This is my painting to the sun gods encouraging them to let the sun shine so that my fishing excursion may be successful.
Monday, September 2, 2013
I didn’t really know what stories to try and draw about my family so I decided to draw one about when my friend and I were just driving around. We were heading down some new subdivision and all the drive ways were pretty steep and we saw this moving truck parked awkwardly on the hill in front of this house. Well one of the guys in the truck got out and opened the door and everything just started falling out of the back of it and ended up in the road. So of course my friend and I helped them get the stuff back up the hill in front of the house, but then when they got everything out of the truck they didn’t bather taking any of it inside and instead they just left. So my friend and I were there with someone else’s stuff and ended up waiting a couple of hours until they got home and had to tell them what happened and why some of their stuff was broken.
I used the stick as my paintbrush and to mix the dirt and honey. I did have to end up using my hands to fill in some of the cracks that bugged me and to even out the lines after my leaves fell off my brush.
The painting is meant to represent me studying hard, sitting at a desk, working for my degree, while I would rather be off backpacking in the mountains. I used a piece of a branch to apply the paint I made from a mixture of red clay, gravel dust, honey, and water.
I used a sunflower stalk that had dried out from my garden as well as loipille blades and the seed pod from one of my ground covers to make my paint brush. I used dirt , mulch , and morning glories mixed with oil to try and make paint. I tried to make a dragon fly and butterfly on the rock ( though not very successfully- the oil ran down the rock face and muddled the butterfly ) these are the symbols i associate with my daughters . ( things I was obsessed with when I was pregnant with them)
Monday, June 3, 2013
This is a picture that I painted on Memorial Day. I used ground up charcoal and cherry juice as my medium and a stick as the paint brush. It was much more difficult than I imagined to be able to saturate the rock with color and also to be able to make defined lines as the Paleolithic artist were able to. This project gave me a greater appreciation for the images that they created.
I constructed my paint brush from raw materials that I found around the family farm. I used a blunt stick as the handle, pine needles as the bristles, and hay to tie the pine needles to the stick. Since the pine needles were thick on my brush, I pulled a bunch to the side to have a thinner line of paint. For paint I combined dirt, strawberries, a little water, and natural raw honey from the farm. This combination worked well and gave the paint a little color. I depicted a picture of a key and a bee, as I am a bee keeper.
The first picture is of my brush and the second is of my artwork. I would like to describe my piece: this could be the mating ritual piece, the sun denotes time of year and the two people and the baby above them could represent the best time to give birth.
Here's my modern cave painting. I didn't really have a rock or a wall to
use, so I used cardboard. My paintbrush is a large, cut up Ivy leaf and
the "paint" is a mixture of olive oil and indigo. I chose to paint a
grape vine. I've grown up around all the local vineyards and have
finally had the opportunity as an adult to work at an amazing vineyard -
in their tasting room as well as interning with the winemaker! I wanted
to make the ground speckled to show the texture of the soil, but stuck
to the packed-in dark blue for the trunk, cordons, and canes (which grow
upwards and downwards) to show the solidity and sturdiness of those
parts of the grape vine. I've always loved to be outside and be with
(and working with) the plants, so this job (which is potentially a
career for me) is perfect; and that's my little spiel about my painting,
and kind of about what I do for a living.
I painted a triangle with a heart inside of it. This represents, my relationship with my boyfriend and the center of our relationship being Jesus. The triangle has three parts: God, Scott and I. Symbolizing our reliance on God. The heart is a representation of my love for my family, my friends, Scott and most importantly God.
The paintbrush is made out of a twig. I got the twig wet and broke it by twisting it. When twisting the twig the insides frayed maybe the bristles to paint with. I also use the weed to wrap around it to unsure the pieces wouldn’t fall off! I “cave painted” the picture with mud and water.
A little explanation of my cave painting: The five stick figures represent myself and my three sisters (the little ones in the middle) and my parents (the big ones on either end.) The elephant represents the strength of our family, and my parents relationship as they have been married 26 years. The mother carrying her baby represents the nurturing that my parents have showed to me and my two sisters. The 26 dash marks on the top are for my parents 26 years of marriage. I used charcoal, as mentioned in the book, and then I used raspberries and raspberry juice. The red line underneath the five stick figures represents the unity and bond that connects our family. I made the elephant's feet "bloody" to represent all the hard work my parents put into making our family and their marriage strong.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
My paintbrush was made of holly and sycamore leaves, fastened to a stick with the stem of a sycamore leaf. The paint is comprised of dirt, berries, and vegetable oil. The painting depicts my daughter and I playing at the park with our English Mastiff, Joey.
I used a stick with pine needles, some straw as my paintbrush as well as my finger :0) I mixed dirt from the back yard with a little maple syrup and ketchup, don't ask why the ketchup ended up in there, I thought it would give it a red look lol and my initial thought was to have my simple drawing colorful. (I did not have honey, since I used it in my hot tea last night to sooth my throat) I intended to draw our rabbit, since she has been the focus of our life lately, she was a rescue rabbit that ended up giving us 6 more rabbits and has consumed our life tending to the new mom in the winter.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Okay, so I have done a lot of these throughout the past couple of years and they all come out very interesting but at the same time they look like duplicates. Which is quite frustrating. I have to admit though I love trying to cave paint! I recently starting hunting this year, I know many people are against it but if the meat is going to a good cause then I am okay with it and it was! I killed my first buck this year and I felt like a kid doing it; I took pictures, showed it to people and kept his horns for decoration. So, like the cave men I drew a picture of something that has happened recently in my life. This is my representation of it, not perfect but yet simply enough detail.
It has been a freezing rainy week, so I have not had a chance to find a place where I could probably find many smooth rocks to paint on. However, luckily I found some nice rocks in the rest place near the library of PVCC. At first, I tried to find a thick stick and some needle leaves to make a brush. Unfortunately, I realized that it was too hard to paint with my flawed handmade paintbrush, so I just decided to do with an alternative way. I burned the small sticks to make charcoal and sketch an outline first. Then, I used the thick stick to calk the mixture of red mud and oil onto the sketch. It was cool that the oil made red mud stick on the rock nicely. I admit that my drawing skill is bad, so you probably have to imagine what I have drawn on the rocks, but I was glad that I could get it done. I think this activity is a cool experience to know how amazing the prehistoric people were; they made the great artwork with nature materials. 1. Man with mammoth