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Installing Wooden Buddha Wall Art Panels the Alternative Way

Back in 2011 when Cat and I did our first trip to Hatyai, I remember walking into Nok’s wood-craft shop near the Asean Trade market to be mesmerised by this beautiful 3-panel wooden Buddha wall art.

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It was totally an unexpected thing that I had purchased the Buddha wall art panels without much thought as I had never before admired any art piece that involved the feature of Buddha – what more to say thinking about purchasing one.

But the wall art panels and plaques on display at the shop, mostly featuring the face of Buddha, gave me the goosebumps. They simply looked stunning in a tranquil way.

After buying it and bringing it home – together with another art piece made of teak wood, I had left it in the store room for more than a year until I decided today that it was time to learn how to install it on my own.

Like I have mentioned, the wooden Buddha wall art piece consists of three separate panels (see pictures below), which means having to put three nails in the wall before you could hang up all three panels.

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As each of the panels comes with a hook, it makes installing a lot more convenient.

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However, having had a history of destroying the wall (and hurting my fingernail) while hammering a nail before, naturally I didn’t want it to repeat itself and was thinking of a good method that wouldn’t cause damage to the wall.

After giving it much thought, I figured out that this is a fairly easier method to put together the three-panel Buddha wall art – which is to install the three panels on a wood piece before hanging the whole thing on the wall in one ago with just a single hook.

This way, I needed to only hammer one nail into the wall.

How did I go about it?

First I found myself a wood piece of moderate hardness to be sewn into a shorter piece where its length was a centimetre shorter than the width of all three art panels combined. This is so that it wouldn’t appear to be visible behind the panels.

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After that, on the edge of the wood piece, I put marks on where the respective panels were to be hooked to.

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For wood finishing, I used a sandpaper. My reason for using a sandpaper for metal, as you probably have noticed in the picture below, was two-fold: 1) I didn’t have a sandpaper for wood; 2) the wood was rather rough so a metal sandpaper would save me a lot of time.

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The outcome:

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After sanding the wood piece, the next step is to put three screws on the marked areas and then hook the panels to the screws accordingly.

After that, look for the balance point of the art piece where you will put a final hook for hanging the whole of it on the wall, in one ago.

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While hammering the nail into the wall, I did crack the wall surface a little as you may have noticed in the picture above, so I used some cellulose filler to fill the cracked area.

And below, ladies and gentlemen, is the outcome:

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The wooden Buddha wall art panels are now elegantly hung on the wall right beside the main door to my apartment unit.

My Entries for Malaysia’s UOB Painting Competition 2012

I was utmostly busy like a mad cow before I went for my Malacca trip two weeks ago just to make sure my entries for the UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2012 would make it to the UOB headquarter a day before the deadline.

Spent a good amount of time money and time getting three of my favourite paintings framed. The cost of delivering my paintings to UOB using Poslaju came up to some RM48.

Nevertheless I feel the whole experience was worth the money and time even if I didn’t win anything considering it was the first time I took part in a painting competition.

You may have seen two of the three paintings in my previous entries (see this and this), but you definitely have not seen them in their frames yet!

Ready? Here you go:

UOB Painting of the Year 2012 Competition Paintings by Kenneth Lee_2

I’m gonna introduce each of these in detail, including the subject matter, meaning, and inspiration behind each of the paintings.

1. Tibet

Tibet Painting by Kenneth Lee

This entry – standing 17” tall and 15” wide (inclusive of frame) – is a mixed-media painting on canvas.

As an individual who has a great passion for travelling and Buddhism, this artwork is my interpretation of Tibet – a Holy Land of Buddhism I have always yearned to visit.

In Buddhist traditions, the colours red and orange symbolise wisdom and dignity. Yellow, on the other hand, signifies the complete absence of form and emptiness, known as the “Middle Path”.

The artwork, which comes with a very harmonious appeal and is accompanied by a black bold frame, is simply a tasteful representation of tradition-meets-modernity.

2. Harvest of Hope

Harvest of Hope Painting by Kenneth Lee

I freaking love this painting especially after having it framed. It just looks, um, “loud” and oriental?

This painting is one of my most experimental pieces yet. Why, it was done on a piece of chopping board!

Standing 15.4” tall and 11.5” wide (inclusive of frame), this mixed-media painting tries to depict that the time for rice harvest is near.

The inspiration of this art piece came about during a fine trip to Hatyai. While passing through Kedah, from inside the train I got to see countless of beautiful paddy plots arranged in a phenomenally systematic manner.

With the rice harvest season drawing near, the farmers must have every reason to be happy about – I imagined they would cook great food, invite friends and relatives over, and celebrate the night away.

The painting has a very oriental appeal and signifies hope.

3. Harmonious Interaction

This 26.5” by 20.5” (inclusive of frame) mixed-media entry suggests the harmonious interaction between human beings and the natural environment.

The painting depicts members of a family coming together and chit-chatting away at the backyard of a Malaysian kampung.

The split complementary color scheme used in this painting is aimed at establishing a set of harmonious colours that can potentially bring a peaceful state of mind to the owner of this painting.

A classic wooden frame was added to “Harmonious Interaction” in order to fit the humble setting of my Balinese-inspired, cozy little home.

Those are my three entries for the UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2012 together with their respective stories. I’ll end this entry by buey-paisehly posting another “group shot” of the three pieces:

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