Monday, June 28, 2010

What's up Mr. Fox ?

The Fantastic Mr. Fox
8 x 10 inches, acrylic on canvas, framed
Easily one of my favourite films of the past year and a DVD that cheers me up every time I feel a little stressed, I decided to pay tribute to Mr.Fox by painting his portrait .
Just wanted to show you that it hasn't been all posters around the studio, the way my time has been working out is that I've been painting Deep Sea Divers during the day and warming up for them by starting a smaller piece like the above Mr. Fox, which is then finished over a couple of days.
I've been using this method for a couple of weeks and it seems to work. So, the day is something like this, get up for 8 AM or so, do "warm up" paintings until about 12 Noon and then paint through until 6 PM, break for dinner go to the Press Club and draw posters for two hours and do notes for paintings for the next day. I am also currently designing an album cover / back cover / T Shirt concept that is actually a photo based project which is a nice change and involves some computer button pushing, had a meeting with the client during last night's tsunami and they are very happy with the work, can't post anything yet, but when the album comes out I'll let you know about it. Not only is it a great concept, the music is really good.
I also have two smaller commissions that have come from doing the above, Mr.Fox piece, I'm meeting with another client this evening to discuss a large scale commission and I am going to the shop all day to build frames.
If you would like to see me working live and in person and you have nothing to do on Canada's Birthday or the day after Canada's birthday you can come and visit me at the FRINGE Festival where myself and five other painter's will be working in the alley beside Honest Ed's for the Fesival event "Pretty Things". The FRINGE is now in partnership with Mirvish Productions and they have moved the Fringe tent from it's usual home at the Tranzac Club to the Parking Lot of Honest Ed's to make people aware of the switch they have hired some painters ( The actor's had to hire the painter's to get attention, that cracks me up )to do some large scale work, 4' x 8' to be exact, to catch the eye and guide folks down the alley to the tent. We'll be there from 6PM to about 9PM on Thurs. and Fri. I'll be the guy sitting down guzzling Vitamin water.
I love the Fringe, lots of friends work for the event, run the event, perform in the event but I just have to say this and I'm not stepping on any toes here, I am getting paid to "perform" but I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to finish a Four Foot by Eight Foot painting in 6 to 8 hours. I'm fast, everyone knows that, you can see it by how much work I post here, but man, I'm not that fast. I do detail work, it takes me over four hours to paint a whale that is 8 x 12 INCHES. Whatever I paint becomes the property of the Fringe or Mirvish and can be used in promotional materials/fundraising, but this painting is too big for me, give me a 4 x 4 or something. I also think that a vertical 4 x 8 painting won't fit in most homes and a horizontal 4 x 8 painting is longer than the average couch. 4 x 8 is the size of a standard theatre "flat" or "wall" so really, that's what we're using, probably because they were free, and the idea of scale appealed to the organizers, but really, I won't be finished. I'll post photos of my progress, I'll probably bring a bag of muppets to sell on the side too.
So things are really busy around here.
A.Shay Hahn

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