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.

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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k. Madison Moore said...

Hi Paul,

OMG! I was so thrilled to see you today on DP. It has been such a long time. Unless you have been there and I missed you?
I love your painting and all of your work, as always. I hope you are well. Looks like you are enjoying your life and traveling.
Have a great day.

Best wishes,

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