This increased my fascination with such work and have always wanted to explore a little of this way of working, but, nothing to the depth that the Aboriginals work of course but just to try and play with the idea.
I selected 3 aerial shots and drew some ideas on my iPad (see above). Using paint samples from Lowes, I executed the work this last week on the doors themselves using the green background as a base, having a lot of fun in the process, great to get my hands into some colour.
I have got to say that my admiration increased for these artists. I was working with photos and drawings, and they, I assume, do not or have not... They have 'travelled' with their work and you can see that their intuition really takes them on their journey. Dot making is harder than you think, finding the right implements was key, cut foam, corks, dowel and #2 pencil erasers were mine. I approached the painting pretty much in a European traditional way, sizing up from a grid the rough shapes. Painting the line parts and in-filling with the dots, starting large and working smaller. The Virgin river which runs through each panel, started as a small blue line just to indicate its journey, then the blue, turquoise, green and white were the last to be painted as they were the smallest set of dots and I really wanted the river to pop like the jewel it is.
Come by and see the doors for yourself, beer or tea anyone?