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