February 20, 2008

Bombay Sapphire martinis

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Oil on archival, museum quality 1/8" gessobord panel - 5" x 7"

I don’t know whether I am feeling particularly patriotic today or if I am caught up in the red state / blue state political rivalries that are dividing our country, but the red, white and blue palette of this piece can’t be denied. Since I am an independent, moderate, it is a good thing that purple is my favorite color. Certainly 2008 is going to be an interesting year that may require more than one of these martinis before it’s over. I am a scotch man myself although I wouldn’t turn down a good dry martini. "Here's looking at you, kid."

I was hesitant to try this composition on a bright red tablecloth as I thought that the subtleties of the pale aqua tones of the gin would be lost. To my surprise, the bottle took on a deep cobalt/ultramarine hue. Painting the Harley last week only whetted my appetite for more chrome, so the cocktail shaker was a good fit. My biker brothers say “chrome won’t get you home” but I am a sucker for the stuff. Now where did I put my shades?


Diana Moses Botkin said...

Fantastic detail and color!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks Diana. I must admit a lot of yesterday was spent wearing the ubiquitous Opti-viewer. I may have to play with this red background again. It does catch your eye on the gallery page. (and in the studio)


Wow! You are one dynamite painter Mark. I especially enjoy the Plateau de Fruits de Mar. Extraordinary! You make both the paint and the subject irresistible.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, jimmy! I do like painting food and drink. It must be the gourmand in me.

Diane said...

as always the glass is so reflectiive and real