October 28, 2010

"Mardi Gras Bloody Mary"

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

And now for something completely different!

Something that one sees around Jackson Square in New Orleans is a form of naive folk art using familiar icons of the area. Often done with ordinary house paint on found planks of wood or shingles, these colorful objet d'art are cheerful and amusing. I thought it would be fun to try my hand at one using a subject that is near and dear to me - Tabasco. I probably have over 100 bottles of hot sauce of various stripe in the pantry and in the fridge (much to my wife's chagrin) but the one that gets utilized the most is the ubiquitous Tabasco. Nothing else tastes like it. I dare say you could make a Bloody Mary with Jamaica Hell Fire Sauce but it wouldn't be the same. I further embraced the New Orleans theme by using purple, green and gold - the colors of Mardi Gras, to really sink it home. I thought the black outline gave the painting a clumsy folksiness. I told you I was going to have fun.

8 comments:

Aubrey Studebaker said...

This is so much fun! I love it when an artist takes a subject matter that is less than serious & the fact that you've been inspired by a culture makes this a very interesting piece.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Painterly fun meets graphic goodness, I love this one!! It is very fun!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Aubrey. I don't think there will be a series of these but it was a fun change of pace.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane.

Dean Grey said...

This is so different from your other works, Mark!

I love the bold colors!

-Dean

Margaret Bednar said...

I think a series would be great! My father in law loves Tabasco sause, but not bloody marys. I'd love to see a few more of these with "TS" being the central figure. Good ol' Tobasco sauce!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Dean. It is fun to experiment once and a while. I don't think I am cut out for "outsider art"

Mark Adams said...

I've got Tabasco in my blood, Margaret.