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A New Sofa and a Fortuitous Wall Art Find

- November 20, 2014

A while back I saw a crazy barrel shaped couch and love seat set on Craigslist. After taking a while to decide finally, that the reaction I had to them was love and not hate, we bought them. However they really weren’t cutting it in the new sitting room:

Old Sofa Set fix

Way too big and bulky, although a unique set and quite comfy for watching TV. Soooo we bought a much more proportional sofa a few days ago. Again I was browsing Craigslist, and this little mid century gem had just about everything on my wishlist, wood frame, light colored upholstery, and minimalist lines.

New Couch fix

(The barrels have been banished to the very unfinished basement TV cave)

I just needed to find something to go above it… a big piece of art, a mirror, lots of smaller pictures gallery style. I had plenty of ideas I wasn’t committing to yet, you should after all, acquire art slowly. When while out thrift store shopping yesterday I found this:

The Wave 1 fix

A rather representational painting of Hokusai’s 1830 The Great Wave off Kanagawa woodcut. Insidently, did you know that while The Great Wave is arguably his most famous work it is actually part of a series of woodblocks. There are 36 that make up his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series all of which depict as you might have guessed scenes from around Japan with a view of Mt. Fuji. Check out more of Katsushika Hokusai’s work as well as articles, and up-to-date exhibition listings on Artsy. The page also includes related artist & category tags, plus suggested contemporary artists! 

Detail 1 fiDetail 3 fixI think my painting might have been someones art school project. There is lots of technical skill but also a lot of shortcuts. Here you can see on the left he/she used spray paint to finish off the background (it’s now cracking).On the right you can see errant pencils lines. Plus here at the bottom right of the painting is the back end of a boat that never got painted in:

Detail 2 fixThe sort of things you might ignore when your deadline was coming up. However it’s absolutely huge at 61″ X 48″, and looks fantastic on the Deep Twilight Blue. I think I might try to do a bit of restoration work to it, the strange change of sheen on the spray painted portion looks glaringly off in bright light. Do you think a can of matte or gloss sealer would even out the sheen if applied over the whole thing? I’m not sure… though you can bet I will find out 😉

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