Tuesday, 13 January 2009

January CG PC

This year the Calendar girls have each selected a favourite artist's calendar page as a design source for the month.
Debbi has started us off with a painting by Shane Picket, who as you will see if you follow the link is is one of the foremost Nyoongar artists working in Australia today.

I was fascinated by his wonderful work and by the Nyoongar, who are an indigenous Australian people who live in the south-west corner of Western Australia.

I did some research on the net and discovered that they have a very special relationship and respect for the land on which they live.

They beleive in the "The Wagyl (alternative spelling Waugal or Waagal) which is, according to Noongar culture, a snakelike dreamtime creature responsible for the creation of the Swan and Canning Rivers and other waterways and landforms around present day Perth and the south-west of Western Australia."

Also, "In Australian Aboriginal mythology, the The Dreaming or Altjeringa (also called the Dreamtime[citation needed]) is a sacred 'once upon a time'[1] time out of time in which ancestral Totemic Spirit Beings formed The Creation."

I found these accounts fascinating and wanted to illustrate my PC using some of the imagery that I found on another website,
here. I didn't realise at the time I was surfing that this artwork was on a freeway in western Australia.

The BG for the PC is a mixture of hand printing and digital manipulation, and the whole piece was printed onto print ready canvas.

I really enjoyed researching behind this artist and would have liked to have had time to explore the Nyoongar culture and myths, so thanks Debbi for such an inspirational start.


hippopip said...

Your card is a real inspiration,beautifully done especially as you have all your C&G work as well I am very envious or the recipent

Julie said...

A beautiful card Sharon. Aboriginal paintings are wonderful aren't they? I have tried a little dot painting and would like to do more based on my own images but I have this vague feeling that only aborigines should paint in that way. Maybe I will give it a go having seen your work.

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Heather said...

I love your postcard - you have captured the essence of Aboriginal art so well. The rest of mankind could learn a lot from those people in caring for our poor old planet.

Judy Scott said...

beautiful postcard :)

Ro Bruhn said...

The indigenous people have many tribes and cultures, each different in their way. You can tell where a tribe originates from by their style of art. It's an amazing culture.