November 10, 2009

"Ella with Hydrangeas"

Oil on museum quality ampersand gessobord panel 8" x 10"

The cat formerly known as Dino (before we realized he was a she) is part of the rat pack of kittens we adopted last spring. She has turned into a real love and is quite smitten with JJ. She dogs his every waking (and sleeping) moment, much to his consternation. I call her Ella because she reminds me of the paintings in Robert Motherwell's Elegy series. I fear we will never be able to have flowers inside again because the rat pack seek and destroy any flora (and small fauna, i dare say) that comes into the house. Ella got a chance to check these pretty hydrangeas out before the tempting bouquet was sequestered in the powder room for the night.

20 comments:

Rick Nilson said...

that studio would make anybody green with envy. Nice. And thank you Mark Adams. Your paintings are so........crisp.

arcobaleno said...

Ola Mark,this paint is very very nice, lovely cat...hugs from Rome!!!

Colette Theriault said...

Hi Mark, love this composition!Great work here on this blog.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Rick. You should see the nahogany bar at the other end.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Arcobaleno. xoxo back at you.

Mark Adams said...

Thank you, Colette. I have new respect for floral painters. I don't think I'll be painting hydrangeas again - too much work!

Teresa said...

Oh how lovely!!!! This touched my heart :O)

Mark Adams said...

Your comment made my night. Thanks, Teresa.

Joanne said...

Awww, she's beautiful! I love the textural contrast here between the smoothness of the cat's fur and the petals of the flowers! And her eyes - wow! Love your work, Mark!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Joanne.

Deb O said...

I've been offline. Love this great likeness of your beautiful Ella. So glad you're back.

susan southard said...

It looks like a photo! Your work is so good!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Deb. Glad you're back too {;-)>

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Susan. You are seeing the remnants of my photo-realist past. I'm trying to shake it but it keeps coming to the surface.

Dean Grey said...

Mark!

Cats and flowers....what's not to love!

Ella's face is gorgeous! This almost looks photorealistic in certain parts.

Just great!

-Dean

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Dean. Shortening the depth of field gives that "photo-real" impression.

Anonymous said...

Hey Marko,

Glad to see you back at the easel.

Debby R.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Debby

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Ella's quite a looker; what a lovely painting of her with the colorful bouquet!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diana. She is sweetness itself but mischievous. We had to lock the bouquet in the bathroom or the blossoms would have been strewn around the house.