June 26, 2009

"Fabulous 5"

Oil on museum quality ampersand gessobord panel 8" x 8"

Although my idea of having a few "black and tans" normally takes place at my local Irish pub, this motley crew also put a smile on my face. The image was sent to me recently by Anne Stark, breeder of champion dachshunds and whippets. She seemed to think I could have fun with this and she was right. Her pups can be seen on her website "Piper's puppies4u."
Thanks for the amusing reference, Anne.

You may ask why the blue eyes? The original reference of these pups was most assuredly made with a flash which reflected back as blue. I toyed with the idea of making the retinas black but I liked the cobalt accents dancing around the panel. I think it livens up the painting.

22 comments:

Sheila said...

too cute!!! Love the warm palette you chose for this painting.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Sheila. You know I'm a sucker for intense reds.

Diane said...

love the "Pile O' Puppies"...

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Di.

Joanne said...

I love how you achieved the shine in each puppy's coat, to say nothing of the differing expressions in each of their eyes and faces! Another winner!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Joanne. It's fun painting black fur as it allows for the introduction of a myriad of reflective color.

arcobaleno said...

Adorabili!!!! bellissimi!!!!

Gwen Bell said...

These precious little guys jumped right out of the group of paintings on the Daily Painter's page. Too cute! I can almost smell the Puppy Breath. Ahhhhhh.

Mark Adams said...

Siete dolce, Arcobaleno.

Mark Adams said...

Puppy breath has got to be better than kitty breath after a can of tuna. Thanks, Gwen

Alston said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww soooooooooooooo CUTE ! ! You really captured these little guys ! What fun you must have had doing them.

Mark Adams said...

Alston, I was apprehensive about sinking to "cute" on the daily paintings but the prospect of filling the panel with five staring faces in such a limited palette was a challenge I wanted to take on, and yes, it was fun.

Alston said...

Mark, In some cases "cute" is ok, and the puppies are one of those cases (at least i think so)It's what I call a "feel good" painting.I mean it as a real compliment to your artist ability.

Mark Adams said...

Alston,

I took no offense. I agree that by their very nature puppies, kittens, young creatures of all stripe are adorable. Maybe I am too sensitive able being pigeonholed as a genre painter or going for the cheap tug at the heartstrings. I appreciate your comment and took it as you meant it. Thanks!

Deb O said...

Love the blue eyes. So startling!! Any chance for a movie this week?

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Deb. The movies may have to wait until next week. I'll call you.

Anonymous said...

Sucker for intense reds... me too.
hmmmm... very cute dad- beautiful capturing.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Holly.

Olga Wagner said...

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE IT!!!!

What colors..WOW!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Olga.

smellyrhinostudio said...

that is just the sweetest painting..But, I think I say that about most of your pieces..You are amazing at capturing those little souls, Mark.
-Rebecca

Pia Nygaard Pedersen said...

cute, they are so adorabel