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) is a sacred 'once upon a time' 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.