Description Mayan Hieroglyphs Serti technique on silk.
In this piece I sought to create the feeling of a Mayan Stelae, the colors of stone softened and washed by time.
I will translate one of my favorite glyphs in this painting. It is in the cartouche at the center bottom. Ill go from left to right. The first circle with the bright white edge, with a C above it and below it - is the moon, represented in 3 phases. It is pushing on the next small circle - the sun (which includes the Mayan hieroglyph word for sun in the artwork so we cant misunderstand it). The sun edges up against a horizontal Y of sorts. The top half of the Y is heaven and sky and the bottom half is the earth (again it shows the Mayan words in the pictograph images). The sun (being followed by the moon) is pushing between the heavens and the earth. Once you know this picture, you will know the word the next time you see it painted or carved on a temple or stelae. Sunrise.
Pictographs evolved into hieroglyphs, so there is always a blend of the two in the later Mayan writing, with some meanings simply lost to us. Imagine in 2000 or 3000 years someone coming across a sign we have posted everywhere a black bar with a wavy line near one end, a red circle around it, and a bar diagonally across it. They may believe, because of the frequency of its use, it must have been a high point in our civilization, possibly even something we may have worshiped. Non-Smoking. You had to be there. With many Mayan glyphs you had to be there to understand the image.
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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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