February 3, 2010

Well that's settled...

Our old house that is. We settled on our old house last week - lock, stock and barrel and now have furniture to sit on - yea!. It has been said that moving is one of the most stressful events in one's life and I am here to tell you that is a huge understatement. We have 16 years of wonderful memories from that place and hope the new owners enjoy it as much as we did. All this is my feeble attempt at an excuse, albeit a good one, for not painting for so long. The work of opening boxes, hanging artwork and organizing goes on but without the hectic pace of getting our old house ready to sell. I have covered the paralyzing, debilitating fear of the "cold start" ad nauseam on these pages so I won't bore you again with the details. Suffice it to say that I am suffering from it in a big way just at present and am attempting to work through it. I swished a little paint today just to test the water. I'm not sure I am happy with the result but I thought I would put it up for edification. You can't say it isn't energetic.

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

Post Script:
In the sober light of day this painting of Mac McDoodle is not without charm. It was fun to splash around in all those colorful curls. Thanks, Mac.

19 comments:

B Boylan said...

He is just too sweet of a dog! Love the eyes and especially the small hints of blue in the curls.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Brenda. I needed that.

Alice Thompson said...

Wonderful! Swish and test everyday if you can. I wonder what makes you unsure? Anyhow I think it's our minds that get in the way. You've got everything you need to go on autopilot. Moving is a whole lot of work. Going through all of your things. Trying to be artistic in organized chaos is difficult but possible. Thanks for giving us a painting during all of this :)

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Alice. Being artistic in (semi) organized chaos is the story of my life.
I am going to have a go at your self portrait challenge today. Perhaps that may open the door. ,,,But what color...hmmmm?

gmoore said...

glad to see you back mr. adams :)

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Gary. I'm trying.

Chris said...

As a sheepdog lover and owner for over 20 years, I have to say that this painting truly captures the spirit of this wonderful breed.

I'm absolutely in love with it, and in awe of your wonderful talent.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks for the kind words, Chris. I agree that sheepdogs are a wonderful breed. My Uncle had one when I was a boy. Her name was Minnie. I must have been thinking of her when I painted Mac since he is, I believe, an untrimmed standard poodle (in sheep's clothing).

Lisa Husar said...

Golden doodle?? Looks like you had fun with all those curls! He's darling!

Mark Adams said...

Shoodle perhaps? Thanks, Lisa

Diane Morgan said...

I was so happy to see a Mark Adams post in my email inbox today. They are always feasts for the eyes and artist's soul. Whenever I see one of your paintings I take a deep breath and sigh a big sigh of satisfaction. The view is always so satisfying. Thank you.

Mark Adams said...

Diane - Praise from the praiseworthy is always the best kind and yours was, without a doubt, the nicest comment anyone has ever given me. Thank you!

And for the record - "Heaven is a '57"
- OMG!

Anonymous said...

Good Boy- to both of you!
You have been missed. I love this painting. The colors are wonderful. You are the man! Dottie

dottieb said...

Beautiful. The colors are perfect.You have been missed. Glad your move is behind you!

Mark Adams said...

Woof! Thanks, Dottie. And AMEN on the move.

Dean Grey said...

Mark!

Nothing golden ever stays, as the saying goes (at least I think that's how it goes)!

Here's to NEW memories in your NEW home!

Oh, and I love the curls in that dog's fur! What body and texture!

-Dean

Joanne said...

You have no idea of how much talent you actually have waiting to jump out through those brushes, do you Mark? No block will ever truly stand in your way... the gift you possess will ALWAYS break through! Love this pooch. As always, the personality of the dog is clearly visible on the board. So good to know you are back in the studio!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Dean.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Joanne. You're sweet.

I'm doggie paddling for a while - It's my safe harbor. But, hey, I like painting dogs and cats. No apologies.

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