Documentary on Marwundjul. He states that he “saw” rarrk in the flashes of light on the water. I know what that is, but wont paint it. I have always been and feel balanda. But I have seen ,”me myself” rarrk in the criss-cross of palm fronds. Here, completely at home in the tetrachrome palette  I can see a way to abstraction that is mine, and not needing ceremonial validity.

I should mention here, that I had the privilege of being taught by Marwundjul on a visit to Maningrida.He said, that as an artist I was “a bit rusty rough one”

Ryan’s Tips

Hold your painting up so that visually it is adjacent to what you are painting. Make sure the light on the painting and the subject are consistent. Now you can mix a colour , place a little patch on the edge of your canvas, and directly compare it with the colour in the scene you are trying to match.

Hold your thumb over a patch of colour so its shadow falls on your patch. The tone and colour is exactly what is reqiured for the next tone down in painting your object.

Colour Matching. Choose the closest colour youve got and mix it to the correct tone. Select the colour immediately beside on the colour wheel on the side you want to shift. Mix this to the correct tone.  Now mix the  colour. Some adjustment for chroma  may be required.

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