Perhaps some artistic licence was applied to achieve dramatic affect in this striking composition. The rocks and downward swoop of trees are perhaps a little exaggerated. Viewer is on same level as the ground of foreground trees, looking down. The viewer anticipates sweeping down the valley in the swoop of riverbed rocks and trees.
The location appears to be in the Finke River Valley south of Hermannsburg on the way to Palm Valley. Ken Porter drove the author and her husband down through this area along the bed of the river. The river was in flood after two days of heavy rain. This seems to be a view centred on the white riverbed, but it is not portrayed as a flat riverbed. Most rock patterns could be from nature, but there are passages of contrived patterning.
Lemon yellow under-wash emphasises part of the swoop. In this painting the white of the tree and ‘riverbed’ is unpainted paper. The painting shows considerable experience and progress toward an all-over system. There are blobs and varied lines on rocks.