March 9, 2010

"JJ" - no, not my JJ

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

Before I got swept up in the great move and before the back to back blizzards of 2010 I was loosely commissioned to paint this magnificent Ragdoll. After yesterday (sorry Tig) I thought it might be time to splash around in this feline's fantastic white mane. Besides I have a soft spot for any cat named JJ.


Kaylyn said...

The tactile quality you bring to hairy beasts is on a par with Sergeant's fabrics. On first glance, it appears you have rendered this extremely pettable fluff ball with exact precision, but there is on closer examination a looseness and painterly quality that is just wonderful. Love it.

(I use the term fluff ball most affectionately, that's what we call our cat!)

Mark Adams said...

Kaylyn, You have no idea how much you made my day. John Singer Sargent is one of my all time favorite painters. His bravado brushwork is something that I have aspired to achieve. What a pity women don't wear flowing satin dresses anymore, I might have continued to paint society portraits. Thanks a million for the great comment!

Kaylyn said...

Yesterday one of the artists I admire most told me I'd made his day. Today I make your day. I like making days for people, makes my day!

The other artist is Edward Gordon in Germany. I think you'd like his work as well. If you go back into last years daily paintings of Berlin fashion week, I think you'll see some nice fabric. and Great compositions and fabulous color.

I hope you are settling into that fabulous studio. Its almost too nice to believe!

Barbara said...

That's an awesome cat painting.

Mark Adams said...


I know Edward Gordon's work quite well and miss seeing him on the daily painters site.

As for the studio - my arm hurts were a keep pinching myself to see if I am dreaming. Did I mention that at one end is a carved mahogany, fully stocked bar? (Ouch, I did it again!)

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Barbara.

Joe said...

Thanks again Mark.
I look forward to this addition to the collection and I know my wife will love it.
Of all our pets throughout the years, JJ has been her favorite.
Although there are several talented artists in my area, none could capture the nuance of JJ’s comportment quite like you.

Mark Adams said...

Thank you, Joe. JJ was a pleasure to paint.

Dean Grey said...




Mark Adams said...


No, really. Thanks, Dean. Your comments mean a lot to me.

btw - How did Wonder Woman get out of her predicament when her invisible plane flew past her?