I chose a ray as my animal for my aboriginal artwork because ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and touching the bat rays. It’s always a highlight and I always make a point see them whenever I go. Something about the way they move through the water and their grace has always caught my eye. I wanted to try and capture those characteristics in my painting.
We did this project as an aboriginal painting which is unique because aboriginal paintings are made up of only dots and a few lines. Therefore, we used a lot of implied lines and shapes to create our animals. I used acrylic paints to create this piece and used various objects (i.e erasers, q-tips, pencils, toothpicks, etc.) to create the different sized dots. I painted on black paper in order to make the colors really pop and to add more contrast to my piece. I also chose colors that would contrast more and bring people’s eye to different aspects of the painting and make it more visually appealing. Related website