'The King, and Stars'
I have painted quite a few paintings that were inspired by ancient Egypt. I especially am fascinated by the hieroglyphs. This painting is my play on a hieroglyph that depicts a King viewing a bright star in the night sky. The King might be viewing the star from a window in his castle. The King appears to be quite muscular. This was not inspired by a specific hieroglyph, it was just an idea of what I wanted "my" glyph to portray, hence, my referring to it as a 'carlGlyph'.
I have never really felt a connection to ancient Egypt, although I have been fascinated by the intrigue that the ancient civilization instills in many people of our modern times. So it is with some sadness that we are seeing the modern society of Egypt go through such turmoil at this time. Hosni Mubarak might have been a dictator for forty years, but at least he had a mostly peace-filled reign. If a society wants to have a revolution and overthrow "The Man", maybe it would be in their best interest to know what they are creating with the revolution. Modern Egypt's third largest generator of income is its' tourist industry. Unfortunately, since the revolution began, that industry has all but dried up, which means that much of the middle class that relies on income from tourism is going through tough times right now. And since the military is once again ruling Egypt, with no chosen leader, things will most likely get worse before it gets better because of the frequent mass demonstrations that are accompanied by violence.
I, personally, have been to Egypt in late 2007, so I was able to experience the pre-revolutionary modern Egypt. My time spent in Egypt was very near perfect, so I am very thankful for the experience. Having seen some of the grand monuments that were built in antiquity in person has given me a greater appreciation of the accomplishments that were achieved by the humans of those times. And the precision of the hieroglyphs is astounding. If they could do that in ancient times, we humans of these modern times should know no limits as to what we can accomplish.