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Thanks for your interest in my hypertufa sculpting designs. While most "artists" can write volumes on their years of experience, my artistic bio is not as entailed and colorful. You see, at 44, my unrelated occupation in a technical customer service field and never taken art or painting lessons, I'm a later bloomer in the art world. Some critics would say it shows while others found something unique or beautiful about the pieces and made them their own.
Critics aside, the original pot was to be a oval hypertufa creation consisting of white portland cement, perlite, and moss. As a gardener, I wanted to make a special pot for a special plant. The first few attempts didn't turn out so well. They broke or suffered poor design. I still knew what the finished pieces should look like but with the first simple design failing, I had to come up with a new medium. Several more attempts and I whittled the hypertufa mix recipes down to my own. That's right, trial and error found me the right mix of cement, mortar, potting soil, and perlite. What followed really excited me.
The pot I chose to keep and pleased me, was now the model for future pieces. I was working with a medium I was attracted to and discovering it's flexible applications. Impressed by cement and concrete's flexibility before setting, I was now able to apply the medium to designs I had only dreamed of. My mind's eye was in a zone all too new but exciting for me.
Painting the pieces is also interesting as there are very few brush strokes involved. As you can imagine, these pieces don't offer much of a flat surface to work with. The dried and cured pieces are sprayed with water and through a capillary action, if you will, the loaded paintbrush is touched to the surface allowing the piece to absorb the paint. When painting these pieces, it's not how the paint is applied as much as how some of it is removed by further misting with water.
At times several color combinations are applied and carefully sprayed off the piece until the right effect is achieved. Next, the hardest part of all, waiting for paint to dry overnight. The next day continues with ongoing layers and combinations of paint. This is the longest phase of production with each layer needing to dry.
Once satisfied with the color and design, I apply a suede coat of water based sealer and done.