Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Mystery of Chichén Itzá: Temple of Kukulkcan

Chichén Itzá: Temple of Kukulkcan
5" x 10" (12.7 cm X 25.4 cm) acrylic on hand primed board unframed $190 with free shipping in US and Canada.

Visiting Chichén Itzá was a fascinating and puzzling event. It is surprising to discover how advanced the Mayan civilization had become in the arts and sciences by 800 A.D. and even more surprising to realize that they had abandoned these highly developed and sophisticated architectural sites after 1000 A.D. Even today archaeologists, anthropologists and historians are not sure why these beautiful places where abandoned and left in ruins. While we were there in January 2009 and again this year (2016) we talked to a number of Mayan guides and experts who could not tell us the full reasons.

I’ve tried in this small painting to capture some of the mystery and intrigue I felt while visiting this site. It’s a study that I’d like to do as a larger painting sometime in the future.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Emerald Rhythms:Koi Pond on Maui - classical realism, vibrant color

                                           Emerald Rhythms: Koi Pond on Maui Island
                                                  (Click painting to see larger view) 
6 in. x 8 in. (15.2 cim x 20.3 cm) original acrylic on hand primed board unframed $185 w/free shipping in US and Canada.
To see past work in my dailypainters gallery click HERE.

Paul Wolber has been chosen as artist of the week at National Pond Service

Koi fish ponds seem to have originated in China, then later became famous in Japan. Now we see them as part of the design of elegant hotels around the world to give realism and vibrant color to the architecture. Koi are popular as an element of tattoo, today as well because of the symbolism and magical quality associated with these beautiful fish.

This is another painting originating from our summer excursion to Maui.

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