‘Casa Loca’ was a rewarding project at the last bend of Rio Jama. Starting with a simple farmhouse with the bodega at ground level, it slowly transformed into ‘Casa Loca.’
Floor above/Casa Loca: “Solomon’s knots and Circle” – ACRYLIC ON PLYWOOD – The painting to the left is a double-sided painting that protects the window when closed.

Image below is hand-painted concrete at an apartment in Mindo Ecuador. 

Acrylic on Concrete – landing outside apartment in Mindo Ecudor
Above: Acrylic detail of painted apartment floor – before varnish

Below:  Casa Loca studio floor in progress/The Magic Carpet.   Acrylic on concrete with Splendigloss finish.

“The Magic Carpet” in progress – Acrylic on Concrete — Jama Ecuador – Photo by Barbara Seibel
The Flying Tortuga/ part of the Magic Carpet….
The Magic Carpet might need a compass —
Above:  Every magic carpet needs a compass!   The faces were inspired by a golden artifact in the Manta Ecuador Museo.
Each section was finished then protected with varnish before the next section began…

More hand-painted designs on concrete floors; I could not find any new Andean rug designs so decided to invent some new ones with paint:

Time consuming, but worth the wait!  What do you think?

Every so often a tour group stopped in and were often without words when they entered this contemporary space in the middle of a shrimp farm!  Only after five or so minutes, did they realize they were walking on a huge painting!

Next is one of the most forlorn bathrooms I’d ever encountered. Anything would be an improvement…
“Before” (above) —- It was a challenge, but after sculpting a new surface that covered the old floor, it was time to have fun:
After! Now it’s a lovely space, even for a bathroom! Next we leap to Museo Portoviejo – a test of ‘stickers’ printed from a drawing of egret footprints, then exaggerated to show up on a black floor and stairs:
Museo Portoviejo – the test was well received by all who saw it, so the day before the show opened, the yellow-footed birds were busy during the wee hours of the night:
Visitors first think the tracks are there for safety. They reach the entrance to the show, and it then becomes clear! “Step into my world!”
“Entra en mi Mundo” 28/10/2021 – 15/01/2022 Museo Portoviejo/Manabi Province/Ecuador.
Visitors prepare to ‘Step into my World” via Augmented Reality. What’s next? Who knows, but it will be fun!


  1. My name is Lori, I live in California. I just got my first paint on concrete commission. It is for an outdoor concrete counter top. Can you offer me any advice on paint and sealer. Does the concrete need to be bare, no base other than primer? Best primer?


    • Hi Lori, and congratulations!! Yay!

      I helped friends in Costa Rica w/an outdoor kitchen counter, and it went well – except that over the years the colors faded really really fast..

      I advise going to a good paint store and asking them which product to use and if they will guarantee the finish.. if you use an oil=based finish, it will yellow over time and with heat it yellows faster.. i use, when possible, acrylic-based finishes that clean up with water — for floors if possible, and it is often difficult to find any product made for that.. if it is for floors, then it is much more resistant to abuse….

      a finish with UV filters would be ideal.

      the last time i looked in the usa, it was an entire day searching for a product and not finding much of anything… here in ecuador, where i’ve lived for ten years, there are acrylic-based products…

      i always prep the surfaces myself and if there are little cracks in teh concrete, i know where they area.. i prep the floors with a concrete type sealer acrylic base.. then two or three coats of white for the true base, then have fun painting!!! it’s the finish that is most important.

      feel free to email me, lisa, tzeebra@yahoo. you know what at the end of that address — though i am only online a few times each week.


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