August 18, 2008

"Cat and Mouse"

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


This is my cat JJ's favorite place to sleep. In the afternoon the western sun shines through the office window and warms the great mahogany desk and the small laptop, already warm from its own power, becomes a relaxing pillow. Needless to say, my wife has to coax him off with treats to resume work. More often she will use the downstairs desktop, rather than disturb him. She used to leave the laptop open, but that resulted in him sending odd e-mails in secret, cat code that only his feline friends could decipher. Leaving the laptop half-closed was no good either. It took him no time to figure out how to close it all the way, resulting in turning off the computer; oops, where was I? He is a great cat and a fantastic mouser to boot. He has found quite a few in his forays into the basement. I couldn't resist the visual pun here.

21 comments:

Don Gray said...

A great sense of humor never hurt anyone! I love this!

A Reason to Paint said...

I love it too - what a delightful painting!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Don. This is my cat JJ's favorite sleeping spot. I couldn't resist the title.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Triecia.

piggy said...

Mark, this is perfect! I love everything about this painting, but especially the lighting and composition. I can't wait to come by and see it in "real life". It always amazes me how much better the work is when viewed directly instead of as a reproduction. Good to see you're on the mend, my friend!

Diane said...

Mark, at first glannce I thought this was a photo of my favorite cat! You've captured this sweet boy.

Mark Adams said...

Piggy - Thanks. Get here quick to see it, it leaves the studio in a week. - Hog

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane. He IS a cutie!

m collier said...

Good one !!!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks for stopping by M.

JEANNE ILLENYE said...

Gorgeous painting, Mark, as always, and your lighthearted humor is always a delight. Beautiful. Jeanne

Mark Adams said...

Jeanne, I appreciate the kind comments. We both played with orange palettes yesterday, you have a wonderful way with citrus.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Absolutely beautiful Mark, he is irresistible! (and so is your painting).

ChrisB said...

This painting is stunning! I love it - feels like I could reach out and pet JJ.

Mark Adams said...

Aw, thanks, Sheila. I think he knows he's a star today; he is walking very proud.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Chris. There is nothing JJ likes more than a scratch between the ears, except maybe a tummy rub.

PAT MEYER -- said...

Not only is this museum quality but it is clever.

Mark Adams said...

Pat, Thanks for the great compliment. I will miss this one, not just because it is of my boy.

Joanne said...

When I saw this one Mark, I just gasped. It is just beautiful... absolutely, utterly, I just love it. Wow.

Mark Adams said...

Joanne, I guess a week of bed rest was a good thing. I usually have a terrible time with cold starts. Not so this time, thank God. Thanks for the praise (blush).

Jigglypuff said...

Great painting Mark, I love the reflections on the desk. The whole thing looks so real! Good inspiration for my little artists.