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iN 1985, WHEN MY SON MICHAEL WAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, IN AUSTRALIA, GREG AND I VISITED HIM. BOTH OF MY SONS ARE EXCELLENT SURFERS SO THEY HAD THEIR SURFBOARDS WITH THEM. WE RENTED AN AIRSTREAM MOTOR HOME AND TOURED BOTH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE ABORIGINAL ART IN AUSTRALIA AND THE MAROI ART IN N.Z. AS I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED PRIMATIVE ART IN GENERAL.

THREE YEARS EARLIER, WHEN I WAS VISITING CENTRAL AMERICA TO CLIMB MAYAN TEMPLES, I WOULD COLLECT INDIGINEOUS ART FROM THAT REGION. AT ANY RATE, I LEARNED TO STAY VERY STILL AND JUST CREATE DESIGNS ON PAPER FROM WATCHING THE ABORIGINES PAINT AT A SCHOOL THAT WE VISITED. THEY WERE AMAZING.

LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT I HAD FOUND AN ENDURING PASSION. I NOW LOVE TO DO IT MYSELF - I FIND CREATING PATTERNS VERY CALMING. THESE DRAWINGS ARE MADE WITH A COMBINATION OF CRAYON, PENCILS, AND FELT PENS. THEY SERVE NO PURPOSE OTHER THAN THE JOY I HAD IN CREATING THEM AND IN NOW SHARING THEM WITH YOU, MY GRANDCHILDREN.

MAYBE ONE OF YOU WILL LEARN TO ENJOY DOING THIS AS MUCH AS I HAVE. I CERTAINLY HOPE SO.

Aboriginal Art

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The 4 birds this painting were copies of a larger bird that I did below - The same thing is true with the snakes. I added both to an original Aboriginal artist's kangaroo.

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MY HAND AND IS DECORATED WITH THE OCCULT SYMBOLISM USED BY THE 14TH CENTURY ALCHEMISTS WHEN TRYING TO DIAGNOSE BODY AILMENTS. THE FOUR FINGERS STAND FOR THE ELEMENTS AS INDICATED BY THEIR CHEMICAL SIGNS. THE THUMB IS THE CROWN OF THE BODY AND THE EYES OF HEAVEN ARE ASSISTED IN HEALING. MY, BUT HOW SCIENCE HAS CHANGED.

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