This spring, as my community was on “lock down,” and we began to practice social distancing, the earth awoke in a splendor of color and new growth. Without the distractions of daily life, a greater awareness of the incredible beauty of my environment blossomed. The need to express this beauty resulted in the painting, Colorado Songlines, inspired by Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Paintings. Like all native peoples, the Australian Aboriginals have great reverence for the Earth. I was drawn to the grid-like symmetry of their Dreamtime paintings, which are a visual manifestation of the ritual migratory walk-about, called “Songlines.” Each Songline describes the ceremonial path one follows. As one walks, one sings the Songline way, recounting landmarks, ancestor deeds, and the oral history of one’s unique tribe. If a Songline is a set of verbal directions, then a Dreamtime painting can be called the map.
My painting is inspired by these ideas. I made modifications to the process and the Dreamtime compositions to create a painting uniquely my own. Water is the lifeblood of my landscape, as I live on a high desert mesa, surrounded by mountains which capture snowfall and channel the melt water to thirsty lands below. A network of canals and arroyos flow through adobe hills to nurture the fields stitched into a patchwork of farmland and wild lands. I exaggerated the scale of the canals to reflect their importance to the landscape. The rings in the adobe hills convey the contour lines of the landscape, just as one find on a topo map. Colorado Songlines offered for purchase $115, as part of the #artistsupportpledge. It arrives framed with 14″ x 11″ white archival mat, foam core backing, under glass in a Swiss clip frame system. This classic contemporary framing system puts the emphasis on the artwork, not the frame. You can purchase this painting or commission a Dreamtime painting of your special place; (Dreamtime paintings available in a wide range of sizes.)
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$115 framed painting 14″ x 11″
14″ x 11″ watercolor painting, framed with white mat, foam core backing, and glass in Swiss Clip frame system, includes shipping