Flamenco Dancer / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 inches / ©JohnFarnsworthPortrait of a Flamenco Dancer / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

In a small Peña Flamenca in Jerez de la Frontera, a beautiful Flamenco Dancer pauses briefly as another dances. I love watching and listening to Flamenco dancers, both here and in Spain. Bizet’s Carmen is one of my favorite films. Painting dancers dancing, with all the motion and grace, is exciting, but so, too is capturing the dignified, poised character of a dancer at rest or preparing to dance or sing. Those “moments in between” are especially captivating and inspiring to me. Bizet’s Carmen is one of my favorite films.

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ANTIQUES Daily Painting #6

Antiques / Oil on Panel ? 6 x 6 Inches / ©JohnFarnsworthAntiques / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

An antiques dealer sits among his treasures at the end of a quiet  day, catching up on the news, reflecting on the day’s events, and occasionally dozing off.

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SANTO Daily Painting #5

Santo Oil on Panel 6x6 ©JohnFarnsworth

Santo / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

While walking around Santa Fe one evening, looking for ideas, I came across this Santo in a store window. In place of the original elegance and fine craftmanship there was now the patina of age, the signs  of years of love and neglect The scars and chipped paint, the missing tip of the nose, all told, or rather, suggested stories of the passage of time.

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LA RAZA PURA Daily Painting #4

La Raza Pura ©JohnFarnsworth La Raza Pura / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

At the Yeguada de la Cartuja, Spain’s Royal breeding farm of the Cartusian horse just outside Jerez de la Frontera in Spain’s Andalucia,  La Raza Pura, the pure Spanish bred horse, in groups, first of stallions, then of yearlings, followed by the mothers and their offspring, is put through a series of movements designed to show them to their best advantage for prospective breeders and a crowd of excited spectators.

This noble line, extending back, uninterrupted, to a time before Columbus, was originally the product of Cartusian Monks, part of whose monastery grounds is now the Yeguada. If you’re in the area, be sure not to miss the breathtaking equestrian show, display of carriages, and tour of the grounds of this magnificent facility.

I told you there would be horses. Now, what will be next?

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Thea Says…

The painting SHAMPOO that went up today is a really good oil painting. Forgetting about subject and composition, the first things viewers look at, the paint on this piece is masterful.

Thea Swengel
Farnsworth Art

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SHAMPOO Daily Image #3

ShampooShampoo / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

I was in Chicago recently, with some time to spare between flights, so I decided to checkout the Lincoln Park Zoo. I got a couple of good photos, but for the most part the animals were all as tired and hot as I was. Most were holed up in the shade at the rear of their enclosures. Then I came across the sparrows having a splash in a puddle. They were the highlight of my visit. And they sure knew how to beat the heat. I hope you will enjoy them as much as they were enjoying their bath, and as much as I enjoyed seeing, photographing, and painting them!

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