Work In Progress 875 Sq. Ft. Back Yard Concrete Canvas Unburied.
It started with the fast approaching hot summer and the need to stay cool which prompted me to erect an above ground pool in the back yard. It was a good choice for a backyard summer project but it has now turned into more.
Now that the pool is in I wanted to finally dig up an adjacent covered up concrete slab that was buried under soil and grass next to the area I placed the pool. This was a lot harder than installing the pool.
The creative juices started flowing once the entire 875 sq. ft. concrete slab was excavated revealing a large rectangular canvas crying out for some TLC and attention.
The slab is in rough condition but that's exactly how I want it (it will save me on tons of work and cost).
The next step to this project is planned for tomorrow weather permitting. I have wanted to do some experimenting with concrete dyes and this is going to be the perfect canvas to try it on. I selected some water base eco friendly dyes that I will apply with a pump sprayer. I selected a color combo "Verde Jade" which I can customize to my liking .
The concrete has lots and lots of spider cracks, expansion joints and even craters and I'm not planning on fixing any of them. I am going to dye it as is and then apply a gloss coat to the surface that will give a wet luster look to the mottled dyed surface.
I guess this qualifies as art and it has me excited like any other art project I have done.
Total money invested so far was $153. for 3 gallons of dyes and 2 gallons of sealer that comes out to about .17 cents per sf ft.., not counting my labor. Regardless of how it turns out nothing is really permanent not even permanent dyes.
I could decide to re-top the entire surface with a skim coat and have a new fresh blank slate or I could then try doing a 3d clear epoxy over my collection of large real canvas drip paintings layered over the slab. The possibilities really are endless. Maybe a huge spray paint space scene aerosol grafia style. :-)
This might even be a solution for finally displaying all my paintings at once outdoors and being able to walk over them and have them exposed to the elements without worry of damage. A super size laminating by epoxy project for sure.
Me too Betsy, so much so that I'm doing some last minute research exploring the possibility of maybe applying the dye on a wet surface since it is water based. This would be similar to doing a water color painting. I'm not quite there with this idea just yet though.
This would be one way of getting a very unique result though. I just might try testing a small area with this technique.
Of course this goes against the recommended methods of applying the dye except for those looking for something different.
The heavy down pour has passed but the slab has to much standing water now and still rain is in the forecast . I might sweep it and blow it off with a leaf blower and test the wet application on a small section as mentioned. I'm still working up the nerve to pull the trigger though.
Since you did a video of the pressure cleaning, maybe you will be making videos along the way. Assuming so, you should research ASMR videos. It stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, and many people have a specialty, a channel, and a following. Maybe you've heard of it. Regardless, this project is great to share. Maybe you need to buy a drone now too. Ha! Wow
You can upload images of sections to Pixels /FAA. No need for canvas for a while.
The area seems to be low and the ground looks saturated.
Add a square or rectangular parameter of block. Secure the blocks by sinking a piece of rebar into the existing concrete at each block and filing the opening with concrete such that the blocks and the existing slab are a single unit. Fill the new space with small rocks and place a large sculpture on the newly constructed platform. It could even become a flowing fountain with additional work.
Thank you each and all for your interest and suggestions, they are well received.
I have been out on the project all day except for a brief period I had to repair a fender bender my son had with his car which he tried but failed to conceal from me. Lol.
There was a break in the weather and the slab dried really nice, I blew off the surface with my leaf blower to remove all dust and went right into it with the base coat of the dye and sprayed a light coat at about 1 gallon per 450 feet with a hplv hand sprayer.
Once I completed the base coat I proceeded with the accent dye at 1 gallon per 875 sq ft. the dye took nicely but it was to faint and it did not even come close to the look I was going for.
So as usual and on a whim I had about 8 different color paints left over from other projects and I decided to throw everything I had at it in the form of drip painting using only a paint stirrer.
The result were looking pretty awesome and I felt like I was doing an actual drip painting and was loving it and then the deluge of rain started just as I finished the last paint can I had on hand.
The slab looked like a huge rainbow cotton candy rogue wave after the great flood. Most of the paint except some really nice blotches of red, blue,purple and yellow which managed to dry before the down pour.
The slab pretty much got washed of most of the paints that diluted them selves. The dyes did penetrate and left hints of there pigments but mostly washed themselves out as well.
I said this was going to be an experiment and boy was it!
I still have $70.00 of the sealer which I did not use to return and I will be buying 7 quarts of rustoleum paints in bright bold colors and I will then drip paint that over the slab.
This will possibly be the largest drip painting in existence. :-)
In sculpture there is high relief and low relief. High relief culminates in a sculpture in the round. Stand alone. Low relief just comes off the wall...or in this case the floor....
There are some interesting things you could do with a modestly high concrete low relief sculpture. Just a suggestion. I racked mi little brains to think of the connections, or in other words come up with the fitting constructs. You could delve into Michelangelo's ideas, or into Jeff Koons' ideas. Coming up with your own religions iconography, or doing something much more simple, large and commercial, in the here and now.
Hey David, that's a lot of concept there,high relief, low relief, thing about it is I'm getting no relief from it today. Lol! No seriously, the space is going to be our grilling area and outdoor seating area as the new pool is right next to the slab.
So I'm not going to be doing a sculpture at this point but I do have a large cement decorative pot and also a cement casting of a religious scene/event which might be incorporated into the area and I might even embellish these items with color or texture as they are plain cement.
The huge drip painting is what this slab is moving me towards. Cost wise this will likely be the best choice as well as the fastest results.
Just pour pools of dye on it, and let the next rainstorm sculpt it. Then bring out some big fans and let those blow the liquid around. Next, strip naked and start rolling wildly about the entire surface area, until you reach a state of exhaustion that signals the end of that layer (you'll probably need to schedule a doctor's visit too). Next, put some boots on your dog's feet and let him run all over it. Finally, for that flashy tire-tread look, start up your car and drive all over it like a maniac.
Other possibilities include using cut tree branches as texturing tools, encouraging birds to land on it and poop on it, inviting some friends over to play a sloppy round of volley ball on it, whip it with a rope, toss roadkill on it (now we're getting really contemporary), expel bodily fluids upon it (even more contemporary), explode some firecrackers on it, ... oh, I could go on and on, but I don't want to do all the visionary work for you . (^_^)
It all works out for the better Corinne, I think the drip painting will do this very distressed slab good. I went to check on the slab since the rain stopped and the dyes did take and have created a nice background for the drip painting.
I might have time tomorrow after doing something for a customer if all goes well to drip some paint. :-)
I just took a stroll with my dog Buddy around the back yard and observing the concrete slab today in the light of day I am seriously considering applying a solid base coat to the entire slab in either a gloss black or or gloss white in which to do the drip painting with the color selection previously mentioned so that it really pops, what do you think about this?
I hate to have to go to work today as I would rather stay home and paint, but the weather is still very unstable and I don't want a repeat of yesterday so it's off to a customers home.
So, gloss black canvas or gloss white canvas to do the drip painting on?
Gaby I was unable to get the paint in gloss black so I went with a high quality black satin enamel (latex) that was 40% off today. I ended up using almost 6 gallons and have a little left for any touch up when I remove leaves which are falling from a tree close by.
Considering the roughness of the slab the satin helps hide more of the imperfections which the gloss might have shown more, my drip colors are all high gloss which should really contrast well on the black satin.
Now I'm into this project $400.00, I finished spraying and have video but I have to upload it, it just started sprinkling but I think I'm in the clear, it really sucked up the paint and the surface appears dry. If it doesn't deluge like yesterday I should be fine, fingers crossed.
Robert,my riding mower, you mean my new John Deer which I wash after every lawn cut? I don't see that happening Robert. Lol! I did think about filling balloons with paint and throwing them. However because of the size of the canvas 875 sq. ft. and the fact that if I don't like it I can't roll it up and store it in my shed I am going to take a much more controlled chaos approach. :-)
I am planning on dripping the paint with the paint stirrers you get when you buy paint. I have had good results with that and it dispenses the paint very efficiently, I might use a ladle for larger puddles that I want to drip while fresh so that the paint colors blend. I have exceeded the budget on this project by three fold already so I don't want to go much more crazier than this in an effort to conserve paint.
I think that with the black background and the vivid bright and bold colors I have even though I purchased quarts will go a long way against the negative space. I hope I will have some pareidolia formations going on as I did in my canvas paintings.
Ronald this has been my first attempt at creating any art since Feb. 15th which is when Alina's mother passed away, I did quite a bit of works just before she passed but nothing since.
I love the drone ideas and I might do some aerial photography of the finished painting as it's a good excuse to buy another one since my last one was a fly away. Something to look forward to after I finish this one. Lol!
I really feel good about this now that it's dried enough where if it rains it should not wash away, but I was sweating it for sure as the wind picked up and the sky got dark, luckily it was just a few rain drops. I did not want a repeat of yesterday.
Awe, come on, Mario, crank up that John Deer, and let the paint fly. The trashed mower would then be a work of art in and of itself -- a "ready-made" makeover, so to speak.
Just slap a plaque on it with a title, convince some poor soul to set it up on the property of his place of business, convincing him that it is high conceptual art, call some local news stations, get the bored news reporters to hype it appropriately, do news interviews, where you shower them with lots of BS arts speak, and chalk it up as another step towards stardom. (^_^)
Why be a little committable, when you can go all the way [maybe grow a mustache or chop off an ear]? Go big or go home.
It's Done! Finished ,completed! I had to make two more runs to the paint store and for certain the guy mixing my paints though I was crazy as well, poor guy he was new and had the hardest time mixing my colors.
I ended up buying 12 more quarts of paint today for a grand total of 3 gallons of dye, 6 gallons of black satin enamel and 19 quarts of gloss latex and the project ended up costing right around $600 total.
I am editing the video now and should have it available shorty today.
If you end up not liking your completed project, then I suggest that you just paint it over with another layer of black and use the resulting canvas as a sign backing, on which you write the following warning to potentially visiting space aliens:
Extra-Terrestrials Keep Off ... I assume that they would be so advanced that they could translate this into their native tongue.
Robert, funny you should mention aliens, the aliens are here,they are in my painting just like in the others. I am very pleased that they came again and as soon as the paint dries I will be visiting them. I am serious about this, it's pretty amazing that the entities have made their appearance and they are in full battle or that's what it appears like to me, they could also be just doing what ever it is they are doing. It's the same as in the other 15 canvas paintings.
Thank you Gaby! Glad you liked it. It was an awesome experience having this one come together for me and I really like it too. That's my best friend Buddy he is always the first to check out my art, he is getting up there in age and has joint pain issues. I have him on CBD for pets plus cosiquin and vitamin B complex and vitamin C and he has been doing well last couple of weeks.
He was vocalizing his pain and it was the most disturbing thing I ever heard from him,he is doing so much better now, no more crying out since.
Oh no, it just started raining here, yikes!!! I hope my paint dried enough.
Wow! Are you out for hire? My front courtyard is in bad need of something and I have plenty of paint. I attempted something like this several years ago but it ultimately got weathered away...be sure to seal it with several coats.
Just checked it, it looks Ok, lucky I used enamel paint for the larger pours and the one that was not enamel in a previous layer I dripped and it had longer to dry. It still makes me nervous that it's raining hard on it. I don't know how it will react to puddling or standing water or flooding?
I'm always for hire Betsy, Lol! I used the best paints I could for this project and you are correct sealing is probably the way to go. I think this should stand up to the weather as I did a good amount of prep work and the concrete was also very porous and the base coat was formulated for patio floors.
Oh my God, it's another freaking deluge again, it's coming down really hard. I went again to check on the slab and the craters are filled with water. The paint has not lifted or washed away, yet. I did notice one or two of the larger areas where I poured a lot of paint had a few small air bubbles. I'm guessing it's the air being pushed up do to the saturation in the slab and surrounding ground.
Nothing I can do at this point but hope for the best. That's Florida for you.
P.S., this might turn out to be more like a Robert Kernodle than a Magna Carta after all. :-)
Dang Mario, it looks like the elevated rock filled platform could have shed such a deluge. Yep Florida in the summer is hot, swampy, mosquito infested, and humid.
Do any of the escaped monkeys from silver springs live in the forest near you?
I hope your project turns out as you hoped. At least you will have the action captured on video. Possibly add a blurb to the video regarding the downpour for dramatic effect.
Actually Drew the area is not sunken for the most part and the water does run off quite well as the soil is very sandy here my concern was that the fresh paint may have not had sufficient time to dry and harden.
It wasn't my intention to do any hardscape, the cost of the paint was enough. :-) Luckily I have just enough left over to get that drone I've been wanting.
Last I looked at it before going to bed around 1:30 am it seemed fine. Hopefully today it will heat up so hot the surface will easily fry an egg on it and it will be fine.
I haven't heard about the monkeys escaping but I'll keep my eyes open for them.
This was a project that just took off on me, once I started I was driven in a very similar manner as when I did my very first drip painting and it's not something I was ever drawn to before in the least.
I find the slab is a night and day improvement, it's visually pleasing to me and I think it looks really cool too, but the big thing here is none of that. A drip painting again was not something I planned on doing here.
Even more strange is that the themes that all my drip paintings manifest have carried on right on through to this painting, "the entities and the activities they seem to be engaged in"
I cannot begin to explain why or how this happens but this again for the sixteenth time has turned out to be another pareidolia painting all on it's own.
Crazy? maybe so, but I am just saying what I observe with my own eyes. If someone else see's it or not is really not an issue with me but it should not go unsaid.
One last thought on what I stated before, I use the term pareidolia only due to a lack of word to really describe what is really happening here. I know there are a few here who know exactly to what I am referring to. :-)
Mario, that's a waste of a a good rain, because you should have timed your work for the rain event and used water-based paint pooled on top of some sort of transparent oil, still completely wet, as the rain started.
I predict that the result of that would have been magnificent. While wet, you could have had a macro-photo fest with it, and then, after it dried, you could have put a protective coating over it (probably wouldn't have lasted long, though, because of oil/water blend), then let nature continue to take its course, and you continue to consider it a perpetual work in progress.
David it might be therapeutic in a way but but it also takes it's toll because I really get borderline obsessive when I get into it,exhaustive might better describe it but also it provides a level of euphoria when it's completed. I don't think I could do it every day.
Robert I spent most of the day on my knees sandwiched between prickly shrubbery or up on a ladder with all the roof runoff coming down on me rescreening a customers patio and it rained what seemed like all day. Rain today was NO GOOD! Lol!
Robert I'm not good at perpetual projects, I like to get in,get out and on to the next one. :-)
It's been wet here for the last few days, thankfully the painting has stood up to the rain really well and the colors are nice and bright. If you noticed there is a RV next to the slab and it has a awning which has torn along the retractable frame, it's very large maybe 25ft. x 25ft or something and it might make a nice roll up canvas that needs to be painted in maybe an outer space scene using aerosol grafia techniques.
Also the red shed which I recently painted might make a nice area to also paint something on the wall and or blue roof, that is painted in a metal enamel gloss.
After that and recovery I might have the RV to paint too. :-)