JEMEZ MOUNTAINS SUNSET

We drove a couple of new Kachina paintings down to the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe today for their Indian Market show . On the drive back to Taos, we were treated to this beautiful sunset over the Jemez Mountains.

 

MORNING PAY LOAD

The morning sunlight came and brought life to this little folk art truck on our breakfast table. I had photographed this found still life many times in the past, but it seemed I could never make it very interesting.

Then this slender ray of light came, briefly, to the table and made all the difference.

 

OL’ BLUE

I took a walk around the Lilac Festival at Kit Carson Park today, and got this portrait of one of the Tio Vivo (lively uncle) Carousel horses that have been thrilling Taos kids for over 75 years!

 

CLOUDS OVER THE SANDIAS

Scenes like this make the drive to Albuquerque a pleasure. The pleasures of the open road are a part of what makes life so grand.

 

 

 

CAR SHOW SELF PORTRAIT

Another from the When a Painter Snaps archives. This image also appears in my forthcoming book, CAR PARTS. Watch for it.

CAR SHOW SELF PORTRAIT / iPhone 4 / PhotoForge2

When photographing car shows, it's really hard to keep myself out of the image. So sometimes I just go ahead and make the most of it. Or maybe I'm really a raving narcissist. Whatcha think?.

Hasta mañana.

 

COTTON CANDY

COTTON CANDY / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

On my way home from a quick run to deliver a new painting to Barry Norris Studio for scanning, I glanced out my driver's side window and saw this delicate pink cloud. I pulled my iPhone from my shirt pocket, and as soon as I was stopped behind other cars at a stoplight, I glanced down, hit the home button and flicked the little camera button up with my thumb. The light changed and we started moving. The side of the highway was packed with buildings, trees, poles wires, and street lights, blocking my shot.

Then I spotted a long, empty stretch coming up with just a field of sage stretching away toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Hoping the view wouldn't be blocked by poles and wires, I kept my left hand on the steering wheel and my eyes on the road ahead. I held the camera with my right hand, reaching across to place the camera near the closed window, and fired off four quick shots as I passed the clearing.

The fourth shot was the best. All it needed was a slight rotation to level it, some spotting where there was a slight reflection, and the usual mild adjustments, all done in Snapseed on my iPad Air 2.

And there you have it.

Hasta mañana.

 

TAOS EVENING

TAOS EVENING / iPhoto 6+ / Snapseed / Front View

We were coming out of an opening at our dear friend Lanna Smith's gallery, The Ranch at Taos, recently, when a man crossed the street in front of us and mounted his bike. When his foot hit the brake, that red glow lighting up the adobe wall behind him caused me to grab my iPhone from my pocket and capture this quick shot just before he roared off into the night.

I especially like the red, yellow and blue primary colors in this nocturnal image.

Quite a contrast from yesterday's laundry room window. It's a bit grainy, but in the words of Chase Jarvis, “The best camera is the camera you have with you”. And that would always be my iPhone.

Hasta mañana

 

FACE OF A SAINT XXXIV / Daily Painting #1446

Face of a Saint XXXIV / Ink and Watercolor / 7 x 10 Inches / Daily Painting #1446

This is from an email I received yesterday:

QUESTION:

John,
I have enjoyed all of your art but I adore your ink and watercolors. You mentioned that you have a new palette. Does this mean you are no longer mixing the 3 M. Graham primary colors? Are you painting on wet paper in your demonstration?
I will send you a photo of a watercolor I just finished to show how your class in Ruidoso inspired me. Thank you.
All my best,
D H

Scroll down for my answers…



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I did it! I finally finished my first video demonstration and it's up and running on YouTube!

Please watch, like, share, tell your friends, and, please, let me know what you think of it in the comments, or drop me an email with your impressions. Click here to watch the video. Some have requested background music. I am considering it, but so far am convinced you would like hearing music of your own choosing better than any thing I might come up with. Any more thoughts out there?

By the way, if you are having a problem with the links to the video, just go to YouTube and search for Farnsworth Watercolor. That should get you there.


ANSWERS:

Hi D,

Nice painting. It would be very difficult to make such a painting, with so many colors, without ending up with a lot of mud, when using a more complicated palette.

No, I haven't changed. I meant to say that I bought a new paint box. The pigments I fill it with will still be the same.

As for purple, it is the one most difficult color to acheive with this palette. But it can be done. Try this for practice. Divide a sheet of paper into 25 or 50 swatches. Using clean water, and a clean brush, be very careful not to allow any yellow at all into the mix. Start with a lot of water and just a little pigment and work your way up to a lot of pigment and not much water. Start with a pale pink, then add a very small hint of blue. Then a tiny bit more and so on. Then try starting with a pale, pale blue and adding small amounts of red. Explore all the different combinations that are available. Learn the possiibilities, practice, and you will do fine.

I don't generally wet my paper first. However, if you can slow down the video, you will see thst there are areas in which I sometimes paint wet into wet, wet over dry, and so on. All that just comes with practice, really; I don't give it much conscious thought when I'm painting.

When doing the above swatches, you might also want to try wet into wet, wet over dry, dry into wet, dry over dry, etc

Paint, paint, paint, that's the key.

John

 

FACE OF A SAINT XXXIII / Daily Painting #1445

Face of a Saint XXXIII / Ink and Watercolor / 7 x 10 Inches / Daily Painting #1445

I decided since I was so late with yesterday's post I should try and get this one out to you a little bit earlier. And I think I should maybe get to bed a little bit earlier.

To own today's painting, send your bid in now…

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  • Paintings will be shipped as soon as the paint dries to insure safe packing. (Please allow two weeks).

Please tell a friend about us and remember, these little gems make terrific gifts.

Click on afarnsworthaday.com to see past daily paintings. If you see one that you would like for your own collection, please give Thea a call at 505 982-4561, or send her an email at farnsworthgallery@ newmex.com for price and availability.

I did it! I finally finished my first video demonstration and it's up and running on YouTube!

Please watch, like, share, tell your friends, and, please, let me know what you think of it in the comments, or drop me an email with your impressions. Click here to watch the video. Some have requested background music. I am considering it, but so far am convinced you would like hearing music of your own choosing better than any thing I might come up with. Any more thoughts out there?

By the way, if you are having a problem with the links to the video, just go to YouTube and search for Farnsworth Watercolor. That should get you there.

FACE OF A SAINT XXVIII / Daily Painting #1440

Face of a Saint XXVIII / Ink and Watercolor / 7 x 10 Inches / Daily Painting #1440

Today has turned out to be a lot longer day than I anticipated. I've not had a minute, nor a clear head to even look at the video, nor how to make it available. OK, now I,ve had a look, and Thea's had a look, and all seems ready. But I still need to find the best way to post it. Meanwhile, here's number 1440…

    To own today's painting, send your bid in now…

    • Starting bid $200
    • By email, to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com, or call 505 982-4561.

    • Bidding will close at Noon, MST, October 20, 2014.

    • The winning bidder will be notified by email the following day.

    • Paintings will be shipped as soon as the paint dries to insure safe packing. (Please allow two weeks).

    Please tell a friend about us and remember, these little gems make terrific gifts.

    Click on afarnsworthaday.com to see past daily paintings. If you see one that you would like for your own collection, please give Thea a call at 505 982-4561, or send her an email at farnsworthgallery@ newmex.com for price and availability.