VIGILANT

This candid portrait of a Mountain Man re-enactor at the beginning of the annual Old Taos Trade Fair at the Hacienda de Los Martinez, here in Taos, New Mexico, is from my recent photo shoot with friend and fellow photographer Steven Bundy.

 

BY THE RIVER

Another Mountain Man at the Old Taos Trade Fair, Hacienda de Los Martinez, Taos, New Mexico.

 

BEATLES DO CDMX

I was trying to get a shot of this tour bus during the rush hour on Avenida Juarez in Mexico City, but cars kept getting in the way. Then, suddenly, there was a gap in the traffic. Before I could get framed and steady, this truck invaded the space. Damn. Then I noticed that Ringo was staring at the driver of the truck, seemingly as disturbed as I was. Bingo!

Hasta mañana.

 

SNEAK PEEK

Here's the sort of shot I came here for. I'm working on a book, NIÑOS DE CHARRO Children of the Mexican Rodeo. I stayed in today, and have been working through the images from four days of photographing Charreada in Puerto Vallarta and yesterday, here in Gudalajara.

I got so wrapped up in my work, I almost forgot to make a post for the blog. So here you have it, a sneak peek at one of the charming Niñas and her proud Papa from the Puerto Vallarta shoot.

Hasta mañana.

 

RECENT SKETCHES / TWO APPROACHES

I just can't seem to find time to do my post on the San Juan Market in Mexico City, yet.

But I did promise to post something every day, so here are some sketches from the past couple of days.

The first three are part of my experiment of blowing up my travel research images from the iPad onto the big screen tv, and drawing on my iPhone.

One advantage of working this way is that I can get more than one go at a passing subject as I did with this tourist couple. Back on April 10, I did something similar, yet different. I blew up iPhone images to draw from on my iPad. These newer ones are a bit looser and less overworked. Part of that is intentional. I was deliberately trying to work faster, more like on-the-spot sketching. I don't know, yet, what difference it made, drawing on the iPad versus the iPhone. Probably not much. We'll see.

Whether from life, from photos, or from video, I really love drawing on the iPhone, especially the 6+, with its larger screen. And for stealth drawing in public, it is still small enough and unobtrusive enough.

Besides, just as photographers say, the best camera is the camera you have with you. So, too, the best sketchpad is the sketchpad that is always with me, my iPhone 6+

The following faces are what I like to do when watching tv. At least my time isn't completely wasted, eh?

Now that's what I call exercise. I know, I know, that's not the only kind of execise I need. Well, we did go out dancing a few nights ago. And we almost did again last night. Honest.

My sincere thanks to all who have already commented on yesterday's post. Your suggestions are being seriously considered. Replies coing soon. Promise.

And to those who might still comment, I'm kind of shooting in the dark without your input.

Hasta Mañana

 

FACE OF A SAINT II / Daily Painting #1362

Face of a Saint II / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

BID NOW

  • Starting bid $200
  • By email to: farnsworth gallery@newmex.com
  • Bidding will close at Noon, MST, August 04, 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).

I first posted on this blog three years ago today, Friday.

I'm as excited today as I was then, maybe even more. I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you who follow along. I promise to keep them coming. To those of you who add your comments, a special thank you. I read and appreciate them all, and hope to begin responding as soon as time will allow. And to my many collectors, you put the beans on the table and make it all possible, and for that I offer my deepest thanks.

And then there's Thea, who takes such good care of all of you, and of me. My cheerleader and harshest critic, my bride, who puts up with this old curmudgeon and keeps a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I can never thank her enough. And, man, can she cook!

Today's painting, The Face of a Saint II, coming to you on Saturday, marks the beginning of year four, and it is the second in what is shaping up to be a new ongoing series based on the faces of antique carvings.

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


 

MEXICO CITY SANTO / Daily Painting #1213

Mexico City Santo / Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

While exploring Mexico City today, I spotted this Santo in an antique store window, and was inspired by the expression. We grabbed a taxi back to the hotel, where I went to work on this watercolor depiction. Now, we're off to see a movie.

HOW TO BID: (see below)

Bidding opens when a painting is posted and ends at midnight one week later (MST) Mountain Standard Time.

Send your bid (Minimum $200.00) by email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com

Highest bid wins. In case of a tie for highest bid, the earliest wins. If payment is not made within 1 week, sale goes to second highest bidder. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call 505 982-4561 for assistance.

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

We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.ooooooooooooo

Winning Paintings will be shipped as soon as the funds clear and the paint is dry. Wet paint can take up to two weeks to be safe for shipping.

If you're not 100% satisfied with your new painting, for any reason, send it back and we will send you a full refund along with a free box of chocolates!

Please consult the artist prior to any reproduction or other use of the image. See also: Use an Image page above.

If you would like some expert help with framing your purchase, just call Thea, 505 982-4561, and she will take good care of you.

Also, please remember that if you would like to:

We are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
  • Check on the availability of a given image, or
  • Schedule a workshop

WATCHING / Daily Painting #1180

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

HOW TO BID:

Bidding opens when a painting is posted and ends at midnight one week later (MST) Mountain Standard Time.

Send your bid (Minimum $200.00) by email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com

Highest bid wins. In case of a tie for highest bid, the earliest wins. If payment is not made within 1 week, sale goes to second highest bidder. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call 505 982-4561 for assistance.

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

We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Winning Paintings will be shipped as soon as the funds clear and the paint is dry. Wet paint can take up to two weeks to be safe for shipping.

If you're not 100% satisfied with your new painting, for any reason, send it back and we will send you a full refund along with a free box of chocolates!

Please consult the artist prior to any reproduction or other use of the image. See also: Use an Image page above.

If you would like some expert help with framing your purchase, just call Thea, 505 982-4561, and she will take good care of you.

Also, please remember that if you would like to:

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
  • Check on the availability of a given image, or
  • Schedule a workshop

We are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

ARE YOU LOOKIN’ AT ME? / Daily Painting #1147

Pen and Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

OK, it's Confections time again. Be the first person in with a $100 bid, because the first hundred takes it!

So don't wait! Send your bid in an email to:

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

I'm having a great time with these, and apparently so are many of you.

The boss of the Plains, the American Bison, (Bison bison), or the more common “Buffalo”. He's making quite a comeback, now that he has found a place on our dinner tables.

If you would like some expert help with framing your purchase, just call Thea, 505 982-4561, and she will take good care of you.

Also, please remember that if you would like to:

  • Commission a larger version of your favorite subject,
  • Check on the availability of a given image, or
  • Schedule a workshop

We are just a phone call away, at 505 982-4561, or you can email us at: john@johnfarnsworth.com.

THE LOOKOUT / Daily Painting #1057

Watercolor / 6 x 9 Inches

If you would like to own today's painting, Send your bid (Minimum $200) in an email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com, or call Thea at 505 982-4561

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

or call Thea at: 505 982-4561

Touch here to see more confections.

Currently, I'm wrestling with just how I want to continue this blog. As you may know by now, I have really loved and thoroughly enjoyed the daily 6 x 6 inch paintings. And the recent Confections have really been a blast. But I am missing the chance to do more of these full-fledged watercolors. I would occasionlly like to work larger, too.

So. here's my thinking at the moment. I'm thinking I will switch from the current format of always doing the same size and the same begining bid, or, as has been the case with the Confections, one price fits all, regardless of size or complexity, to a more varied approach. One that fits not only my love of varied sibjects and styles, but differing sizes and mediums, as well.

I will be offering everything from tiny sketches to full sheet watercolors, to both smaller and larger oils, and just about everything in between. I hope it will be more entertaining than confusing, and that you will all continue to follow along.

By the way, I hope to be traveling again, soon, and will try to make my verbal input more interesting as my adventures unfold.

I hope you will all help me with this. I would love to hear your thoughts. I so appreciate each and every comment, as well as your bids! Please, don't be shy, join in, let's make this blog as interesting as it can be, together.

Touch here to see my daily photograph.

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.