LIFE ON THE EDGE

A lone house sits near the Rio Grande Gorge, southeast of Taos, New Mexico. I shot this with, my iPhone, through the car window, as “the Dudes” Steve Immel, Steve Bundy and I were speeding by on our way to Española to photograph a Lowrider Car Show, yesterday. More on that, later.

 

THE GREEN DOOR

LA PUERTA VERDE, SAN BLAS, NAYARIT, MÉXICO

 

QUERETARO COLOR

The place I miss the most from my latest trip across Mexico, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro.

Hasta mañana…

 

LONE PINE, FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZONA

LONE PINE, FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZONA / Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30 / Snapseed

As I was exploring the red rock formations between Window Rock and Fort Defiance, last June, I noticed this solitary pine tree, framed by a wall of rock and bathed in the light of early evening.

Sorry, can't stay and visit. Gotta get that catalog for my March show at Sorrel Sky in Santa Fe wrapped up and off to the printer for a proof, finish packing, or should I say unpacking, as I endeavor to travel ever more lightly, and finishing other projects that don't travel well.

Hasta mañana.

 

 

RIO GRANDE SNAG / Daily Painting #1360

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Along the road from Taos to Santa Fe, as it winds its way through the canyon carved by the Rio Grande, there is a grove of cottonwood trees. The focal point of this group is the standing remains of a large cottonwood, scarred and burnt by lightning.

I've never passed it without thinking, “I should paint that”.

I finally did, and I'm glad I did, as it won't always be standing there. Now it can continue to stand in this small painting.

Please tell a friend and remember, these little gems make terrific gifts.

 

LITTLE CHAPEL IN ALGODONES / Daily Painting #1069

Watercolor / 6 x 8 inches

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GRAZING Daily Painting #799

GRAZING

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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We spotted these horses grazing near Abiquiu Lake on our first day out. I liked the way the foreground hill side and the tree framed the horses and made them seem even farther away.

We left Parker, Arizona late this morning, crossed the Colorado River into California and the small former settlement of Rice. Formerly a watering station on the railroad during the days of steam locomotives, then a section house for track crews, it was more recently a service station, and probably a store and cafe. Little remains of Rice, but we both enjoyed photographing what was left.

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KITCHEN CORNER Daily Painting #678

Kitchen Corner

KITCHEN CORNER

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

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IRRESISTIBLE

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

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.

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!

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TAOS CLOUD Daily Painting #651

Taos Cloud

TAOS CLOUD

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

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INDEPENDENCE DAY AND THE MONSOONS

The monsoons are here, right on schedule. With all the fireworks sales, we need all the rain we can get. Of course, we always do, even without the fireworks. With the change in weather come the towering cumulus clouds, lightning and thunder; and the rain. The blessed rain. With any luck at all, we should soon be able to change our collective mood from hopeful to thankful.

We had a great Independence Day with family and friends in Santa Fe, and got home late, so this post will be a little shorter than some. I hope your 4th of July was equally as rewarding.

LEAVING TAOS Daily Photograph #1622

Leaving Taos

LEAVING TAOS

No, don’t get excited. I’m not Leaving Taos. Not yet, anyway. Although I do need to make a trip out to California to pick up Betsy and bring her home. It”s the view at the top of  the Horseshoe with that lone sentinel of a tree that is always there to bid us adieu, and to welcome us on our return.