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Tulipanes

January 15th, 2012

Tulipanes

Tulipanes was made to take another direction as a brief sequence of motivation.
oil on canvas 27.5 x 35.5 in.

Dream girl

October 19th, 2011

Dream girl

this time I've had to create something interesting for the turtle festival in Tulum since "La flautista" was a great success
"Dream girl" had to has a great impact so I decide to make it more modern for this year

First born

September 21st, 2010

First born

Credit to Helana Nelson Reed for her great support.

In this painting I merge my Mayan heritage, science, and spirituality. Before I explain my painting, here is a brief intro to Mayan cosmology for those not familiar with it.

Turtle "ak" is, for the Mayans, a living symbol of the interconnected universe. They believed we live in a dimension called the Fourth Creation. The Mayans lived by the stars above, which were directly linked to Creation. Mayan cosmology is an intricate wisdom tradition with many levels of interpretation. Regarding turtle, I mention below only a few in order for viewers unfamiliar with Mayan tradition to understand my painting better.

For Mayans, Polaris (North Star) was the eye of the heavens, residing at its very center. The deep darkness of space was the void out of which creation began. The Orions Belt constellation in the Milky Way was both gigantic cosmic turtle and road upon which all of creation exists. The sky above these three stars is a reflection of the Turtle of Rebirth, upon whose shell the first hearth was laid. people call these three stars:˜the hearth stones. They call the hazy nebula visible below Orions Belt smoke from the hearth. For the ancient ones, a hearth is neither sky nor land, it is the in-between place from which creation first appears. From the hearth, sun, like the morning fire, will rise again. Turtles shell is the source of the tree of life, sometimes called the world tree. The tree of life is the axis of the Earth-Sky. Its roots lie in Xibalba, the Underworld; Its uppermost branches stretch into the sky realms. The shell of the turtle itself represented the great plates of earths crust. Through cracks in this shell emerged First Father, the God of Maize. For the People, maize was and is an important food source, the staff of life. It therefore made a perfect metaphor for the Tree Life.

In early August, turtles constellation (Orion) moves into its zenith. On August 14,th Orion attains its optimum level of potency. Simultaneously, beginning August first, sea turtles are starting to hatch from eggs buried in the sands. The stars and moon are in conjunction and in accord with the Great Cycles, they know intuitively its time to emerge into the upper world. As the elders taught; all is connected. What occurs above, in the heavens, is also unfolding here, in the earthly dimension.

I've painted a young turtle breaking through earths crust, she represents the Mayan Turtle of Rebirth entering into this fourth realm. The night sky above is the Milky Way, home of the great cosmic turtle. Beyond the stars is the cosmic womb from which our universe and all universes came into being. This little turtle, so helpless and fragile, has hatched and broken free. Before her stretches the perilous journey home, into the vast unknown, first home of all life upon earth: the sea with its mysterious depths and invisible, dark currents. I think we've all been in her place at one time or another. The question is, did we crawl back down into the safety of sand and shell, or set forth into the dark unknown, seeking reunification with our ancient home? The ancient cycles continue, connected and in harmony.

A poem from Thao Chuong
Moonlight on a Sandy Beach

1*
lonely and sleepless
ocean resort at midnight
peaceful ‘n quiet

2*
natural lyrics
sound of waves gently kissing
on fine sandy beach

3*
palm tree silhouette
waving in breezing light wind
surrealistic dreaming

4*
starry sky shining
bluish crescent moon hanging
on window curtain

5*
mystic reflection
from tropical ocean light
filled in warm bed room

6*
on a sleepless night
find tranquilly 'n peace
marvelous sea world.


Thao Chuong
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I witness

August 25th, 2010

I witness

Some times I feel I leave in a dream thanks to the mother nature that creates such a stunning view that only the eye viewer becomes the witness as taking you in other dimmention of pleasure.
this is a recopilation from my painting tiempo y espacio, dolphins and eye paradise overlaid layers in phothoshop program.
This digital piece is a recopilation from tiempo y espacio, dolphins and eye paradise made in behalf of the little turtle that have been born in the caribbean cost, please keep them out of predators preserve the specie
including humans, preserve the enviroment is only one time.

Poem from Anthony Murray
Shhh, Silence!

Be quiet for a moment!

And listen to what I see!

Of wave swept shore and ocean breeze
Of all finned creatures beneath the seas
Of glistening sands
Of moonlit night
Of life teaming, a precious sight
Of time who's task has taken long
Of visions deep, turned into songs
Of glistening light sharp and warm
Of all hopes birth calm and strong
Of all my dreams fair and bright
Of vastness beyond all things imagined
Of things so incredible I've never fathomed
Of deep and chasm and valley spread wide
Of fierce and strong the beauty hides
Of touching land and ocean tides
Of wake and geyser from creatures large
Of crooked shore the breaks massage
Of cloud that forms and cries and then
Of all things needed to repeat again

Shhh, listen!

Open your mind's eye!

And I shall be your witness!

Tortuguin

August 25th, 2010

Tortuguin

This is the new piece for this year in Tulum Festival.

La flautista

August 25th, 2010

La flautista

finished.. people said that I am a perfecionist the dolphins posture and atmospher was ok. but it need it something else to be magic a fantasy a charm something to be real and unreal at the same time in this way you create a woow!
La fluutista was exposure by the first time in Tulum turtle festival.