In the sandstone regions of Sydney, Australia picture stories etched on rock ledges by past indigenous owners survive.
My picture is inspired by this place and etchings I saw there.
My drawing of a girl lying on a rock is stratified by layers of sandstone powder and polymer varnish to embed it in the surface of the picture – to approximate an etching on a stone surface.
In my past, I lived in Sydney, Australia. On weekends I spent hours drawing the rock formations along the Hawkesbury River. I was lost in the spirit of this river, with its cliffs, caves and huge flat ledges. Etched images by ancient indigenous inhabitants survived.
On one such occasion, I collected pieces of coloured stone in yellow, purple, white and red tones. These I ground to powder and stored for future use.
In the year 2013, I became inspired to use the coloured sandstone in this series of paintings.
The challenge resulted in my new knowledge of sandstone techniques.
Mixed media. Acrylic paints and India ink.Textured finish is achieved with ground sandstone sprinkled onto polymer glue. Securely sealed with matt varnish, vigorously brushed on to make a milky effect. On 240 gsm cartridge paper.