Ochre's body -
bark - sand - canvas painting
Aboriginal artists traditionally
used many different materials and techniques to produce a
variety of painted surfaces from ochre body designs or ochre
paintings on bark to sand paintings. Contemporary artists may
still use ochre's but they also employ a range of
non-traditional materials such as canvas or paper and acrylic
paints or binders. These materials have allowed a far greater
variety of colors to be used - resulting in the brilliantly
colored images often seen in contemporary Aboriginal art.
The artists never knew fonts like
we have. Due to that reason, illustrated art was their way of
adding better expression to reported memories, stories of groups
and religious traditions. They painted on cave walls, rocks,
trees - explicate by using Ochre's. In the southern North
Territories they mainly used DOT Painting ( Dots and lines ).
The X-ray style is used in the
Arnhemland and the
Kakadu NP. Figures
are then found in the Southeast & the
Kimberley Region (i.e.: the Wandjina Ghosts or Handprints).