Three pieces have been added to the sculpture section of my site under 1995-2006.
I’ve worked with roofing tar quite a bit. It is cheap and readily available at hardware stores. It comes in two versions, shiny one that runs smooth and one with fibers in it which is more malleable and less shiny. Both can be diluted in solvents. They react in interesting ways with oil paint. It cracks paint when you apply on top of it, making cracking patterns on the surface. It can be thinned to be used to stain porous surfaces. The rich warm black is nice when it’s used as it is. When it’s thinned it makes beautiful brown. I’ve made various homemade paints using this interesting material. These three pieces use the home made paint in various ways. On #46 is applied many layers of the diluted paint, with a polishing process in between. The plaster surface sucks up the paint well, forming a shinny layer at the end. I like how the paint reveals the density variations as marblized patterns. #45 has the same process, but with a surface patterned with various size small holes. The white part is painted with enamel. The surface has my tar encaustic paint as well as black paint. #47 is stained with thinner paint, again circular patterns reveal the density variations in interesting ways. I was a little concerned with the longevity of the paint but they all seem to be very stable.