Red ochre was particularly important amongst desert peoples as it symbolises the blood of ancestral beings.
In the west Kimberley, the ancient gwion gwion images are painted in beautiful mulberry red on rock overhangs and caves.
Paints are made by grinding the source rock to a powder and then mixing it with a fluid to bind it together.
Traditionally this fluid could be saliva or blood, while in contemporary art an acrylic binder is more commonly used.
The gwion gwion image is used on this Web site as the logo on each page.