I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Friday, April 1, 2011


“Happenstance” 31”x 38”
polished cement & dry pigment on panel
(click to enlarge)

Here I am trying to balance a calm color field against a more complex area. I have embedded nylon drywall tape in the surface to create texture and tie the two areas together.


  1. I like the colors here and the application of embedded nylon drywall tape...genius! Great to visit your site.
    I need to return to Home Depot...love that place!

  2. It is interesting to see your compositions and color become more and more complex. And of course, you boggle my mind with your technical abilities!

  3. Another great piece, William. Your work is quite large so I am wondering how heavy Happenstance is and what colour your cement is to start with.
    Does it require special hanging hooks? Thanks.

  4. Maryanne, I love it when someone refers to one of my ideas that was basically an accident as "genus". I also love Home Depot. They all know me by name there.

    Thanks a bunch Mary, although stirring cement is pretty lo-tech.

    Carole, good questions! This painting is about 1/2" thick including the Hardi board support, measures 31"x 38" and weighs 33 lbs. I use two regular picture hangers. Each hanger uses two small brads made for drywall. they are rated for 50 lbs. each. They work very well and when removed, leave only tiny holes. My cement is as close to white as I can find. If I want pure white I use plaster of paris. Most of my pigments are made specifically for alkaline cement. I grind a bevel the edges to help prevent chipping and give a good finish presentation.

  5. Hi William

    I agree another great piece.

  6. Hi William!
    your art is unique and very interesting!
    greetings from São Paulo

  7. Hi Denise! thank you for your comment and greetings from Texas!


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