March 4, 2008

"Drink Naked"

Oil on archival, museum quality 1/8" ampersand gessobord panel - 6" x 6"

I seem to be bouncing back and forth between reflective chrome and fuzzy puppies. What can I say? I love painting diverse textures and want to keep it fresh. Next up – cold and slimy; by that I mean fish or oysters.

We went to visit the Naked Mountain Vineyards and Winery in Markham, Virginia last year. They make extremely good wine and we bought a case of their excellent Chardonnay. I might have gotten a case even if the wine was just so-so because of the corks. When you open the wine, the cork reads “Drink Naked”. That appeals to my decadent sensibilities. Indeed, I picked up a tee shirt at the winery with that slogan on it. I get a lot of smiles from people when I am wearing this shirt. Once, Forgetting I had it on, I went to take some mail to a friend in rehab. I got some real dirty looks from the counselors…oops, my bad?

These tools of the trade were fun to paint.


Sherry DeGhelder said...

Mark, the red transforms all of your monochromatic chrome.
Did you make a cork board with these corks?

Mark Adams said...

I agree, Sherry. Having the red reflect off the chrome does add more interest to the surface. I have often observed that at motorcycle shows, the contestants use brightly colored flood lamps to show off the chrome on their bikes. I have red LED lights on my own black cherry Harley dresser. It looks very cool at night.

There is a carefully placed “Drink Naked” cork in all of my corkboards. {;-)>

Diane said...

I am scanning my board for the "naked" cork!.. The metals are terrific but the texture on the cork and wood are great in contrast and warmth.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane!

BTW, your board was pre-Naked Mountain, so save your eyes.