Description Jaguar Paddler God Serti Technique on Silk
One of three Mayan Gods - known as the Palenque Triad. The first stories of the Triad begin around 3000-4000 bc. and are found through the late classic period. This one - with the Jaguar headdress leads the canoe - the Maze Paddler God usually steers from the stern. Symbols on the paddle, canoe and tattooed on his arms, show the hieroglyphs for heaven or supreme other world.
When I first moved to Belize, I simply wanted to include few beautiful pictographs in my paintings, and know their meanings.
That led me to Herman Smith, an Archaeologist living and working in the country. Herman loaned me reference books and soon I was totally hooked on the artwork and hieroglyphs of the Maya people. It was the beginning of a life long hobby and like many things, the more I learn, the more I realize that there is so much more to learn.
Ive painted the Jaguar Paddler God with my favorite glyphs in my own style. The glyphs are; fresh new earth, sun, earth, jaguar, sunrise...
The original painting was created using the Serti Technique on Silk. 24' x 30'
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Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Nature Junky
I absorb nature, through every sense. Traveling, diving, sailing, and hiking through rain forest and exploring ancient cultures; their arts and ruins. It fills my mind and soul.
I work daily from nature, a leaf, a landscape, a green iguana, an orchid - there is beauty in the smallest things. It is the process, the focus of attention to detail, that enriches my soul, not the finished pen drawing or watercolor in my sketchbook. Recreating what is before me, in a simple sketch, anchors it in my mind forever.
When I am observing nature on location, I paint in watercolor or draw in ink. When I'm in my studio it all changes, sometimes only to do a rework in the same medium, but more often I wait and let the fresh sketch filter through my dreams and evolve into a completely new composition and different medium, more surreal but no less detailed. That process I cannot explain, it is an amazing metamorphoses. My sleeping self is much wiser and in more control of the medium and composition than my conscious self, which is a bit disappointing but a fact I've come to accept. I simply paint what and how my sleeping self has dictated - and it all goes smoothly.
While living in the Cayes of Belize and Honduras. I was wholly immersed and in love with the turquoise sea and all of the marine life there. I could have turned into a mermaid; it was not for lack of sea time. Dives filled with wildlife filter into dreams, and dreams morph into a Night's Tale, then into a painting. My encounters with wild dolphins were days of life altering joy.
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