Tag: buffalo

TAOS DECOR (BUFFALO SKULL)


TAOS DECOR (BUFFALO SKULL) / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

WOW, yesterday's post appeared instantly, as it should. I don't know what changed, nor how long it will last. The reason I care is that I'm trying to decide the best time to post. Once I know the best time, of course, I will want to be able, reliably, to hit that mark.

Today's image, by the way, is a photograph, taken from my desk, of a buffalo skull given to me many years ago by my great friend Greg (Ging) Guymon. He found it in while on one of his many trips to Wyoming, painted it with colors from the earth, stuffed its eye sockets with buffalo grass, and brought it to me as a gift. I hope to write more about this dear departed friend in the coming days. He was born a hundred years too late, and died a hundred years too soon. Thanks, Greg.

Gotta run…

Hasta mañana.

 

OLD BISON BULL / Daily Painting #1090

Pen and Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 8 inches

Here's another in the popular new series, Confections. ( Well, not exactly. I decided to forego the pen and ink line in favor drawing directly the brush.) I'm having a great time with these, and apparently so are many of you.

Be the first person in with a $100 bid, because the first hundred takes it!

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farnsworthgallery@newmex.com, or call Thea at 505 982-4561.

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  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
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BUFFALO BULL / Daily Painting #1063

Watercolor / 6 x 9 Inches.

Be the first person in with a $100 bid, and it's yours! That's right. The first hundred takes it. Don't wait!

Send your bid in an email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com,

or call Thea at: 505 982-4561

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.

 

SPARRING PARTNERS / Daily Painting #1037

Buffalo Sparring

Pen and Ink and Watercolor / 6 x 8 Inches.


This is number twenty one in the popular new “Confections” series. 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!
Send your bid in an email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com,
or call Thea at: 505 982-4561


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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.

 

LONE BULL (BISON) Daily Painting #685

Lone Bull (Bison)

LONE BULL

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

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BUFFALO

Buffalo, that’s the popular name for these great shaggy beasts. Actually, though, they are Bison, or to be exact, Bison Bison. Whatever you choose to call them they are thrilling to see, but from a safe distance as they can be quite unpredictable. And they are as powerful as they look and much faster than they appear to be.

THE STOCKMAN’S HAT Daily Photograph #1,656

The Stockman's Hat

THE STOCKMAN’S HAT

My good friend Sandie Witbeck invited me to go with her to photograph the rodeo stock that was being gathered for a dispersal sale as the stock contractor was preparing to retire. Off we went to La Jara, Colorado for a great day of shooting that has resulted in several paintings. While we were getting acquainted, I managed to capture this shot that has been a favorite of mine ever since. I believe I may have posted another version, in sepia, on whenapaintersnaps.com, but this is the first time I’ve tried a split tone version.

GREAT NEWS!

From Melissa Howden and Kickstarter:

Bowing in Gratitude

One of my backers texted me early this morning that the goal had been reached. Another sent a Facebook message – all before I saw it here with my very own eyes. 3 days to go and several people I know are still in the process…and the goal has been not only reached but surpassed.

I have said this to some of you and I will say it here again, I am truly Honored and Humbled by all of your support, and the faith you have shown by backing this project.

At this moment I am not sure what else to say. I am overwhelmed.

Because of you the film goes to the lab tomorrow and the sound designer today.

Because of you this film will see the light of day, or better a darkened theater.

With so much gratitude and love,

Melissa

167 Backers

$25,600 pledged of $25,000 goal

 Congratulations, Melissa!!!

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It’s time to 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!

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CLOSE ENCOUNTER Daily Painting #677

Close Encounter

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

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

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REPEAT OR REDO?

About a week ago, I posted a painting of a little TUTUMSI (COMANCHE) KACHINA

tutumsi-sm

Today, as I was looking through the archives, guess what I came across? Yep, another painting of the same Kachina. I was shocked at first, and embarrassed. For about a half a second. I thought about it for a while, and decided that this might be an interesting opportunity to continue the discussion about the use of photographs as research for paintings.

As you can see, both were painted from the same photograph of the same Kachina. They are the same. And yet they are different. Which is “right”? The doll has a green face. But which green? The eyes are different. Which is correct? Does it really matter? Remember, the intention is not to reproduce the subject, but to represent it.  Re-produce versus re-present.

Since each painting was done without thought of the other, the differences are not obvious. They are, instead, two somewhat different interpretations of the subject. I have seen one thing when looking at the photograph on one day, and another thing on another day.

Other changes, including the vastly different backgrounds, are the product of other things seen, other thoughts and influences brought to bear on each day’s painting. On one day I found the feathers in the ears of more interest and a greater challenge than the bedraggled feather adornment on top of the head.  On the first day, the shoulder and arms were seen to be of greater importance than on the second day.

The same carver, carving the same doll, may carve it differently, emphasize different features, use a different green, or a different yellow. Two carvers would not likely make two identical dolls. Throw in the variations inherent in carvings from different villages, or separated by time, and you begin to see the way the dolls themselves can be the same and different at the same time.

Two Tutumsi Kachinam

So there you have it. Or them. Which do you like better? Why?

Click on http://dmnsdocuments.s3.amazonaws.com/DMNS-Annals-2-low-res.pdf for a very interesting pdf file about Kachinas and Kachina naming from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

CANYON ROAD STUDIO Daily Photograph #1,648

During my first year in Santa Fe, I rented a studio behind El Farol on Canyon Road. It was a great studio. An old adobe with white walls and wood floors, it had a bedroom, living room and kitchen and bath. It had high ceilings. It was quiet and secluded, yet an easy and enjoyable walk to the plaza down Canyon Road. I considered the portal of El Farol my office, the porch swing and garden at El Zaguan made for a relaxing break on the way to or from the plaza, and the original Artisan store was just steps away. That was a good and productive location until I ran across a small house on Paseo de Peralta that would make a fine little studio/gallery, with the added benefit of great exposure.

Canyon Road Studio

CANYON ROAD STUDIO

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!

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