Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I made my cave painting out of dark dirt and vegetable oil, leaves as the paint brushes, and yet another leaf as the green grass under Bud (the dog). I have also attached a picture of Bud, my muse, and where he was at the time I was making his little portrait. :) I
I used my cave painting illustrate the memory of picking wild sunflowers with my boyfriend. I used two different paints: the yellowish orange is made from honey, dried red pepper, and several other spices, the brown is made from water, mud, and pepper. I used sticks and thick blades of weeds to create my paint brush. Although you can't really tell in the photo, the brush is cut so that it is sharper in the middle and does a surprisingly good job painting.
I tried my hand and coming up with a paint brush and paint, and attempting some story telling on the concrete outside of my house! (I haven't played in the mud in decades.) The images are attached.
The paint brush is a fresh twig. I frayed the end by chewing on it so that it would hold some of the paint material. The paint is just some of the red mud, water, and some ashes from our fire-pit. The painting is story of my girlfriend of 5 years, when she flew out here from Colorado.
My cave painting was actually really hard to make. I started out trying to use hair from my dog and a stick, but I could not find anything to tie them together with. Then I found the flower; it had a hard hair like center. I mixed mud and oil to make my paint. I painted a picture of my family (Mom, Dad, Me, and my puppy). It made me respect the cave paintings in the textbook. Those people were very talented.
To make my cave paintings I used soot, oil, water, and red dirt. The materials used to make the brush was a stick and horse hair. To create the images I would use my finger to make an outline using oil and soot. Once that was complete I would then use the brush and watered red dirt to fill the inside and give color to the image. The story that my paintings tell is recently when I went on vacation, I went sailing for the first time at the beach and My family and I were out on the water fishing in the boat and I hooked a little Sand shark.
This is the pictures of my painting. I chose to paint on a fallen tree in the woods behind my house. Pictured is my husband,myself,my son and my daughter. I also chose to paint our two pets. A cat and a dog. Then I chose to include two cows to show that my husband farms. I used feathers found in the woods for my paintbrush. My paint consisted of honey, red mud and berries crushed together.
Paintbrush-I made my paintbrush attaching dried corn husks to a wooden stick using various types of long-stemmed plants and adding a yellow flower for a good feeling as I painted.
I mixed the dirt with oil instead of honey, and the results were a little different. I don't know if it was the type of soil/oil I used, or if there's a trick to getting the consistency right, but I didn't expect for the dirt to refuse to stick to the slate I was using - to to refuse to stick to anything, really. In the picture of my 'brushes' I have a few pieces of hay, and some lavender and lambs ear filched from the garden. The lavender worked okay to create a kind of 'speckled' look, but it didn't really show up on film since the dirt wouldn't mix into 'paint' no matter what I tried - it mostly stayed somewhere between 'salad dressing' and 'coffee dregs'. The bit of the image that survived has a few of the plants off from the garden where I took my 'brushes' from. You'll have to take my word that one of the smudges on the bottom is actually a cat.