December 18, 2008

"Wilt on a Cold Day"

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

As you can see, I am still in Dog Mode. Not that there's anything wrong with that. What appealed to me about this reference, other than the fact that he looks like Michael Phelps after winning his second gold medal at the summer Olympics, were the red and green blankets - quite apropos given the season.  City street lights, even stop lights, blink of bright red and green.  There is something magical about this set of complementary colors that isn't present in blue/orange, violet/yellow or other spectral variations.  If you read my tag the other day you may have noted that I am mad for hot food.  On a recent trip to New Mexico I was dining in a Tex-Mex restaurant and ordered some enchiladas. The server asked if I wanted my sauce, "red, green or Christmas?"  Christmas, of course, meaning both.  This little guy looks like he's plopped down on a plate of Christmas chile sauce.  I have always been a Christmas kind of guy.  In fact,  I'm starting to look like a bit like Santa.  By that, I mean I'm letting my white beard grow long, though I have been working harder on that bowl full of jelly than I should!  Heck, I named my daughter Holly.  Speaking of the holidays.  I may be very busy this coming week; making lists and checking them twice, etc., so this may be my last post for a while.


Anonymous said...

Mark, I showed the painting to Wilt this morning. He was so flattered with his youthful look! He's standing proudly and digging holes in the back yard with much more vigor now.

You really "captured" him. I absolutely LOVE the painting!

Anonymous said...

Mark, I think you should be named America's foremost painter of pet portraits. Seriously! I hope one of the major art magazines spots you and does an article on your paintings. As an artist myself who has painted a cat or two, I can see the tremendous attention you give to details and the gift you have for color and composition. And I think the latest painting of JJ reminds me of a Vermeer...must be the rug.

Alice Thompson said...

You are Santa Claus! I knew it. Your 4 day painting sprint is stunning. You paint white like nobody else can.
I haven't wrapped Cold Fish yet.

Merry Christmas to you and Mrs Clause.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Such lovely portraits! The expressions, fur texture and obvious love of what you do makes them wonderful treasures.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diana.

I have always had a soft spot for dachshunds and I think that comes through in the paint.

Have a Happy New Year!