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 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.
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