the last couple of years, whether working on my daily 6 x 6 inch paintings, or larger works like Trillium Six, which is a painting 72 inches long, by 3 feet high. It’s a remarkable little brush. It’s inexpensive at around a buck and a half, very versatile, and able to cover surprisingly large areas with subtle variations in color and intensity, making for subtle yet more vibrant passages. A lot less cleanup is required, as well.

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And start getting ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big Kachina show Thea wil be putting on of my Kachina paintings the first of September at David Anthony Fine Arts, here in Taos. I hope to see you there!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

Congratulations Melissa! She’s passed the half way mark, both in time and in the amount already pledged.  Check it out.

 

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GO AHEAD, THROW IT! Daily Painting #670

Go Ahead, Throw It!

GO AHEAD, THROW IT!

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

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ROAD TRIP Continued

We got to Socorro about 9:30, and the sidewalks were being rolled up, so we stopped at Denny”s for a tilapia dinner. Not bad, really. We pushed on to Albuquerque and got a room for the night. I painted CHOPSTICKS, and ran into several technological problems. I had used my iPad for blogging all during my two month travels, but, for whatever reason, couldn’t get anything to work though I worked at it until three or four in the morning. The next day we got home with no problems, unloaded and returned the Uhaul and I was home by around two. Our mini adventure turned out to be more of a quick trip. Quick and exhausting. And successful. That little pickup is cute as can be, fits right in in Taos, and purrs like a kitten. Speaking of which…

ATTICUS CATTICUS Daily Photograph #1,641

Atticus Catticus

ATTICUS CATTICUS

In case you just tuned in, this is Atticus, so named because he was rescued from our attic. He’s the new ruler of the studio; the whole house, in fact. He’s also started taking over the yard. But only if we’re really close by. This photograph shows him in a rare moment between playing and sleeping. Hmmm, sleeping. Sounds like a plan. See you tomorrow.

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And start getting ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big Kachina show Thea wil be putting on of my Kachina paintings the first of September at David Anthony Fine Arts, here in Taos. I hope to see you there!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

Congratulations Melissa! She’s passed the half way mark, both in time and in the amount already pledged.  Check it out.

 

Are you enjoying these daily paintings, photos and writings? If you are, please help us out by clicking on the Google+, Facebook, and Twitter Icons below. And share us with your friends. Thanks!