The Lesser Wave of Kanagawa

   by Kyle Fisher for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Great Wave of Kanagawa

Inspiration Artist: Japanese artist - Hokusai

1 canvas board - used to recreate the background from the original using acrylics.
1 oak plywood - used to create the two furthest waves, as well as the furthest boat. Each was carved, sanded and painted using acrylics.
3 pieces assorted hardwoods - used to represent the 3 closest waves in the paintings. Each was carved, sanded and painted using acrylics.
1 piece of hardwood - cut and used as paneling for the side of the closest boat as well as for extensions for the nearest wave and furthest wave.
3 wooden dowels - used as support for both the panel and veneer by cutting into 1" sections, cutting a notch into each. Each veneer sheet and panel stand by simply sliding them into the notch.
Friendly plastic pellets - glued to surface of the largest wave and to the canvas board to push the depth of the spray from the wave
Floral foam block - used as support for the canvas board and
Canvas - died the color of the robes in the original using acrylics, as well as died the color of the fabric hanging off the sides of the boats. Cut into small robes as well as to the shape of the fabric hanging off of the boats.
Sculpey - used as the heads and bodies of the men in the original painting. Molded, wrapped in the canvas robes, baked at 275, heads sanded, and painted a layer of matte white to help with future lighting/photography.
2 blocks of wood - Each were first carved using a scroll saw. They were then "hollowed" out using a dremel tool. They were finished by hand using files and sandpaper. The fabric hanging over the side of the boat mentioned before was glued using Elmers to the inside of the carved boat. Each boat was then painted using acrylics.
Glue stick - used to affix the men to the top of the furthest boat.
Floral foam - used as support for the canvas board and furthest boat.
Chavant modeling clay - placed into the nearest boat and used to support the little behinds of the men inside.

The intent, when setting out to recreate this painting was to create a compelling final image. The challenge was to physically separate elements from the original piece, and then to craft them each in a way that, when placed back together, maintained a resemblance to the original, but with its own unique depth. (The final arrangement is approximately 12" from the closest wave to the background.)