More mapping, of a sort.

I am still deeply fascinated by the way in which Aboriginal artists map the land. I have been going through some of my stash of photos, and there’s quite a few of them, looking at the land and what has taken my eye in the past. Is it mountains, the sea, grass, buildings – what? Turns out the sea and Mt Egmont feature pretty prominently.

Then I got to thinking about what I like in others people’s work, and in my art journals. And what I like – and don’t like – about the mapping sketches I have done so far. I like simplicity, but I also like layers. Into Photoshop for a while, and I came up with 3 images that I like. This week I will be taking them onto paper for a play round to see if the ideas translate into the material world. You just never know until you try it. For the record, the images are a combination of  Waverley beach and the lillies we have growing outside Mum’s room so she can enjoy them.

beach flower 1

beach flower 4

beach flower 3

4 thoughts on “More mapping, of a sort.

  1. This is very interesting & I think it will be so fun to see how you interpret this on paper. You gave me an idea of how to go forward on a painting I started a few weeks ago. Right now it is very abstract, but I’d like to add some identifiable forms to it. Your digital layering seems to be a method I could use to help me.


  2. OMIGOSH Cath!
    These are just SO cool!
    I am always jealous of the talent needed to use Photoshop,
    but the little bit that I’ve tried makes me want to bang my head into the wall! You do it so well!


  3. i like yr painting. i am studying fine art and major in painting. i have interested in the subject of mapping too. is there any web site that i can refer to for these topics ?


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