HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween / Alpena, Missouri / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

We stopped in Alpena on our way to West Plains, to visit our friends, Ann and Del Gibson, and took a walk to get the kinks out of our legs.

We ducked into a couple of junk shops, where I found this lovely hag for your Halloween pleasure!

 

MAGICAL MYSTICAL MEXICAN HORSE / Daily Painting #1394

Magical Mystical Mexican Horse / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / Daily Painting #1394

This is actally the front part of a wearable bit of costume. With the front and back parts joined by strips of wood, the dancer is able to wear the horse around his waist. This way, he becomes Santiago on his white horse in the Santiaguito Dance.

This “mask” for want of a better word is probably from Puebla, or possibly Vera Cruz. I found it in the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, but have lost the label information that accompanied it.

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  • Starting bid $200
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MASCARA TORO II / Daily Painting #1226

Here's a companion piece for Mascara Toro, the earlier piece based on a Mexican Dance Mask from the beautiful Galeria Atotonilco to visit the amazing home, museum and showroom, all rolled into one. Works representing the crafts of all areas of Mexico, including textiles, masks, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and more fill the museum. Fantastic.

We had a slow day today. We got off to a late start, but had a nice lunch at the previously mentioned little bistro/café the name of which still escapes me. We walked around, exploring some new streets, sat for a while in the Jardin, people watching, then ended up at the Instituto Allende, for a nice dinner and some stirring Flamenco.

A nice, slow day, ending with a great date in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

¡Hasta Mañana!

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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:

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MASCARA TORO / Daily Painting #1223

With Kay as our driver and guide, we drove out to the beautiful Galeria Atotonilco to visit the amazing home, museum and showroom, all rolled into one. Works representing the crafts of all areas of Mexico, including textiles, masks, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and more fill the museum. Fantastic.

We then drove on to Dolores Hidalgo for a very good lunch, followed by ice cream on the main plaza, and a bit of shopping in the town's famous tile stores.

Another great day in the State of Guanajuato.

¡Hasta Mañana!

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.

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.

MASK AT FRIDA’S / Daily Painting #1220

Well, most of the day, today, was spent getting our wifi and cellular working. We had a nice lunch with Gari and Kayce, and after working things through with Telcel Thea and I had a nice two hour walk, exploring the town, followed by a relaxing evening visit back at Casa Laura.

As many of you know by now, one of my favorite subjects for painting is the Mexican Mask. When we visited Casa Azul, the home of Frida Kahlo recently, this ceramic one stopped me in my tracks. I knew I had to paint it, and soon! Now I have, and what a treat it was to paint.

¡Hasta Mañana!

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.

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.

GUATEMALAN / Daily Painting # 1171

Pen and Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

Time for another Confection. This time, a Dance Mask from (I believe) Guatemala. I encountered it in an antique show in Santa Fe. Whatever it's origen, I found it a fascinating subject to work with.

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.

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.

 

 

ANAK’CHINA Daily Painting #869

ANAK'CHINA

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

If you would like to own this painting, just send your bid in an email to: farnsworthgallery@newmex.com, or call Thea at 505 982-4561.

The leather half-mask of a Long Hair Kachina, the Bringer of Gentle Rain. This Kachina has long, black hair to his waist and bangs in front. The long tail feather of a Macaw sticks up from the back of his head, and there are Eagle Prayer Feathers tied with home spun cotton hanging in front of his long beard that is square cut just above his waist.

“They are dancing. Barbarically beautiful, brilliantly colored. Gently waving their twigs of spruce, shaking their gourd rattles. Singing like the soughing of the wind through the pines. Stamping rythmically as the beat of the drum, insistently as the pulse of the earth.”

MASKED GODS
Frank Waters (1950)

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DEVIL DOG Daily Painting #843

DEVIL DOG

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

I haven't painted a Mexican Mask in quite a while, and it's one of my favorite subjects. So I decided to do one for you today, and, having just come from the Empire Dog Show, this devilish dog mask seemed just the right one to paint.

Oops! I guess I've lost track of time. Today is Monday, abstaction day. Well, I'll try and catch up tomorrow.

NOTE:

Speaking of tomorrow, I've decided to start posting as soon as the blog is ready, rather than waiting for midnight as I have been doing. This has become difficult while traveling and trying to change to an earlier schedule.

So, just so you know, this isn't a second painting for today, it's the one that normally would not have appeared until tomorrow.

Bidding will open at midnight and close twenty four hours later. After bidding has closed, if the painting is still availablle, the first $300.00 takes it.

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FRINGE MOUTH (NAVAJO YEI MASK) Daily Painting #694

Fringe Mouth (Navajo Yei Mask)

FRINGE MOUTH (NAVAJO YEI MASK)

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

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YEI REDUX

I originally painted this mask in watercolor. I believe it was a 9 x12 inch piece, but it may have been 12 x 16. Today, as I was working on cleaning up and repairing my website, johnfarnsworth.com, I came across a small thumbnail of the watercolor and instantly wondered how it would be to paint it as a 6 x 6 oil? I had intended to paint another Kachina for today’s post, in anticipation of my upcoming 43rd Annual Kachina Show (See below).

But I just couldn’t get this one off my mind. And I’m glad I couldn’t, because it was a real delight to paint, and I’m very happy with the result. I just may have to look into some of my other watercolors with an eye to revisiting them in oil. Don’t touch that dial!

STILL WATER PELICAN Daily Photograph #1,664

I spotted this back-lit profile of a pelican on the still waters of  the harbor at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, while on a shooting spree with Jim Cline Photo Tours a few years back. Jim is a knowledgeable and accommodating guide. I wholeheartedly recommend his tours. Check him out at Jim Cline Photo Tours. Jim knows the places and the people to make your tour a rewarding experience.

Still Water Penguin

STILL WATER PELICAN

¿Que tranquilo, no?

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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PEDRO DE ALVARADO MASK Daily Painting #684

Pedro de Alvarado Mask

PEDRO DE ALVARADO MASK

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

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EL CONQUISTADOR

The Conqueror of Guatemala, Pedro de Alvarado is depicted in this beautifully carved Guatemalan mask. I love the Spanish word for mask, mascara, mas=more, cara=face. It’s the same word we use for women’s eye makeup in English. Mascara, more face. Perfect.

I had always believed this type of mask to be a part of the Cristianos y Moros, or Christians and Moors, dance in Mexico. But tonight, thanks to a couple of hours on the internet, I was able to track down the character actually depicted, when I came across the site http://www.masksoftheworld.com/Guatemala/Guatemalan%20Alvarado%20Mask.htm showing this modern version of the same Alvarado.

I suppose the reason I was so stubborn in believing this to be a Mexican mask, was that I had photographed it in the fabulous Rafael Colonel Museum in Zacatecas, Mexico. Maybe I should learn to spend a little more time reading labels and less time photographing. As it was, I spent two days photographing there, and still missed a lot. There are, literally, thousands of beautiful, fantastic and bizarre masks represented there.

MULTIPLE POSTS? OH,MY!

Apparently some of you received four or five copies of yesterday’s post. I don’t know why, yet, but I’m working on it. I first did the post on my iPad2 using Blogsy, an app I really like, and that I used all during my recent travels in Betsy. I’ve had a couple of crashes, usually my own fault, and have learned to backup as I go, just in case. After finishing the post, I hit the publish button and everything seemed to have gone as intended, as Blogsy opened the blog, and all was well. Or so I thought.

When I tried opening the blog on my desktop, it kept coming back as the previous day’s post. I tried it on the office desktop. Same thing. Then I tried it in the browser on my iPad, independent of Blogsy. Ditto.

Thank goodness I had copied the post before publishing. It was still a bit of a chore to email it to myself, and rebuild it from pieces that also had to be reformatted. But I got it done in WordPress, and published it. All seemed well and I went to bed, tired from a very long day. And night.

When I got up this morning I got word from several of you that you had received multiple versions. I waited to address this now, rather than interrupt you with another unnecessary message. I will be contacting Blogsy as well as WordPress to see if I can get to the bottom of this. I very much want to eliminate the need for a laptop from my travels, and instead get everything doable and dependable on my iPad. I can use WordPress on the iPad, so it’s not really a big problem. It’s just that I really do like working in Blogsy.

FANCY PANTS CHARRO Daily Photograph #1,655

Fancy Pants, Charro

FANCY PANTS CHARRO

Rust-orange overlay on this Charro’s pants caught my eye while photographing Charros’ hands for a series of photographs I’ve been working on.

The material culture of the Charro, like that of the Cowboy and the Gaucho is a never ending source of fascination for me. While their gear is oriented primarily to getting the job done, their sense of ornament, decoration and style  adds a compelling level of beauty to their workaday worlds.

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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