“X” is for Xquic

Progressing forward on the Primer of New Spain.

As I mentioned last time I will be jumping about the alphabet. As I began with “A”, “X” seemed the logical choice. I chose Xquic, the princess of Xibalba. For those who have followed this narrative , and not been daunted by the tongue twisting names, you will remember she is the heroine of the Popol Vuh narrative. Having miraculously given birth  to the Hero Twins, I present her enthroned upon an “X” chair.

“X” is for Xquic
watercolor on paper
16 by 20 inches

The following is a detail (as the image is rather small) of Xquic and her sons the Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque. As I progress in this series I continue to paint the Twins blue. There isn’t  a tradition for this, I just like the effect, an homage to Clive Hicks-Jenkins.

detail of Xquic and the Hero Twins

This may be the last post for a bit, trying to tie up loose ends as we are leaving for a brief Independence Day holiday. We are going to Portland Oregon, it seems such a pretty and progressive place; far different temperament and climate from oppressive San Diego. We are both excited to get out of Dodge.

Until next time,

take care,


Author: babylonbaroque

I am a painter and printmaker working towards creating a body of work that reflects my own developing aesthetic. New work ,first link. The second link is an on-line portfolio.

8 thoughts on ““X” is for Xquic”

    1. Thank you, I really enjoy switching from painting to drawing, seems to free up my brain a bit.
      I also liked switching from beefcake to cheesecake (-:

    1. Xipe was on my list, but he is SO gruesome, I have such difficulty even thinking about him. I frankly haven’t the stomach for him. Plus Xquic is such a central character in the Popol Vuh. I also enjoy playing on the Madonna theme.
      We are looking forward to a short little break, should be fun, Portland seems very beautiful.

  1. It was worth mooting this exhibition just to get your alphabet. There’s certainly no shortage of possibilities for X in the Meso-American world, is there?! I’m very impressed with Xquic though, she has cheekbones to die for!

    Have a great trip: I don’t really get too many hankerings to leave Europe, but there are a few spots in the States I’d like to know, and Portland is one of them.

    1. Oh good, I’m enjoying putting together the images. “X” is strangely fertile ground.
      I for one would not leave Europe if I were you. I have no great love for this country, would very happily live abroad;economic logistics and familial duty are our anchors presently. We are considering relocating to Portland (or the Bay Area) hopefully sooner than later. Griping aside about much of this country, there are some very lovely and progressive pockets amidst the vast wasteland of mediocrity, Maine is a wonderful state, both Portlands are wonderful cities, San Francisco is of course fantastic and Manhattan is our crown jewel.
      With such grumbling sentiments, sending Independence Day greetings (-:!

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