Pensive Dancer (ii)
Happy with the eyes where the soul shows through, it’s time to fill in some of the facial features…
Move through to the body…
Then once his basic form is complete, the deepest darks and consequent tones must be evaluated and filled in.
This painting was done using Permanent Indian Ink as a wash like a watercolour, so the lights were determined at the very beginning and must be kept carefully to contrast with the darks. There are no second chances!
Body paint made from white clay or ochre, mixed with water and applied with fingers is a very important part of telling the story and identifying the different Aboriginal groups. The Karaureg Dancers use white across the cheeks and nose, with designs also on the forearms and lower legs.To keep his face paint white it was masked during the painting and then revealed once finished.
As well as body paint the Karaureg Dance Group wear bright red headgear with white feathers, though the kids usually have a loosely tied red bandanna like this little fellow. With their grass skirts they look really colourful and festive. Writing all this just has me wanting to pack a bag and make it in time for the next Laura Aboriginal dance Festival.
Want to come with me?