How are paintings painted?

Many of the artworks that have been painted in the desert are done on the ground with the artist looking down on the work.  When the work is hung on the wall it can be hung from a landscape or portrait aspect.  

Most of the indigenous artists know their country that well that they are able to paint the rockholes, meeting places and sacred sites without any further maps or instructions.  As part of their initiation, as young people, they would travel through the desert with senior lawmen and women who would teach them about their country.

The paintings that we see hanging in many of the galleries depict maps and scenes from those areas.

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