Altamira Standing Bison on sandstone
This painting reproduces an extinct Steppe bison from the Spanish cave of Altamira, as I imagine it might have looked freshly painted 14,000 years ago. This design was a challenge, because the original cave art has faded to just a ghost of the original image.Although my paintings are much smaller than the original, I strive to use the same pigments and techniques; hand-painting, rubbing and carving in to the surface of the stone, recreating in miniature the art techniques of the first artists. The red oxide and black manganese pigment paints are light-fast, and with care this painting could last another 14,000 years! The stone is a beautiful piece of "fossil" sandstone that is light gold with darker gold and grey "freckes". At the top are some mineral forms that look something like fossil plants, hence the stone's name.
Size is approx. 13.25" x 10.5" (34.5 x 27 cm). Signed on the back to keep up the illusion of being an ancient artifact. The stone has a hanging wire secured to the back and comes with a brief description card about the art.