From time-to-time a photo hunt theme will come along and have me thinking 'what the hell does this mean?'
This week's Photo Hunt theme of 'daub' is a perfect example of this. At first I thought it meant a spoonful of cream on a pie or jam on a piece of toast. 'That was easy,' I thought! Then I discovered that that was a dab of cream or a dab of jam. ARGH
So much for easy!
Then I thought that it might mean that amazing French stew. I was heading to the cellar to get the ingredients thinking 'this will be easy AND tasty!'
Of course I realized that that was a daube.
I was tempted to just go with one or the other and hope no one would notice but I knew Sandi would . . . and she might mock me. I couldn't have that!
So what is a daub?
The word comes from the classic 'wattle and daub' construction technique for making walls in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. Wattle and daub has been used for at least 6000 years, and is still an important construction material in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact technique.
Daub has come to mean a sticky coating smeared on a surface i.e. painting. It may also mean a crude or amateuristic painting or picture.
There is your lesson for the day!
So what about the pictures?
This was from a watercolour painting class that we took while we were in Tuscany back in 2008. The results certainly fit THIS part of the definition: 'It may also mean a crude or amateuristic painting or picture.'
Then I got thinking about the buildings we saw in Italy. They weren't a classic wattle and daub construction - there were far too many rocks and stones pulled from the ground for that - but they were all coated with a mud/straw coating and painted. Here are some examples:
In the ones where the daubed coating is flaking (or chunking off in some cases) you can really see the beautifully natural rough, uneven surface underneath the colourful veneer. Not unlike with people . . . *smile*