We Buy A Dot Painting

@JudyEv (130204)
Bunbury, Australia
November 6, 2016 10:43pm CST
While we were travelling through South Australia and the Northern Territory recently, we visited several chasms and gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs. At one, an indigenous lady, Rhonda Inkamala, was seated on the ground with some paintings spread around her and working on some more. The works all used the 'dot' technique which is traditional among indigenous artists. It is difficult to know what constitutes good and bad dot paintings but we were taken with the colours in the one we purchased. We also bought a bookmark. Rhonda was very well spoken and was happy to pose with the painting that we purchased.
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@ms1864 (6975)
• Bangalore, India
7 Nov 16
thats new....it would be nice if such artists were appreciated more.
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@cacay1 (33190)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
7 Nov 16
That is correct suggestion.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
Some command big prices but others battle to sell their work.
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@Marty1 (35419)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 Nov 16
@judyev That is sad it is hard to sell works for some of the people. I guess if you are a painter like i read about writing once you can't have thin skin because not everybody is going to like the work you put your heart and soul into it. Do those who have a problem selling charge too much, or is it just the taste of the people shopping to buy a piece?
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Nov 16
That is an interesting pattern in the painting and the colors are interesting as well.
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@jstory07 (69158)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Nov 16
Yes the paining looks neat.
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@cacay1 (33190)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
7 Nov 16
@JamesHxstatic, That is true and that dot panting is not so attractive to the eyes of the non-painter hehehe.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Nov 16
@cacay1 That would be me.
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@jstory07 (69158)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Nov 16
Actually that painting looks very good.
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@cacay1 (33190)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
7 Nov 16
@jstory07. The medium used is unique paint, water color or pastel.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
We liked it best of many that we saw.
@DeborahDiane (23042)
• Laguna Woods, California
7 Nov 16
I love the painting you chose. I think it would be a very interesting conversation piece in your home!
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@cacay1 (33190)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
7 Nov 16
@DeborahDiane, right and there is something to tell someday.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
Now that we can make our own frames we'll be able to make a frame for it if we want to.
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• Laguna Woods, California
8 Nov 16
@JudyEv - Very cool. You will have to show us a picture of what it looks like once you frame it.
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@cacay1 (33190)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
7 Nov 16
That dot pointing is what we call in arts Pointillism and is hard to refine it. How nice of you touring the place and saw paintings along the way.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
I think for our indigenous people this is the way they have always painted. They wouldn't see it as 'pointillism'.
@LadyDuck (170727)
• Switzerland
7 Nov 16
I love the colors of that dot-painting too.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
Some are quite nice but many seem to have got on the band-wagon and they are hawking them everywhere.
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@LadyDuck (170727)
• Switzerland
8 Nov 16
@JudyEv This is what happens all the time, people love to copy, but not all are good enough.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
7 Nov 16
I love this style of artwork. It reminds me of the work of my sister-in-law, Jessica Duff who paints in this style. She lived for many years in Halls Creek, Kimberley and her work is influenced by the landscape and the history of the indigenous people. I will attach a link to her work:
Inspired by Mother Earth Enchanted by the history & culture of the Kimberley region Created by Jessica Duff - Wyndham, Western Australia | Index | Intro | Cards | Detail | Author | People | Order | Kimberley | Gallery | .. THE ARTIST _ JESSICA DUFF        
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
Thank you so much for this link. And what a fascinating read. The Kimberley is in my own Western Australia. Is Jessica still in WA?
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
7 Nov 16
@JudyEv Yes, as far as I know she still lives in that part of Australia.
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@DaddyEvil (25738)
• Aurora, Missouri
9 Nov 16
I am really curious if the painting has some type of meaning for her, or if it is just warm colors or pleasing arrangements of the colors, Judy. I've spent the last three hours researching the Aboriginal artists and their technique... I also found some things you might be interested in looking at, too. (I'm not sure how deeply you've studied their artwork or if you've tried to find out anything more about it, at all... Apparently, some of the indigenous people used the technique to tell stories and others used the same technique to pass other more secretive information to their people. If I was understanding everything I read about their artistic works, each different set of people could have used the technique for different purposes... None of them trusted the non-indigenous people with the real meaning behind their art. Some even did their best to mask anything they considered sensitive data using that technique. If you are interested, here is one of the better links I found that suggests what to look for and do to make sure you aren't being taken for a ride when considering purchasing some of the artwork. It's a fascinating subject, Judy! I do hope this link is something you wanted/needed to know.
Aboriginal Art is famous for its dot paintings: how are they made and why do the Aboriginal people paint with dots?
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
I followed the link thanks. I did know quite a bit of this. Nobody here wants to read a great treatise on aboriginal art - not that I know a lot about it. Infobarrel would be a better vehicle for such an article. Ours says 'traditional design' on the back so I don't think it represents anything in particular. Some we've seen in galleries have a bit of an explanation on them - 'we used to go to this water-hole for picnics' or whatever.
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@DaddyEvil (25738)
• Aurora, Missouri
10 Nov 16
@JudyEv Sorry, Judy. I found it fascinating, so at least one person here was interested in reading about it.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
@DaddyEvil You don't need to be sorry but that's the way it is don't you find? I often leave out great chunks of 'stuff' I find fascinating because I know it will make the post too long for most to be bothered reading. And yet sometimes I think it is important people know the background or detail or whatever or they only have half a picture.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 16
Wonderful. I saw a wonderful exhibition of dot painting in a Melbourne exhibition a few years back.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov 16
Some of them sell for big money nowadays.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 16
@JudyEv for those lucky enough to have attracted national attention.
@Marty1 (35419)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 Nov 16
@judyev The ones around her, and the one she is holding is beautiful. I don't think there is any bad or good dot paintings; it is just what the buyer likes. Everybody likes different things! Glad I got to see a picture!
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
Liking this or that artwork is very subjective isn't it? Not everyone likes the same thing.
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@Marty1 (35419)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 Nov 16
@JudyEv A thought came to my mind an old saying Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, it is subjective because what I may like my friend may hate it.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
7 Nov 16
The painting looks great. I have an old calendar, all of that style of painting. I find them all interesting.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 16
Are the paintings from Australian artists or just paintings in the dot style?
@paigea (22453)
• Canada
8 Nov 16
@JudyEv From Australia. A calendar from 2005 when we were in Australia
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
7 Nov 16
I didn't know that there is such kind of painting .
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
That is your new information for the day! :)
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
7 Nov 16
@JudyEv Yes, thank to you , my friend .
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@Daljinder (22072)
• India
7 Nov 16
Interesting painting! I only have known about Dot painting done with a nib.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
There are many indigenous painters who use this method.
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@Daljinder (22072)
• India
7 Nov 16
@JudyEv Very talented!
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@Inlemay (16730)
• South Africa
22 Nov 16
they are quite lovely - I hope the tourists stop and buy as well
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 16
They were a bit cheaper there - buying without any middle people taking a cut
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@Hari101 (1132)
• Chennai, India
8 Nov 16
I myself love to do paintings and this looks interesting and new. The pattern is very appealing and she indeed has amazing talent. :)
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 16
We thought it was lovely. Now we just have to frame it. :)
@hereandthere (32489)
• Philippines
7 Nov 16
i would do that, too, choose the piece i find most pleasant in terms of colors, shapes, texture, or vibe
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
We got approached in the caravan park and in a cafe by women with a roll of paintings under their arm but they didn't appeal like this one.
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• Preston, England
7 Nov 16
it looks a nice painting and if you liked it especially enough to buy it then it is a good one regardless of anyone else's opinions of it
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
That's the way we looked at it too. We really liked the colours as much as anything.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
7 Nov 16
Reminds me of a snakeskin. I guess you see what you want to
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 16
It's not so much like a snakeskin closer up but I wanted to show the artist and give a picture of where we were.
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@responsiveme (16835)
• India
8 Nov 16
They look like galaxies in the sky.We have a lot of typical tribal paintings too.Fashion designers incorporate them into clothings.
• United States
8 Nov 16
Ah pointillism a very unique way to minimize maximum awesome effects !