For this assignment, I used a stick found in my yard to use as the paint brush handle. I then used hair from my recent hair cut to use as the paint brush bristles, and a small amount of string off of a cow feed bag to ensure that the hair was attached to the stick. Recently, we did some fencing in order to make room for more cows, and used a post-hole digger to dig fence post holes, which dug up lots of red clay mud. I used an abundant amount of the red clay mud mixed with a fair amount of natural honey from the beehives at the house to make my paint. I also had to mix in a small amount of water with it in order to be able to paint with it. I used a leaf off a tree in the yard to mix the mud, honey, and water together on to create the mud. The rock was dug up when we recently put our pond in. On the rock, I painted a picture of my house, along with my boyfriend, myself, and our two dogs. (Excuse my drawings!)
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
For part 2 of this assignment I created my paint brush out of a twig, some straw, and from hair off of our Spanish mustang named Poncho! My paint was a combination of some oil and red clay even though the rock made the color hard to see. My painting is of a father and son on a boar hunt.
The picture that i painted is of my family, which consists of my mom and dad, and my three brothers and me. My paintbrush is made out of a stick and my brothers hair, because he decided to get a haircut. I tied the hair to the stick with straw but it wouldn't stay strong enough for me to paint so i had to tape it. My father and i found dark mud from a creek to use for paint and when i added more water to the mud it looked a lot like paint when it stuck to the rock.
My daughter and I went out looking for things to make a brush, but living at the foot of the mountains., all we have is granite-like sandy soil. It did not stick to anything. So we went way out into the woods and found some black dirt and used honey and fingers. This picture is us walking into the woods looking for materials. Fun assignment. Thanks!
1. After soaking the stick a little, I split it with my teeth and nails.
2. I brushed one of my dogs and stuck her hair in the split of the stick with my nails (yeah, they're trashed now. Whaddya do? It's rough bein' a cave woman!)
3. I mixed paprika in with some honey for the paint.
4. The hair in my "paint brush" didn't entirely come out at first, but it did make some rather thick splotches in some areas I had to flick away.
5. Ultimately, the paint brush turned into a stylus and may have worked even better such!
6. This is a pic of the paint brush pre-painting, and a pic of the actual painting.
7. It's me walking my two kids: lab mutts.
Monday, January 19, 2015
I made my brush from a twig off of a shrub, and the bristles are made of grass from my backyard. I tied the grass using a leaf and hair from my brush haha. My picture is meant to resemble me as a stay at home mom to two boys and that I am married to a marine. (The little guy holding a flag)
My modern cave painting reflects my family structure and my parenting style. In the painting there are four figures - on the far left there is a small baby (newborn), next there is my four-year-old son, then there is my fiance, and finally, there is me. Above our heads is the sun, which is on the left side of the painting. The painting represents me and my fiance's desire to not always lead, but to, at times, follow our children and let them lead. We believe that there is much to be learned from our children. The sun represents knowledge, so as we are following our children who are following the sun (the knowledge), we are also following and looking to and toward knowledge. This picture also represents the agency and independence we want our children to have. Finally, the picture represents what we want our children to grow up knowing, that they can be leaders in this world regardless of their age. For my paint I used honey as my medium and red mud from my backyard. For my paintbrush, I simply used different size sticks (the two I used can be seen in the second image).
My cave painting was made with leaves from a flowering bush and a thin stick bounded together with the stem of a leaf. I used red clay found in my backyard mixed with water from a near by creek to paint a scene of my dog and I playing fetch in my front yard.
I found this assignment to be very messy. I used dirt from my backyard with a stick as my paintbrush, or I used my hand or my fingers. The medium I used was olive oil and honey. I used a cardboard box as I could not find any rocks big enough to paint on at my apartment and as we are not allowed to “graffiti” on the walls where I reside I thought it to be best to use a cardboard box. I hope this is okay. I made a handprint for myself and six thumbprints to represent my children. I also drew a stick person and 6 little stick people for the same reason. I tried to draw a house but that did not go well, and I drew a heart to show the love we have in our family. I also drew, or attempted to draw our two ferret pets at the bottom to show we have a love for pets as they are also a part of our family. I can see why cave painting must have been hard as mud is not very useful as a paint as it clumps and has small rock bits in it as well. Plus the color isn’t very attractive. This assignment was messy but fun. Thank you!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I used dirt from the garden but it snowed last night so the soil was dryer than usual, so at first I mixed it with some water but when it was only absorbing the water I added some honey for a thicker paint. Instead of a bowl I just mixed a small pile of honey-dirt on the ground. My goal was to depict the struggle of immigrants coming to America, specifically my parents, in which the boat trip is sunny and bright with hope but once they reach land it is an uphill journey to success with many unexpected bumps in the journey and not the easy riches that immigrants may have assumed of the land of opportunity.
Modern Cave Paintings
I used honey and red clay to make paint, and I made two brushes – one out of a branch, pine needles, and grass; one out of a twig, goat hair (from live goats, haha), and grass.
THe paint was way more like regular store-bought than I thought it would be! However, my brushes fell apart while I used them -- apparently, grass isn't such a great binding material. Perhaps the cavepeople used their fingers more often than brushes? Food for thought.