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One of my favourite episodes from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, where Larry and Jeff start eating in a Palestinian Chicken restaurant. After Larry has an altercation with his friend Marty Funkhouser outside the restaurant over his insistence to wear his “Jew cap”, Larry is praised by Shara (the Palestinian woman in the picture). She says “you’re a Jew yes?” to which Larry replies “yes…BIG Jew!”. Further on in the conversation, Shara says she likes Larry, to which he almost smugly retorts “what’s not to like?” – it’s that precise line that this painting captures. Great scene!

23/09/17: 15mins…
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28/09/17: 1hr45…
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29/09/17: 3hrs…
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30/09/17: completed after 5hrs45…
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A 12×9″ piece to be painted from a photograph I saw on the Instagram feed of Rosie from Valery’s Vintage (a previous customer) – I just saw it and thought it would make a great black and white painting…

 

14/09/17: 20 mins…
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18/09/17: 1hr30…
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2hrs45…
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19/09/17: 5hrs…
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20/09/17: completed after 8hrs…
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Having recently played at the Echo arena in Liverpool (which I would have loved to have gone to), Lana Del Rey has once again infected my thoughts and I’ve been listening to a lot of her music. That voice just does something to me!
This will be the THIRD painting of Lana I’ve done, only this one is on a bigger 18×14″ canvas with the intention of capturing her gorgeous eyes (the previous two paintings, her eyes were closed or behind sunglasses).

 

12/09/17: 45mins…

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3hrs30…
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Completed in the same day after roughly 7hrs30! Buzzing!…

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After a plea from Charlie on the Poto Studios stall following weeks of abuse from disgruntled Everton fans, I’m doing a painting to keep the blue noses happy…

09/09/17: 1hr15…

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6hrs30…
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10/9/17: 8hrs…
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11/9/17: completed after 11hrs…

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A very important commission of a much-loved mum, to be done in black & white on a 12×9″ box canvas…

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05/09/17: 15mins…
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1hr15…
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3hrs…
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06/09/17: 5hrs45…

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07/09/17: completed after 8hrs overall…
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Beginning 4pm on Friday evening and running all day Saturday and all day Sunday, this will be my first 3-day event, which marks the end of the Pier Head Village for this summer

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To commemorate the end of Summer, I’m going to have a “Summer clearance” section on my stall, where every item will be marked up at just £1.00 each!
I’ve already started marking some items up…
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**THE ENTIRE EVENT WAS CANCELLED ON THE FRIDAY DUE TO BAD WEATHER**

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After all the planning, designing, painting and marketing that has gone into ‘The Trophy Winners’, it’s certainly been worth it so far.
With that in mind, my next project is going to be something of a similar scale and Artshub47’s “open exhibition” in November is the target event for it to be ready for…

 

Yes that’s FOUR MONTHS away, which seems a very long time but remember I started the painting of ‘The Trophy Winners’ in April and the first batch of prototype prints were only produced in mid-July (THREE MONTHS overall). This project is going to be bigger and more difficult, plus it will definitely take longer because there will be colour involved too.

 

17/08/17: first 20mins…

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1hr45…

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23/08/17: 3hrs15…

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02/09/17: 10hrs…

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Today is the official launch day of a new product in the ‘I Con Art’ range and I’m HUGELY excited! After weeks of research, painting, planning, digital editing and printing (by the studio) and hours of promotion, ‘The Trophy Winners’ is now available to order online from my Etsy shop: http://www.iconartbymahoney.etsy.com and comes in a very special “chocolate bar-style” canvas print on wooden block.

Featuring the last 8 Liverpool managers to win silverware since Shankly, ‘The Trophy Winners’ was created to celebrate LFC’s rich history and to emphasise how success is REALLY measured in football…by winning trophies, not earning money.
The initial response to product trials at my studio’s kiosk (Poto Studios) at the Pier Head Village over the last two weeks has been phenomenal, so I expect to sell out of this classy-looking piece of Liverpool history quite regularly…

 

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*more images at Etsy.com

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It fills me with great pride to say that my new ‘Scouse Superhero Scandal Series’ of Liverpool-themed superhero artwork now adorns the walls of a very well-known and well-respected local business – The Directors Cut!

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They are an award winning traditional barber shop with a modern twist, located in the heart of Aigburth Vale in Liverpool (just a stones throw from Jericho Lane and 5 minutes away from my home studio in Sefton Park). I’ve been going to The Directors Cut to get my head shaved/styled for a couple of years now and, despite me being follically challenged, they work their magic and I always come out looking ten years younger! 😉
I’m now also advertising in the shop on the big screen…

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The Directors Cut specialise in both traditional and modern haircuts for men as well as offering advanced beard grooming services. They have been open for 5 and a half years now and have gone from owner Dom being a one-man-band to a trio, with the addition of Nathan (his right-hand-man/Assistant Manager who Dom trained from scratch as a young man straight out of school) and the latest addition, Amy, who has transferred across from the hairdressing world to barbering, with the guidance and mentoring of both Dom and Nathan.

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As I said before, I used to shave my own head but that all changed after I had been jogging on a different route than normal one day which fatefully took me past The Directors Cut – I couldn’t help but be fascinated by their sign – similar to ‘The Godfather’, one of my all time favourite movies!

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I have since asked Dom about the whole theme of The Directors Cut and he said this:

“It all comes from my love of movies. It’s a play on words and works on different levels:
The ‘Directors Cut’ being a version of a movie as the Director intended it to be seen without being cut to meet content, time or age certification criteria. So my clients will be seen how I want them to be seen – looking their best!
Also, I’m the director of the company so getting your haircut by the director, me, you are getting The Director’s Cut!”

Considering ‘I Con Art’ is also a play on words relating to my subject matter (icons/iconic scenes) and the fact I have no art training or qualifications (I’m a con artist😆), it now seems I have something else in common with The Directors Cut besides movie-appreciation. It’s an absolute pleasure to be associated with such a high-class business and such genuine people – find more info about The Directors Cut at http://www.thedirectorscutl17.co.uk