This Arcadian painting portrays an indigenous family having a day-out fun with friends by the river. The Australian natives took time to rest and enjoy nature’s resources and pristine beauty of their environs. We also do that today in our picnics, campings or barbecue parties. Gregariousness and aesthetic sense are basic to human beings.
The artist used colours and the contrasting effects of light and shadow to radiate emotions.The orangey glow of the bonfire close to the ground shows the jovial anticipation of food to partake. The direction of the greyish smoke indicates a slight breeze attendant to a fine weather. The softened light of a late afternoon sun illuminating the hillsides and one side of the tree trunks gives the ambience of cheerfulness. The shaded portions project sobriety and calmness. The powdery green colour of the distant mountain range, low vegetation and trees evokes mystery and deep spiritual bearing. The craggy chalky-white surface of the floor of the valley may represent the difficulties, hard work and challenges the indigenous people were facing. The dark brown drying trunk and branches of fallen trees probably are referring to the beloved members of the family who had passed away.
The story is , there lived in this rustic place people who are humans as humans can be —— people who are humans as you and me.
Submitted to: Prof. Michael Griffith
English 102- Australian Lit.