NIGHT TIME IN RANCHOS DE TAOS
Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 inches / ©John Farnsworth
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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.
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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