Thursday, June 2, 2016

El Dorado Morado

El Dorado Morado
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum Paper (Olive Green)

El Dorado - the mythical place - or per Wikipedia

El Dorado (pronounced: [el doˈɾaðo], English /ˌɛl dəˈrɑːdoʊ/; Spanish for "the golden one"), originally El Hombre Dorado (the golden man), El Indio Dorado (the golden Indian), or El Rey Dorado (the golden king), is the term used by Europeans to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca native people of Colombia, who, as an initiation rite, covered himself with gold dust and submerged in Lake Guatavita. The legends surrounding El Dorado changed over time, as it went from being a man, to a city, to a kingdom, and then finally an empire.

My photographer friend Michael Searcy (aka the Hummingbird Whisperer) took the resource photo for this painting. What drew me to this beautiful image was the rich purple of the cactus paddle and the rich gold of the bloom. As I thought about names for this painting, Deep Purple was a consideration. But the gold bloom is the focal point - so I considered El Dorado. Then, I remembered that purple in spanish is Morado - and it rhymes - how fun is that!?! The Purple Golden One....