Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Audrey Kawasaki paintings

Audrey Kawasaki paintings.
Lovely work. I like her combination of precision and loveliness with a bit of rougness and accidents, to keep it from becoming too saccharine, too "chocolate box".

She paints a lot on wood. Last year I wanted to do the same thing, and I even went to the local big home-handyman's store, but I did not find any good looking wood.
What I want is something with the patterns of cut wood, not pulped wood. But it also has to be laminated wood, I think, otherwise it'll tend to warp over time. Anybody got an idea where to get such a thing?



posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, November 03, 2009   12 comments links to this post

12 Comments:

At 3 Nov 2009, 20:16:00, Blogger Bronislaus Janulis said...

Eolake,

A lumber yard that handles hardwoods should also carry different specie plywoods, which sounds like what you're looking for. However, if you only paint on one side, there will eventually be warping, as there will be uneven moisture gain and loss.

 
At 3 Nov 2009, 20:23:00, Blogger eolake said...

I know. Well, you can varnish the back side.

 
At 3 Nov 2009, 20:24:00, Blogger Bert said...

What I want is something with the patterns of cut wood, not pulped wood. But it also has to be laminated wood, I think, otherwise it'll tend to warp over time. Anybody got an idea where to get such a thing?

Around here (Montreal), most large "renovation" centers will have fine veneers in stock, you just have to ask. Of course, recession times do not favor large, diversified inventory, but I'm sure one can easily find at least a limited variety of cabinet-making grade veneers.

Mind you, sometimes being creative helps a lot. For instance, many low-cost, hollow doors for interior use are covered with thin, very evenly grained exotic woods such as the so-called lauan. Having such a door chopped into manageable pieces could yield a decent stockpile of thin veneer (ideal for art purposes) for cheap. Or something like that. You just have to spend some time in one of those huge supply depots, eyes wide open!

 
At 3 Nov 2009, 23:26:00, Blogger Mark said...

You could try a speciality plywood store - for example, a store specializing in marine plywood might have some variety of veneers, and the wood should be durable. Getting it home on your bike could be interesting . . .

 
At 4 Nov 2009, 06:57:00, Blogger TC [Girl] said...

Mark said...
"Getting it home on your bike could be interesting . . ."

ROFL!! Now there you go, Mark, and have to spoil it all with...PESKY DETAILS! LOL!!

Perhaps, Eo, the place might be happy to deliver it for you. :-)

Hil captcha: "gumisms" :-)

 
At 4 Nov 2009, 11:16:00, Blogger eolake said...

Yeah, or I could call one of those excellent things, whatcheycallit, taxis. :-)

 
At 5 Nov 2009, 07:03:00, Anonymous RCMEDIA said...

If you don't want your wood to warp or split, look at CedarShield.

It snot cheap - but I now have my grill centre protected with it.

It's about $50 a gallon - BUT - once treated with this product, the wood in question will become more permanent than anything else.

The link lives here:
http://www.cedarcidestore.com/preservatives.html

I have it and I have used it.
Great product!

 
At 5 Nov 2009, 13:15:00, Blogger eolake said...

Thanks.

I wonder if it would be good for my air con silencer boxes here? They are already stained though, can it be used on top of stain?

 
At 6 Nov 2009, 23:50:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her Wikipedia page says she's a rising star in the LA art scene. I'd have thought her stuff had too much mass appeal to ever be considered true art by those pretentious douches.

 
At 8 Nov 2009, 08:09:00, Blogger Pascal [P-04referent] said...

With a name like that, you'd expect her to paint motorcycles. ;-)
But I quite prefer these über-cute babes. SO elegant and delicate!

"You just have to spend some time in one of those huge supply depots, eyes wide open!"
In that case, mind the sawdust. Do blink from time to time...

"Getting it home on your bike could be interesting . . ."
Don't laugh, TC, I've done it once, in '96: brought home a solid wood table (unassembled) I had bought, on foot (mine, not the table's, please try to follow!), over about 1km in the city, because I didn't want to wait several days for the delivery.
That gave me SOME exercise! But fortunately, the looming rain didn't fall. Imagine, me with my 1m² table, in the street, far from home, with no umbrella, both my hands busy, what would I have done? ;-)
The wet stray kitten look doesn't become me very much. Really, it doesn't.

Herr Professor RCMEDIA studied...
"The link lives here:
http://www.cedarcidestore.com/preservatives.html"

Although your link is clearly no zombie ("the link lives", indeed), I prefer mine natural, with no preservatives added.
Hmmm... Aber... perhaps it have no rotting flesh BECAUSE auf der preservatives, ya? Maybe dis ist eine gutte idea after alles.

 
At 8 Nov 2009, 08:10:00, Anonymous Pascal's Mom said...

"The wet stray kitten look doesn't become me very much."
I beg to differ. Hey, anybody want's to see Pascal's baby pictures?

 
At 8 Nov 2009, 08:10:00, Blogger Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Aww, MOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!!!"

 

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