HEMIS KACHINA / Daily Painting #1288

Hemis Kachina / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Hemis Kachina performs in the Niman Ceremony, or Home Dance at the end of the Kachina season, when the Kachinam return to their home on the San Francisco Peaks southwest of Hopi, near Flagstaff. To learn more, click on Kachinas.

Being back in the Southwest, I am already drawn to the Kachinam as subject matter.


FLAMENCO DUO / Daily Painting #1287

Flamenco Duo / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Back in Taos. Trying to make order out of the chaos of images from my time in Mexico and Spain. Trying to nail down some memories of times, places, and events before they slip away. My note taking abilities are scarcely helpful, and, in fact, themselves need to be found, organized and even deciphered.

In order to get all my images organized and backed up to a hard drive and to the cloud, via drop box, I'm having to delve back into the world of desktops and laptops and notebook computers. Not a pleasant prospect to a diehard iPad convert! Meanwhile, present and future considerations clamor for attention. Never a dull moment.

Summer is almost here; the carnival is in town and getting set up for the weekend. On Taos Mountain, though, can still be seen the results of the snow that hit town a couple of days ago.



YEGUADA WHITE ON WHITE / Daily Painting #1286

Yeguada White on White / Painted on my iPad Air /ArtRage3

I painted this one in the air between Madrid and Dallas / Fort worth. I started it somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, and finished over the Ohio River. I have never done an oil painting nor a watercolor while in flight, though I believe I could. The iPad is jut so much more convenient and there is no mess. Stop for lunch, go right back into it. Setup and put away are a snap. For anyone with time or space constraints, I heartily recommend using an iPad.

There are probably several other tablet computers that would work as well, and I know there are other apps for the iPad in addition to ArtRage3. These are the tools I started with, though, and am still learning to use. I will be trying other apps in the near future. I will let you know how they stack up.

The research for this painting is from my reent trip to the Yeguada de la Cartuja outside Jerez de la Frontera, one of the main reasons for my trip to Spain.

We are now over Mammoth Caves Kentucky, with less than two hours to go. I'm going to sign off, now, and post this later, probably from Albuquerque, when I get back on Verizon.

See ya later!

P.S. I still have 57% battery power remaining on this wondrous little machine. Wow.


QUERETARO MEMORY II / Daily Painting #1285

Queretaro Memory II / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

I just could not wait to have another go at painting an apple on an upright piano. So here it is. Same idea, different arrangement, slightly different treatment. Which do you like best?

Short post tonight, have to get up early and catch a flight homeward. Oh, no! gasp! I just chrcked the weather in Taos. It's going to snow tomorrow! I knew I was returning too soon. Oh, well I have my memories of recent days in the 80s and 90s to keep me warm for a while, at least.

¡Hasta mañana!


GYPSY / Daily Painting #1284

Gypsy / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

I took it easy today. Had a simple fresh orange juice, coffee and a croisant breakfast. Worked on images and gear. Took a nice walk around the neighborhood. Bought a 16 gigabyte memory card for my camera. That should be more than enough to last until I get home. Took a few shots, had a lunch / dinner of eggs, black pudding and potatoes, and back to my room to paint Gypsy for you. I hope you like him. Painting him turned out to be so much fun that I missed that old midnight deadline again. Oh, well!

One more full day to go in Spain. I will be sad to leave, but thrilled and grateful to have had this truly wonderful experience.

Now, I'm going to read a little, and then take advantage again of the best bed I've had on this entire trip.

¡Hasta mañana!


EL GUITAR, SEVILLA / Daily Painting #1282

El Guitar, Sevilla / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Wow, that was close! I had just finishrd the guitarist, and was about to start last minute cleanups and put the polka dots on the dancer's dress. Luckily, I paused and did a screen capture. Then, just as I was ready to hit the save button, my iPad crashed, briefly. It restarted on its own, before I could even react. I don't remember whether ArtRage was already open, or whether I opened it. Either way, all the work I had done since the drawings and very first lay in were gone.

You may remember that this happened to me once before. I thought I had learned, then, to backup often enough to avoid a recurrence. Apparently not. I certainly hope I have now!

I tried every trick in the book, and a couple not in the book. To no avail.

Anyway, I was saved by the screen capture. I was able to load it, including the finished guitar player, onto a new layer, and work from there. Less convenient than with the old layers, but a save all the same.

I managed to beat the clock by one minute, last night, again, by using the screen capture, and tonight .i,m wrapping this up while enjoying my last dinner in Sevilla. Gotta go, though, they're trying to close the joint.

By the way, I just came from another stunning Flamenco performance at the Museo del Baile Flamenco. Paintings to follow.

Not sure, yet where I'll go from here, bu I'll let you know when I know.

¡Hasta mañana!


BIRD MAN AT RONDA / Daily Painting #1279

Bird Man at Ronda, Spain / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Still running late, but running, still. Good grief, there's a lot to see and do and precious little time to do it all in. I'm back in Sevilla, in a new and exciting neighborhood, near the Cathedral. And what a Cathedral!

Having to find/learn my way around. I'll be here for four more days. Hoping to make it to the Feria, tomorrow. That's the reason I'm here, after all.

I seem to have my tech issues resolved, for the time being, at least. Stuck in a pretty crummy room, with no wifi, but it was, seriously, the last room within ten miles, and I no longer have my little pal, the smart car.

I hope you like the bird man and his partner, I sure did. I got to pet the owl; could have held it, but my hands were full.

Time, now, to get out and find something to eat.

¡Hasta luego!


ALGATOCÍN / Daily Painting #1278

Algatocín / Painted on my iPad Air /ArtRage3

Sorry for the late post. Technical difficulties, travel, and a good night's sleep were all involved. This is my first stab at a landscape using ArtRage3 in my iPad. I can see the possibilities as well as the need for a lot more work.

¡Hasta mañana!


QUERETARO MEMORY / Daily Painting #1277

QUERETARO MEMORY / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

Walking with my friends Kay and Charles through the center of Queretaro in 2001, we passed a restaurant that had a piano out front. There happened to be an apple on that piano. The vision has stuck with me ever since, begging to be painted. Well, when I stepped out of my room in Ronda, yesterday, there was a piano in the hallway, right in front of me. When I went out to get a bottle of water and some other things, I bought an apple. And I put it on that piano and I took some shots of it with my iPhone. All these years later, I finally got around to painting my apple on a piano still life.

I drove down to the beautiful little white village of Gaucin, this evening, through beautiful, lush green, jagged mountain scenery. I had a most enjoyable dinner with and am spending the night with my friends Peggy and Steve, from Taos. The only thing missing from a perfect day, was Thea.

¡Hast mañana!


HERMANOS / Daily Painting #1276

Hermanos / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage3

As I was having breakfast, this afternoon, these three came strolling past. Two older brothers from the country being shown around the city by their younger brother is my guess.

¡Hasta mañana!