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HELLO, I'M CHARLES HAYLOCK|WELCOME TO MY PERSONAL BLOG|I'M ALWAYS IN PURSUIT OF NEW CREATIVE ENDEAVORS|I'M A MULTILINGUAL, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, AND CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL

Dibujo: Guacamaya Roja - Ave Nacional de Honduras



Después de muchos años sin dibujar algo, al fin me dio por hacer algo de tiempo para una nueva creación. Me decidí por dibujar una bella guacamaya roja a puro lápiz carbón. Como aspecto artístico, me encantó la idea de dibujar una guacamaya en pleno vuelo, e intentar visualizar el esplendor magnifico de semejante ave, que aparte de ser símbolo patrio de Honduras, fue considerada una entidad sagrada en la cultura Maya y, al menos que me equivoque, aún lo es para algunos de sus descendientes actuales.

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Fuente de inspiración cortesía de la Fundación UNAM

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Artist Statement


Avian Study: Guacamaya Roja in Flight
Charles Haylock
Graphite on Paper 11 in x 8.5 in
April 22, 2017

Being a native of Honduras, I have always been fascinated by our national bird, the Scarlet Macaw (Guacamaya Roja in Spanish). This colorful bird was sacred to the Mayan civilization, of which Honduras was one of their major areas of dominion, and is still sacred to current communities of Mayan descent in and out of Honduras.


My work is a study of this magnificent bird. Growing up in Honduras, I was taught that the Mayans would cherish observing this bird during flight both for its attributed beauty, as well as for the symbolism they ascribed to the Scarlet Macaw – it was even a part of their religion. I attempted to visualize that sense of grandeur by capturing the Macaw in flight. I chose graphite pencils for an experiment of sorts, in an attempt to answer one guiding question: Is the sense of beauty and majesty that is attributed to the Scarlet Macaw, merely a result of its colorful feathers? By removing the vibrant colors, I allow a given audience to observe, and hopefully admire, the Guacamaya Roja in a very raw form -- and come to a conclusion by themselves.

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