December 16, 2008

"JJ upside-down on a hooked rug"

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

I had an e-mail from a friend the other day who complained that I had been remiss in my blog duties, that I have not fleshed out the posted paintings with my usual amusing stories and bon mots.  I'll grant you les mots justes have not been readily at my fingertips.  Perhaps it is laziness on my part or is it that I have spent my creative energy on creating the painting and have nothing left for the blog?  I usually tell myself that I will do the write up in the morning when I am fresh. Sometimes this happens but more often than not it doesn't.  Gene Fowler said "Writing is easy: you just stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood appear on your forehead." 

Henceforth I will try and give the paintings a little background.

JJ brought me a little present tonight; a live mouse he found in the basement.  He was plainly pleased with himself, since he isn't allowed outside and has hitherto only had various faux mice to play with.  His delight turned to frustration when his treasure made a break for it and wound up behind my bookcase.  JJ is in there still, biding his time.  


Diane said...

a lovely rendering of Mr JJ, Did you have mouse for breakfast?

Mark Adams said...

JJ is still guarding the bookcase. I had to settle for an onion bagel.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Don't stay gone so long, Mark!! Delightful as always-- Thanks for the great painting and words.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane. The excuse du-jour is Christmas and travel. I don't want to lose my "daily painter" status. I am going to try and be more structured in the new year. No promises; life has a habit of tripping up my Muse. She spends a lot of her time on crutches.

Alice Thompson said...

Okay, I love this...and am jealous that I missed it, by just a few hours.

Collector envy sufferer

Mark Adams said...


You have not seen the last of JJ, my faithful companion and eager model. He has starred in seven panels thus far. I'm glad you like the latest.