Aboriginal Inspiration for Earth Day

This spring, as my community was on “lock down,” and we began to practice social distancing, the earth awoke in a splendor of color and new growth.  Without the distractions of daily life, a greater awareness of the incredible beauty of my environment blossomed.  The need to express this beauty resulted in the painting, Colorado Songlines, inspired by Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Paintings.  Like all native peoples, the Australian Aboriginals have great reverence for the Earth.  I was drawn to the grid-like symmetry of their Dreamtime paintings, which are a visual manifestation of the ritual migratory walk-about, called “Songlines.”  Each Songline describes the ceremonial path one follows.  As one walks, one sings the Songline way, recounting landmarks, ancestor deeds, and the oral history of one’s unique tribe.  If a Songline is a set of verbal directions, then a Dreamtime painting can be called the map.

My painting is inspired by these ideas.  I made modifications to the process and the Dreamtime compositions  to create a painting uniquely my own.  Water is the lifeblood of my landscape, as I live on a high desert mesa, surrounded by mountains which capture snowfall and channel the melt water to thirsty lands below.  A network of canals and arroyos flow through adobe hills to nurture the fields stitched into a patchwork of farmland and wild lands.  I exaggerated the scale of the canals to reflect their importance to the landscape.  The rings in the adobe hills convey the contour lines of the landscape, just as one find on a topo map.  Colorado Songlines offered for purchase $115, as part of the #artistsupportpledge.  It arrives framed with 14″ x 11″ white archival mat, foam core backing, under glass in a Swiss clip frame system.  This classic contemporary framing system puts the emphasis on the artwork, not the frame.  You can purchase this painting or commission a Dreamtime painting of your special place; (Dreamtime paintings available in a wide range of sizes.)

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Art for Valentine’s Day

I found a special rock in Lo de Marcos last winter when I walked up the street from the beach to my casita.  It was shaped like a heart.  I give my husband hearts once in a while for special occasions.  I thought this would make a good gift, but I thought it needed a little something before it became a gift.  

rock from Lo de Marcos, Mexico
rock from Lo de Marcos, Mexico

I was inspired to develop this rock into a work of art by a demo at the Montrose Visual Arts Guild monthly meeting.  The woman who gave the demo used a variety of sticks to get different size dots.  I quickly realized how tedious this could become, but I was motivated by the vision I saw in my mind’s eye upon completion.

I developed the cover design for the box based on Australian Aboriginal paintings.  I felt this piece was an homage to their work, as it did not copy any of their animal images or designs.  It only borrowed from their way of working and the rhythm of the dots.

Acrylic on enamel wooden box in the style of Australian Aboriginal paintings
Acrylic on enamel wooden box in the style of Australian Aboriginal paintings

As I developed the cover design, I simultaneously gave the rock two coats of red paint and worked on the paper lining for the inside of the box.  As you can see these designs complement, but do not mirror each other.

inside box design
inside box design

After the red coat was dry, I was able to finish by painting the rock itself and placing it inside the box.  This gift needed no wrapping.

box with rock
box with rock

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