June 10, 2009

JJ - "bunny pose"

Oil on museum quality ampersand gessobord panel 6" x 8"

It has always been hard for me to get back into the paint after a hiatus of a week or more. All those self doubts rear their ugly heads and I stand before the blank canvas wondering if I can still make the magic happen. JJ, my constant companion in the studio, has once again been my inspiration and my familiar back to the muse. I'll never understand the mystery of the creative spirit. Ours is not to reason why.

36 comments:

Sheila said...

What a beautiful muse. Those amber eyes are mesmerizing.

Mark Adams said...

That's my boy! Thanks. Sheila

arcobaleno said...

Hi Mark! what a beautiful paint! I think that was a...Photo of your cat!!!!!!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Lovely words, most endearing painting.

Diane said...

the magnificence of JJ and your rendering of him is no mystery!

Mark Adams said...

Ringraziamenti per le parole gentili, Arcobaleno.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane.

Wait, didn't I just say that?

Joanne said...

Oh Mark - I really missed you when you were off having fun!!! Yours is one of a handful of blogs I visit regularly for creative inspiration, and J.J. has certainly played a part in that today. He is stunning, adorable, beautiful and just what I needed... Glad you are back, and you certainly are "back in sync" with your creative muse! I love this painting!

Paintdancer said...

What a beautiful rendering of a special friend! The painting makes me want to tickle his or her belly!

arcobaleno said...

OH!!! MA TU PARLI ITALIANO??? good, very good!!!! I am happy!!!!

Mark Adams said...

*blush* (both me and JJ)

Thanks for the kind words, Joanne.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Maryanne. JJ is male and he does present himself for tummy rubs at every occasion.

Mark Adams said...

Arcobaleno. Sadly, I have very little Italian, most of which comes from listening to Puccini. I did start learning your beautiful language when I visited Fiorenze and Venezia a few years ago.

Alston said...

Hi Mark,
Don't worry your "MAGIC" did not
"fly off" while you were riding your bike !!You still have it. You did JJ beautifully ! ! welcome back, Alston

Deb O said...

Welcome back. Love your boy!!

Cynthia said...

What a sweet kitty kat....love your animal work.

arcobaleno said...

Oh Mark, I was born in Firenze but I am leaving in Roma, both beautiful city!!!!Ciao!!!!

Terry Rafferty said...

Quite wonderful, Mark. Love the fullness and depth of the fur, and your backgrounds are always perfection. Welcome back!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Alston. That's kind of you to say. I have often thought of artists as magicians, creating new worlds with wave of our magic wands. Our wands just happen to have small hairs or bristles attached to the ends.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Deb. It's good to be back

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Cynthia. I fear JJ may be getting a big head from all this attention.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Terry.

susan southard said...

He is such a nice cat!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Susan. They don't come any sweeter.
btw - How did the painting of Roscoe frame up?

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Well you certainly have not lost your touch. Lovely!

That feeling after playing hookey from the paints not only makes me wonder if I can still remember how to paint, but I generally lose momentum and motivation, as well. It's crazy.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diana,

I think you hit the nail on the head. It's the loss of momentum that is the most troublesome. When I am in the grip of creation, like the energizer bunny, I can go on and on. But those cold starts after a long break are killers.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Mark, what a wonderful painting..! Your background is also stunning.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Fabio.

Anonymous said...

Mark,

Wow the eyes!

Stop up the farm sometime soon, we have another new foal, small enough I can pick it up!

Debby

Gwen Bell said...

What a great portrait! Love the lively colors in the rug against that beautiful creamy white fur and the way you picked up the pinks and ambers in it and reflected them in JJ's eyes and nose . Perfect title...he certainly does look like a bunny in that post.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Gwen. JJ is a great model.

ClaudiaFinn said...

Thank you for voicing pearls of wisdom~ it is comforting to know that someone of your talent level has similar insecurities. :)

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Claudia. Self doubt is part and parcel of being an artist. We acknowledge it and (if we're lucky) push through to the other side.

Dean Grey said...

Mark!

Oh, this is great for so many reasons!

The pose is quite original. Pet portraits often have boring poses and angles. This is NOT the case here!

I love the patterned carpet in the background. A clever way to add extra color and texture to this painting.

And lastly, those love eyes! Very clear and shiny and tightly rendered.

A very strong work of art!!

-Dean

April Jarocka said...

My cat does this when he wants fish!! It's his cute kitten pose. Lovely painting.
All the bes
April