NIGHTIME IN RANCHOS DE TAOS Daily Painting #696

Night Time in Ranchos de Taos

NIGHT TIME IN RANCHOS DE TAOS

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

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FOUND

Thea and Atticus Catticus are asleep on the couch. The movie has just ended. I pull my iPhone from my shirt pocket and check my email. Something on the television catches my eye and I try grabbing a quick snapshot of it. Too late. My attention drifts upward to the painting on the wall above the tv. I click off a couple of shots. Later, while uploading images to my computer, I notice this still life in the lower left corner of the photograph. I zoom in on it, find it intriguing, and begin to see an interesting composition. In ACDSee, I select the edit mode, choose crop, and place my cursor in the very lower left corner then drag diagonally up and to the right. Bingo.

I enlarge this tiny section of the original to 650 pixels square. On my desktop monitor, that’s  the same size as my 6 x 6 painting pane. I love it. A found still life that I would never have dreamed of arranging , and a spot on composition. Well, one that feels right on. Roughly half the image is lost in shadow. Objects blend together unrecognizably, The brightest spot and sharpest contrast is in the very corner of the composition! Both paintings in the image are reduced to fragments. How could I possibly get away with this?

Get away with it? What am I raving about? What, the “art police” are going to come down on me? I could waste a little piece of  masonite? Who cares? This painting has to be painted! And so I did.

Oh, that figure standing in the center? That’s Unfinished Liberty, an abstract sculpture by Fritz Scholder.

ESCARAMUSA HERMOSA Daily Photograph #1,666

I photographed this beautiful young Escaramusa as she was preparing to perform with her equestrian side saddle precision drill team at the National Championships of Charreada, the Mexican equivalent of Rodeo, in Zacates, Mexico.

Escaramusa Hermosa

ESCARAMUSA HERMOSA

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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HALF AN APPLE ON A WHITE SAUCER Daily Painting #690

Half an Apple on a White SaucerHALF AN APPLE ON A WHITE SAUCER

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

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PROMETHEUS UNBOUND

Prometheus Unbound!?!? What the heck does that have to do with anything? I have no idea. As you know by now, I can paint ’em, but I have a devil of a time naming  ’em. I knew there was a reason I should have gone to college. Or at least read something besides Mickey Spillane and EC Comics. Surely there could be a better name for this painting. Red on White? Hmmm, at least there’s a bit of mystery. Until you see the painting. Come on, gang, I know there are some of you out there far more literate and literary than I am. How about some suggestions? What would you call this? Be gentle, now. But really, can’t someone come up with a good name?

As so often happens, Thea left this half of an apple sitting on the kitchen counter. Or rather, on the white saucer, on the kitchen counter. I couldn’t resist it. Out came the iPhone, a couple of quick snaps, and it’s been working on me subconsciously, and occasionally consciously for a week or two. It just had to be painted.  But what does it mean? Where’s that great metaphysical importance that it surely should have? What about the symbolism of a half eaten apple? But wait. Is it half eaten? What did come of the other half? Is there some deep dark message about truncation lurking here? Why a white saucer? Why a saucer and not a plate? Yadayadayada.

Could it be that I found it visually arresting and wanted to see if I could pull it off? Yep, I’m afraid that’s about as deep as I go. On a conscious level, anyway. As for the subconscious, I plead not present.

I wish I could have painted it better. I wish I knew for sure what better is. But if someone hangs it above the counter in their kitchen, and enjoys it for a time, I will be as happy as can be, and I will feel that it has done, I have done, a good thing. Small, maybe, but good.

YELLOW BOOTS, ZACATECAS Daily Photograph #1,660

Why do I do it? Why do I “risk” travel in Mexico? (Actually, I think the most dangerous thing about traveling in Mexico is the trip from my house to the airport) Why do I sleep in the Aguascalientes airport?, travel by bus, taxi and air to get to the back side of a crowded, extremely noisy, arena, called a Lienzo Charro, and fight crowds, heat, cold, and long, long days and nights of non-stop photographing, with just an occasional quick lunch of roasted goat a can of Tecate and a couple of slices of lime? I go often to Mexico City and always on Sunday to the Lienzo Charro in Chapultepec Park., And when in smaller towns, like San Miguel de Allende, I always seek out the Charreada. It was here, in fact, that I saw my first “Mexican Rodeo”.

But it is the national championships that really become a marathon event for me. Days and nights without a break. Grueling, really, but I love every minute of it. Whether in Juarez, Chihuahua, Apaseo el Grande, or Zacatecas, I go, and I sleep where I can, I eat when I can, and I shoot ’til I drop. Maybe it’s because of the hospitality I am shown. Maybe it’s because of the pomp and ceremony, the beauty and grace of the escaramusa, the skill of the charros in roping and riding and, yes, strutting. Or maybe it’s just the difference between baseball caps and sombreros.

Whatever it is I’m ready for un otro vez de charreada! Meanwhile, I do love a good rodeo, especially the small, local, sit in the back of your pickup kind of rodeo.

Yellow Boots, Zacatecas

YELLOW BOOTS, ZACATECAS

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!

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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RIDERS IN THE WIND Daily Painting #676

Riders in the Wind

RIDERS IN THE WIND

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

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USING MULTIPLE PHOTOGRAPHS

Continuing yesterday’s discussion on using photographs for my work; this is a composite. The clouds are from San Diego, California, the riders are from the Texas Panhandle, and I made up the landscape. It’s just a little study, but hanging above a desk or next to a computer, it could sure supply a relaxing break for someone with just an occasional glance.

And did it ever occur to all you folks who are living full time in your RVs that you could put together a group of these small paintings, and have an art collection that went everywhere with you?

 

THE ASSISTANT Daily Photograph #1647

The Assistant

THE ASSISTANT

Do you remember the THE SHOPKEEPER AND THE BOTERO Daily Photograph #1,637, from about ten days ago? Well, this is his assistant and the antique light fixture we bought from that shop. I’m feeling long overdue for a visit to San Miguel de Allende, and my old stomping grounds, Guanajuato, Gto. Ahh, to breakfast on the jardin in Guanajuato, while listening to the troubadors, down from the hills, singing …la vida no vale nada en Leon Guanajuato.

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And 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!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

In case you haven’t signed up, yet for her news from Kickstarterville, here’s a quote from today:

Amazing Day in Kickstarterville. My project is...

Melissa Howden 9:44pm Jul 31
Amazing Day in Kickstarterville. My project is now 66% funded @ $16,835 Dollars. I also heard from a man named Phelps White who went to my grandfather’s church in Roswell, New Mexico and as he says in one of the last members of the church to remember him. Phelps was 9 years old when my grandfather left. He and his family went from Roswell to Ft. Bliss to see him off. He remembers my grandfather picking him up and setting him atop a cannon- a big thrill for a 9 year old. He also told me that when his mother died he found a scrap of paper tucked into her Prayer Book. On it was written in her hand, “Where are you Ted?” He said that somewhere he has a letter his mother wrote to my grandfather dated December 7, 1941 which was returned to her as undeliverable. He is going to find the letter and send it to me.

Phelps sent me this picture of his 6th Birthday party. He is third from the left in the front row, and my father, known as the biggest kid on the block is second from the right in the back row.

I am reminded of the importance of stories and memories to carry our history. Just the process of Kickstarter has resulted in people telling me many stories some of them directly related to the story I am telling and others indirectly related but no less important.

Thank you everyone for a great day here in Kickstarterville. I am grateful, moved and uplifted.


TEAPOT Daily Painting #675

Teapot

TEAPOT

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

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EXTRACTION

I’m often asked if I paint from photographs. I sure do. Here’s an example of a painting extracted from a small part of this photograph, taken in our Taos kitchen during the fall of 2001:

Kitchen Photo 2011

It was just a quick snapshot, taken more to test the capabilities of my (then) new Sony Cybershot P150 Camera. Click on the image if you’d like to see it full-size. I did, and that’s when the teapot caught my eye. I played around with some croppings, and finally chose this one:

PHOTO2-kitchen-2-crop

I straightened it and resized it, then I isolated it on my computer monitor, positioned my mini-easel astraddle my keyboard, opened the drawer in my desk, and the palette in that drawer, and painted TEAPOT.

Teapot Setup

I found two more compositions that I like inside this original image. One involves the dish rack, and the other is concerned with the green bowl and white cups and the space around them. I may paint them next, or I may wait days, weeks, even months from now. I have to tell you, though, they are really tempting me.

Yes, I use photographs and computers. They’re tools. I used to write using a typewriter. They’re just tools. I do remind my students of the need to argue with photographs, not just replicate them. Teapot is an example that is about as close as I like to come to a direct, unchanged response to a photograph. But if you look close, you’ll see quite a few small, subtle differences. Most of the creativity this time  took place before I ever picked up the brush.

I’d be happy to hear your thoughts regarding the use of photography by painters. The more of you who comment, the more fun we can have.

 

THE LESSON Daily Photograph Snapshot #1,646

Atticus Napping

ATTICUS NAPPING

Here you see Atticus Catticus teaching me how to nap. He’s growing so fast, I’m afraid he’s going to need a new bassinet soon. Hmmm, I wonder how he’d like a cat size hammock?

He still has the face of a kitten, but his body is looking very grown up, especially from behind.

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And 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!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

Congratulations Melissa! She’s passed the half way mark, both in time and in the amount already pledged.  Check it out.

 

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GO AHEAD, THROW IT! Daily Painting #670

Go Ahead, Throw It!

GO AHEAD, THROW IT!

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

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ROAD TRIP Continued

We got to Socorro about 9:30, and the sidewalks were being rolled up, so we stopped at Denny”s for a tilapia dinner. Not bad, really. We pushed on to Albuquerque and got a room for the night. I painted CHOPSTICKS, and ran into several technological problems. I had used my iPad for blogging all during my two month travels, but, for whatever reason, couldn’t get anything to work though I worked at it until three or four in the morning. The next day we got home with no problems, unloaded and returned the Uhaul and I was home by around two. Our mini adventure turned out to be more of a quick trip. Quick and exhausting. And successful. That little pickup is cute as can be, fits right in in Taos, and purrs like a kitten. Speaking of which…

ATTICUS CATTICUS Daily Photograph #1,641

Atticus Catticus

ATTICUS CATTICUS

In case you just tuned in, this is Atticus, so named because he was rescued from our attic. He’s the new ruler of the studio; the whole house, in fact. He’s also started taking over the yard. But only if we’re really close by. This photograph shows him in a rare moment between playing and sleeping. Hmmm, sleeping. Sounds like a plan. See you tomorrow.

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And 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!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

Congratulations Melissa! She’s passed the half way mark, both in time and in the amount already pledged.  Check it out.

 

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INTO THE SUNSET, CARRIZOZO TO SOCORRO Daily Painting #669

Into the Sunset, Carrizozo to Socorro

INTO THE SUNSET, CARRIZOZO TO SOCORRO

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

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ROAD TRIP Continued

After finishing off our green chile cheeseburgers, we beat it on down, past Three Rivers, through Tularosa, and on to Alamogordo, where we met Leo and his family and Betsy. No, not the famous Betsy VW, this was Betsy Chevrolet, the object of our quest. We had a nice, long visit with this nice family, then loaded the pickup onto the dolly, and off we went, back to Carrizozo. When we stopped there for gas, we noticed that the wheels of the pickup were cockeyed on the tow dolly. We had a hard time re-adjusting the tie down straps until a stranger came over and gave us a hand. And the chef from Kelly’s saw us and came over to offer his help. Pretty friendly town.

Next, we headed out for Soccoro, as we wanted to take the freeway where we would be able to more easily get help if we had any more problems than on the back road we had come down on. The sun was setting and we were treated to some beautiful sunset effects like the one above.

To be continued

If you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

And 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!

SELF PORTRAIT WITH MASAU KACHINA Daily Photograph #1,640

Self Portrait with Masau Kachina

SELF PORTRAIT WITH MASAU KACHINA

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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THE LISTENER Daily Painting #667

The Listener

THE LISTENER

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

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MINI ADVENTURE

Tonight’s post will be another short one. I have to get up at seven, and I’m used to going to bed at three and four in the morning. The reason I have to get up so early is that I’ve been invited to accompany a friend on a mini adventure. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow, or the next day if it goes that long. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, be sure to scroll all the way down to read about your chance to participate in the creation of a documentary Be Home Soon.

NAVAJO PONIES, CANYON DE CHELLY Daily Photograph #1,638

Navajo Ponies, Canyon de Chelly

NAVAJO PONIES, CANYON DE CHELLY

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

How would you like to be Associate Producer on an important film while sharing in the realization of a dream? You can, and at the same time give a leg up to a good and deserving woman, our special friend, Melissa Howden. To find out how, just click on this link:

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THE CHALLENGER Daily Painting #666

The Challenger

THE CHALLENGER

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

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THE ONLY RED YOU’LL EVER NEED

In my workshops I teach what I call the (Un)limited palette. I call it that because, while it is a limited palette, a palette limited to just three colors, plus white when working in oils or acrylics, there a lot of limited palettes. The problem with most of those, however, is that they are not only limited in the number of pigments used, they are also limited in the range of colors that can be mixed using them. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that if your values are right, your colors will matter little. But the point is, if you can have a full range of colors at your disposal, a wider range, in fact, than if you have a wide selection of pigments. I spent a couple of years experimenting with all the various basic pigments I could find. I tried every red, every blue, and every yellow I could find. Then, when I finally narrowed it down to the final three, I spent the next twenty plus years proving that I could make any color I needed with those three. I have yet to feel at all restricted in the number of colors available to me.

You don’t need to take one of my workshops to learn what it took me so long to learn. You can get it here, right now, for free. Here are the three colors I use in all my paintings, whether oil, watercolor, or acrylic. I use Thalo Blue. This was a difficult one for me to arrive at. I had used Thalo occasionally, and, as it is a very strong dye, I found it overwhelmingly powerful and uncontrollable. It was the last blue I tried. And with many yellows and reds, it was, indeed, disastrous. But bear with me.

First, let me say that I use Cadmium Yellow. sometimes light, sometimes medium, sometimes straight. It doesn’t really matter as yellow is the least troublesome of the three, as it is the most readily altered by minute amounts of the other two, and even by white.

The key, I finally found, was the red. It goes by many names. Different manufacturers of paint apply their own names to it, but it is Napthol PR112. There are other Napthol reds, but the only one that works for doing this is Napthol PR112. M. Graham, the company I buy all my pigments from, and recommend highly, (No, they don’t pay me, but they do furnish the paint for my workshops) calls theirs Napthol Red. But you must always look at the fine print on the label and be sure you’re getting the right one. I know, I know, must is a mighty big word. What I mean is that if you want to make this palette work, this is the only red that will do the trick.

I hope you will give this palette a fair trial. It can save you an awful lot of time and trouble. I know, because I went to the trouble and took the time to arrive at this wonderfully simple method that will open the entire world of color and put it at your disposal.

I paint using walnut oil (alkyd) medium, which is completely solvent free, and, because I prefer fast drying paints, Titanium White (alkyd formulation), both also from M. Graham.

For more information, visit http://johnfarnsworth.com/tubac%202011%20workshop.html

THE SHOPKEEPER AND THE BOTERO Daily Photograph #1,637

 

The Shopkeeper and the Botero

THE SHOPKEEPER AND THE BOTERO

This shop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was a favorite of Thea’s and mine when we visited there in 2002. In fact, we bought the antique light fixture for our Taos house from this man. I regret that I don’t remember the name of his shop. I don’t know if it’s even still there, but if you can find it, and you like an eclectic mix of treasures ranging  from antique pedal cars to fine jewelry, you will be in for a real treat.

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/489495655/be-home-soon-letters-from-my-grandfather?ref=live

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MESA COUNTRY RIDERS Daily Painting #665

Mesa Country Riders

MESA COUNTRY RIDERS

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

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NIGHT SHIFT

I’m trying to work myself back off the night shift. So far, I’m not having a whole lot of luck. Tonight’s post will be a bit short on words, so that I can get to bed earlier than I’ve been doing lately. There’s a mini-adventure coming up on Monday. I’ll keep you posted.

EVENING IN VEJER DE LA FRONTERA Daily Photograph #1,636

Evening in Vejer de la Frontera

EVENING IN VEJER DE LA FRONTERA

It was 2002 and I had just finished teaching a workshop in Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, followed by a road trip with two friends to visit the Alhambra in Granada and the cave paintings in Nerja. I rented a car and decided to take a few days to visit the Pueblos Blancos, or White Villages of Andalucia. Perched atop tall cliffs, these villages, with their fortresses were the first line of defense for against the Spanish re-conquest of Spain.

I arrived in Vejer just in time to find and check into a very nice, though small hotel and dash to the top to capture a few quick shots of the beautiful evening light above this sleepy, beautiful, white washed village.  I’ll be discussing the Pueblos Blancos more in the days to come. I’m thinking I’d really like to visit there again, this time to visit all the Pueblos, and work on a book based on the area. And maybe to teach a workshop there. Anyone interested?