Description Xul - Maya Jaguar God of Thunder and Lightning Serti Technique on Silk
Xul (sool) the Maya God of Thunder and Lightning, is hanging from a Sky Band that represents night. Xul is a powerful God - in the body of a Jaguar.
I love how the Maya viewed the world. Ive studied their culture and their art, and sat for days high up on ruins above the treetops, watching the wildlife and clouds passing by, trying to imagine life as it once was. Their culture, their beliefs in many ways were 180 degrees different than our own, but at other moments in time just the same, the sun rises, the rain falls and life goes on. It is our spirit, our beliefs, our superstitions and our take on events - that shapes us. I find the artwork theyve left behind both beautiful and a puzzle to decipher - and that to me is inspiring.
This painting is my interpretation of a Mayan hieroglyph of the Xul. He is one of my favorite and also appeared on my pen and ink mainland map of Belize. Here I sought to create the feeling of a painting on stone - on a temple wall. When I interpret a glyph or any ancient artwork; often the pictograph or hieroglyphic meanings are completely lost to us or part of it is often missing or chipped away by time or vandals. I fill in the gaps using my imagination and full artistic license. While trying to maintain the essence and strength intended by the Maya people. In the end the image and artwork becomes a part of me, my style, a fusion of sorts spanning 3000 years. Original Painting 20'x26' Serti Technique on Silk
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Savanna Redman, British Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I'm inspired by nature, wildlife, travel and ancient cultures; creating art while traveling and living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the British Virgin Islands. SavannaRedman.com
Artist and author, may sound like an odd combination but like most creatives, my muse hand delivers inspiration to be modeled or hatched in several mediums. Some find their muse delivers music and poetry. Mine delivers stories in an image to paint or draw, like a scrap of film on the cutting room floor, via dreams and lucid daydreams. Each story comes with its own medium, paint, ink or sometimes sculpting in various media. And always, I’ve written creative stories along with the painting. But I didn’t take it serious, my paintings and ink drawings were my focus, until I moved to Mae Nam Thailand for a year and my box of art supplies took a solo tour of Asia. So with only my carry on and notebook in hand, words became my new creative medium.
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