October 20, 2010

"Sammy with pumpkin"

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

It's raining cats and dog...well, OK, just cats, in the studio lately. Hey, can I help it if I have a ready supply of willing models at my beck and call? Alice Thompson's Calypso Moon Art Movement has challenged us to paint a Halloween themed painting this month and my Sam seemed like a good fit. He has been unhappy with J.J. getting all the attention lately and was an eager model. Well, it helped that I sprinkled the pumpkin with catnip. He implored me to paint out his little white bib and white underbelly but I couldn't do it. It just wouldn't be Sammy if I did.

18 comments:

nancy elstad said...

I love this so much, beautiful colors and the cat is amazing!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Nancy. I'll pass along your comments to Sam.

Diane said...

perfection as always both the technique and the theme..

I'd model for catnap!!

Calypso Moon Artist Movement said...

Pure Magic! The pumpkin glows. This piece is irresistable and siezes the viewer immediately.
One can never have two many pumpkins with black cats.
Don't forget that you get to guess twice for the giveaway : )

smellyrhinostudio said...

gorgeous contrast! I love it!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Alice. I'm glad you like my sweet Sam.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Rebecca.

Dabblerteer said...

So much personality and so much fur on an 8"x8" canvas! All your animal portraits are terrific.

Mark Adams said...

Thank you, Diane.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Bernard.

The Desert Girl said...

You have it. Whatever that IT is that captures realism on a canvas. I love to look at your work. This cat reminds me of my childhood cat, "Kitty". Original name, no? Beautiful pumpkin, too!

Carol Horzempa said...

I'm a black cat fan and love your entry, it is purr-fect for this challenge

Mark Adams said...

Carol. There is something special about a black cat. Sammy is my second. I had a little girl named Sauron back in the 70's who was equally sweet.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Paula. I appreciate the kind comments. As far as "Kitty" not being an original name - I suspect "Sammy" is probably the most common name for a black cat. In my Sammy's case, he really was named after Sammy Davis Jr because he was part of the rat pack. His litter-mate Deano however turned out to be a girl - oops.

Barbara said...

Another beautiful cat, Mark. I cannot think of a better painter of fur than you.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Barbara. What a nice thing to say.

Dean Grey said...

Awesome!

This just screams Halloween.

I didn't think orange on top of orange would work but it does!

-Dean

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Dean. I was apprehensive about the orange on orange thing too but It does seem to work here.