“Creativity is contagious.  Pass it on.”  Albert Einstein

One of my favorite art pieces in my home was not actually made by me, but rather by a friend who was visiting.  She looked around the family room in our previous home and said, “You need something on that wall.”  She happened to be reading a National Geographic article about cave paintings that day.


The resulting piece measures about 6×3.5 feet.  It’s hanging in the dining room of our present home.  It’s the first thing people see when they come in by the front door.  They generally ask if the piece is leather or stone.  It’s neither.

It’s simply a large piece of Styrofoam that my friend, Linda, broke rather than cut, in order to give it a rough edge.  Then she used acrylic craft paints to paint the background and animal figures.  She used the pictures from the National Geographic for reference.

The two red handprints are from my son, Donny, who was about 8 or 10 years old at the time.  He happened to be home.  We decided that a primitive artist just might sign their work with handprints so we recruited him for the job.

The piece weighs, in spite of its size, just a few ounces.  In order to hang it we simply pounded a few nails into the wall and pressed this amazing creation against the nails.  Because there is no right or wrong when it comes to primitive art, feel free to express your own ideas.

Word of warning.  This piece is easily damaged.  Styrofoam dents and and is easy to gouge if it comes in contact with a sharp edge, so guests are warned not to bump it or back a dining room chair into it.  Because of its size, we always take special care when moving it.

Cost of supplies to make this priceless piece those many years ago came to about $12.  We’ve had numerous, generous offers to purchase the piece.  One lady however, told me she simply copied the idea and made her own cave painting.  Right on!

I happen to have another large piece of Styrofoam in a closet, just waiting for me.  I think it’s time.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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