Oklahoma Contemporary
Natural paintbrushes by Kau’i Kanahele
Four paintbrushes made with natural materials and dipped in colorful paint

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April 29, 2020

#AtHomeArt Project: Nature Brush Painting

Beat the quarantine blues by finding inspiration in the great outdoors
Two figures stand in front of a large, colorful and abstract landscape painting
Eternal Sun by Yatika Fields, on display in Oklahoma Contemporary's delayed Bright Golden Haze exhibition.

#AtHomeArt projects from Youth and Family staff. Sponsored by SONIC Drive-In.

With more time spent at home, some of us are turning to the great outdoors as to relieve stress. You might be taking the time to ride a bike, enjoy a leisurely walk or try your hand at gardening — while observing social distancing guidelines, of course. While you are out enjoying the fresh air, take a closer look at the natural elements around you. They might have even more to offer than you think.

Today's #AtHomeArt project will teach you how to use grass, leaves, sticks and a bit of yarn to create your own natural paintbrushes. The project is inspired by Bright Golden Haze artist Yatika Fields, who uses brilliant color and whirling patterns to suggest movement in bold, abstract landscapes like Eternal Sun, on view in our delayed inaugural exhibition. Whether you are moved by waves of grain or the gentle rustling of trees, today's project will have you seeing your natural surroundings in a whole new light.


Here's what you'll need to get started:

Materials

Directions


Need a little more inspiration? Check out this installment from our Illuminations video series, in which Yatika Fields talks about his journey as an artist, the colors of nature and the joys of ultra marathon running:



Kau’i Kanahele, coordinator of Youth and Family Programs
Christine Gibson, manager of Youth and Family Programs



Image: Yatika Fields (Osage/Cherokee/Muscogee Creek). Eternal Sun, 2020. Oil on canvas. 6 ½ x 13 feet. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Alex Marks.

Photo of natural paintbrushes by Kau'i Kanahele.

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