Painting - Digital Photographs
A Mayan god resting peacefully in its tomb of glass. Shielded from the world of chaos he has unleashed. Bright and powerful in repose and yet bloody and violent in the deeds carried out in his name.
Mere mortals cringe when they hear his name and leaders look to him for wisdom and salvation. The mystery lies in whether or not he hears them or is deaf to their silent and yet vocal pleas.
"Kinich Ahau[pronunciation?] (K'inich Ajaw) is the 16th-century Yucatec name of the Maya sun god, designated as god G when referring to the codices. In the Classic period, god G is depicted as a middle-aged man with an aquiline nose, large square eyes, cross-eyed, and a filed incisor in the upper row of teeth. Usually, there is a k'in 'sun'-infix, sometimes in the very eyes. Among the southern Lacandons, Kinich Ahau continued to play a role in narrative well into the second half of the twentieth century.
Kinich Ahau is the Yucatec and Lacandon name of the sun god. The element k'inich, usually assumed to mean 'sun-eyed', appears to have been in general use as a royal title during the Classic Period. Kinich Ahau is also referred as (1) Ah K'in and (2) Ah K'in Chob. Ah K'in is Yucatec for 'someone who deals with the day(s)', the word for 'day' and 'sun' being the same. The term refers to Yucatec calendar priests and to priests in general. As to Ah K'in Chob, J.E.S. Thompson suggested that this Lacandon deity name (alternating with Acan Chob and Chi Chac Chob) could refer to the sun deity, but the mythology of Ah K'in Chob does not bear this out. Although the element chob has been translated as 'squint-eyed', which is an iconographic feature of the Classic sun deity, the only source for this translation Is a single statement by Tozzer." - Wikipedia
This painting started out as a picture of handblown glass created by Garth Mudge of Glassworks in Winthrop Wa. Glassworks is located downtown in the beautiful Methow Valley in Okanogan County. It was taken with a Macro lens and is a very small section of the overall object. The colors are vivid and alive due to the way that I am illuminating the glass art as I am taking the picture. In a way I am photographing the light as it passes through the object.
In this particular photograph I have gone in by hand and painted over the original image. Adding my own textures and visions to the shapes and colors I started with.
I have been a professional photographer for many years but it is only recently that I have been photographing glass at any level. It is such an exciting experience to discover these images. I almost feel like an archeologist as I explore a small hidden word and reveal the treasures within.
February 22nd, 2013
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