GrainStain Arts® is rooted in a belief about transient beauty and grace, coined by Cruz as, wàsayū™. It is a triad experience, inspired by: Wabi (侘), Sabi (寂) and Yūgen (幽玄). Together in Cruz’s work, they are an experience of beauty in the rustic, humble, aged, imperfect, and mystery. Western beauty is grand, perfect, symmetrical and sparkling. In contrast, wabi-sabi is the embracing of the imperfect and transient nature of life. Yūgen is a feeling; moments in life of profound grace that go beyond words.
Substrate and Medium
Spruce, Fir, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Ash, Elm, Oak, Sassafras, Birch, and Walnut are just some of the species used. GrainStain Arts® works with superior pigmented stain. A virtually non-toxic waterbased stain, allowing Cruz to work indoors. The preferred clear finish is one dating back to antiquity yet boasts as one of the greenest finishes with natural UV resistancy. Stain on wood is an unforgiving medium. It requires knowledge and experience of technique; something Cruz has pioneered in this medium.
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