ANNOUNCING…

YAY! THE HARD COPY HAS ARRIVED.

OK, here’s the deal. I’ve been talking for years about making a book. Heck, I’ve been talking for years about making a whole series of books.*

BACKGROUND (June, 2015)

Because I have a group of Kachina paintings showing at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe during August, and because that is the time when Indian Market brings people to town who are interested in such things, I decided this would be a good time to do a book of Kachina paintings. I have a ton of daily paintings from my blog, and that seemed like a good place to start. So I started. Thought I could whip one out in a day or two. Wrong.

FIRST WEEKS

I’ve been sweating bullets for a couple of weeks, now. Maybe three. Four? First, I had to get all the images rounded up off the blog. Then I had to resize them. Tweak a few. Then, I had to find the best way to build the book. Blurb looked like my best bet. I liked the pricing, and the many ways of distributing the book. Blurb, Amazon, Kindle, e-books as part of the deal. Sold.

Clicked on download Bookwright, the software for building a Blurb book. Sorry, not available on mobile devices. Not available on iPad? I just, finally, got myself totally weaned from computers and able to do everything on my iPad. Well, not everything, apparently.

So I went out and bought a Macbook Pro laptop, after a ton of research. Seemed like the best idea. Almost. Trouble is, I had a devil of a time dealing with the small screen. I know, it was larger than the screen on my iPad. But the type darn sure wasn’t. After almost two weeks of squinting, and just before the deadline, I returned it to Best Buy, and bought a 27″ iMac. That’s more like it. Also, it will make video editing easier. But I’m going to have to turn out a lot of books and videos to pay for the thing.

FROM PC TO MAC

Anyway, there went a couple more days spent learning how to use a Mac after all these years on a PC. I’m coming around. I’ve had so many problems with PCs lately, and Windows 8? Don’t ask. I’m finally getting comfortable with the Mac; doubt I’ll ever go back to PC land. But I still prefer working on my iPad. This hurts, but I will have to admit, iPad and Mac are a winning combination at home, and iPad alone when traveling. The only time I might need a Macbook Pro again, is if I do extended travel, say, for instance, renting an apartment in Montevideo or Seville for three months and need to do some heavy lifting. We’ll see how that goes.

BACK TO BUILDING

Now, back to the book building. Got the computer, got Bookwright. Started in. Oops, learning curve. Not bad, but another couple of days gone. Lovin’ the learnin’, but time’s a wastin’. I want to get a book out. Then, on July 25, I get an email from Blurb. 20% discount on orders of 20 or more. Deadline July 28, 11:59 pm. OK, pour on the steam! Beat the deadline! Bleary eyed, middle of the night, five minutes to go, just finished carefully and thoroughly proofing one more time. Looks good. Hit upload. Window pops up, says book should be in multiples of four pages, or they will add two blank pages to back of book. Well, I already had two blank pages I’d forgotten to remove. Some proofing, eh? So I added a short suggested reading list I had wanted to include but thought I didn’t have enough time. Hit upload again. Same message. What? Oh, of course, I had added the list, but still had the same number of pages. Dummy! Looked at the time. Turned into a pumpkin. Oh, well. Probably best I re-proof, take some time to think, and maybe even wait for the next discount offer.

MORE PAGES

Added two more pages of Kachinas. Took a couple of days off to give a talk at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Sent first draft to Rosa for proofing. She did a much better job than I had done, by the way. Fixed problems. Made several other changes that I’d had time to consider. Back to Rosa. Fixed problems. Went back through and checked and fixed all image resolutions, other technical bits and pieces

TOO LATE

Indian Market has come and gone. So I’m a day late and a dollar short, but, finally, here’s the

GOOD NEWS!

I have now created a book. It’s not a big deal. It’s not a big book. Six by nine inches, thirty eight pages. Twenty Four Kachina paintings. A few words. But it’s mine, and it’s done. The ice is broken, and I now know how to do it again. I don’t know about you, but I’m THRILLED!

Now that I have a hard copy in my hands, I will go through it one more time, make any necessary fixes, and publish it to Blurb Books, Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, and anywhere else I can. I will also make an eBook version available.

A QUESTION

Which of the book ideas listed below would you most like to see? Which one would you like to see first?

* Here are a few of my book ideas:

 

Kachina paintings
  • Oil
  • Watercolor
  • Ink and Watercolor
Landscapes
Clouds
Riders
Favorites
Horse paintings
Landscape paintings
Gaucho paintings
Gaucho photographs
Charro paintings
Charro photographs
Drawings
Sketches
Watercolors
Faces of Saints paintings
Flower paintings
Abstract paintings
Studios
Still life paintings
  • Fruit
  • Found
  • Things
How to series…
  • Palettes
  • Daily Painting
  • Oils
  • Watercolor
  • Monoprints
  • Easels
  • Stretch canvas
  • Draw
  • Studios
  • Materials
  • Painting gear

 

 

NEWS FLASH

Thea has asked me to let you all know how much she appreciates all of your expressions of concern. She recently had surgery on her left eye for cataracts, followed a few days later by a more serious surgery to hopefully stop or at least slow down a rapidly advancing Glaucoma in her right eye. She's recovering well, but it should take six to eight weeks.

That's pretty rough on a person as active and full of go as Thea! She has worn glasses for near-sightedness since the third grade. Now, she is suddenly faced with being somewhat far-sighted and unable to wear glasses for the duration. She can't see to read emails or respond to them, can't even text, and has strict instructions not to physically strain her eye, like by bending over. In the garden that's rough. She loves her garden!

I can't remember the last time we watched a movie.

But the good news is that the pain has diminished appreciably, and her right eye is no longer the color of a candy apple red hot rod. Just a bit red in the corner.

Meanwhile…

Check out the August issue of Western Art Collector. And be sure to drop by Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe if you're in the area during August.

Also, you can expect more news sometime during August having to do with, you guessed it, Kachinas!

 

 

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.

 

PALHIK MANA KACHINA MAIDEN / Daily Painting #1265

Palhik Mana Kachina Maiden / Painted on my iPad Air / ArtRage 3

I just had to do another kachina on my iPad. And who better than the beautifl Pahik Mana for my model. Unlike the Qõqõlo that I did recently, I wanted this one to have the sketch lines showing. I like this effect. I would love to hear your opinions.

On another note… Yipee! I have finally managed to get my Lumix Link wifi app working so I can move images from my camers to my iPad Air. I won't bore all of you with the details, but if any of you have questions abou this, just shoot me an email and I will be happy to help you any way I can.

Happy Easter, everyone. Monday marks the beginning of my revisit to the famous Pueblos Blancos. I think you're going to enjoy this. As much as I've appreciated this past week of rest and work and routine, it will be good to be moving again.

¡Hasta mañana!

 

BOOKS / Daily Painting #1201

Books / 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.

CLANDESTINE Daily Painting #702

Clandestine

CLANDESTINE

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

If you would like to own this painting, just email your bid to: bid@johnfarnsworth.com

TAOS PEARS AT NIGHT

My friend Walt Gonske told me recently that he’s been setting up floral still lifes outdoors. I haven’t had a chance to see any of them yet, but I guess the idea has been working its way around inside my noggin. Another friend and neighbor, John Kulhanek, brought us some pears from his tree. In order to be sure I could paint them, I hurried to take some photos before we broke down and ate them. I’ve been wanting to do some more fruit and bone images, so I took them out on the portal and posed them with some skulls and antlers. Then I thought, why not use some of that glorious sunshine and see if what I’d been missing. So I took them out into the sun and shot several photos.

Wow! That sun was so bright, even though it was late in the day, that the images were all burned out. Bland and blah. Oh well, it never hurts to play around a bit with photos that didn’t work out right. I opened one in ACDSee and started messing with the exposure. Its a good idea sometimes to take the slider in an editing feature all the way to the extreme far end and work your way back to the sweet spot. I moved the slider all the way and  found the inspiration for this painting. Suddenly what had been not only a terribly over exposed photo, but a boring one as well, became the secret night time rendezvous of three conspiratorial pears!  I couldn’t wait to paint it.  I can almost hear their hushed voices.

Thea said the other day, wouldn’t a group of these small paintings of fruit be an exciting addition to someone’s kitchen? I sure think so. What do you think? What sort of groupings do you have, or would you like to have of these daily paintings? We would love to hear your ideas.

 

NIGHTMARE Daily Photograph #1,672

While shopping in an antiques warehouse in Tucson a couple of years ago, we came across this East Indian hand carved wooden horse.

NIGHTMARE

NIGHTMARE

I upped the contrast, added the moon and eliminated some clutter in the background.

The Kachinas are Coming

It’s time to get ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big 43rd Annual 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!

David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson, Taos, New Mexico, September 01 to October 05, 2012. Reception September 1, 5 t0 7pm

See the August/September issue of the SANTA FEAN magazine, page 90 for a write-up on the show.

 

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