10162 Iguanas
  • Oil on stretched canvas
  • gallery wrapped canvas, 1/2 inch, all surfaces painted
  • 30 x 40 inch
  • 76.2 x 101.6 cm

Available for Sale

Please note that colors will vary slightly due to calibration differences in monitors.

Outside with Iguanas

The Story

The ending of the Mayan calender in December 21st 2012 has been widely portrayed as doomsday. But it can also be seen as a positive message of renewal and new opportunity. This message, symbolized by three birth myths – the extremely rare alignment of the sun and the Milky Way, the annual renewal of the winter solstice, and the daily renewal of the sunrise.

For the Maya, the Milky Way is the single most important celestial image, representing the Cosmic or First Mother, the starting point for all living things.  To the Maya, changes in the appearance of the Milky Way signified important life events.  During sunrise on December  21st 2012, the sun will intersect with the Milky Way for the first time in 26,000 years.  The center of the Milky Way is a long, narrow passage, which, to the Maya, illustrated the birth canal of the First Mother.

Although some observers interpret 21 December 2012 as an apocalyptic ending and dying, the Mayan symbols suggest, instead, rebirth and renewal. The 21st of December 2012 is about emerging from the old, into the new.  It is a time for celebration and hope, looking forward to the Fifth Sun, and the promises of a new start.

The Painting

The Idea for this painting came from Annette’s visits to Mayan sites in Mexico and Belize. Today’s presence of  the Iguanas on top of the ruins makes the visitor wonder if they have been  the quiet observers through  thousands of years. Not surprising, they had their place in  Mayan culture. Coming back with many photos of these big lizards sitting on the ruins and more knowledge about Mayan culture Annette wanted to bring everything  together in a different, more positive touch for this 2012 topic. Finally, the Iguanas themselves were turned into a great symbol of  continuation as part of  the painting  ‘The Great Expectation 2012’.

The Symbols

The following Mayan Power Symbols are hidden in the painting:

  • Fortune (3.)
  • Dreams
  • Love
  • Healing (5.)
  • Wisdom
  • Health (1.)

Here are the positions within the painting:

Here is a closer look at the painting:

Health (1.)

Healing (5.)

And yes, the 7th position also has its meaning.  Hint: It’s not exactly a symbol.



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