May 14, 2010

"Secret Garden"


Oil on museum quality ampersand gessobord panel 9" x 12"

This month's Calypso Moon Artist Challenge was to paint a "Secret Garden." It could be anywhere you go to seek solace from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. As luck would have it, I needed to look no further than my own back yard. My wife Susan and I are avid gardeners and we would love to lay claim to this magnificent design but the credit goes to Master landscaper Bob Jackson and his merry men for coming up with this lush oasis. Planted just this past fall, the landscape looks like it is has been here for years. In the early evening we look forward to a "walkabout." Grab a glass of French Rose' and circumnavigate to grounds to see what new and wonderful things have sprung up. Can you have too much statuary? Well, yes, but to paraphrase the young Mozart in the movie Amadeus when the king questions whether his concerto has "too many notes" - "Just the right amount, your Majesty." I bow to his retort. This little guy used to live right behind the studio at our old house. He is now nestled in the woods, backed by some lovely Ligularia Dentata Desdemona, a wonderful plant with deep green and purple leaves. Here are a few photos of the garden. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!















24 comments:

Diane said...

Incredible garden Magic!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, baby. How you feelin'? Call me.

William R. Moore said...

Mark,
You must be very happy with your new home, very beautiful. When do be get a tour of the new studio?

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I enjoyed it very much with my first cup of coffee.
What a great piece and what a beautiful home/garden!
The adrs is missing...LOL!

Mark Adams said...

Needless to say, I am over the moon, William. The studio and great north light and wonderful space. I'll try and post some pics of the studio soon.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Irit.

Kaylyn said...

For a first year garden yours is looking really good! I'm glad you have some space outside to get away from that awful liquor cabinet in the studio!

Nice painting, too!

Anne C M Campbell said...

Enigmatic work from a fantastic garden!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Kaylyn. I always wait for the drinking lamp to be lit before headed towards the far end of the studio.

Mark Adams said...

Cheers, Anne!

Barbara said...

Your paintings are impeccable. Your garden is magnificent. I'm fighting back jealousy.

Mark Adams said...

Barbara - Thanks for the compliment about my work. You would not have been jealous of my garden when it was covered with two feet of snow last year.

The Parent Trapped said...

I love the details and depth of work. I thought at first it was a photo the painting is so crisp! Stunning.

Earthula said...

What a garden place! Hours of entertainment.

Alice Thompson said...

Another divine example of your Art Super Powers. You are such an inspiration for all of us!!! No other artist blogger even if you added the best together can even come close to matching you.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Paula. I like your "secret garden" piece too. Fun and interesting color and perspective.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Elaine. It is my forest of Arden.

"...And this our life exempt from public haunt
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in every thing.
I would not change it."

Mark Adams said...

Dear Alice -

To quote Mark Twain - "I can live for two months on a good compliment."

By that count, your comment is good for a year and then some.

Thanks, indeed!

susan southard said...

WOW you have been busy! How are you enjoying the area?
Must get you and your wife out to a Tasters Guild tasting now.

~:~ said...

Gorgeous! what heaven. is tempting to visit.
<3

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Susan. See you at the Rose' tasting.

Dean Grey said...

Uggh!

Can I move in with you!

What a gorgeous house and gardens, Mark!

-Dean

Mark Adams said...

Dean - How are you with a watering can? Like some women I've known, the garden is high maintenance.

Pegi Sue said...

Mark, I just want to live with you!!!!! How GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for the paintings!!:)
You're the BEST!!!:)
Pegi Sue