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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Mandala Experiment Graphic Art


Fresco Secco Foundation

 "Rapid Set" (commercial mortar sold in the USA by Home Depot) / Sand/  Local Gray Ground Shale

1:1 :1:1      6"x 10" x 0.5"     Set in 1.0 hr at 50 deg F.

Removed from mold in 3 hrs.

Will be topcoated with grout: white latex paint in 24 hrs. (2:1).

Friday, September 18, 2020

After C.G. Jung: Fresco Secco


Approx. 5" x5" x1" concrete platform. A single topcoat of non-sanded grout. Aq. grout/acrylics.

Fingernails cannot scratch the dried pigment.

Design is based on artwork done by psychiatrist C.G. Jung

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Jung's Two Worlds

 This inner world is truly infinite, in no way poorer than the outer one. Man lives in two worlds.”- C.G. Jung


 Graphic Art by David S. Soriano

Currently being painted in the Fresco Secco medium.

Acrylic/Grout Pigment Mixture Preparation/ You Tube Video

 I use this pigment matrix I developed in my Fresco Secco artwork.
i mix the finely powdered pigment matrix with water vehicle, some grout and calcium hydroxide ( slaked lime). The paint will be bound to the platform as part of calcium carbonate that forms in the presence of water .

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Fresco Secco / Based on John Lennon Artwork

Concrete platform  10" x15" x0.5" with grout topcoat.
Next is painting. Theme based on John Lennon artwork.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Fresco Secco Art 'The Clown' Sketch

The sketch on grout topcoat ( concrete platform) before painting.

Fresco Artwork: 10.5"x14.5" x0.5" Concrete Platform

I find this dimension attractive for my fresco secco artwork.

I mixed fast0setting concrete with powdered clay 'kitty litter'. No pozzolan ash was added to this trial.

I allowed the concrete to dry in the garage for 8 hrs at 70 deg.F or so.
I very carefully inverted the mold inches from the floor and it came out easily with no breakage.

I sprayed the mold with WD40 lubricant as a mold release agent before adding the concrete mix.

I will let it dry/ strengthen for 48 more hrs before applying a grout plaster topcoat. Artwork can then commence.

I would suggest this dimension would be good for fresco studies before scale-up.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Roman-Like Concrete

Slake-line ( calcium hydroxide)/ water / terracotta / crushed red brick to prepare cement.
Roman-like since the ancient Romans used pozzolona ash, pumice, slake lime to prepare their cement.
The cement is ready for application when sticking to the trowel.

Top: the cement
Bottom: drying cement on a lower layer of dried Portland cement.

I will be preparing such cement with slake lime, water, pumice and fine sand to make a mortar.
Aggregates, of course, produce cement. Top layers of grout to the dried mortar followed by 'Fresco Secco" painting.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Ca. 1940s Telephone Chair ( Left-Handed Use)

Purchased locally a ca. 1940s 'telephone chair' in excellent condition constructed from maple hardwood.  I am applying three coats of 'teakwood' stain manufactured by 'Minwax'.
  I will use the furniture ( I am left-handed) to hold an 'overhead camera' when recording technical problems for one of my 'organic chemistry' classes.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Developmental Water-Based Polyurethane Paints

Tovolazza commercial watercolors added to water-based polyurethane binder with natural nanotubular 'halloysite ' clay ( quarry in WY., USA) added.  Dries like the acrylics quickly ( keep brushes wet!) , but different appearance when dry.

Scrap wood (bare) which has a knot in the yellow region.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Re-Finished 1940s Cherry Wood Table

The finest cherry wood in the world is found around western Pennsylvania, USA.
I found this 1940s era table in a local thrift store for... $4.99 (USD).

Sanded and stained. Three more coats were applied after taking the above image.  I will topcoat with spray lacquer.

Above: Table before sanding and staining.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

After Picasso: "Head and Shoulders of a Woman" (1907) Soft Pastels on Wood by Soriano

Soft pastels on power-chiseled 4"x6"x1" softwood. Wood stain on reverse. Soft pastels with water-based polyurethane topcoat.

David S. Soriano.  6-4-20

Monday, June 1, 2020

Abstract On Carved Wood by Soriano

Dremel tool -carved softwood with ebony stain and polyurethanes on 5" x5" x2".

"The Dancers" /Sketch on Softwood to Finished Art by Soriano

Dremel tool carving in next followed by water-based polyurethanes.
Wood-stain/ water-based polyurethanes on power-chiseled (Dremel tool) on 4"x5"x1" softwood.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Barrel and Fence Theme by Soriano

Sketch on softwood. Next is dremel tool carving and water-based polyurethane paints.

Cubism Theme Preparation by Soriano

Sketch on softwood. Next is dremel tool carving followed by application of water-based polyurethane paints and base attachment.

Human Limitations Power-Chiseled Wood/ Water-Based Polyurethanes by Soriano

Ca. 5" length ( without base). Power-chiseled wood using angle -grinder with 4.5" circular chain saw.
Surface is carved with dremmel tool. Water-Based developmental polyurethane paints.

Polyurethane is bio-degradable , the polyacrylics not so. Currently, the water-based polyurethanes are more expensive, but better for health and environment!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Woman Water-based Polyurethanes on Power-Chiseled Wood by Soriano

After power-chiseling, water-based polyurethanes on the pyrographed wood. ca. 5" length.

An angle-grinder with 4.5 circular chain saw used used on the softwood. Staining also was used.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

After Picasso: Machined Wood Foundation Art by Soriano

Work in progress. Softwood machined with an angle grinder equipped with a 4.5" circular chain saw.
Emulsified cold wax paint formulation and wood stain to be used.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

After Picasso: The Fermier (1908). Wood -Power Carving by Soriano

Machined softwood (pine) with angular grinder. The grinder is equipped with a circular 4.5" chain saw.

Picasso's 1908 painting was sketch on the wood. Pointillism technique  will be used with a soldering iron. Staining and emulsified cold wax paints.

Wood Sculpture /After Picasso/ The Bather / 1908

Power-carved softwood ( 9.5" including walnut box) fo9llowed by wood-burning/ pointillism style.
Staining and painting follows.

I used an angle-grinder equipped with 4.5' circular chainsaw.

 Pine becomes ebony!   A little painting each day.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Machined Wood/ Abstract Theme by Soriano

Approx. 6".  Machined softwood followed by pyrography.
Sculpted with an angle grinder equipped with circular 4.5" chain-saw.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Machined Wood Platform / Emulsified Cold Wax Paint

1. Machined softwood.  2. Staining. 3. Dremmel tool engraving.  4. Wood burning. 5. emulsified cold wax paint

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Angle Grinder/ Chain Saw. Wood Preparation

The use of an angle grinder with circular chain saw ( 4.5" diameter) on pine support.

The wood, after sculpting, will be pyrographed and theme painted with the developmental emulsified cold wax paint.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Antibody Test for COVID-19 & Herd Strategy/ Short Video

A trusted colleague sent me this short ( about 2 minutes) educational video for an interested general audience.