October 13, 2010

"Cleo"

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

Like ordering a Cosmo at a bar, it takes a truly manly man to paint puppies and kittens. I really wasn't going for the cheap shot with this piece - honestly. I was grabbed by the Tissot-like back-lighting on this little imp. My friends Sherry and Joe just adopted two sweet sisters from the S.P.C.A. These gregarious girls, Cleo and her litter mate, Iris, couldn't be cuter if they tried. Cleo was clowning around on the landing stairs and her aura of light and amusing expression was something I deemed paint worthy, if just a silly bit of fun.

18 comments:

Don Gray said...

This is terrific, Mark. Humorous, yes, but silly, not at all. Wonderfully painted.

I appreciated the honesty of your comments in the previous post. It's so important to stay in touch with why we started painting in the first place--the sheer joy of it, despite the struggle.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Don. Your work is so inspired and precise, it's hard to believe you, too, struggle at times. That's an oddly comforting feeling.

btw - I really like what you've been doing lately. The painting "Driftwood Shore" reminds me of St Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland.

Diane said...

Got to love that face!!! So happy to see you at the easel.. I love a Mark Adams and coffee every morning!

Mark Adams said...

Welcome back and Happy Anniversary!

B Boylan said...

Love your honest humor. Even if cats are cute they still are "paintworthy"! Keep on painting Mark!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Brenda. I've never met a cat the wasn't paint-worthy in my eyes.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

You've captured this arresting personality so well. Beautiful work, Mark!

~:~ said...

absolutely adorable Dad-
Great capturing of the light behind...
i almost squinted a bit, at first from the glittering sun reflection. Cool stuff.

Love
~:~

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diana.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Holly. I'm having fun.

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Great sense of light in this piece. That cat is as good as any Madonna. (o:

Chelsea said...

I love this cat's face. My mom told me about your blog and I think you capture alot of personality in your paintings.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Aubrey. I just spent some time perusing your blog. Nice work! I particularly liked the painting of Olive and Kayne that you did back in April.

Mark Adams said...

Chelsea, Your youthful artistic enthusiasm is endearing. Never lose that!! You have a bright future ahead of you. I'm envious.

Dean Grey said...

Adorable expression, Mark!

-Dean

Lois said...

I clicked on this beautiful painting as soon as I saw it because the kitty looks like my cat whom I adored and who has since died. Imagine my surprise when I saw the name Cleo-- that was her name too.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Dean.

Mark Adams said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Lois.