Pollocking the Studio Floor: The Final Results

The Problem: a plywood floor, twice painted and once muckled about with, looking like trash.

The reason for plywood was so I could drip and stain and drop with abandon. But with an Art Walk/ Open Studio approaching, the mess on the floor did not look artistic; it looked oogie. As you can see I had started trying out pollock-like drips, but quickly realized that More Was Needed.

I also realized, having watched the famous Pollock flick, that I needed special shoes for this project. So my erstwhile compost/slug shoes were retrieved from under a box on the back porch.

The first three “layers” of splash — a gray the color of the original paint, a darker gray, and then  white. After that — More Was Needed.

I smeared the white with an old fireplace broom. One reason to pollock the floor was so I didn’t have to get down on my hands and knees and paint it. I might have been better off getting a long-handled roller, but the fireplace broom made a kind of substitute. However, More Was Needed.

When in doubt, add red. Particularly if you have some left-over in the basement from painting the house doors.  But — Need More.

Black for accent. And then try another set of smears, in sort of rectangular shapes. More, Needed.

Add blue, streak red, blob black. Starting to look intentional. Really intentionally messy. Also shoes and studio,  messy.

Allow to bake for three days — heat on day and night.

Painting with the stirring stick, with various degrees of viscosity. Very interesting experience. Very messy. Must stop with the More.

Moral of the experience:  flinging and dropping paint from stirring sticks is great fun. Different stirring sticks with different widths and lengths create different effects. The viscosity of the paint flung is an important element.  Realizations:  Pollock had the advantage of being able to walk all around his canvas on the ground. And, he was younger when he was flinging paint. He also had more-different paint — mine came entirely from leftovers from other house projects. And Pollock’s canvas was to be framed. Mine had to stop short of the baseboards.

Result:  Time is limited. Energy is limited. The floor looks intentional. The floor looks horribly busy. The floor, in fact, looks a bit horrible.

I’ll live with it until after the Open Studio (March 5 & 6). Then I’ll probably go back to that innocuous gray paint and buy a long-handled roller. At least at the moment it has a certain artistique je ne sais quoi. And if I knew, I wouldn’t say –June

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One Response to Pollocking the Studio Floor: The Final Results

  1. Del says:

    Bravo! It is wonderful. When can you come down and do my garage floor? Maybe you should pull up the plywood, frame it and put it on sale.


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