Hung at last

Saira and Michael are renovating some more to accommodate for the [upcoming] baby. On account of the dust and serious clutter as they move their life around their cozy but over-stuffed home, and because they’ve been asking me since I got the big studio to take it off their hands, I took back one of my favorite paintings, Fool’s Mate, which had never been hung and was in storage at their place for ages.

I rented a cargo van today to drive up to Brantford with the Sterling windshield and other parts — I think the Sterling is getting into the final stretches of construction and I am very optimistic that it will be on the road this summer — so we took advantage of not having to carry the art by hand the ten blocks or so between our houses. I have my fingers crossed that this does not fall on my head, because I hung it up on my own, without any help, and have strung it between some old metal posts in the wall and the edges of the painting’s wire, using four bungee cords (two per side), which seemed a lot simpler to handle on my own than trying to coordinate a single point of mounting that’s obscured by the painting itself. This way I was able to catch it on one side, and then slowly pull it up as needed without ever feeling like I was going to have a terrible fall or hit a dead end. But yeah, fingers crossed that there’s no head bonking.



  1. revPJ wrote:

    Very cool painting.

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  2. nikk wrote:

    thats pretty rad

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink
  3. Elizabeth wrote:

    You need a super awesome cane. One with a head and brass.

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 6:28 am | Permalink
  4. Claire wrote:

    Awesome shirt! I don’t think I’ve ever had maudite, but I’ve always loved the logo…it’s one of my favourite legends!

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink
  5. minou wrote:

    Elizabeth, I was also going to suggest a cane upgrade! Last year, I modded my Lucite cane with sound-sensitive LEDs, using a single-transistor switch biased to come on at a pre-set level – but you could probably do something much niftier with a LM3915. It’s powered by a 9V ni-cad rechargeable battery in the handle, which is trickle-charged when the thing is powered by a 9V AC-DC adapter. It was a fun little project, and cool to have a cane I’m actually excited to carry in public – something other than an omnipresent reminder of the many ways in which my body fails me.

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink
  6. jonny wrote:

    im also perplexed that such an interesting man has such a boring cane

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink
  7. Phil Moore wrote:

    Must I remind you of the speaker above the bed in the Tweed house. None the less, fantastic painting, and picture. Seems nostalgic for some reason.

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink
  8. Phil Moore wrote:

    I just found what brought me to the “nostalgic” conclusion. It’s your shirt. Johnny Murphy and I drank piles of Maudite while in the great land of Canada. I believe we were fondest of the bottle with the naked Indians canoeing in the sky. And the one with Satan on the front, it was very tasty also.

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  9. Elizabeth wrote:

    Great minds and all that…. heh sure.

    Friday, March 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink
  10. Skoddie wrote:

    I love the old man you’ve made of yourself Shannon. I’m not sure your wisdom will ever be known.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink
  11. giotu wrote:

    Always thought about it, but now need to write it: your painting style is overwhelming and this big piece is amazing. Kudos

    Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink
  12. Dreya wrote:

    Your paintings always look like something I’d like to reach out and run my fingers across. And then maybe climb inside : )

    Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink
  13. ASSid23 wrote:

    Hi Shannon, u look like the man from movie THe Road..:) u know it???.) good luck dudy..

    Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink
  14. Shannon wrote:

    I’ll take that as a compliment. I am, however, much fatter.

    Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink
  15. dresden wrote:

    Gotta chime in on the cane thing… I’d expect at least a skull or something. I feel… let down. :)

    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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