July 10, 2008

"French Postcard, Cork, Art Glass Vase, and a Glass of Château d'Yquem Sauterne on a Damask Tablecloth"

Oil on museum quality, archival ampersand gessobord™ panel - 6” x 8”


Perhaps it was the recent Turner exhibition at the National gallery that compelled me to give my painting such a lengthy title.  I am trying to outdo "Steamboat off a harbor's mouth..." There are some reoccurring elements in this painting that I never tire of; nudes, corks, wine and intense red.  Puccini's - La Bohème  was playing on the stereo when I composed this painting so I guess you can say this piece is about wine, women and song.  The turquoise of the vase bridges and tones down the Christmas colors, although the Holly pattern of the Damask still makes me say "Ho, ho, ho!"

10 comments:

Don Gray said...

Luscious color and delightful brushwork--fine painting, Mark.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Don. I tried to stay loose (for me) on this one.

Diane said...

Three of four of your favorite things (no way to work in a Harley I guess) Loved the turquoise and it refection in the glass...
However are you suffering for your art? The time stamp is quite late my love!

Mark Adams said...

Dear Clock-watcher - "Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?..." I am at my creative best in the wee small hours.

BTW - The keys to the Harley are in the vase.

Sherry DeGhelder said...

The colors are wonderful together.
I love all of your brushwork.
It breaths...

Mark Adams said...

Thanks Sherry, If only I could get the vibrancy of these paintings to transfer to the website. My wife, who works in Boston 4 days a week, gives me a fresh set of eyes on Thursdays. She remarked tonight about just how intense the colors are on the vase in real life.

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

What a wonderful painting. When a painting evokes a special mood --as this one does -- you know it was successful

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Rhonda. I was particularly pleased with myself with this piece.

Candy Barr said...

I concur with all the above comments! And I loved the Turned exhibit at the Natl myself. Hadn't thought about the titles though - I was so mesmerized by his plein air and emotional response to places...

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Candy

BTW - I like what you've been doing lately. The floating nudes are great. "Reverie" is particularly compelling.