Paintings and drawings
Drawings are pictures chalked onto rock surfaces using dry pigments. Paintings use wet pigments by stencilling, finger painting, or by using makeshift brushes such as chewed sticks.
The pigments used in rock art are usually naturally occurring minerals (like ochre), which are generally the product of weathering. They give very stable, long lasting, colourfast compounds.
Paintings and drawings can still be found where they are protected from direct rain and sun, such as rock caves, rock shelters and cliff faces.
Around Sydney you can see a number of good examples of rock painting. Examples of hand stencils are at:
In western NSW, the paintings and drawings are of very different styles to those made on the coast:
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Page last updated: 21 May 2013