Aboriginal Muse

In April we visited the  Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth. I was very impressed with the decorative quality of the Oceanic masks and art that we viewed and did a posting April 21st influenced by what we saw. There were also several examples of Australian aboriginal artifacts including “dot” paintings on display. This traditional method of painting uses closely placed round dots of bright colors.

Aboriginal dot paintings on display at Hood Museum of Art
Dot painting by contemporary aboriginal artist Justin Ronberg Japarula with traditional motif

There is a vibrancy and animated quality to these works that impressed me and as with my previous “Oceanic Impulse” post, I had to try my hand at capturing some of that energy.

The three images below were created on the iPad with Procreate app. They were then edited in iColorama app to add surface texture. All are composed of basically three layers. The base layer or background is arranged with several horizontal bands of color, some textured. These colors dictate the basic palette of the composition. The second layer is an overlay of decorative line designs done with a pattern brush covering the whole image area. These pattern brush layers are transparent and allow the background to show through giving a complex and ornate setting for the top and final layer representing stylized native animals.

“Dot painting” of turtle done in Procreate app and iColorama app
“Dot painting” of native bird, Emu done in Procreate app and iColorama app
“Dot painting” of lizard done in Procreate app and iColorama app

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

2 thoughts on “Aboriginal Muse”

  1. Thanks so much. They were great fun to work on. The amazing variety of human cultures offers an endless source of inspiration. I hope I’ll be able to find others that “click” for me. Thanks again for your enthusiastic reply. Keep in touch.


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