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.

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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!
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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!!!

Click here to learn how you can still be a part of this great project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

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!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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THE CHALLENGER Daily Painting #666

The Challenger

THE CHALLENGER

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

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THE ONLY RED YOU’LL EVER NEED

In my workshops I teach what I call the (Un)limited palette. I call it that because, while it is a limited palette, a palette limited to just three colors, plus white when working in oils or acrylics, there a lot of limited palettes. The problem with most of those, however, is that they are not only limited in the number of pigments used, they are also limited in the range of colors that can be mixed using them. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that if your values are right, your colors will matter little. But the point is, if you can have a full range of colors at your disposal, a wider range, in fact, than if you have a wide selection of pigments. I spent a couple of years experimenting with all the various basic pigments I could find. I tried every red, every blue, and every yellow I could find. Then, when I finally narrowed it down to the final three, I spent the next twenty plus years proving that I could make any color I needed with those three. I have yet to feel at all restricted in the number of colors available to me.

You don’t need to take one of my workshops to learn what it took me so long to learn. You can get it here, right now, for free. Here are the three colors I use in all my paintings, whether oil, watercolor, or acrylic. I use Thalo Blue. This was a difficult one for me to arrive at. I had used Thalo occasionally, and, as it is a very strong dye, I found it overwhelmingly powerful and uncontrollable. It was the last blue I tried. And with many yellows and reds, it was, indeed, disastrous. But bear with me.

First, let me say that I use Cadmium Yellow. sometimes light, sometimes medium, sometimes straight. It doesn’t really matter as yellow is the least troublesome of the three, as it is the most readily altered by minute amounts of the other two, and even by white.

The key, I finally found, was the red. It goes by many names. Different manufacturers of paint apply their own names to it, but it is Napthol PR112. There are other Napthol reds, but the only one that works for doing this is Napthol PR112. M. Graham, the company I buy all my pigments from, and recommend highly, (No, they don’t pay me, but they do furnish the paint for my workshops) calls theirs Napthol Red. But you must always look at the fine print on the label and be sure you’re getting the right one. I know, I know, must is a mighty big word. What I mean is that if you want to make this palette work, this is the only red that will do the trick.

I hope you will give this palette a fair trial. It can save you an awful lot of time and trouble. I know, because I went to the trouble and took the time to arrive at this wonderfully simple method that will open the entire world of color and put it at your disposal.

I paint using walnut oil (alkyd) medium, which is completely solvent free, and, because I prefer fast drying paints, Titanium White (alkyd formulation), both also from M. Graham.

For more information, visit http://johnfarnsworth.com/tubac%202011%20workshop.html

THE SHOPKEEPER AND THE BOTERO Daily Photograph #1,637

 

The Shopkeeper and the Botero

THE SHOPKEEPER AND THE BOTERO

This shop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was a favorite of Thea’s and mine when we visited there in 2002. In fact, we bought the antique light fixture for our Taos house from this man. I regret that I don’t remember the name of his shop. I don’t know if it’s even still there, but if you can find it, and you like an eclectic mix of treasures ranging  from antique pedal cars to fine jewelry, you will be in for a real treat.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

Congratulations Melissa! She’s passed the half way mark, both in time and in the amount already pledged.  Check it out.

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BABY BUFFALO KACHINA Daily Painting #218

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Baby Buffalo Kachina / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches ©John Farnsworth

Baby Buffalo Kachina / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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