At first, when my daughter and I started splashing our paint water onto the sidewalk, we did it discreetly. Hid our splashes under a leaf. Then one day we noticed how pretty the dried pigment looked, and grew bolder, as you see here. The color has faded a bit~time to add more color. You see, some years ago I grew concerned about putting paint water down the drain. The paint company assures us it is perfectly safe, but I could not find anywhere exactly what they were putting into their paints, and hence what I would be putting into the drain which would find itself into Lake Michigan. I cast about for a solution because we produce A LOT of paint water. Some artists wipe their brushes on paper towels first. Great. Now trees have to die so I can paint? I don’t think so. It occurred to me that if I put the water on the pavement, the water would evaporate out and leave the pigment behind. Ah ha! I don’t think that hurts anything. A pretty sidewalk is a happy by-product! 🙂
Perhaps you’d like a peek at the painting I’m working on:
It is a horrible photo. The canvas is a large one, always a challenge, and we’re having thunderstorms this morning so the light isn’t the best. I really liked how the log looked, peacefully decaying amidst the savanna plants. It should be done by next week, and I’ll show it to you then.