Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 inches / ©John Farnsworth
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I just couldn’t resist. This little painting has been on my mind ever since I painted THE TEAPOT from the same photograph. I thought I could wait longer than I did. Something about it just wouldn’t let me be.
The cropping tool on your computer is a great way to teach yourself composition, by the way. (I use ACDSee, because that’s what I somehow managed to get started on, and I seldom need Photoshop; I tried Lightroom and Aperture, and found that for most “darkroom” work, and image management, ACDSee does just about everything I need done.)
By experimenting with the crop tool, you can find multiple compositions in a photograph that otherwise just doesn’t cut it. By saving each crop that looks good to you with a unique name, and adjusting each one until it resonates, it is possible to make compositions that just will not leave you alone until painted, like the effect this one had on me. It’s not the sort of composition I would have deliberately come up with. Not the sort that I would have arranged; just a chance encounter, edited, pared down, until I had extracted the essence of the scene. Until it “clicked”.
Then I painted it. Enjoy.
THE LEOPARD POSE Daily Photograph #1,649
THE LEOPARD POSE
Atticus likes to get up on this branch while we have lunch below, and strike a pose reminiscent of photos we’ve all seen of African Leopards. Those images, though, seem usually to include a tasty antelope carcass draped across the branch in front of them. Maybe some day a mouse?
I’m happy to report that when he gets himself up a tree, he also gets himself down. And when we say, come on, Atticus, let’s go in the house, he does. So far.
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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!
Only eight days to go. Come on, gang, let’s kick in a little to put her over the top! She’s getting close.
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