I did fine tune that painted grass rug day before yesterday. The paint stick that Buck made for me made that grassy style painting possible. The bamboo has a lot of flex. All I needed to do was stand up, dip my stick into the paint that had been thinned to a loopy consistency, and vibrate. It went on for days, but it was fun. Absorbing. This is a perfect winter project. Not so much thinking, just my eyes following my hands. A pair of hands working is a big fluid situation, all to the good.
Rob got up on the ladder to take this picture. Not that anyone will ever see this floor at this stage, from such a perch. I was just interested to see if my plan for consistent texture with color that was shifting was working. The shop lights are glaring off this semi-gloss paint, but I was happy with what I was seeing. By the way, if you ever have any paint project inside or out that requires fine quality paint, I highly recommend Porter Paint. It is a paint favored by sign painters. It is the only paint I ever use, inside or out.
This room in the shop gets a terrific amount of traffic. The effort it will take to finish it up is the most I will even see of it. Right now, the rug is prominent, as there is not much else to look at. By the end of this week, it will be filled up with whatever Rob has in mind. This floor will become part of a bigger scene.
The dogs could not wait to get in to room that Dan had roped off. Dogs hate being excluded from any event. Howard was barely in the room before he laid down, and started licking the floor. Interpret that however you wish. I think he thought the project tasted good. Me too.
I have spent the last 2 days painting my representation of English lawn daisies over top of the grass painting. It took a while to get the hang of how to paint those bellis flowers. Suffice it to say that I painted with a sharp stick, in a certain pattern. It took the better part of two hours to get comfortable and expressive. Not much news in this regard. Any project asks for a go ahead. I went ahead. After the go ahead, a great idea can take hold. Establishing a rhythm takes some time. It took a while, but I finally managed to let my tools take the lead. If you are a gardener, you understand this. The tools, lead by a pair of hands, can make a garden.
Detroit Garden Works reopens for the 2016 gardening season next Tuesday. March 1. If you are local to us, feel free to check out the floor. That said, we have so much more going on besides this floor. I promise that your visit, from the floor up, will be an especially beautiful celebration of the garden.