March 24, 2008

"Leo"

Oil on oil primed linen panel - 6"x 8"

I am back from Birmingham for a while. Being away from the easel for a week is scary. I have always suffered from cold starts; that feeling that you have somehow forgotten how to paint. My friend Stephanie has a beautiful Maine Coon named Leo. He was the perfect subject to get me back in the saddle.

6 comments:

Diane said...

so sweet and fluufy

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

sweet kitty!

rick nilson said...

Mark,

Cold starts. That is one that I don't have to look up in Wikipedia I get those, but I didn't know what to call them. Thank you for that and the puffy shirt. Did I forget to mention Leo. Sort of puffy.

Rick

S.M. Sedwick said...

Beautiful, liquid eyes. Also excellent handing of the nose and ears. I have a cat with similar coloring...I'll have to refer back to this before the next time I tempt her to pose under the warm studio lights.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks for the kind words. Leo is indeed a sweet cat.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

So did Leo sit for you, or did you do this from a photo? Whichever it was, this is lovely. And I really like the cat painting you posted on DP today but don't see on any of your recent blog posts. I am guessing it's older. It's so fun!

I know well that feeling of panic when starting to paint again after a break. Sometimes this happens to me after only a few days of having other pressing chores to do.

Cold start is a good name for it. (Or the Imposter Complex, since I usually feel like such an imposter when I begin. I ask myself questions like "Do I really even know anything about painting?").