February 15, 2012

Tools of the Trade - Diana Moses Botkin's Art Challenge - February 2012

"Tools of the trade - Bartender"
Oil on museum quality ampersand gessobord panel - 6" x 8"

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am flattered to have been asked to join the Diana Moses Botkin's Art Challenge Group. The February subject was "tools of the trade." Since it need not have been one's own trade, I choose the tools of a profession I very much admire. Having the proud distinction of having a cocktail named after me at The Dogwood, one of Baltimore's best restaurants, I have had occasion to see these tools put to good use. The drink is the "Mark Adams" martini:

Mark Adams $11
spicy and dirty: Serrano pepper-infused
vodka, shaken and served up and dirty, garnished
with olives and pickled okra (not for
the faint of heart)

Also, as a Harley guy, I am partial to chrome. There is a biker saying (which I don't subscribe to): "Chrome won't get you home!" After a few of these a cab will get you home.

Here are my fellow challenge artist works for February:

"A Painter's Handful" 10"x8" oil
©2012Mary Maxam

Barber's Tools
6"x 8" oil on hardboard
©2012 Diana Moses Botkin

"Paints" 6"x6" oil
©2012 Becky Joy

"Bluebird En Plein Air"
oil on panel, 4x4"
©Vicki Ross

"Tool of the Trade"
Oil on canvas
©2012 Suzanne Berry


suzanneberry said...

beautiful work mark and a great story! that martini sounds wildly tasty! what an honor!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Suzanne. I have to admit it is fun to hear "Another Mark Adams" when I am sitting at the bar at the Dogwood. I always look to see who's drinking it. They are formidably spicy.

Becky Joy said...

Aha, there it is. I checked earlier and didn't see it. Love the painting. So bold with the red and fits the subject.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Becky.

Deb O said...

Love the red! So devilish, so perfect for this subject matter and time of year. Love, Deb

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Wow. Your namesake drink sounds like fun.

This red infused painting is perfect for the story of your spicy martini. That shiny metal and the reflections are just plain gorgeous!