Does Australian Aboriginal art inspire you?
Images from Papunya painting - Out of the desert. Edited by Viven Johnson.
We visit the National Museum Australia regularly and have an on-going discussion about the first Australians. It's an important discussion. Caspar recently asked "Why do we speak English?". Really good question.
We have been reading Dreamtime stories which have captured Caspar's imagination like no other. They appeal to his boyish nature.
We know that Aboriginal art tells a story, it always has meaning. We've researched symbols.
We collected and explored natural mediums.
Ochre is unique and is very different from paint. First you need to grind it and then mix with water to make a paste. The colours are rich and deep.
We painted sticks, rocks, leaves and bark. Some dot paintings, some abstract designs.
To really appreciate Aboriginal form I introduced the Brave Ant colouring book. For Caspar it provided a structured way to experience Aboriginal art.
Otis had some fun too. I love this painting of his because of the colours - knowing it was made with the colours of our earth.