Category: Travel

STILL LIFE WITH MIRROR Daily Painting #82

Still Life with Mirror / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Still Life with Mirror / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

While I will occasionally set up a “formal” still-life arrangement, I generally have more fun working on “found still-lifes”, those random, chance, serendipitous arrangements that catch my eye and insist on being either photographed or painted. Or both. Like this painting. Just a simple reflection in a motel mirror somewhere, Atlanta, maybe, or Albuquerque. Alone in a room, glancing around, suddenly I feel the urge to grab my camera and record these shapes, this overflowing emptiness. Days, months, years go by and every time I come across this image in my files, I’m tempted by it. It’s like an itch. It wants my attention.  And now, with these little daily paintings, I have an opportunity to give it new life. Challenging, satisfying, it makes me anxious to get back to the easel again tomorrow.

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RED DOOR AT OLLANTAYTAMBO Daily Painting #79

Red Door at Ollantaytambo / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©JohnFarnsworth

Red Door at Ollantaytambo / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

In Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, near Machu Picchu, there is another important ruin, Ollantaytambo. In the town of the same name, there is this red door, or gate. I don’t know what lies beyond. If you do, I’d love to hear from you. I hope to return there some day, with more time to spend painting, exploring, and photographing. My last trip in the area was mostly spent in the nearby village of Pisac, photographing the market and environs. You may see many of my photographs from the area by clicking here.

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