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.

6 comments:

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.

Fran├žoise said...

Beautiful!

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.