ENGINE 483 AT REST / Daily Painting #1120

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

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This old steam locomotive is obviously out of service for now. But what will be its fate? Will it be parted out, or restored and put back to work, hauling loads of happy tourists along the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway line over the 10,015 foot Cumbres Pass and through the Toltec Gorge, between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado?

Oops, I somehow managed to leave out the image that accompanied this wonderful testimonial yesterday from a happy collector, and to say Thank You, Marcia, for your kind words.

From: Marcia Keeth

Date: Monday, November 25, 2013

Subject: It's here! It's beautiful! and more!

Thea,

My painting arrived today, and I love it! I immediately took down my Georgia O'Keefe posters and hung my new Farnsworth on the wall by itself opposite my desk so that I can just stare at it for a day or two until it tells me where it wants to live permanently. My first Farnsworth lives on my desk, but I think this one will go home with me. Time will tell.

The framing is amazing — for two reasons. First, it's perfect and absolutely beautiful. But here's the part that blew my mind. That same trip to Paris in which John and I had the most memorable romantic night in Monmartre after visiting Sacre Couer, the next day we spent most of the day at the Musee d'Orsay where all the French Impressionists are. There was a Monet that I had never seen before, and I just fell in love with it. When we got home, (my) John had a print of that painting framed for me, and I keep it in my office. I had to take a photo of the two together and send it to you. Photo attached.

Thank you so much! And please give John my thanks and share with him how much joy his work gives me.

I am also delighted to hear that Lynn bought “The Conversation.” When I saw that one, I loved it, too.

Love to both of you,
Marcia

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AMTRAK, LAMY TO NEW YORK / Daily Painting #1089

Pen and Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 6 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.

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EAST OF LAMY, WEST OF CHICAGO /Daily Painting #964

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Somewhere between Lamy, New Mexico and Chicago, I caught a glimpse of this Conrail diesel in front of a grain silo. The morning light triggered an automatic response in me. My old camcorder came quickly to my eye and I captured just enough information, an electronic sketch, if you will, just enough to provide the basis for today's painting, some sixteen years later.

Interesting shapes, interesting light, and a train to boot. All this in a passing, fleeting second. What more could I want on a sleepy morning on a train bound for adventure.

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RED ENGINE PASSING / Daily Painting #953

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Winter, 1997, on an Amtrak train, somewhere between Lamy, New Mexico, and New York City, I spotted this red engine and grabbed a quick burst with my old Super 8mm camera. Today, while working on sorting and organizing my research images, I spotted it again. The subject was interesting, but so was the setting. The crisp, cold air, ice in the ditch alongside the tracks, the bare trees and power poles, contrasted with the red of the engine was a compelling combination.

Growing up along the Santa Fe line, from a family of railroaders, I've always loved train travel. A lot has changed, though, since my youth. Gone is the rhythmic clickety clack of the rails, now that they are long, welded, seamless,single pieces of steel from coast to coast. No longer can I ride with my head out the window, or standing in the vestibule between cars, the hot or cold wind in my face. It's all about air conditioning now, and sealed windows. The heavy china and silver of the dining cars has been replaced with plastic and the food is not far behind. Bureaucracy has taken the place of service.

I still love it, though. I love sleeping on a speeding train, not knowing exactly where I am, or waking up sitting in a strange town. The ability to walk about, stretch my legs, go for a snack, or a cup of “coffee”. I love the sense of actually going from point to point, as opposed to the feeling I get when flying of having been in one place and then another with little more than discomfort in between.

The thing I like best, remains unchanged, though. I really love the quick, brief vignettes passing by the windows of the train. Fields mountains, plains, lingering sunsets and sunrises are great, but the glimpses of life, homes, yards, crossings, animals, workers, factories, trains, rivers and creeks are the icing on the cake. They appear briefly, then they are gone.

I paint them to try and save them, freeze them, share them while at the same time hoping to celebrate their transitory nature. So how's that for contrast.

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BARSTOW SWITCHER / Daily Painting #950

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

At the old train station in Barstow, California, there's a Route 66 Museum worth checking out, and in the yard, a number of old railroad cars and engines. On the way to visit my cousin, Martin and his wife, Jane, I spent a couple of hours photographing all the treasures.

I'm not sure this little switcher was ever needed in Barstow, as the giant 48 rail classification yard, where freight trains from Chicago are divided and reconfigured, then sent on to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and other points, is operated wholly by gravity.

Martin is a retired BNSF mechanic, and once treated me to a one on one tour of the huge shops there. Thanks, cousin.

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BARN AND CLOUDS Daily Painting #739

Barn and Clouds

BARN AND CLOUDS

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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IN PASSING

It’s been a while since I did one of my passing scenes from the Amtrak Series. This one was spotted while traveling through the Midwest , on my way to do photographic research for a commission.

“My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

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BOXCAR IN WINTER Daily Painting #657

Boxcar in Winter

BOXCAR IN WINTER

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

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AMTRAK SERIES

Scenes seen through train windows. This was a scene that I photo-sketched with my camcorder on a trip to New York several years ago for a major exhibition of the works of John Singer Sargent. I like to revisit that trip periodically, through my photographs. Flipping through them quickly, I see glimpses of track side arrangements, and, like when on the train, I begin thinking how I’d like to hold them, pause them, make them mine, and share them. It’s like saying Wow. Look. Did you see that old red boxcar, sitting in the snow, in the light of evening? Traveling alone, I had no one to say that to. Now, I can say it to you. Look. Did you see that?

With my camera I can trap those momentary impressions for myself, with my photographs and paintings, I can share them with you.  Ain’t life grand?

BALLET SLIPPERS Daily Photograph #1628

More from the streets of Los Angeles

Ballet Slippers

BALLET SLIPPERS

OFFICE REDO

Well, I didn’t make it to Verizon today, after all. We decided to turn our shared desk ninety degrees, to make more usable space in our office. One thing led to another, and we ended up rearranging most of the room. There went the day. But it was worth it. We have much better work arrangements than before. Now all we have to do is make it look good. That’s where Thea shines. 

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HOSE BIB Daily Painting #654

Hose Bib

HOSE BIB

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

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FAUCET

What is it about the simple hose bibs, or exterior faucets that so intrigues me? I honestly don’t know. But whenever I see one, out comes the camera or the sketch book. I’ve never painted one before, but have long wanted to. This is the first, but I don’t think it will be the last. Maybe it’s just the humble, simple utility, the form follows function beauty of the thing. Or maybe it’s some nostalgic memory from childhood all but lost in the mists of time. Or just the simple fact that it represents the delivery of water in a thirsty land.

DRAIN DAILY Daily Photograph 1625

Here’s another image from my pass through Chama, New Mexico, back in March, when I visited the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad train yard. There wasn’t much going on as the tourist season hadn’t hit, yet, but that meant I could poke around in areas that would probably have been off limits if there were crowds. As it was I didn’t have a lot of time, but still managed to get quite a few good shots. This is one of my favorites…

Daily Drain Cumbres and Tolted RR

DRAIN DAILY

The side of an old steam locomotive, awaiting restoration.

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DIESEL IN SNOW Daily Painting #556

DIESEL IN SNOW / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth
DIESEL IN SNOW / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth

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LITTLE FRENCH SWITCHER Daily Painting #505

LITTLE FRENCH SWITCHER / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth
LITTLE FRENCH SWITCHER / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / ©John Farnsworth

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