I’ve been working on this oil portrait of Salman Rushdie. The image features several scenes from a couple of his novels. I’m going to spend the next few days staring at it to make sure I like it. I’ll eventually make some poster prints and put them up for sale on my website, where they can keep Hitchens company.
I just set up a Pacificvs Etsy shop! From here I’ll be selling prints and collections as they come up. Right now, only the Christopher Hitchens poster is available. But he looks lonely all alone up on that board, so other prints will be joining him soon. Check often: more literary figures are on the way.
My crafty sister and brother-in-law presented me with this early Christmas present the other day at their holiday dinner. It’s homemade, and features the silhouette of a pre-cancerous Hitchens donning an ironic crown of thorns with the words “The Passion of the Hitch” scrawled beneath it. Hitchens and the crown appear to both be made out of cloth. This will make a handsome addition to my home. To see more of my sisters work, visit her blog at Rabbit Foot Fern, or drop by her Etsy store. In addition, prints of my Hitchens portrait are now for sale on my website, Adrian Covert Web.
They’re 18×24″ and came out pretty darned good. Check em’ out at: http://www.adriancovertart.com/Adrian_Covert_Art/Christopher_Hitchens_Portrait.html
Limited Edition prints available. Click Here to order.Christopher Hitchens (2010). Acrylic & Collage on Canvas
It’s no secret: I’m a big fan of the Hitch. I was introduced to his writing about two years ago, when I finally removed God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything off of my lovely girlfriend’s shelf (I had been staring at that yellow spine for nearly a year). Yes, many of the arguments contained within had been made before. What was impressed me most was the author’s almost freakishly entertaining prose. This man could probably write a page turner on competitive grass growing. That it was on the best subject of all, religion, was icing on the cake. Since then, I’ve been committed to reading everything under his byline.
So it was by happy chance that when a few months back I decided I wanted to do several portrait paintings, Hitch came to mind. He is a rather imposing looking fellow, English-frump with Scotch-neck (see Ted Kennedy). But now that it’s finished, I think I’m going to move on to painting several other authors, and to my friends I promise to “tone it down” a bit on Hitchens. Get better soon Hitch!
I found this gem at the local Salvation army for $25! Pretty ugly, but lots of potential. So I went to work…
Materials Used: 3 cans, black spray paint; 1.5 yards of upholstery fabric; about an ounce of fabric glue; staple gun; needle nose pliers; masking tape. Total Cost: About $40.
Step 1 was to strip the horrendous grandma fabric from the wood. This pretty easy, but it requires some patience–you can rip the fabric off, but you still have to remove each staple. Your first step is to delicately remove the trim piece. Since the one on this couch was both in good condition and sufficiently gaudy, I’ll put it aside to use in Step 5. Be careful: you want to keep the fabric as a template for your new pieces. Also, you don’t want to damage the cushion foam, since you’ll likely reuse it. A pair of needle-nose pliers and an hour and a half does the trick.
Step 2 required cleaning the wood, sanding the rough edges, and applying 3 coats of flat black spray paint. Make sure you use your masking tape on the parts you don’t want to paint (the drawer handle in this case), and also be sure you’re outside for proper ventilation. It was about 70 degrees last week when I did this, gotta love San Francisco in February.
Step 3 involved using the grandma fabric as a template to cut pieces from your new fabric roll. Be sure to add a little extra fabric just in case.
Step 4 involved stretching the fabric over the foam and using the staple gun to set the new fabric. Don’t be afraid to be firm, the fabric needs to be stretched tightly.
Step 5 includes lining the edges of the cushions with fabric adhesive and reapplying the trim piece. Use masking tape to hold the trim in place while the glue dries. Depending on the adhesive, it should take no longer than an hour or so.